Established in 1986, the Foundation is an incorporated, not-for-profit society, which raises funds and administers endowments, donations and bequests for the West Vancouver Memorial Library. The Foundation annually grants funds to the Library, which help provide enhancements that make the Library a very special place for local citizens and visitors.
LIBRARY AND FOUNDATION ROOTS
The West Vancouver Memorial Library was created as an official war memorial to honour those who gave their lives during the Second World War. Publicly funded, the Library has been much loved by local citizens since opening in 1950. Over the years, as a number of upgrades, expansions and improvements took place at the Library, a collaborative desire and passionate vision for excellence took root along with an accompanying challenge: increased capital. To realize its potential as a truly great Library with ambitious goals, renewal plans and exceptional services, more than public funding alone was required. Private financial support was essential to the fruition of big dreams. It was determined that the creation of a Foundation was needed to help inspire and harness library related philanthropy.
In 1986, The West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation was established by a group of committed citizens to serve as an avenue through which people and private enterprise could partner in a legacy of giving and support for the West Vancouver Memorial Library. The Foundation is an incorporated, not-for-profit society, which raises funds and administers endowments, donations and bequests for the Library. The Foundation annually grants funds to the Library which provide enhancements that make it a special place offering exceptional service for patrons, local citizens and visitors. In its inaugural capital campaign, the Foundation raised an impressive $2 million and currently manages approximately $4 million in donated funds.
Donations, large and small, are most welcome and are used for such items and endeavours as high-vision projects like the teens-only space, the tranquil Waterfall lounge, the Welsh Hall and grand piano, as well as new books, large print materials, audio aids, in-home services for those unable to visit due to personal limitations, health lectures, financial talks, concerts, music programs, various language items, special services, new programs, seniors programming and movie nights. For more information, visit Donation Recognition and Foundation Supported Projects.
A dedicated and hardworking volunteer Foundation Board of Directors, who are elected by the members (the West Vancouver Memorial Library Board Trustees) at the Annual General Meeting, governs the Foundation, provides distinguished service, and ensures proper administration of funds in consultation with the Trustees, Director of Library Services and Library staff.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The current Foundation Board of Directors are: Andreas Thompson (Chair), Cynthia Garton (Vice-Chair), Christine Banham (Treasurer), Linda Jones (Secretary), Mahta Azarakhsh, Dan Allard, Merv Chia, Sheilah Grant, Audrey Sojonky, Amir HosseinTofigh, Carolyn van der Linden, Eric Winsborrow, Felicia Zhu.