The park is closed for the season and will reopen again March 15, 2014.
In this article we feature Cathy and Mark, a young couple that donated to our Leave Your Mark campaign and personalized a recycled glass tile that is now permanently installed in our Ken Spencer Science Park!
How did this donation idea come about?
Early this year, I was browsing for a good OMNIMAX® documentary on the Science World website when I came across the Leave your Mark campaign. It so happened that I was also looking for a unique surprise gift for my boyfriend for our first anniversary. After I gave up on my stick-people version of the Science World dome, I decided to trick Mark into sketching it for me one day while we were walking along False Creek in the Olympic Village.
What ultimately made you decide to donate a tile?
I believe I'm blessed to have this rare opportunity to have a personalized tile as a gift that will stand the test of time in a community that I see my future in. When I found out that the Leave your Mark proceeds will go towards Science World's Bridging the Science Gap Capital Campaign, I immediately signed up! Who doesn't want to give a gift that gives back?
What is the role of science in your life?
Science makes everyday life easier to live with—from brewing coffee, to surfing the web and making phone calls. I cannot imagine the millennials using the telegram instead of texting. With these simple conveniences comes a big step towards technological innovation. History proves again and again that things that were thought to be impossible were made possible through science which shows there is still a lot more to learn, more wonders to discover.
What does Science World mean to you?
Science World symbolizes my future like no other iconic architecture in Vancouver can. The tile sketch is the exact view of the city I hope to see outside my bedroom window years from now.
What’s your favourite Science World memory?
My favourite Science World memory will be 20 years from now, standing by the Ken Spencer Science Park donor wall, telling my 5-year old the story behind our recycled blue tile.