2022 JASNA Annual General Meeting
September 30 – October 2
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
“Sense and Sensibility in the City of Gardens”
The JASNA Victoria Region is excited to invite JASNA members to the west coast of Canada to celebrate Jane Austen’s first published novel, Sense and Sensibility. First drafted as Elinor and Marianne in 1795, the novel as we know it today wasn’t published until approximately 16 years later on October 30, 1811. The title page of that first edition named the author only as “a Lady,” but her work has ensured Jane Austen’s immortality. Join us to explore Sense and Sensibility’s nuanced treatment of love, wealth, family, marriage, duty, honor . . . and dueling.
Our Region has a rich history. One of JASNA’s co-founders, Joan Austen-Leigh, was a native of Victoria, British Columbia. She also co-founded our Victoria Region, with the first informal meeting taking place on her boat, the Elizabeth Bennet. (The dinghy was the Mr. Darcy.)
Autumn is a beautiful season in our province’s capital. If you love gardens or share Marianne’s passion for (dead) leaves, you will certainly love spending a few days in our fair city! The beautiful fall foliage and crisp air make for beautiful long walks, and your eyes will be brightened by the exercise.
Victoria and the surrounding areas lie on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish and Lekwungen-speaking peoples. Colonially, Victoria is named for Queen Victoria of England. It is the capital city of British Columbia and located at the southern tip of Vancouver Island, very close to Vancouver and Seattle. Victoria has become a world-famous tourist destination and is often referred to as a mini-England. You will see double-decker buses, our famous hanging flower baskets, and pubs with names like the Sticky Wicket, Bard and Banker, and Penny Farthing. However, Victoria is a distinctly Canadian city with an appreciation for the outdoors. You can enjoy a whale-watching tour in our surrounding waters or check out the Robert Bateman museum, which contains art featuring wildlife and nature.
Our main conference hotel, The Fairmont Empress Hotel, colloquially known as The Empress, is one of downtown Victoria’s most famous landmarks and is, happily, situated on our Inner Harbour. It was built in 1908 and is Victoria’s grandest hotel, containing 464 rooms and suites and serving its luxurious, traditional English afternoon tea to more guests than most London hotels do. Two modern hotels will also provide rooms for our AGM guests, and all guest rooms will be an easy walk to our meeting space in Victoria’s light-filled and comfortable Conference Centre.
Our Region has exciting plans for speakers and special activities, all full of good sense and pleasing to the sensibilities. While we create a program that complements our Region and highlights our city’s uniqueness within Canada, as well as within JASNA, we leave you to “that sanguine expectation of happiness which is happiness itself.”