Places That Matter: Community Celebration

Celebrate our local stories and history!

Wednesday, February 21
6:30pm – 9pm (Program 7pm – 8pm)

Kitsilano Neighbourhood House (Main Hall), 2305 W 7th Ave

Celebrate the local, cultural and lesser known history of our city with a free evening of storytelling, community and refreshments. Local comedian Morgan Brayton will serve as MC introducing several speakers connected to memorable sites honoured through the Places That Matter program. There will be opportunities to share your own stories, or just listen in, as well as explore community booths, the plaque project and the Community History Resource. Join a Kits House community potluck on the main floor from 5:30-6:30pm, before the event.

About the Master of Ceremonies

Morgan Brayton is a comedy writer and performer who lives in Vancouver with her family and an excessive number of cats. A Canadian Comedy Award nominee, you may have heard Morgan on CBC’s The Debaters or seen her on BC’s Knowledge Network. When not playing a wide range of roles in film and television such as Cashier #2 or Customer, Morgan can be found live on stage as part of one of Vancouver's hottest comedy shows, The Lady Show.




A few participants in the Places That Matter plaque project will be joining us to tell personal stories about their respective sites.

  • Jordan Wilson, c̓əsnaʔəm
  • Charles Flavelle, Choklit Park
  • Larry Chan and Suelina Quan, Walter and Mary Lee Chan House & the Fight to Save Strathcona
  • Steve Ram, Punjabi Market
  • Vanessa Richards, Hogan's Alley

Participating Organizations and Individuals

A number of community groups and organizations will be participating in this event with tables and displays showcasing more about their unique organizations and how they are making a difference in Vancouver. We invite you to drop by throughout the evening to learn more about each group. There will be books and publications for sale and on offer.

  • Joanna Yang & Phebe Ferrer, Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Program at UBC
  • Britney Quail & Cindy Rowell,  BC Heritage Fairs
  • Jason Beck, BC Sports Hall of Fame * books for sale
  • John Atkin, PTM Site Selection Committee and Researcher-  Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC *books for sale
  • Terry Slack, Celtic Island Community and Celtic Slough
  • Heather Gordon, City of Vancouver Archives
  • Ulduz Maschaykh, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
  • Maurice Guibord, la Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique
  • Hogan’s Alley Working Group
  • Alyssa Routtenberg, Jewish Museum and Archives of BC
  • Rob Howatson,  Loretta Lynn & the Chicken Coop Story
  • Vanessa CampbellMusqueam Language and Culture Department
  • Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre
  • Kate Chong, PNE (Pacific National Exhibition)* books for sale
  • Melanie Hardbattle, South Asian History,  Simon Fraser University Special Collections
  • Michael Kluckner, PTM Site Selection Committee Member and Researcher & Vancouver Historical Society * books for sale