Fort Vancouver Tapestry

15. John Ball

Teacher at fort international school

Panel 15

Sponsored by: P.E.O. Chapter HL
John Ball was an early educator in the region. He is remembered for never turning down a student regardless of race or social status. This panel includes Kanaka Village - a village outside the fort walls populated by some immigrants, natives and service personnel for the fort. It takes its name from the Sandwich Islanders (Hawaiians) who were among the earliest residents. Early seafaring explorers often hired (or shanghaied) islanders for lifeguards on board their ships because they knew how to swim, while most European sailors did not. Many settled in Vancouver because of the rich farmland here and formed a vibrant community.
Settlers are making their way through the top border. The word "Aloha" appears, honoring the Hawaiian settlers