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West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation

Environmental Strategy Retreat

We are collaborating with other organizations and First Nations involved in the Tar Sands Campaign (TSC) to implement a training, networking and information sharing retreat to bring together individuals working on tar sands issues. The TSC is a complex campaign that includes native and non-native activists from across BC, related campaigns in Europe, the US, and Canada, on diverse topics of pipelines, markets, and tar sands production. Ensuring our wide range of campaigners have the capacity to collaborate effectively been a challenge. In 2012 we overcame this through a retreat for over 80 activists that focused on skill building, learning, and network strengthening. It was an incredible success and led to significant cross border organizing, cross sector collaboration and better practices in communications. In 2013, we would like to hold the Retreat again with a focus on new priorities as identified from 2012 evaluations, such as more in depth strategic planning and training on how to connect and engage BC residents and communities. We will offer a minimum of 30 scholarships.

West Kootenay Environmental Centre

Engaging West Kootenay Industry Stakeholders in a Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Future

To avoid global warming beyond 1.5C by 2100 we need to decarbonize by 2050. Each country and community needs to do its fair share to transition to a 100% renewable energy economy to avoid the worst climate impacts. Cities are leading the transition at the community-level, which includes transportation, electricity and buildings. As cities lead, industry’s carbon pollution must be addressed to reach 100% renewable. We’re working with local governments and industry workers to clarify the government’s relationship with industry in the transition to renewables, and with local residents to garner support for renewable energy in communities that rely on carbon-intensive industry for local jobs.

West Kootenay Women's Association Nelson & District Women's Centre

Rooted in Community

To create an innovative and comprehensive community-based volunteer training program accessible to all residents in the Nelson area. The training will be using an anti-oppression framework and include workshops from a variety of different social service organizations discussing the services they offer, the challenges they address in the community and volunteer opportunities in their organizations. The training will take place over several weeks, giving participants not only the time necessary to find the right fit between themselves and a volunteer opportunity, but also to create connections and a network of support with each other.

Western Canada Theatre Company Society

Replacing the Pavilion Theatre HVAC System

We plan to replace the heating and cooling system in the Pavilion Theatre. The building was originally renovated in 1982. The system was a series of reconditioned units at that time and has not been replaced since. The Pavilion Theatre building houses our offices, our production shops, the box office and the 150 seat black box theatre. We lease the building from the City of Kamloops for $1 per year but are then responsible for all required upgrades and maintenance. The assessment from our mechanical engineer calls for $125,000 replacement of the system. Over the next few months, we will tender the project. We have $50,000 in hand from the City in the form of a repayable grant. We have applied to the BC Arts Council for funding and are eligible for support from the City and the Thompson Nicola Regional District, so are in the process of applying for Federal Gas Tax Credits. We collect capital improvement fees on all of our tickets but have mounted a low key capital campaign as well. The replacement of the HVAC system must happen to ensure WCT's and the Arts community's sustainability.

Whistler Animals Galore Society

Volunteer training videos project

This proposal presents an approach and methodology that meets and requirements of the RFP while presenting a program that enhances volunteer experience and will save valuable staff resources for years to come. If successful, this project will include creating training videos for volunteer orientation, which will enhance the quality of volunteer training, reduce pressure on staff training, and hopefully increase volunteer retention by showing the diversity of volunteer roles and opportunities at WAG and giving volunteers a comprehensive understanding of how the shelter operates.

Wild Ocean Whale Society

Project Disentangle

Whales face a gauntlet of potential threats including those from entanglement of an undocumented number of prawn and crab fishing trap gear. To instigate policy and procedural changes, Wild Ocean Whale Society (WOWs) is addressing the basic systemic issue by documenting and mapping the hazards to these animals, as well as boaters, for the enactment of policy change. Wild Ocean Whale Society (WOWs) efforts towards open educational access to research data and awareness will, with our documented data obtained through this project, continue to educate those fishing in our waters as well as the general public which will lead to policy and procedures changes to benefit the community at large.

Wildlife Rehabilitators Network

Exploring needs and capacity required for a provincial Wildlife Rehabilitation Resource Hub

There is an increasing demand for humane care for distressed wildlife in BC, paired with a growing public expectation that wildlife rehabilitators provide care that meets professional standards comparable to those in place for companion or exotic animals. There are not enough qualified wildlife rehabilitators to meet this need, and insufficient access to formal, relevant, and affordable training resources for aspiring or practicing rehabilitators. Identifying sustainable channels to increase the number of wildlife rehabilitators in BC will enhance wildlife welfare in the province while promoting public safety by ensuring distressed wildlife is humanely cared for by licensed professionals.

Wildlife Rescue Association of British Columbia

Developing Financial Sustainability through an Expanded Donor Base

This project will focus on building WRA's development capacity by: - Purchasing a new donor database. Our current database is woefully inadequate for our current and projected needs, especially as we aggressively grow out donor base in the coming years. - Acquiring new donors through direct mail (DM). While DM is not suseful with certain audiences and is expensive, it is effective for acquiring new donors from an older demographic, which our donor base has a significant portion of. We are planning a 5000 piece mail-out to select neighbourhoods in central and north Burnaby and Vancouver. - Hiring a consultant to help build our capacity in undertaking email and website donor prospecting. We have email addresses for most of the people who bring wildlife to the Care Centre. The challenge is how to cost effectively covert these prospects into donors. An email - website prospect campaign is an effective means of acquiring donors, but we require assistance in this relatively new area of fundraising. Developing new publications: planed giving brochure and wildlife 'finders' form.

Website Development

The WRA is planning a complete redevelopment of its website. This project will provide important new features, services and upgrades that will create a better communications tool to engage, inform and inspire the community about our important work for wildlife.

WISH Drop-In Centre Society

Mainstream Employment Opportunities Initiative

Many women involved in street-based sex work are reliant on it as their sole source of income. Without alternative sources of income, women may put themselves at risk so that they can make a living. For women who wish to seek mainstream employment, opportunities are limited and barriers are high: e.g., stigma, lack of employment history, and criminal records. Facilitating mainstream employment opportunities for current and former sex workers will allow them to make safer choices, and to potentially see a path out of sex work if they choose to do so. Systemic changes have the potential to also create greater access to employment opportunities for other marginalized groups in the DTES.

Women Against Violence Against Women WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre

Inclusion Project: Community Consultation and Policy Development

Half of all transgender people will experience sexual assault. Although sexual assault supports exist in Vancouver none are designed specifically to support trans and gender non-conforming survivors and many services exclude them altogether. Since 1982, WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre has supported women who have been sexually assaulted. Through consultation with stakeholders in the trans and gender non-conforming community we will create a plan to provide sexual assault services to trans and gender non-conforming survivors. Developing support services that center the unique needs of trans and gender non-conforming survivors ensures that will have access to healing and justice after sexual assault

World Wildlife Fund Canada

British Columbia Water Polling

WWF is proposing to plan and execute a short-term, timely and detailed polling project to provide our organization, and our partners, with a solid base of information to understand the interests, concerns and values of the residents of B.C. with respect to freshwater resources and ecosystems. This project has two main purposes/goals: 1. To gain an understanding of the values, interests and concerns of the B.C. public with respect to freshwater resources and ecosystems, providing a base of information for NGOs and others to use in strategies and campaigns aimed at improving water policy and management in the province; and 2. To educate the B.C. public on the importance of water to their economy, health and environment, and on the importance and need for water policy reform to secure safe, reliable water supplies and a healthy aquatic ecosystems.

Yayoi Theatre Movement Society


Medea is a 90-minute contemporary Noh performance based on Medea, a Greek tragedy by Euripides (431 BC) and Aoi No Uye (Princess Hollyhock) a Noh play by Zenchiku Ujinobu (1414-1499). The company will produce an interpretation of these tragedies using the lead female character, Medea, as the point of artistic departure. The company has invited Paras Terezakis to choreograph, with artistic direction by Yayoi Hirano. Terezakis' distinct style of choreography will compliment the formal and traditionally stylized movements conceived by Hirano through movement and her carved masks. The collaboration will challenge both directors to imagine, experiment and build towards a new form that incorporates the traditions of Noh theatre, mask and puppetry with contemporary dance. Medea will also include a Noh chant chorus of 8 participants and 15 pieces performed by pianist Sara Davis Buechner. She will explore compositions from the 1400-1500s similar to the Shakespearean era. A life-sized puppet will be created by Japanese puppet maker, Sayo Umeda.

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative Foundation

Engaging Communities and First Nations in the Peace River Break

Y2Y seeks to protect wildlife habitat, preserve wildlife movement, and enlist community support so that wildlife populations in the Peace River Break (PRB) remain healthy and connected to those in Alberta’s mountain parks and northern B.C. Since 2008, Y2Y has worked with northern communities to develop a conservation vision for habitat protection and conservation throughout the PRB. Partners include First Nations, the District of Hudson’s Hope, environmental groups, and the University of Northern B.C. Together we have completed a conservation vision map and strategic plan. Y2Y recently hired a full-time Peace River Break Coordinator, based in Chetwynd, to expand and implement this conservation strategy, including advocating for new protected areas. We have secured 3-years of funding for this position, and are seeking support from Vancouver Foundation to help cover travel costs to First Nations’ and non-First Nations’ communities, venue rental, and the creation of a new multimedia presentation and communications materials to promote the conservation vision.

Young Naturalists' Club of BC

Exploring Collective Impact to support an Enduring Nature Connection for Children to Older Youth

By exploring innovative ways to collaborate the organizations involved in this project will result in a continuum of opportunity for young people to a) build a deep connection to the natural world; b) develop agency to take action to protect it; and c) work to connect others with nature. Currently, organizations work in silos often with a particular age group or emphasis. There are few examples of organizations easing the transition for children and youth from programs offered by one organization to another. As a result, children may participate for a period of time with an organization but may be “dropped” when they age-out of one program or organization. With a collective impact (or similar) strategy, we can foster a highly supported cohort of children to develop into Nature Champions, who are able to influence the system as adults, both as parents and through their chosen careers. Through this project we will: 1) Invite 4-6 select environmental organizations working in BC, Natural Leaders Participants, as well as youth involved with these organizations, to participate in a facilitated dialogue about how we can create a “continuum of opportunity” for young people between our organizations and programs 2) Explore different models of collaboration that could be tested including a broader collective impact framework. 3) Determine if there is a readiness to proceed with a pilot for a new approach to address ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ in B.C.

YNC Nature Mentors Initiative

The Young Naturalists' Club of BC (YNC) gets children aged 5-14 outside discovering nearby nature and experiencing hands-on learning about the natural sciences through: volunteer-led Nature Clubs in communities across BC, field trips with inspirational local experts, Citizen Science Projects and an Action Awards program. This grant will support the development of a nature mentors program by developing a database linking passionate biologists, naturalists and environmental educators with BC youth, creating a legacy of environmental awareness and action.