"The concept of the parable is having something you may feel is small or insignificant can lead to change. The story of the hummingbird is there was a fire going on and drop by drop the hummingbird was working to put out the fire. All the other animals of the forest asked what the hummingbird was doing and it said, 'I'm just trying to make a difference.' That was Liz."

The 2.6-metre pole, carved from a cedar that fell in Stanley Park in the 2006 windstorm, has at its base a woman holding a bowl of water representing life and signifying justice and renewal. An eagle representing knowledge, strength and women wraps its wings around the hummingbird.

Morrison said it is particularly fitting that the pole will be erected in the atrium of SFU's school of criminology, where it may inspire others to work in the area of restorative justice and increase understanding of that field.

"The hummingbird is the animal that opens your heart. If people see the totem pole and think about that - that's what Liz would have wanted.

"She was a community builder wherever she went. She was an amazing woman of courage and compassion. She really cared. She was always there for these guys [from the Ferndale Institution]."

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