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 or at any of the Library Service desks 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 Foundation. 

Launch event 

This celebration, held on July 4 featured a performance by the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra and the announcement of our One Book, One Community title selection: Homes: A Refugee Story, by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung

One Book, One Community  

West Vancouver Memorial Library invites community members to participate in our inaugural One Book, One Community initiative, a District-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 are available at the Information Desk.  

Homes: A Refugee Story - reserve the book

Homes: A Refugee Story | Further Readings

For Book Clubs

Delve into the powerful narrative of Homes with your book club this year. Call or visit the Information Desk to borrow copies of the book and/or to borrow the guide to support your discussion! 

Library Book Chats

Join one of our book chats to discuss and explore ideas in Homes. 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. 

Online registration is required for each of the following sessions:

Saturday, September 21, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall

Thursday, October 10, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall

Wednesday, October 23, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

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 shape 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

Philosophers' 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 19, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Welsh Hall

Film Screening

All Our Father's Relations — This award-winning documentary follows the Grant siblings, born to a Musqueam mother and Chinese father, as they journey from Vancouver to China in an attempt to rediscover their father’s roots. A unique look at the interconnected histories of Chinese and First Nations communities in early British Columbia, revealing how they supported and lived alongside each other in the face of racism and marginalization. Director Alejandro Yoshizawa and producer Sarah Ling will introduce the film and answer questions after the screening.

Monday, October 7, 6:30  8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall

Connecting our stories — Panel Discussion

A moderated panel discussion featuring the author of Homes, 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

Program Participants

Henry Yu
Henry Yu is an Associate Professor of History, and the Principal of St. John’s College, UBC. He received his BA in History (Honours) from UBC and an MA and PhD in History from Princeton University. Prof. Yu’s research and teaching has been built around collaboration with local communities and civic society at multiple levels, in particular in the digital humanities.
Winnie Yeung
Winnie has been an English teacher for over ten years. Homes is her first book and received extensive critical acclaim. It was shortlisted for the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction and the 2019 Writers’ Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing. Homes was also a finalist on CBC’s Canada Reads 2019.

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.