At the VHEC’s symposia on the Holocaust, students engage with a historian and a Holocaust Survivor Speaker. The symposia also include a film excerpt and a Q&A panel.

We offer 2 symposia options
for teachers and students:

Annual Symposium on the Holocaust

  • A symposium on the Holocaust held each spring for senior high school students.
  • Teachers and students engage with a historian, Holocaust Survivor Speakers and a keynote speaker. The symposium also includes a documentary film excerpt and a student Q&A panel.
  • This symposium is offered to diverse schools in the Lower Mainland.
  • The date for the upcoming Annual Symposium is to be confirmed.
  • Space is limited. Schools on a wait list from the previous year will be given priority.

To sign up, follow these simple steps:

  1. Contact Us with the subject line: Annual Symposium on The Holocaust
  2. Indicate the name of your school and how many students would like to attend the symposium.
  3. A staff member will then follow up with you.

District-wide Symposia

  • Half-day district-wide symposia are held October through May every year in various school districts throughout Lower Mainland school districts, as shown below.
  • Each symposium consists of a historical overview of the Holocaust, a documentary film excerpt, a Holocaust Survivor Speaker presentation and a student Q&A period.
  • Known dates and locations for 2019 are listed below and others will be posted on an ongoing basis.

To sign up, follow these simple steps:

  1. Contact Us with the subject line: School District Symposium
  2. Indicate which symposium you would like to attend, the name of your school, and how many students would like to attend the symposium
  3. A staff member will then follow up with you.

2019 Schedule

DistrictDate & Time
Vancouver, MageeWednesday, January 16, 2019
West Vancouver, RockridgeTuesday, February 5, 2019
Burnaby, MoscropThursday, February 14, 2019
West Vancouver, Kay MeeksWednesday, February 20, 2019
LangleyWednesday, February 27, 2019
DeltaTuesday, April 9, 2019
North VancouverWednesday, April 24, 2019
Surrey, Sullivan HeightsWednesday, April 24, 2019
AbbotsfordTuesday, May 14, 2019
New WestminsterThursday, May 16, 2019

Our Generous Supporters

District-wide Symposia
Generously supported by the Michael Levy Family, The Lohn Foundation and the VHEC Lovi Memorial Endowment Fund in honour of Anna (Abrahamsohn) Lovi, Dr. Joseph Lovi and Dr. Marta Lovi.

Additional support provided by the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver & the Province of BC.

Annual Symposium
Generously supported by VHEC Funds: Lilli and Izak Folk Memorial Endowment Fund, Edwina and Paul Heller Holocaust Education Fund, Joseph and Mary Bulles Legacy Endowment Fund, Sid and Sylvia Eibschutz Endowment Fund, Sophie Waldman Endowment Fund, Leo Krell Memorial Book Fund, Meyer and Gita Kron Fund, Ruth Kron Sigal for Excellence in Holocaust Education, and the Lehrer Endowment Fund. 

Additional support provide by The Lohn Foundation, Michael Levy Family, Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, UBC and the Province of BC.

What Students Say

This symposium was informative, engaging, and though provoking. It really put a ‘human face’ on the Holocaust. The symposium is an excellent supplement to in-class education.

Surrey District teacher"...excellent supplement to in-class education"

“There were many new insights and perspectives discussed that stimulated me to think critically about central issues surrounding the Holocaust and its effect on present conflicts.”

Grade 12 student"...Really made me think"