Two very important schedules were set today: the Stanley Cup finals and Vancouver Foundation’s Community Conversations. The timing wasn’t an accident – although we expect our sessions to be popular, we didn’t want to go head to head on dates with a hockey crazed region!

The first Community Conversation will take place in Maple Ridge on Thursday, June 9th from 6:00pm til 8:30pm at the Maple Ridge Public Library. The event is free to attend but we are asking people to pre-register here.  We are finalizing the exact times for the other sessions and we will be posting these in the next day or two.

Although we wanted to wait to finalize the community dates, it doesn’t mean we haven’t been hard at work preparing for the sessions. We have been out meeting with individuals and organizations in all six communities to find out what communities are doing well to facilitate belonging and a sense of social connections, and where the opportunities are for improvements.

And along the way we have heard many inspiring stories of community connections and places of belonging: the amazing youth centre in Maple Ridge with its range of programs running every afternoon and evening seven days a week; the library in White Rock with regular gathering for Grandmothers for Africa to chess and debate clubs. InNew Westminster, we learned about a seniors centre and a youth centre built side by side so not only could facilities be shared, but also stories and activities between the generations.

We look forward to holding the Community Conversations and hearing from attendees about their stories of community belonging.

*Written by Trina Prior, Manager, Vital Signs Team