City of Nanaimo – Social Planning Department

City of Nanaimo – Social Planning Department

Living History is an oral history project in which seniors in our community tell their life stories to a live audience at local venues.  The stories cover a wide range of topics; some people have told stories about the early days of Nanaimo, some have told stories

about significant world events that they witnessed or were affected by, some have shared their personal history.

The format is this; we rent a community based facility like the “Presentation Room” at Wellington High School for four consecutive Tuesday nights in February, identify up to four speakers for each evening and invite the general public to come and hear the stories.  The first Living History series was held in November of 2016; the response was exceptional, averaging more than 60 audience members each evening with many returning for each night of the series. The stories have been compelling, moving, insightfull and funny, sometimes all in one story.  With financial support from the Government of Canada the City of Nanaimo’s Social Planning function will be presenting two of these series each year for the next three years.  The next one is scheduled for February of 2017, at the presentation room of Wellington High School on Mexicana road, just off Departure Bay road.  Attendance is free and no registration is required.


City Builders

Making Nanaimo an age friendly community is the basis of the City Builders initiative.  The City of Nanaimo’ Social Planning department has entered into a partnership with a group of Nanaimo based non-profit agencies and the Government of Canada to support making Nanaimo an Age Friendly community.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO) an Age Friendly city encourages active ageing by optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life for all residents.

The goal of the project is to assess the built environment of our community for age friendliness, develop a list of actions to address identified shortcomings and then implement solutions.  An example might be the placement of a bench at a bus stop, or the addition of a street light at a dark corner.  We hope to make the city a better place to live for seniors and others by changing the physical environment.

We invite you to be a part of the City Builders team, by participating in monthly meetings, by bringing forward areas that need some help to be more age friendly and by recommending infrastructure investments that will change the way people experience our city.

If you would like to take part please contact the project coordinator John Horn, Social Planner with the City of Nanaimo at 250-755-4491,



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