Sharred 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.
This program was launched July 4, with an unveiling of the book we have chosen for our One Book, One Community district-wide reading program and a performance by Vancouver's Inter-Cultural Orchestra.
There are many ways to participate, including the 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 any of the Library Service desks for a full listing of programs.
For every event that you participate in, we will provide you with a Shared Journeys ballot which you can use to enter a prize draw for one of two $100 gift certificates to Park Royal.
One Book, One Community
We invite 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: Homes: A Refugee Story, by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung. Our goal is to engage the community in conversation, create new connections and build a strong, united community through stories.
Read independently, discuss it with your own book club this year, or attend a Library Book Chat! Copies of the book and a supporting guide are available at the Information Desk.
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:
Where we came from — Lectures
A two-part lecture series examining the complex migration patterns and legacy of racism that shape our community.
Superdiversity. Daniel 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
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
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. It is 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 will introduce the film and answer questions after the screening.
Monday, October 7, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Welsh Hall
Connecting our stories
Make new connections and help build a strong and welcoming community at the Shared Journeys: Connecting Our Stories Panel.
Featuring Winnie Yeung, author of Homes: A Refugee Story (WVML's inaugural Shared Journeys One Book, One Community title); Chepximiya Siyam’/Chief Janice George, hereditary chief and master weaver from the Squamish Nation; Ahmad Danny Ramadan, award-winning Syrian-Canadian author and LGBTQ refugee activist; and Maureen Lee, District Principal of Student Support Services for the West Vancouver School District.
Moderated by Alexander Dirksen, this panel discussion will explore the ways that stories connect us and the diverse journeys to this place.
Friday, November 1, 7 p.m., Main Hall
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.
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.
Thank you to our Shared Journeys funders