On November 8, 2006, the Downtown Vancouver Association hosted an event at the Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Arts, to introduce an online communication centre to give community leaders the ability to learn about and contribute to conversations about issues, ideas, and initiatives that could contribute to our common community interests and the future of Vancouver.
For sixty years, the role of the Downtown Vancouver Association has been to identify opportunities and create conversation around ideas that would contribute to improving the vitality of Downtown Vancouver.
The Association contributed to creating the Downtown Parking Authority, the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, and Tourism Vancouver, and has influenced the thinking and decision-making of elected and appointed officials in the City of Vancouver, in Metro Vancouver, and in the British Columbia Government.
The idea for Vancouver Community Forums was introduced to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the Downtown Vancouver Association.
Vancouver Community Forums are about creating conversations where information is exchanged, ideas are freely expressed, understanding is increased, connections are made, and ideas are created around common community interests.
Vancouver Community Forum Events may be created to begin a conversation, keep a conversation going, or engage more people in conversation. Forum events give people first hand information and opportunities for creating connections. Some conversations may have a single presenter, some may have several presenters, some may be an experience. Conversations are moderated.
Forum Events will showcase ideas, initiatives, and contributions by community contributors and community-minded businesses. Vancouver Community Forums will create and co-host events with other community contributors. Some events will have a fee. Some will be hosted.