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
A One Book, One Community initiative, a District-wide reading and discussion program that encouraged 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. At Book Chats led by Library facilitators, people came together to engage in conversation about compelling themes, develop new connections through stories, and learn about the cultural diversity of West Vancouver.
Where we came from — Lectures
This two-part September lecture series examined the complex migration patterns and legacy of racism that shape our community.
Superdiversity. Daniel Hiebert, Professor, Dept. of Geography, UBC.
Does Canada’s history of racism continue to shape our communities? Henry Yu, Associate Professor, Dept. of History, UBC
In fall 2019, our Philosophers’ Café topics reflected our Shared Journeys themes.
All Our Father's Relations — This award-winning documentary which 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 was screened in September. The film 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.
Connecting our stories
A Friday evening event: Shared Journeys: Connecting Our Stories, was a panel discussion on the ways that stories connect us and the diverse journeys to this place. Guest panelists included: 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. The panel was moderated by Alexander Dirksen.
This all-age event celebrated the many ways winter is celebrated around the world and in our own community. Participants learned about different cultural celebrations, made festive crafts and enjoyed holiday treats.
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: