2016 Fundraising Event - An Evening with Linden MacIntyre
The nail-biter that was the US election did not prevent more than 130 attendees from attending West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation's 4th annual Fundraiser at the elegant Capilano Golf and Country Club. This year's acclaimed speaker was Linden MacIntyre whose career has been defined by excellence. He has won multiple awards for writing, journalism and broadcasting. In 2009, he won the Scotiabank Giller prize for his brilliant second novel of the Cape Breton Trilogy, The Bishop's Man. Read the full story in our Newsletter.
Event photos in "West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation Gala", North Shore News, November 18, 2016.
2015 FUNDRAISING EVENT - AN EVENING WITH ANN-MARIE MACDONALD
Bring together a storyteller of undisputed brilliance, in a setting of charming elegance, with a menu that is nothing short of legendary, and you have an unforgettable evening. That was the experience that awaited 150 attendees on Thursday, November 19, when the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation welcomed Ann-Marie MacDonald for their annual fundraising event.
The evening began with a reception where 13-year old prodigy Augustin Wright astounded and delighted guests with his piano and cello playing. Ann-Marie mingled with guests, signed books and answered countless questions.
Ann-Marie MacDonald is not only a highly regarded Canadian author, but is also an actor, playwright and CBC broadcaster. Her accomplishments are many. To list a few, both her first and second novels, Fall on Your Knees, (1996) and The Way the Crow Flies, (2003) were international best sellers, and short-listed for the prestigious Giller Prize. Similarly her first solo-authored play, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) was honoured with the Chalmers Award, the Governor General's Award, and the Canadian Authors' Association Award.
Ann-Marie is currently the first Mordecai Richler Writer in Residence at Concordia University in Montreal. Richler's personal library and effects surround her and from there she sends both informative and amusing digital dispatches. We were entertained by Dispatch 2 entitled Generation Tough. There was Ann-Marie juggling Mordecai Richler's typewriter on stacks of books, confessing she "would not last an ergonomic second if she had to produce her books on a typewriter." Says she, "I am a postwar, baby boom, fragile writer where everything has to be ergonomically correct."
We were also treated to two readings from Adult Onset, described as a "masterpiece" in an October 03, 2014 Globe and Mail book review. It is an intimate and compelling novel, acknowledged by Ann-Marie to draw heavily from personal experiences.
Ann-Marie divulged that she is passionate about libraries and about reading—a passion clearly shared by everyone in the room. The West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation’s Third Annual Preeminent Authors Dinner was a remarkable evening, and the money raised will help cement our library’s position as a place of excellence for many years to come.
View the North Shore News' photos of this event.
2014 Fundraising Event – An Evening with Joseph Boyden
One hundred and forty-eight guests were thoroughly entertained on Thursday, November 20 at the West Vancouver Library Foundation's 2nd Annual Eminent Authors Dinner featuring Joseph Boyden. The evening began with a reception where Joseph happily mingled with guests, signing everything from his books, to tickets and even arms!
Maria LeRose, the evening's host, introduced Joseph as the winner of Canada Reads 2014 for The Orenda, 2008 Scotiabank Giller prize winner for Through Black Spruce, Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize (2005) for Three Day Road and international bestselling author; a very appropriate speaker for a room filled with readers. The legendary buffet at the Capilano Golf and Country Club satisfied guests as they listened to Joseph Boyden's extraordinary performance.
For over an hour, the audience listened, laughed and sang as Joseph told the story of the creation of his three novels. Surprised and delighted, the audience discovered Joseph had hidden musical talents as he punctuated his talk with the harmonica and mouth harp. Fitting to the evening's cause, we learned that he might not have become a writer had his mother not regularly brought he and his 10 siblings to the library to explore and find their way in the literary world.
Amusing, entertaining, informative, the West Vancouver Library Foundation's 2nd Annual Eminent Authors Dinner was truly a great evening that raised over $50,000. That money will be used to ensure our Library remains a place to come and explore, and to cultivate future Joseph Boydens.
Thank you to our Sponsors!
Booktopia Children's Literature Festival
The 10th anniversary of Booktopia was another great success. With record attendance, this year was bigger, better and bookier than ever, thanks in no small part to the generous contributions of the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation, a longstanding partner. Thank you to the Foundation for its generosity, its commitment to this important community event and for helping to make Booktopia 2014 the best Booktopia ever!
WVML Foundation Sponsors Youth Chess Tournament
On Sunday, April 27, the Library's Welsh Hall was a buzz with 47 students competing in the North Shore Youth Chess Tournament. Led by Chess in School's Luc Poitras, the young participants calculated, checked and strategized for an entire afternoon. The Foundation was extremely proud to sponsor this unique event for our community's aspiring chess masters in grades 2 through 7.
2013 Fundraising Event - A Night of Adventure with Wade Davis
On Tuesday, November 19, the Library Foundation was delighted to host Canada's celebrity Anthropologist, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and CBC Massey Lecturer, Wade Davis. This sold out fundraiser for 160 guests was held at the Capilano Golf and Country Club and raised over $45,000. Guests were treated to a remarkable presentation about his award-winning book Into the Silence about the Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest. Wade's exceptional gift for storytelling had the audience captivated all evening and he happily signed books and mingled with guests.
WE WISH TO GIVE A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS WHO MADE THE EVENING POSSIBLE
DONOR APPRECIATION NIGHTS
Many of the wonderful enhancements at the Library would not be possible without the financial support of generous donors. The Foundation, on occasion, hosts a special Evening of Thanks in recognition of those kind and philanthropic-minded individuals.