May 1990-2003

From 1990 to 2003, the month of May welcomed in Spring with the third annual Rhododendron Festival while, young rising talents and the multicultural Burnaby. But also popular artists like Joe Average made their contribution, even very special ones.

Click on each image for a closer look and a summary of each clipping. Read more about each event in the post below.

Burnaby as a multicultural society

In May, 1990 the Burnaby Multicultural Society`s ESL (English as a Second Language) centre has welcomed more than 450 people since it opened in January.

The Burnaby Art Centre mascot

In May, 1992 the Vancouver artist Joe Average created the new mascot for the Burnaby Art Centre. He is one of Vancouver`s most popular artists and one of the area`s easiest marks for help with a good cause. A portrait of this fun mascot still resides in our office!

Annual Rhododendron Festival

Burnaby celebrated the 3rd annual Rhododendron Festival. The Rhododendron festival is geared to teaching residents and novice gardeners about the rhododendron. The festival included talks, demonstrations, prizes, draws and giveaways.

The rhododendron is both the favorite and Burnaby`s official flower. This was proudly displayed in the third annual Rhododendron Festival at Deer Lake.

Caitlin Tully

Caitlin Tully, a 15-year-old girl was one of the promising violinists on the horizon in May, 2003. At the age of 10 she debuted with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and has since appeared on TV and radio with numerous orchestras.