To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Canada, Vancouver Island Regional Library launched an oral history project called “Tell Us Your Story” which aimed to tap into our rich tapestry and celebrate our unique stories and histories. 

VIRL staff collected 133 stories between July 1st and November 11th of 2017. The stories were collected at some of our 39 libraries as far South as Sidney and as far North as Massett on Haida Gwaii. Stories were also collected at our Mobile Library events up and down the island. It was important that we gave people from all 39 communities that we serve the opportunity to have their stories heard as well!  Every branch in the system received its own digital recorder. The recorders were made possible in part by a Canada 150 Grant from the Nanaimo Foundation.

The resulting collection is as diverse as we and our communities are. There are amazing emigration stories, hopes for the future, reminders of those who were here first and even stories about patriotic tattoos.

Recent Submissions

  • Tell us your story 121 

    Hun, Amanada (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2017-07-08)
  • Tell us your story 120 

    Howett, Susan (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2017-08-30)
  • Tell us your story 119 

    Smith, Diana (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2017-08-31)
  • Tell us your story 118 

    Westbroek, Teunis (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2017-06-17)
  • Tell us your story 117 

    Cronin, Zoe (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2017-06-24)
  • Tell us your story 116 

    Gante, Shalema (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2017-06-24)
  • Tell us your story 115 

    Chandler, Joseph Gary (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2017-11-10)
  • Tell us your story 114 

    Nelson, Jenny (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2017-10-01)
  • Tell us your story 113 

    Nielsen, Bill (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2017-07-15)
  • Tell us your story 112 

    Sexton, Patti (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2017-06-17)
  • Tell us your story 111 

    Fiket, Amelia (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2017-07-05)
  • Tell us your story 110 

    Zeigler, Heather (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2017-07-05)
  • Tell us your story 109 

    Sy, Xia (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2017-07-08)
  • Tell us your story 108 

    Kishawi, Sara (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2017-07-08)
  • Tell us your story 107 

    Derby, David (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2017-07-08)
  • Tell us your story 106 

    Pandit, Chirag (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2017-07-08)
  • Tell us your story 105 

    Black, Alayna (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2017-07-05)
  • Tell us your story 104 

    Black, Ava (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2017-07-05)
  • Tell us your story 103 

    Jensen, Peggy (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2017-08-18)
  • Tell us your story 102 

    Sorensen, Emil (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2017-08-19)

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