VIRL’s 2018 Annual Report Bridges Divides and Tells Our Story

June 5, 2019


Wednesday, June 5, 2019, Vancouver Island, BC: Vancouver Island Regional Library’s (VIRL) 2018 Annual Report, which was passed by VIRL’s Board of Trustees at the June 1, 2019 meeting, is a reflection on the year that was, a celebration of our successes, and an opportunity to tell stories of how we positively impacted lives and encouraged lifelong learning and literacy in the communities we serve.

“Whether it was the dance program in Nanaimo that helped six teen girls discover the expressive and healing power of dance, the system-wide Indigenous Voices initiative that swept across our service area, the entire month catered to our LGBTQ2+ community, or the adult-focused shadow puppet show on Haida Gwaii, 2018 was a year to celebrate,” says VIRL’s Executive Director Rosemary Bonanno. “Libraries reflect back to us our potential, our challenges, and our opportunities — they’re the bridges that connect us all.”

The 2018 Annual Report has the theme of Bridging the Divide. Coupled with rich imagery and graphics, the 2018 Annual Report tells story after story of the many ways our libraries brought people together, made people feel welcome, helped share new ideas and perspectives, and promoted diversity and learning.

“At its core, the report is a reflection of our staff’s passion for library services and community,” says Bonanno. “I would like to thank everyone at VIRL for inspiring creativity and creation, expanding access and awareness about our system and services, developing transformative and thought-provoking programs and initiatives, and ensuring that our spaces were open and welcoming to everyone. Our staff are the drivers of our success and impact.”

Here’s a snapshot of some of the stories found in the report:

  • VIRL’s Indigenous Voices initiative that swept across our service area
  • LGBTQ2+ programming and promotions
  • An adult-themed shadow puppet show that drew big crowds in Masset
  • The transformative power of dance for teens in Nanaimo
  • A state-of-the-art new website for VIRL
  • The roadshow that brought STEAM awareness to rural and remote communities

The 2018 report is entirely digital and web-based, making it accessible and attractive on any device or platform.

Follow this link to view the 2018 Annual Report.

For more information
David Carson, Director, Corporate Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Direct: 250.753.1154 ex 248
Cell: 250.327.3651