What’s On the Table?

On the Table is an event that brings together people across BC to make new connections, and talk about what matters most to us. Great things happen over shared food and conversation. We learn more about what connects us. We discover new dreams for our neighbourhoods and communities. This September 13th, you are invited to join others and share what's on your mind.

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  • What is On the Table?

    On the Table is an invitation from Vancouver Foundation for people, organizations, and communities across BC to come together, share some food, and have conversations about what matters most to them. All the topics that are discussed will be collected and shared—giving us an exciting snapshot of what’s on people’s minds across the province right now. It’s a fun, meaningful opportunity for people everywhere to meet, gather, and share!

  • Do all events have to take place on September 13th?

    Most On the Table events will take place on September 13th so we can make a splash in social media—but don’t worry if you’re too busy on that day. Local events can take place anytime between September 13th and 16th, 2018.

  • Where should On the Table events take place?

    You can host On the Table in any place that inspires people to talk. It could be your local library or office breakroom, a neighbourhood restaurant or a nearby park, church, or recreation centre. Many people will host at home, around their own kitchen table. What matters most is that people come together, share some food, and have a conversation.

  • How many people should I invite?

    As many or as few as you like. We recommend about 8 to 12 people per table. This way, everyone has a chance to listen and contribute to the conversation.

  • Does it have to be a meal?

    Not at all! People should have something to eat, but it doesn’t matter what. You can serve something simple like coffee and cake or chips and dip. Put together a four-course meal if you want to—or even ask your guests to bring something and make it a potluck.

  • What is the theme of the conversations?

    Ideas and conversation starters will be provided in the On the Table host toolkit, but typically the host will choose the focus of the conversation or let the topic arise organically from the group around the table.

  • Who provides the food?

    Each On the Table host provides the food—or asks their guests to bring something to share. It’s entirely flexible, and up to each host how big or small they want their event to be.

  • What kind of information is required to register?

    Registration will take place through the On the Table website, and will require the host’s name, email address, and postal code. Registration to host opens on June 1 at onthetablebc.com.

    Until then you can sign up for our newsletter to stay in the loop!

  • I want to host two events. How do I register?

    Whether you’re hosting one On the Table as an individual and another as part of your organization—or multiple events on your own—you’ll need to register separately for each event. This will help us keep track of how many events are happening, and make sure each one is supported by its own host toolkit.

  • How can I let my guests know about my event?

    Ensure your guests know about your event early by downloading and emailing them this “Save the Date” notification. We will also provide you with an invitation template so you are able to personalize your event information and manage your guest list easily.

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  • Why is Vancouver Foundation doing this?

    This year is our 75th anniversary, and we want our celebration to be about something bigger than us. That’s why we’re inviting everyone across BC to be part of it. One thing we’ve learned through our work is that people are longing for a deeper connection to their neighbours and community. On the Table gives us all a chance to do something about it. Great things happen when we come together, share food, and have a conversation.

  • How can I spread the word?

    We encourage you and your guests to share your thoughts and experiences with us before, during and after your event using the hashtag #onthetablebc.

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