City of Nanaimo culture and heritage co-ordinator Chris Barfoot unveils Youth Aloud, a mural created in honour of Makayla Chang, at Harewood Centennial Park on March 17. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)

Mural honouring Makayla Chang unveiled at Harewood Centennial Park

Artwork also recognizes ‘resilience and diversity’ of Nanaimo youths

Makayla Chang now has a permanent presence in her neighbourhood.

A crowd of about 50 people, including the family and friends of the murdered Nanaimo teenager, gathered at Harewood Centennial Park on March 17 for the unveiling of a mural in her honour.

Members of Nanaimo youth groups including Generation Q, Support Among Youth and Tsawalk created the art work, called Youth Aloud. An accompanying plaque says the mural “celebrates the resilience and diversity of all youth in Nanaimo.”

Among the speakers at the unveiling were artist Yvonne Vander Kooi, who helped facilitate the project, as well Gen Q co-ordinator Ajay MacLeod, Nanaimo Family Life executive director Deborah Hollins and acting mayor Don Bonner.

To read more about the mural project, click here.

RELATED: Community remembers Makayla Chang on what should have been her 18th birthday



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