One of my most cherished memories of the 2010 Winter Olympics hosted in Vancouver is the thousands upon thousands of citizens and visitors who gathered and celebrated our athletes' accomplishments on Granville Street in Downtown Vancouver. Almost eight years later, I can still recall how loudly proud Canadians, wearing face paint and dressed in red and white like we do on Canada Day, were cheering. It was the sound that the whole world heard and it came from Downtown Vancouver.
Downtown Vancouver in the late 1950s was where you got dressed up and went to show off your boyfriend. There was one spot -- at Robson and Granville streets where a photographer would take your picture as you walked by. This is a picture of my handsome Scot and I as we walked by. We've been married more than 50 years now!
When I’m in downtown Vancouver I feel like I’m in a new country. It is a different place depending on the time or day. During work hours everywhere you look you will see a sea of professionals, in the evening it is a place where people come to relax and hang out with loved ones to share their diverse cultures, and interests. Everytime I go downtown, I return having learned something new.