Shared Journeys is a new program that embraces West Vancouver’s rich cultural diversity, bringing people together through stories, conversation and activities. By exploring what we have in common, as well as our differences, this program inspires openness, respect and curiosity. Shared Journeys invites us to make new connections and to help build a strong and welcoming community.

There are many ways to participate, including a One Book, One Community reading program; book chats; lectures; film screenings; an educational exhibit; a panel discussion and a winter celebration. We invite you to pick up a Shared Journeys Passport at the Launch Event for a full listing of programs. 

Funding for this program has been generously provided by the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation and the West Vancouver Community Foundation. 

Launch event 

This celebration will feature a traditional welcome by Chepximiya Siyam’/Chief Janice George of the Squamish Nation, a performance by the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra and the announcement of our One Book, One Community title selection. Registration is not required. Light refreshments will be served.

We hope you will join us!

Thursday, July 4, 2 – 3:30 p.m., Main Hall

One Book, One Community  

West Vancouver Memorial Library invites community members to participate in our inaugural One Book, One Community initiative, a city-wide reading and discussion program that encourages West Vancouverites to come together and explore ideas by reading a single book. Our goal is to engage the community in conversation, create new connections and build a strong, united community through stories.  

We encourage everyone in West Vancouver to connect to this reading program by reading independently, attending a Library Book Chat or discussing it with your own book club this year. Copies of the book and a supporting guide will be available at the Information Desk.  

For Book Clubs

Delve into the power narrative of our book selection with your book club this year. Call or visit the Information Desk to borrow copies or borrow the guide to support your discussion! 

The selected book will be announced at the Launch Event on July 4. 

 Library Book Chats

Join one of our book chats to discuss and explore ideas. Led by Library facilitators, book chats will provide you with the opportunity to talk about compelling themes, to make new connections, share your stories and learn about the cultural diversity of West Vancouver. 

Fall dates TBA

I've not always been a Canadian — Exhibition 

Assembled by the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria, this photo exhibit explores the stories of immigrants and refugees about what it means to belong and to fully embrace a Canadian identity, as told to storyteller Lina de Guevara and photographed by photojournalist Quinton Gordon.

 July 3 – August 7, Main Floor

Where we came from — Lectures 

A two-part lecture series examining the complex migration patterns, and legacy of racism that shapes our community. 

Superdiversity, Dan Hiebert, Professor, Dept. of Geography, UBC

Thursday, September 12, 7 p.m., Welsh Hall

Does Canada’s history of racism continue to shape our communities?  Henry Yu, Associate Professor, Dept. of History, UBC

Thursday, September 19, 7 p.m., Welsh Hall

Philosopher's Café 

Each year, the Library hosts Simon Fraser University's Philosophers’ Café, a series of informal public discussions in the heart of our communities. Since 1998, this award-winning program has engaged the interests of scholars, seniors, students, philosophers and non-philosophers through stimulating dialogue and the passionate exchange of ideas.

In fall 2019, our Philosophers’ Café topics will reflect our Shared Journeys theme.

Thursday, September 19, October 17, November 21 and December 1, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall

Film Screening

 Details TBA

Connecting our stories — Panel Discussion

A moderated panel discussion featuring the author of the book selected for the One Book, One Community initiative, and local speakers. This is an opportunity for community members to explore the ways that stories connect us, regardless of the journey that brought us to this place.

Friday, November 1, 7 p.m., Main Hall

Winter Celebrations

Winter is celebrated many different ways around the world and in our own community. Let’s celebrate winter together by sharing our traditions! Learn about different cultural celebrations (Christmas, Hanukkah Yalda, Donghzi, and more), make festive crafts and enjoy holiday treats. 

All ages welcome. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration details to follow.

Saturday, November 23, 1 – 3 p.m., Welsh Hall

We acknowledge the Squamish Nation, the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and the Musqueam People, who since time immemorial have lived on the land now referred to as the Greater Vancouver and Sea to Sky regions.

Learn about our Honouring Reconciliation programs and activities.