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Why Vancouver? Why You?

Thank you to all entrants. Please visit the semifinalist page to view the top ten essays as determined by our panel and the public voting. Click here to view the top ten

Human Enough

By Karen Giesbrecht

My most unique and most quintessential Vancouver experiences are one and the same. One sunny afternoon, I was walking down East Hastings, toward a café where I was about to convene a few culinary friends and some hungry neighbourhood residents for a cooking group. I had been doing this twice a month for several years, […]

Vancouver The Melting Pot I Grew Up In

By Jeanette Girardi

Vancouver truly has its inspiring beauty. It catches you at every glance around the city. But I know Vancouver, because I grew up in the true Vancouver, the Vancouver of neighbourhoods of immigrants from all over. I grew up on East 5th Avenue with Victoria Drive to the east and Commercial Drive to the west. […]

My Muse

By Laura Gobbo

I have lived in Vancouver my entire life. I didn’t have an epiphany moment when I decided to move to this beautiful city. No, I have always been here. I can see the mountains from my back porch, green with clouds skimming the top or fresh with snow. I can put my feet in the […]

The Fall and Grace in Vancouver

By Lucy Goncalves

As a young adult I was a bit naïve and sometimes it led me into dangerous predicaments. One event especially comes to mind. I had a date with my boyfriend to attend a concert at the UBC Chan Centre. Beforehand, I went sailing at Jericho Beach with the Disabled Sailing Association. It was a beautiful, […]

I Could Close My Eyes and Find My Way

By Mack Gordon

When I was a teenager, my friends and I would road trip to Vancouver to visit a friend from Summer camp. She lived on Southwest Marine just off Dunbar. To us, then, it was the rural centre of the city. Her mom would take us Downtown to see concerts by our favourite bands; groups that […]

Vancouver: My journey into her heart

By Christie Graham

I’ve had a passionate affair with Vancouver. From childhood crushes to adulthood embraces, fiery departures to heart-warming reunions, it’s matured into a sustainable loving relationship. My first crush hit during Expo 86. I was ten, and we were visiting family like we did every summer from Ontario. My brother and I were thrilled with the […]

It’s not About the City, It’s About the People.

By Jennica Graham

When I moved to Vancouver, almost 7 years ago, the city Vancouver enticed me with sunny restaurant patios, seaside bike trails, hip coffee culture, bountiful farmers markets, snow capped mountain window views and pretty much the coolest, hippest people ever. I remember feeling so certain that the city of Vancouver was our destiny shortly after […]

The Adventures of a Reluctant Sailor

By Tessa Grogan

I was 15 years old when my mom purchased an old Catalina 27 sailboat. She had always dreamed of having her own boat since she visited Greece in her teens. Of course I was happy for my mom; she sacrificed a lot to provide for my brother and I —It was good to see her […]

From a Simple Smile

By Rizalina Guilatco Carr

Many people have suggested that Vancouver is an unfriendly city, but I have a different perspective. True friendship grows slowly and, at least for me, this city has provided fertile soil for that growth. But it required the courage on my part to smile and be open. It was almost 34 years ago when my […]

A Liminal Occupancy

By Pamela Hutchins

Dedicated to my family: Aunt Darleen; to my friend: Betty Cotton; and to her: Vancouver. Throughout my life, I have embraced oscillation, and what I mean by that is, I love it all: hip-hop and ballet; winter and summer; city and country—and I love it equally. I have since a young age and continue to […]

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