Program of Events

April 10/2021:  The Vancouver Region annual Jane Austen Day program will feature speakers in the morning and afternoon plus some specially planned activities. Here are  details of the a.m. and p.m. program. We hope you can come!

Program begins at 10:30, Pacific Time. To join this ZOOM presentation, please email the Regional Coordinator at



Our morning speaker will be Gordon Laco, Lead Technical Advisor and Historic Consultant for over 60 projects including the feature film “Master and Commander:  The Far Side of the World” set aboard a Royal Navy frigate in the year 1805. Mr. Laco’s topic will be “Life at Sea in the Royal Navy in Jane Austen’s Time.” As Jane’s brothers were in the navy during this period his reflections should be very pertinent and extremely interesting! In addition to serving as Captain of HMS BEE, a replica of an 1812 warship, Mr. Laco sits on the boards of Tall Ships Canada and Tall Ships America, and is a business consultant specializing in outfitting museum ships throughout North America.

After a lunch in the comfort of your home and a Q&A session, at 12:30 we will enjoy a live interview with Tony Elliott, a World War II British Navy veteran. Next will be a Scavenger hunt which organizers promise will be great fun!

At 1:45 p.m. we welcome our afternoon speaker Dr. Lise Gaston, Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria, and a specialist in Romanticism, the long Eighteenth-Century, Victorian literature and Women’s Writing. Her topic is “Jane Austen’s Bodies: Late Works and Family Legacy.” Dr. Gaston, who has studied the works of Frances Burney, Charlotte Smith and Ann Radcliffe as well as Jane Austen, will be available for questions.

The meeting will close at 2:30.

Please join us.