A community-led initiative has been launched to raise funds to build a permanent memorial at Knowles Heritage Park in honour of the five victims who tragically lost their lives when a crane collapsed in downtown Kelowna, BC, on July 12, 2021.
The Rise Memorial will immortalize the memories of the five men lost and evolve over time as a key anchor point in the downtown Kelowna landscape, giving everyone a space to grieve, remember, reminisce, and be truly present in the power of community.
Your support, alongside hundreds of other caring individuals, will make this vision a reality.
Help us reach our goal
The goal is to raise $300,000 to pay for the design, construction, and maintenance of the Rise Memorial. Donations over $25 are eligible for a CRA tax receipt.
Help us raise $300,000 to pay for the design, construction, and maintenance of the memorial.
In loving memory
Patrick and Eric Stemmer, Jared Zook, and Cailen Vilness, all construction workers on the Bernard block site who were part of the crane dismantling process, died in the collapse. The falling crane also hit another building and claimed the life of Brad Zawislak.
The preliminary design of the memorial includes dedicated areas for each family to grieve their loved ones, but designers also hope it will provide solace to anyone who has lost a loved one in a workplace accident. The memorial will represent the strength and resilience of Kelowna and serve as a reminder of the importance of safety in our communities.
Two years in the making
Within a matter of hours, news of the unfortunate accident spread throughout the valley, province, and even further. Despite the immense tragedy, the community united in an unprecedented manner to collectively mourn and support one another through this distressing news. Days later, a temporary display was erected on the gates of the construction site, comprising an assortment of flowers, photographs, candles, and, notably, orange safety vests. The RISE memorial, located at Knowles Heritage Park, perpetuates this enduring legacy of love, hope, and strength derived from community bonds.