Blog Post

Alberta J. Canada Celebration & Art Reveal

June 10, 2019

The Tacoma Housing Authority, the Hilltop Community and a host of partners celebrated the remodel of the Alberta J. Canada building. It was a good day for the Hilltop, affordable housing, and the City of Tacoma.

An art piece in honor of Alberta J. Canada by Mauricio Robalino.

Lyle Quasim served as Master of Ceremonies, contributing his own knowledge of the neighborhood, of Alberta Canada, and the importance of community.  Lyle led a succession of speakers to celebrate the following:

  • A newly renovated building. The renovations include a brand new exterior, updated commercial storefronts, and office space, a new tenant courtyard, a lounge and manager’s office, six residential ADA accessible units, a community room with courtyard access, a new HCAV system, and a Harborstone Bank ATM, which is the only ATM in Hilltop.
  • The life and accomplishments of a Hilltop Hero, Alberta J. Canada. Her three daughters shared compelling stories about their mom’s determination and ability to take personal responsibility for the problems and opportunities she saw in her community. View their full transcript.
  • An art piece in honor of Alberta J. Canada. Mauricio Robalino created a large colorful mosaic, now installed on the building’s outside corner on 11th and MLK. During the celebration Mauricio discussed the importance of each detail in the art work.
  • Lastly, THA celebrated its partnerships. Bryan Flint of Sound Outreach, Dona Ponepinto of United Way and Mayor Victoria Woodards all discussed the need for close partnerships to create stronger communities.

After the ceremony, guests were invited to tour the building and admire the newly installed art.