Detail from an advertisement for the Living History speaker series in last Thursday’s issue of the News Bulletin.

Nanaimo’s ‘Living History’ isn’t being forgotten

City announces return of speaker series for one night Nov. 19

Citizens have a chance to hear how and why some other longtime residents chose Nanaimo.

The City of Nanaimo and Seniors Connect are hosting a Living History speaker series event this Tuesday, Nov. 19, called Choosing Nanaimo.

The evening, described in a city press release as a “celebration event,” will feature “prominent Nanaimo residents sharing their stories of living and moving to Nanaimo.”

Speakers will include Craig Taylor, author of Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now and Return to Akenfield; Joan Brown, Snuneymuxw First Nation chief administrative officer; and Gunter Gutsche, an 89-year-old longboarder and post-war German immigrant. Carol Matthews, author of Questions for Ariadne and Minerva’s Owl, will introduce the speakers.

Mayor Leonard Krog said in a press release that Tuesday’s event is a special celebration of the past 19 speaker series events in recent years.

“This free event is a wonderful opportunity for community members to hear fascinating stories of the personal histories of people living in our community and about why Nanaimo is a special place to them,” Krog said.

After the speakers, there will be a reception with light refreshments and video highlights of previous speakers.

The event is 6:30-8 p.m. at the Shaw Auditorium at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre.

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