Annual General Meeting – 2017 December 14

Thursday at 7 p.m.

Venue: Tommy Douglas Library, 7311 Kingsway

Culture Chats Membership is open to all. See Contact Page for details


Annual Report will be presented at the AGM


Language based games and literary expressions

26 October 2017

10 am to 12 pm

•    Community event to explore language and culture through fun word games and readings based in local literature
•    Facilitated introduction to expressive writing and multicultural discussions
•    The word games/board games will be themed on Canada 150.

Play Games and Win Prizes

Free Entry and Open to All. Light refreshments will be provided


Facilitator: Shauna Paull

Shauna Paull is a poet, educator and community advocate. She completed an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia in 1999. Since then, she has led creative writing workshops at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Shauna also works together with marginalized communities in the lower mainland for mobility and labour rights and for legislative reform.  Her book of poems, roughened in undercurrent was published in April 2008 by Leaf Press. New work is published in Forcefield: 77 Women Poets of British Columbia (mothertongue, 2013).


Author Readings and Book Club Reviews

27 October 2017

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Wherever I Find Myself is an anthology of stories edited by Miriam Matejova and published by Caitlin Press. It includes stories by twenty four Canadian immigrant women who share their experiences and reminisce pieces of their lives in different countries and corners of the globe


Editor: Miriam Matejova

Miriam Matejova is a writer and researcher, currently pursuing a PhD in Political Science at the University of British Columbia. Her creative writing often explores issues of immigration, displacement and belonging. Her work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Her Circle, The Inconsequential and several travel magazines. She is one of the contributors to Caitlin Press’ This Place a Stranger: Canadian Women Travelling Alone, and an editor of the Project Nightingale literary journal.

In the words of Miriam, “My vision was to offer a collection that exposes the immigrant experience as it truly is — filled not only with hope and gratitude but also with the sense of loneliness, alienation and disconnection from one’s old home.”

The Culture Chats Book Club meets once a month to read and discuss international stories based in diverse cultures and contexts. Some of our members will review selected books from the book club reading list and share their reflections. Join us for an evening of literary discussion and cultural exploration. Add interesting titles to your own reading list.

This event is suitable for adults. Free Entry and Open to all. Light refreshments will be provided.

In the words of one of our book club members, “Culture Chats has given me the wonderful opportunity to read books I would not necessarily have chosen myself and to discuss them with a group who also love sharing the thoughts and experiences the book brought to them.  I come away with new perspectives and that’s a good feeling”.

Intercultural Story Time

28 October 2017

2 pm to 4 pm

We welcome parents and children to join Culture Chats for this unique event
Discover children’s folk and fairy tales from diverse cultures.

⦁    Come to the library, pick any book from the collection of storybooks we will provide and read to your child. There will be some facilitated activities.
⦁    If you have moved to Burnaby from another country maybe you would like to share your favorite story from childhood with the group of parents and children there!
⦁    Please note: you do not have to read – you could also simply TELL your story from memory..

Format:  Reading books, sharing stories, group discussion

Recommended age of children is 3 years to 10 years.


Facilitator: Naomi Steinberg

For 15 years, Naomi Steinberg has brought storytelling to the international stage, as well as developing and delivering workshops in elementary/high schools, universities, conferences, and festivals. Workshops are a chance to have fun while building confidence and community.

“Everyone that works with [Naomi] learns from her including students and adults. She is inquisitive and consistently asks questions and seeks to understand the needs of a learner in order to better assist them.  She is also comfortable in the milieu of the classroom and adaptable in a variety of situations.  She is friendly and kind towards the students and is able to re-direct them and address needs as they arise. Naomi is a reliable and responsible artist.”
Susan Stevenson, Principal, Mt. Pleasant Elementary School, 2012