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Woodlands Institution Demolition Ceremony set for October 18, 2011

Former residents of Woodlands and their supporters will be able to participate in the demolition of the last remaining structure of Woodlands Institution in New Westminster.

The following message is from the BC People First Society:

The BC People First Society is privileged to announce the Demolition of the Woodlands Centre Block on Tuesday October 18th, 2011 at 1:00pm.

This is a public event for former residents and their supporters, interested citizens, and those helping to bring about the end of this part of our history. The Centre Block represents one the last and most imposing physical reminders of the Woodlands Institution, which confined and segregated people with disabilities in BC from 1878 until 1996. Read more about Woodlands here.


Please let us know if you plan to attend, by calling Lorie Sherritt at 604-415-4503. If you are a Former Resident of Woodlands and would like to be involved, please let Lorie know.


The Centre Block is located between Royal Avenue and Columbia St, east of McBride Blvd in New Westminster.

By Bus: Take the C3 Fraserview Shuttle from New Westminster Station and get off at Ross Drive and Royal Avenue.

By Car: Parking is available at the Queen’s Park Arenex, off 3rd Avenue west of McBride. Take the pedestrian overpass at 3rd Ave. and McBride, and walk down Ross Drive.

Flat Ground for Wheelchairs, Walkers and Scooters: There is a path that leads to the Centre Block from McBride Blvd near Columbia. From Ross Drive, turn right on Royal Ave, left on McBride, and left again onto the path. (5 minutes)

For Travel Assistance: The BC Association for Community Living and the Self Advocacy Foundation have made some funds available for those travelling from out of town. The funding is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Contact Charlotte at 604-777-9100.