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Vivian Jung

Merritt BC-born Vivian Jung wanted to be a teacher but, in order to get certified back in 1945, she needed her swimming certification. There was just one big problem. Non-whites were not permitted in public pools. Denied entry to Crystal Pool, Jung’s classmates and instructor protested and refused to enter until she could join them. The courageous act signified a turning point in the desegregation of public places. Jung earned her swimming credentials and became the first Chinese Canadian teacher to be hired at the Vancouver School Board. She went on to teach at Tecumseh Elementary for 35 years. To honour her, the city declared a laneway between Harwood Street and Beach Avenue as “Jung Lane”.