Statement by the Mayor on the passing of Jim Deva

September 22, 2014 | Pride and LGBTTQ Rights

“Like so many of us, I was shocked and gravely saddened to hear of Jim Deva's sudden passing. He was an inspiration to Vancouver and all Canadians, and his irrepressible courage and tireless advocacy for equal rights and free expression played an enormous role in shaping the city that Vancouver is today.

“As Mayor, it was an honour and a privilege to march with Jim each year at Vancouver Pride. He was a champion for the LGBTTQ community, a kind heart who spoke up for the marginalized, and a leader whose uncompromising commitment to human rights echoed far beyond Vancouver to the highest courts of the land.

“On behalf of my colleagues on City Council and the citizens of Vancouver, I wish to offer my condolences to Jim’s partner Bruce and all of his family and friends. His counsel will be sorely missed by all of us at City Hall, but his legacy will continue to inspire our work together to keep building a safer, prouder, more inclusive, and more equal Vancouver.”

- Mayor Gregor Robertson