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Global Youth Education Network Society

Fostering Change Community Organizing Jumpstart

Fostering Change Community Organizing Jumpstart will provide new community organizers with the skills, relationships and confidence to run effective campaigns. It involves 3 components: Component 1: Organize BC Core Training in the Lower Mainland for three youth from the Fostering Change network. Participants will learn: - How to tell their story to mobilize others to take action and gain insight into their own leadership potential - How to recruit and retain volunteers - How to devise an effective campaign strategy - How to select tactics that align with their strategic goals Component Two: At a Tactics Training in April, 25-40 participants will work collaboratively to design tactics for the Support the 700 campaign in the lead-up to the May 2017 provincial election. Component Three: From June 25-29, 2017, three youth will attend Campaign Bootcamp (a working title), a 5-day residential program that will bring together grassroots and non-profit movement builders to deepen their learning of effective campaigning and movement-building strategies. With support from skilled and experienced trainers, participants will be guided through creating ready-to-launch campaigns, and will walk away with the confidence to use their voice to campaign on the issues that matter to them. Participants will learn: - How to build campaign from beginning to end that centre marginalized voices - How to campaign in partnership with other movement builders

Golden and District Community Foundation

Golden's 6th Annual MasqueParade

Community arts activities will begin in December 2011 culminating in the festival week with the Masque Costume Ball on Friday, Feb. 17 and the Spirit Square Pageant/Parade & Street Dance on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. The MasqueParade is a community arts celebration that honours the history and cultural heritage of our mountain home. The 2.5 months of community engagement hearkens back to a time when neighbours joined together to make their own entertainment and bring meaning to their lives through celebration. It is about nurturing the artist in all of us and creating opportunities for self-expression. This community art making process engages young and old and draws upon our cultural diversity to create a theatrical spectacle that celebrates who we are and where we live.

Grandview-Woodland Community Policing Centre

RestART Pilot Project

With support from the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Police Department, this two year pilot seeks to achieve sustainability for an on-going program focussing on community-involved diversion from the criminal justice system. Through victim/offender mediation, and participation in all aspects of developing and completing non-destructive public art, RestART fosters broader involvement in other community activities through mentorship. The work focuses on community engagement to address illegal graffiti. Illegal graffiti arises when a person’s efforts at completing public art transgress into destructive behaviour, for themselves as well as the community, and they have entered the criminal justice system. Related issues include: a person’s sense of isolation from the community, self-esteem, need for other health services, and lack of prosocial alternatives. A key piece of work for the pilot project is the design and completion of an evaluation incorporating the delivery priorities of a targeted long-term funder, the Federal Crime Prevention Action Fund.

Grasslands Conservation Council of British Columbia

Private Land Protection - Exploring Options

The "Private Land Protection - Exploring Options" project seeks to explore an expanded role for the Grasslands Conservation Council of British Columbia (GCC) relating to the protection and conservation of priority grasslands across British Columbia. While grasslands represent only 1% of the provincial land base they provide habitat for over 30% of the province's species at risk. GCC would like to enhance its role around protection and conservation of critical habitats for species at risk on private land. We see a possible niche for using conservation covenants on agricultural lands that will enhance both biodiversity conservation and the economic vitality of agricultural producers.

Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society

Mobile Markets Feasibility Study

To this end, we have adopted a new vision to provide accessible, healthy and sustainable food for all, and a new mission to empower people to nourish themselves by providing access to healthy food, education and training. A central pillar of this new direction is a deeper focus on education and training as it relates to food literacy. Working collaboratively with government, health and community organizations and diverse supporters throughout the city and province, we will work to address the educational gaps around such things as food knowledge, cooking skills, nutrition, healthy food, local fresh food, food preservation and ultimately, food security.

Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance Society

Theatre Engagement Project

Metro Vancouver’s theatre community consists of over 80 theatre companies & even more individual artists & co-ops who are creating occasional theatrical projects. There are two large & a couple of mid sized companies & over 70 small to tiny theatre producers. There are cooperative pockets of organizations – primarily based on companies who share physical space, such as Progress Lab and PTC. However, for the most part, the Metro Vancouver theatre community is disconnected and many organizations are struggling in isolation, reaching out to small personal networks for information & support. The community shares core needs – such as the critical need for audience development, the need for professional and organizational development, & effective tools to share resources. And the often expressed need to be “in community” – to have more developed networks & opportunities to convene. To move from a feeling of working in isolation or small networks to a sense of working in community towards a stronger, healthier future. In late 2011 Dawn Brennan & Howard Jang began a series of informal conversations with theatre community members, with the objective of discussing how the Metro Vancouver theatre community could work together to build a stronger industry. In 2013 a steering committee was established; the committee developed and tested values & a Mission: To create a plan that will fuel social engagement and relevance for theatre in Metro Vancouver.

Green Thumb Theatre

The Crowd

In 2016, Green Thumb Theatre will partner with Studio 58 to bring a new Canadian play to life. The 15/16 season marks Green Thumb’s 40th anniversary and Studio’s 50th. To celebrate, we are coming together to commission Governor General Award winner George F Walker, arguably the most celebrated English Canadian playwright, to write a new play specifically for Studio 58's post secondary conservatory theatre training program. This project will be immeasurably beneficial to the students working on the play. The bulk of work available to emerging theatre artists in Canada is new work, which continues to be revised and edited right up until opening night. Students will finish this project with a deep understanding of the kind of focus, adaptability and attention to detail required when rehearsing new work, and the rehearsal rooms they enter in the professional sphere will be better for it. Because Walker is writing this play with the specific intent that its inaugural production will be at a theatre school, he will also be able to write to suit the needs of a theatre school, namely, he will be able to write a large cast play for a cast of more than a dozen people – something almost unheard of in contemporary Canadian playwriting. Not only will the play ensure that all students involved will be guaranteed a role they can passionately sink their teeth into, but it will also be one of the first large cast plays written by a celebrated Canadian playwright in the last 20 years.

Grendel Group (Family Advocates)

"Training For Growth"

Food security and healthy eating are of utmost concern for residents of the Bulkley Valley. Employers in the agricultural sector (local farms, garden markets, plant centres, etc) have expressed interest in hiring Grendel participants with well-developed horticulture skills. In order to accomplish this, the Grendel Group will hire a Support Worker to focus specifically on honing the participants' skills to meet the expressed needs of local employers in the agriculture sector, as well as developing communication, math and customer service skills. This worker will also be responsible for outreach with potential employers, job placements, and continued support of the participants. Of course, this project adheres to the Grendel Group's principles of providing opportunities for hands-on training, peer education, community integration, and programs based on quality produce and food preparation.

The Grendel Players

The Grendel Group (Family Advocates) is a values-based organization, dedicated to establishing programs that provide educational, work experience and skill development opportunities within the community that contribute to the moral, mental, cultural and physical improvement for individuals with developmental intellectual delays (DID). The Grendel Players is a theatre program that works towards developing the participants' communication skills. This proposed project will have the Grendel participants create, rehearse and perform a play about the value of differences. The participants will also be involved in the building and painting of the set; creating the props; and helping to make costumes. This endeavor will better integrate these individuals into the community and provide them with the necessary communication skills and self-confidence required to obtain employment. It will also provide and opportunity to members of the community to see these individuals in a different light: recognizing their abilities as opposed to their disabilities.

Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary

New Sanctuary Feasibility Study

The purpose of this project is to complete a feasibility study to assess the needs of the organization and determine a suitable location to establish a new permanent sanctuary.

Grunt Gallery

Vancouver Independent Archives Week 2015

Our proposed project is the presentation of an inaugural Independent Archives Week (Nov 2015), as a way to build direct community awareness of and interaction with artist-run-centre (ARC) archives in Vancouver. Three leading Vancouver ARCs (grunt gallery, Western Front and VIVO Media Arts Centre), with over 100 years of collective community history will lead the event, organizing a series of free community education/engagement activities and events (archive tours, performances, public talks, screenings, publication, hands-on art/archive youth & family activities). Vancouver artists have a long and recognized history as cultural innovators, activists and archivists – their work, preserved in the distinct collections of the participating centres, has captured moments in Vancouver’s cultural evolution, while at the same time often becoming a catalyst for societal change. The distinct curatorial focus of each centre makes each of these collections unique – it is these differences we hope to highlight and celebrate during Independent Archives Week. The project’s innovation comes from its approach to engagement, one that invites audiences in to our archives and encourages them to share and participate through hands-on immersive activities. The digital age has made us all into our personal ‘archivists’ and ‘curators’ - selecting and preserving photos, video & text that inspire and motivate us. Archives Week works to connect residents to a greater collective community/art heritage.

Haida Gwaii Museum Society

Research and Development-Contemporary work of Robert Davidson and Haida Society

The proposed exhibition will not only consider how Robert Davidson engages with concepts of abstraction, but also how Davidson reveals Haida concepts of form and representation and how these concepts should be seen as contemporary critical discourse. This exhibition will demonstrate how Davidson is drawing inspiration from history and grappling with the challenges of interpreting traditional design and transforming it into contemporary Haida art practice. In his work, Davidson shifts between abstract and representational images, often blurring the boundary between the two, and continually challenges himself to expand his knowledge and evolving art practice. This exhibition will be one of the first thematic examinations focusing on Davidson contemporary art practice and its relationship to artists in Haida society that will be researched, developed and presented by the Haida Gwaii Museum. This exhibition will feature current and new works from private collections as well as the artist's collection.This exhibition will feature current and new works from private and public collections.

Haisla Nation

Nanakila Guardian Watchmen

Nanakila was incorporated as a non-profit society on June 28, 2011. Part of the mission to, 'Conserve and restore all resources in Haisla and surrounding territory' is achieved through our Guardian Watchman program. Nanakila is a Haisla word meaning 'to stand guard over', Nanakila watchmen patrol the region stretching from the Kitamaat Valley in the north to the Kitlope Valley in the south - a total area of 13000 square kilometers. Haisla Territory includes pristine watersheds - Kiltope, Kowesas and Gilttoyees as well as some of the most heavily altered watersheds in British Columbia. In 1994 The Kitlope Heritage Conservancy with Provincial Park status was created and through an agreement with Kitamaat Village Council and BC Parks, Nanakila created the Watchman Program to manage the Conservancy. The agreement with BC Parks now encompasses patrols within the Haisla Territory including: Kitimat River Park, Wedeene Park, Coste Rocks, Kildala, Gilttoyees, Jesse Falls, Eagle Bay, Crab river, Shearwater, Klekane, Bishop Bay, Brim river, Sue Channel, and Kitlope Heritage Conservancy

Hearts on Noses, A Mini Pig Sanctuary

Hearts on Noses: A Moving Experience Phase Two

This is Phase Two of a move to our new location. In this phase, we need to build three structures and address drainage, path, and lighting issues. The primary structure will be a combination secure storage and shelter system, with a dry and rodent-resistant feed storage building and an attached covered area where volunteers, tours, and community service workers can receive instruction. This structure will also contain a food preparation area and cold storage for produce. Two additional structures will provide storage for hay and shavings, and a small quarantine area. Improvements to paths, pens and paddocks by using gravel, mulch and drainage ditches, will ensure all areas provide firm dry footing year round. Outdoor lighting will be installed for the safety and security of both humans and animals. This phase of the project will entail hiring a project supervisor whose responsibility it will be to find subcontractors/laborers, obtain permits, obtain materials, oversee, and ensure each part of the project is completed with the safety of the animals respected.

Heiltsuk Tribal Council

Interactive Travelling Exhibition Sacred Vessels Project Ocean Going Canoes of the Pacific North

Through this project we will support and encourage cross cultural and public awareness about the history and culture of North West Coast maritime Indigenous nations. It will preserve and enhance our ocean going canoe maritime heritage by encouraging aboriginal communities and youth in particular to engage in Tribal Journeys We will share our stories about decolonization and the resurgence of ocean going canoe culture. What was old is new, communities working together for common good, affirming ancestral ties and customary practises. First Nations people and the general public will be served through this communication and public awareness project. We will share traditional native practises, values and world view that has sustained us through the millennia, this can inform sustainable development of natural resources not only for native communities but society as a whole. Our “Sacred Vessels project” plans to develop and create an interactive travelling exhibit that will share the history of the ocean going canoe and the story of its resurgence; where the story will be told by tribal journey participants and canoe families from along the BC coast. The interactive and engaging exhibit with authentic interviews, stories, and artifacts will captivate and inform a wide aboriginal and non-aboriginal audience. Many will benefit from the interactive experience, accompanying programs, offerings and discussions.Our goal is for it to tour most major BC museums and Aboriginal centres

Heritage BC

Climate Rehabilitation of Heritage Buildings

Our goal is to facilitate investments in the conservation of non residential heritage properties through measures that connect the retention of heritage values with green rehabilitation, improved energy affordability and protection from hazards related to climate change and other risks, such as earthquakes. Opportunities for climate change mitigation include green rehabilitation efforts to improve energy efficiency and smart fuel choices that would help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with the added value of reducing operational costs for property owners, building tenants, and developers. Opportunities for climate change adaptation through the protection of heritage property from existing and future potential environmental hazards range from resilience to extreme weather events to seismic upgrades. We are collaborating with RDH Building Engineering to develop proposals for various levels of gov't &provincial utilities to place incentive funds in the Heritage Legacy Fund.Heritage BC would distribute to churches, non profits, museums, first nations,etc for energy efficiency upgrades of heritage buildings. RDH will assist in providing program design recommendations to advance the sustainability and durability of heritage properties through the Heritage Legacy Fund, in a manner that leverages other funding opportunities such as utility demand-side measures (DSM) through BC Hydro and FortisBC, emerging funding opportunities in carbon offsets and local government incentives.

High Road Services Society

Innovations' Kitchen

Innovations' Kitchen is a social enterprise jointly managed by the Supported Employment Program and Special Projects program of HIGH ROAD Services Society. Innovations' Kitchen(IKitchen) operates five days a week in the cafeteria space of the local high school, providing nutritious snack and meal options prepared by the individuals employed part time by IKitchen. The individuals receive instruction and support in learning industry standard skills that can be transferable to other employment settings. Employers often do not have the time or resources to provide one on one continual training supports for individuals with disabilities. IKitchen removes this obstacle by providing on the job training in the areas desired by potential employers, while providing a fair wage for the individuals. Individuals are instructed in Food Safe and Health and Safety procedures while experiencing realistic employment expectations such as being on time for scheduled shifts, following an appropriate hygiene routine, working coherently with coworkers and completing tasks according to direction given.

Hollyburn Family Services Society

Senior Roommate Registry

Seniors living in poverty and senior homelessness are social issues across every urban community. By investigating the creation of a program that brings seniors living in their own home together with seniors in need of safe and affordable housing options may positively address a myriad of issues vulnerable seniors face such as; low incomes, affordable housing options, increased independence, socialization and safety in a timely and cost effective manner.

Hope for the Nations

Food for Thought

Many children live in a food insecure home and are at risk of going to school hungry. We know that a hungry child is more likely to act out and less likely to achieve their personal and academic potential. We currently provide breakfast to 1500 students a day in 30 schools in the central okanagan. We want to use the local agriculture system more in our programming to offer more nutritious food to students, to help build a just, sustainable food system for all, and to build capacity in students and schools. Having access to healthy food will help children learn better. Children will be better educated, have more opportunities to succeed, and become agents of change.

Horse Protection Society of BC

Organization assessment and strategic planning

In this environment of constant change, organizations need to maximise their efficiency and effectiveness to meet changing demands. Over the past 2 years HPS has focused on grant research and application. We have secured a number of grants that have enabled us to achieve many of the projects outlined in our business plan. We have received grants from BC Gaming, The Township of Langley and Greygates Foundation and have several other applications being considered. At this time we would benefit from a professional assessment of our organization and subsequent strategic plan. We need to identify organizational issues through detailed analysis of the organization and work collaboratively to implement effective solutions. Focusing on key objectives (specific, actionable, results oriented and time-bound) would strengthen our organization and improve its overall operations as we move ahead into the future, taking on larger projects and enhancing our effectiveness in partnering with other like minded organizations.

Howe Sound Women's Centre Society

Dog Run/ Fenced in Area at Transition House

We are looking for funding to build a dog run area that will allow women who are staying at the Transition House to bring their dogs to a safe place and not be left in the hands of an abusive partner. Currently, due to health issues such as allergies and the presence of children at the Transition House, dogs can only stay for a short visit (usually overnight) before we must find alternate arrangements for them.

Il Centro

Cultural Exploration and Engagement (working title)

Il Centro has been actively been pursuing and developing the collaborative, co-presentation and partnership approach for the past two years, the results to date, have had a significant impact on our organization as we are now perceived by our professional partners and collaborators as a valid and credible cultural entity that can play a more proactive role in the broader cultural context in the City. At the same time, il Centro has engaged in several projects that have linked the professional arts world with our multicultural partners, demonstrating the value, and we believe, our hypothesis that connecting the two assets-culture and multiculturalism-both addresses the systemic challenges as well as creating new and exciting content for our evolving culture. Despite the positive organizational experience we feel that the engagement approach has not been developed into its full potential. While we have broached the concept in a discussion with the City Vancouver Cultural Affairs department we have recognized that we need to create a proof of concept or study that documents our hypothesis and measures the impact in both artistic outcomes as well as quantitative outputs. Working with our partners, Il Centro will track and gather data from the collaborative and partnership events that will test the concept and, we believe, allow us to begin to address the systemic issue through a documentation, dissemination and engagement outreach strategy and campaign.

Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia

Walking Home Yaletown Public Art

Walking Home Yaletown Public Art is an educational community art pilot project that works with a group of 12 immigrant and refugee youth, aged 15-25 with a wide variety of interests including art, broadcasting, photography, architecture, community development, urban design and social planning. The ISSofBC-sponsored pilot, the first of 3 projects happening over the next year through different organizations, seeks to build the capacity of newcomer youth through a broad civic engagement strategy. Participants will walk through the neighbourhood with creative mentors to explore neighbourhood history and learn to interpret the contemporary presence of public art in Yaletown and Coal Harbour. Integrating what they learn about Public Art with personal perspectives, youth will create responses in a variety of media including storytelling, mapping, writing, drawing, guided walks of the area, blogging and podcasts, expressing the meanings made of social and planned systems in the urban environment.

Moving Forward: Developing a plan for future youth engagement

For over 8 years ISSofBC has trained over 300 newly arrived immigrant and refugee youth through the highly successful Multicultural Youth Circle (MY Circle) peer facilitation training program. In 2002, a group of My Circle program graduates became committed to ongoing community development by and for immigrant and refugee youth. With the support of ISSofBC MY Circle staff, these graduates created the Action Team. The Action Team has taken on various projects over the years while continuing to support the MY Circle program and pursue their own goals. With the assistance of a consultant, ISSofBC and the Action Team want to stop and reflect on our accomplishments while clarifying our respective roles and working relationship with the purpose of developing a collaborative planning process / document for future directions/engagement.

Inclusion BC

Help! Teeth Hurt: Creating a Business Case for a Pilot Project Special Needs Dental Clinic

The Faculty of Dentistry is currently seeking approval for a deep sedation chair at the Faculty and has paid the fee for approval to the College of Dental Surgeons of BC. We hope to use that chair as a pilot project for a specialized dental clinic (Clinic) for adults with DDs. This innovative Clinic would treat adults with DDs and would be a training centre for students of dentistry, dental hygiene, and anesthesiology, to teach these students to treat adults with DDs. The specialized pilot Clinic would be near UBC hospital, which has an intensive care unit, to ensure utmost safety of patients. This pilot Clinic would provide safe anesthesia as well as training to enable dental professionals to treat adults with DDs in their private dental practices, whenever possible, after graduation. Use of the Clinic for treatment under GA would be less costly and more efficient than using hospital operating rooms and would reduce demand for scarce hospital operating room time. The goal of Help! Teeth Hurt! is to create a business case to confirm the health and economic benefits of using the GA Clinic as an example of best practice for dental care for adults with DDs in BC. The business case will be used by Government, dental and community philanthropists, and the disability community in BC, to help them consider establishing dental surgical GA clinics to enhance access to dental care for BC adults with DDs.