It’s official: Jack Uppal Street is now a part of Vancouver.
In a unanimous vote, Vancouver City Council officially named a South Vancouver roadway Jack Uppal Street, recognizing the South Asian pioneer who passed away in 2014.
His daughter, Pamela Gill, says it’s a recognition of her father’s hard work and his legacy.
“I want to thank the City of Vancouver for naming a street after our dad. It’s well-deserved. He was a humanitarian, and if he had been here today, he’d be very humbled as well. For the South Asian community, I would like to congratulate each and every one of you as well, because this is an outstanding day for everybody.”
Gill says this is a huge honour and not just for her family, but also for the South Asian community.
“I think we are all nervous. My son says to me ‘Mom you guys look like you are angry'; I said we are all probably shaking and nervous. I wish we had a quarter of what our dad was. He was an amazing speaker. He spoke from his heart. He never had to have anything written down. It all just came from him naturally.”
Former BC Attorney General Wally Oppal telling council he would not have had the opportunities that he did have without Uppal’s hard work.
Uppal was among the first Sikh immigrants to arrive in BC and he fought through racism to build a business and contribute to his community.