For the first time last night, Nanaimo’s Bastion, the city’s oldest structure, was highlighted with pink light in honour of health care and essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Nanaimo resident suggested the idea to city councillor Tyler Brown who sent an email to the mayor’s office. Soon after, city workers made it happen for the light-up last night.
Brown says during this time “we share deep gratitude for health care and other essential workers, as they face this head on to keep our community together.”
He says it’s important to show them our appreciation for what they have done and what they will continue to do.
Nanaimo’s Bastion is the last remaining wooden one built by the Hudson’s Bay Company in North America.
It was built in 1853.
The Bastion will remain highlighted in pink until April 6.
The move comes on the same day B.C. reported 66 new positive cases of COVID-19, making the provincial total to 725.