“I am extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nelson Mandela. He was an inspiration to millions around the world for his unrelenting belief that the impossible is possible.
“He forged a legacy of compassionate determination, one that changed the course of history for South Africa and the world. His ability to move beyond anger, to a place of empathy and respect, brought together a divided country and serves as a testament to the human ability to have faith in one another.
“In this Year of Reconciliation in the City of Vancouver, we owe a debt of gratitude to Nelson Mandela, whose example will live on in the hearts and minds of people all across the world.”
The public is invited to attend a candlelight vigil in memory of Nelson Mandela on Friday December 6 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza.
The formal program will begin at 6:00 pm and is being organized by the South African Cultural Association of British Columbia.
The Canadian flag atop City Hall has been lowered to half mast this afternoon in his memory.