It was to honour Sir Winston Churchill - Vancouver had a very strong British community after WWII and this was out of profound respect for the "mother country" of Canadians and for it's greatest statesman of that era.
Also note Sir Charles Tupper, St. Thomas More, et al.
He vistited Canada many times and spoke at several functions, especially during WWII. It's simply honorary, kind of like naming schools in the United States after past U.S. Presidents. Trust me, it won't be long before we see a William Jefferson Clinton pre-school, a Hillary Clinton School for the Mentally Handicapped, or a George W. Bush Senior High School for the Intellectually Superior.
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