Good for The Globe for running this memory by Noreen Shanahan of one of the most loving and loved women in this city:

Diane (3)Ms. MacKenzie’s commitment to the Carnegie Centre was unquenchable.

Andrew remembers the boys helping out at Christmas dinners, always a good meal for visitors needing respite from the local slum hotels or a wet night on the street, and maybe a city dignitary would pop in for a photo op.

“She treated everyone exactly the same,” Mr. MacPherson said, “whether they were the mayor, the city manager, the security staff at Carnegie, the older patron who walked into the place or a refugee in the learning centre.” …

Late in her career she was asked by Philip Owen, who was then mayor of Vancouver, to open a second community centre for vulnerable populations along the south Granville Street strip.

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