Phil Bouvier Family Centre has a new mural thanks to Central City Foundation donors.

Central City Foundation provides space for community organizations through social purpose real estate. The PBFC is one of five properties we own and rent to vital organizations at a rate far below market value.

Paul Windsor’s son once attended Phil Bouvier Family Centre’s daycare and his wife works in the building. Now he’s able to leave a legacy to future PBFC children by painting a colourful mural in their playground.

Paul wanted to paint a mural that represented time and history. He chose to represent time with animals like the frog, bear and stegosaurus dinosaur.

“I chose the stegosaurus to represent the walk of time,” said Paul. “They were friendly and were discovered on the North American continent. Leaving something strong and visual that relates to dance, song, music and the history is the most positive thing I can do for kids these days.”

The PBFC is a resource hub for Aboriginal families and is run by the Vancouver Native Health Society. The centre provides daycare for 49 children, as well as family services such as an infant development program and parent training and education programs.

Paul is a well known Haisla, Heiltsuk artist whose murals can be found throughout the city and beyond. The mural at PBFC is one close to his heart.

“Over the years I’ve known the staff here who are very kind,” said Paul. “I’m very happy to put my heart into this and leave something positive for the Vancouver community.”

Phil Bouvier Family Centre has a new mural thanks to Central City Foundation donors.

Our donors support projects that highlight Indigenous arts and culture, which can be essential to healing. That’s why Central City Foundation supported the PBFC by funding Paul’s mural.

We are committed to implementing the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee and we invest in spaces where Indigenous artists can grow in their craft. Some of other projects we’ve supported include funding equipment for an artist studio space at Skwachays Lodge and the building of the Britannia Carving Pavilion (now named šxʷqʷeləwən ct).

“Right now the Aboriginal community is healing and it can be painful at times,” said Paul. “We have to be strong through this or we could self-destruct and the arts is one of our strengths. ”

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