Golden Tree now upright

On Monday, in Mission, the statue fell off the truck that it had been loaded on and crashed onto the road, injuring two people.

  • Oct. 2, 2015 4:00 p.m.
The Golden Tree statute was installed Tuesday at its permanent location in the International Friendship Garden on the north side of Clearbrook Library.

The Golden Tree statute was installed Tuesday at its permanent location in the International Friendship Garden on the north side of Clearbrook Library.

The Golden Tree statue is now in place in Abbotsford’s International Friendship Garden after a difficult start earlier this week.

On Monday, in Mission, the statue fell off the truck that it had been loaded on and crashed onto the road, injuring two people.

There were no serious injuries and the tree suffered minor damage.

The installation proceeded the following day in time for the scheduled unveiling this weekend.

The project, created in memory of three female farmworkers who were killed in a 2007 crash on Highway 1 in Abbotsford, was put in place Tuesday afternoon with the help of ACL Crane Service.

An unveiling ceremony for the monument takes place this Saturday at 11 a.m. The Friendship Garden is located on the north side of Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way).

The Golden Tree honours Sarbjit Kaur Sidhu, Amarjit Kaur Bal and Sukhvinder Kaur Punia. They were among 14 workers who were in a poorly maintained and unsafe work van when the driver lost control and crashed on March 7, 2007.

A coroner’s inquest into the tragedy was held in 2009, resulting in 18 recommendations to improve the unsafe working conditions faced by farmworkers.

The statue, designed by artists Dean and Christina Lauze of Mission, serves as a monument to the three women, as well as a “powerful reminder of the consequences of unsafe work,” according to the website that details the project.

“The tree is up,” said a relieved Dean Lauze.

One branch of the tree bent but none of the leaves broke.

The tree fell in Mission on Monday when an eye hook, being used to lift the tree, snapped.

The Golden Tree was funded through $280,000 in contributions, including $80,000 from the provincial government, $40,000 from the United Food and Commercial Workers, $30,000 from WorkSafeBC and $20,000 from Vancity.

For more visit goldentree.ca.

 

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