Working Group 2

Working Group 2: Community Connection and Intercultural Relationships

Its Goal:

North Shore residents are engaged in building cross cultural relationships and mutual trust.

Actions during 2016/17:


  1. Newcomer Stories: BC Multiculturalism Week Display 2016

    November 2016

    We compiled 9 newcomer stories and poems into a series of posters celebrating
    the diversity that exists on the North Shore. The posters were displayed in community spaces on the North Shorethrough BC Multiculturalism Week. See them all here.

  2. Weaving Our Humanity: An Evening of Story

    November 19, 2016

    The North Shore community was invited for an evening of story and music at Presentation House Theatre. We had 3 community storytellers, 2 musical performances, a keynote speaker and a spoken word artist create a warm welcoming space for the last day of BC Multiculturalism Week. Attendees heard about belonging and missed connection, vulnerability and courage. They also heard about what friendship and humanity across cultures means in our diverse community.

    2016woh-collage-wtitleSee photos from the event here.
    Read the final poem written during the event here.
    See news coverage of it here.

    The event was a partnership between NSIIP, the North Shore Multicultural Society, and Presentation House Theatre. Weaving Our Humanity was the final event in a series of  community conversations that was held on the North Shore as part of NSIIP’s Inclusive Inquiry Project. Read more about the findings of our community conversations here.

  3. Info Resource: Norooz

    March 2017

    We developed an information resource on Norooz in partnership with the North Vancouver City Library and the West Vancouver Memorial Library. See it here.


Working Group 2 Members:

Annwen Loverin, Silver Harbour Seniors Society
Pat Cumming, West Vancouver Memorial Library

Committee Members:
Alison Campbell, North Vancouver District Library
Arleta Beckett, District of West Vancouver
Barbra Moon Jeong, Immigrant Advisory Council
Cara Pryor, North Vancouver City Library
Doti Niedermayer, District of West Vancouver
Farzaneh Davoodi, Immigrant Advisory Council
Janet Wallace, North Vancouver Recreation & Culture
Joanne Franko, North Shore Neighborhood House
Johnny Trinh, Presentation House Theatre
Kim Selody, Presentation House Theatre
Lindy Pfeil, Immigrant Advisory Council
Lois Taylor, North & West Vancouver Soroptimists
Meharoona Ghani, North Shore Multicultural Society
Michelle Lebeau, Capilano University
Mikale Fenton, North Vancouver City Library
Sheelah Donahue, West Vancouver School District
Vida Sandoughdar, North Vancouver Recreation & Culture

North Shore Demographics

30.7% of recent immigrants

age 15 years and over, in the City of North Vancouver are in the low income bracket.
Source: 2011 NHS

14,835 immigrants

and 1,750 recent immigrants work in the District of North Vancouver
Source: 2011 NHS

17.5% of immigrants

in West Vancouver are recent immigrants (landed in Canada between 2006 and 2011).
Source: 2011 NHS

15% of immigrants

in West Vancouver are Muslims.
Source: 2011 NHS

35.4% of recent immigrants

age 15 years and over, in the District of North Vancouver are in the low income bracket.
Source: 2011 NHS

40% of labour force

age 15 years and over, in West Vancouver are made up of immigrants.
Source: 2011 NHS

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