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Collingwood Neighbourhood House Society

Health and Safety Beyond the Margins: Scaling and Expanding the Living in Community Model

The project will apply LIC’s meta-framework to create coherent regional and provincial approaches to sex work to reduce the violence sex workers experience and create communities that are healthy and safe for everyone. We will build relationships with organizations who play key roles in supporting sex work health and safety across BC, including police, municipalities, nonprofits and health authorities. Using our successful Curriculum for Change training in addition to new multimedia tools, we will educate these stakeholders about the impacts of stigma and unpack the cultural constraints that keep barriers in place for sex workers. We will then build a provincial network of stakeholders that will identify best practices to increase sex work safety through policy level change and reduction of systemic bias against sex workers. This dialogue will lead to a 2017 provincial conference. This network will then take leadership in coordinating regional approaches and implementing best practices within their organizations and local communities. Scaling our work is critical because many of the systemic changes that are necessary do not rest at the organizational or local level but require consistent, collaborative and regional or provincial approaches. Scaling will also allow this work to ultimately be embedded in policy that is sustainable over time. Moreover, the marginalization of sex workers necessitates a cultural change where sex workers are seen as equal members of society.

Cowichan Social Planning Society

Cultural Connections: Re-Building Our Villages

We will begin by connecting with the communities that have expressed interest and develop 3 year plans with them that will begin the process of creating direction and beginning to build capacity within their own communities based on their needs, their challenges and their strengths. Our first step once we go into a community is to meet with members of the First Nations territories, ask permission, guidance and level of involvement that they would like to see and at what stages of the process they would like to be involved and/or lead From there: Community Based Workshop Series Creating a Cultural Shift: Healing our past, planning for our future Process: Large Group Workshops: Our Shared History Small Group Reflection: Rebuilding the Village; From a New Perspective What have we learned, what would we like to do, build framework for moving forward. Our Facilitation Team addressed over 200 LGLA members in Parksville. Introducing one of the exercises, Lucy Thomas told participants that, “What we are asking you to do today is going to take you out of your comfort zone. As we move forward through this process of healing and work to change the nature of our relationships, there will be many times we will feel both challenged and uncomfortable -we must remember not to let our discomfort stop us from continuing to move.”Scaling this to other regions provides opportunity for FN people to be the leaders of the reconciliation process, changing the systems from within.

District of Fort St. James

Youth Empowerment in the Arts Community Project

The Youth Empowerment in the Arts Project unites municipal and aboriginal governance, local and regional arts organizations, businesses, professional artists, the public education system, and youth in the Fort St. James area as a broad community team. As a collective, each working from our strengths and resources, we will integrate arts and cultural learning into the education our youth receive. The six elements of this project are: 1. Youth Arts Strategy – Youth help articulate, create and lead a community youth arts strategy as part of broad community team; 2. Collective Creations Theatre Program – Youth work with a professional theatre artist to collectively create theatre and public performances; 3. Collective Creations Media Program– Youth work with a professional actor/media artist to create media art and public presentation of their ‘art work’. 4. Collective Creations Music – Youth work with emerging and professional musicians and lyricists to create music, lyrics and public performances; 5. Arts Program Sustainability - Each ‘arts’ program will incorporate mentoring into its program development. Mentoring, community strategic planning and business planning are how this ‘arts and cultural’ programming becomes self-sustaining within the education system and continue to be accessible to our young people; 6. Education – The high school will work within this project to devise a means where youth will receive credits and teacher support towards their graduation

Family Services of Greater Vancouver

Youth and Community Navigator Program

Directions Youth Services, a division of Family Services of Greater Vancouver, provides critical supports to youth who are homeless, street involved and/or struggling with mental health and substance usage. Many of the youth that come to Directions have been involved in the foster care system. This grant will fund the expansion of our Navigator Program and would enable us to build the knowledge and skills of a youth’s community, while also supporting youth to achieve stability and successfully transition in adulthood. For the past 16 months, Navigator has provided support to 29 youth formally and 15 youth informally. Through this project, our understanding and practice in supporting youth through this critical age of development has been enhanced. Our learning has highlighted our need to further equip the community to support and accept these youth. Many of the youth we have worked with do have connections in their community who wish to take a more active role; however, these identified people often lack knowledge in the pivotal role they can play. They have indicated they would benefit from education to better support and prepare a youth to address needs such as: securing a health care team, housing, government ID and vocational/educational goals prior to their 19th birthday. This program aims to find a balance between educating the community and informing our training through continued support of youth transitioning into adulthood.

Neil Squire Society

Communities Creating Accessible Technology

Our vision is to develop a new model that gets assistive technology out to communities and people that need it at a fraction of the cost. Similar to how open source software has enabled access to many computing solutions, we want to leverage the growing open source hardware movement to allow communities and people with disabilities gain affordable access to assistive technologies. We will develop a regionally based, just-in-time delivery model for assistive technology that engages local disability support, skilled volunteers, post-secondary institutions, makers and hacker communities. We feel there is an untapped potential in the maker and education space to create solutions that can positively impact the lives of people with disabilities. We will guide these groups to become leaders, volunteers and creators of change in providing low cost access technology. Assistive Technologies are often marked up 300% to cover profitability of both the manufacture and distributor. By leveraging open designs created on demand at the local level, it can eliminate costs associated with current distribution models. We have found that engineers who create custom solutions for an individual develop a strong lasting relationship that connects people across social economic boundaries and creates more caring communities. Democratization of assistive technology production is a social innovation that can transform inclusion, and increase connections within a community.

Paws for Hope Animal Foundation

Coalition of BC Animal Welfare Organizations

To build a sustainable animal welfare system in B.C., Paws for Hope is spearheading the BC Animal Welfare Coalition, a network of organizations who will work together to create a more sustainable approach to animal welfare and vastly improved outcomes for animals in BC. Twenty-one organizations, including municipal and SPCA shelters, launched the coalition in 2016 with two primary purposes: 1. To create professional operational and practical standards for rescue organizations in BC 2. To enable organizations to work together to fund and implement regional or provincial strategies to address the greatest challenges we face that lead to pet abandonment, abuse, and overpopulation Through the Coalition we will work to make systemic change to our animal welfare system by: 1. Shifting societal values: a. Changing both how citizens in our communities care for their pets and how rescue and welfare organizations carryout their work b. Influencing legislation, bylaws, and regulations that govern animal welfare to ensure they are based on research and best practices 2. Increasing organizational capacity: a. Securing greater levels of funding and applying these on a broader scale to achieve the greatest impact b. Developing common practices and increasing knowledge of those working in animal welfare to ensure the highest standards of care for our pets 3. Reaching remote and under resourced communities

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival Society

Concord Floral Youth Canada 150 – Community-Engaged Youth Workshops, Production and Arts Congress

Our project is entitled Concord Floral Youth Canada 150 – Production, Community-Engaged Youth Workshops, and Arts Congress” – an ambitious, Metro Vancouver-wide, 16-month (June 2016-Sept 2017) multi-layered youth initiative inspired by Canada’s Sesquicentennial, that brings together future arts and community leaders for creative expression, dialogue and skills development. The project will take place across Burnaby, Vancouver and Surrey. It will involve: 3) a three-month series of professional artist-led youth workshops on performance, industry best practices, community leadership skills and opportunities, career development in the arts, and innovative approaches to social media (Sept-Nov 2016); 2) a locally cast production (with Touchstone Theatre) of “Concord Floral” by Jordan Tannahill, 2014 Governor General Award winning Canadian playwright, ( (Dec 2016-Feb 2017) to premiere at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, then tour to the PuSh Festival and the Surrey Arts Centre; and 3) a (free) youth-driven Arts Congress, to be held at Surrey’s new City Hall (July 2017). Concord Floral Youth Canada 150 partners came together out of a desire for exploring and developing a collaborative model to share resources, perspectives and best practices. The project will impact the lives of over 450 youth (ages 15-25) and is envisioned as highly participatory, inclusive, and accessible.

Richmond Society for Community Living

Grade 13 Transition Project

The Grade 13 Transition Project will build its foundation from the current work of the Grade 13 Transitions Committee. RSCL, in partnership with the district’s EXPLORE program, is actively working with 3 students from different schools in the district, one of whom regularly attends RSCL youth programs. The goal is to offer specific supports which will fall in line with proposed new curriculum, assess outcomes and use the information to begin to develop a broader curriculum. With funding from Vancouver Foundation, the Grade 13 Transition Project will develop over a three year period. The project will combine best practices from the RSCL Youth Employment and Outreach programs and the newly launched district EXPLORE program, with support from committee partners. The project will begin with curriculum development in one or two schools with whom RSCL has existing relationships. In the second year of the project, the curriculum will be assessed, refined and will be introduced in additional schools. The final year of the project will include further refinements of the information, expansion of program delivery to include all schools in Richmond, and the opportunity to share information with community living agencies and school districts across the province. By standardizing the curriculum across the district, teachers and district staff will have the same knowledge, resulting in improved learning outcomes for students in Richmond.

The Good Samaritan Society

The Imagination Network

What roles do people living with the experience of dementia want to play in our communities? This is the question at the heart of The Imagination Network. While rates of dementia rise in our communities [1], the voices of individuals with lived experience of dementia - their thoughts, stories, and ideas—fade into the background. In the emerging field of dementia advocacy, Swaffer (2014) coined the term “prescribed disengagement” to connote how once a person is diagnosed with dementia they are expected to disengage from society and to prepare for the inevitable decline in their cognitive abilities [2]. Current care practices for dementia focus almost exclusively on mitigating the biomedical “losses” for the individual and their caregivers. The Imagination Network shifts this focus towards creativity and citizenship by proposing a rigorous exploration of “prescribed engagement”. As a social innovation, The Imagination Network is centered on valuing people with the lived experience of dementia as contributors to society with important stories to tell. The Imagination Network combines Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) with Community-Engaged Arts Practice (CEAP) to engage participants with lived experience of dementia in the development of an evidence-based interdisciplinary theatrical production that tells their collective story. The ultimate goal is to foster engagement and build social inclusion for people living with the experience of dementia.

UBC - BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

Through our own eyes – Disclosure, Stigma and Criminalization of HIV in British Columbia

Canada stands out globally in its assertive approach to the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure. The emphasis on criminal law in regulating HIV non-disclosure continues despite increasing evidence that the criminal law is an ineffective tool to prevent HIV transmissions. While frequently represented as a law that ‘protects’ women, to date there is limited understanding of how this law uniquely shapes the lived-experiences of women living with HIV/AIDS (WLWH) and the severe stigmatization they face. To gain a better understanding of the gendered impact of this law, we propose a group-based participatory photovoice project, where WLWH in a group setting collaborate to depict how the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure shapes the negotiation of intimate relationships, HIV disclosure, HIV-related stigma and access to care. At the end of the project, together with the photovoice participants and with our community partner Positive Women’s Network (PWN), we will organize a public exhibition of the photographs and stories that WLWH generate. The proposed project follows up on key research and advocacy priorities that were identified by WLWH, academics, AIDS support organizations, clinicians, and legal experts at a Roundtable event organized by the Gender and Sexual Health Initiative (GSHI) in collaboration with PWN and the Canadian HIV Legal Network in October, 2015.

University of British Columbia School of Social Work

Sexual Health Knowledge and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: A Participatory Theatre Project

This project focuses on improving sexual health knowledge and positive sexuality among adults with intellectual disability(ID). Using community-based participatory methods, we will use mixed methods to create, produce and evaluate a participatory theatre project on sexual health, sexuality and ID. The origins of participatory theatre are in community development, arts and social movements. Practitioners of participatory theatre are committed to innovation, collaboration, capacity building and social transformation. As such, it is a well-suited approach for addressing the sexual rights of adults with ID who are often constructed as asexual and childlike and/or lacking sexual boundaries. Our participatory theatre will be developed using arts-based qualitative methods to identify what information and tools are needed to achieve successful sexual health and sexuality. These findings will inform the development of sexual health educational tools and resources as well as the creation, delivery and evaluation of three participatory theatre performances. These products are aimed at increasing knowledge about sexual health and sexuality for individuals with ID and aimed at minimizing barriers and social stigma associated with sexuality and ID. The performances will be delivered in New Westminster. It is anticipated that the performance will be replicated in other communities adding to the project's ongoing scope of influence to advance positive change related to sexuality and ID.

Victoria Humane Society

First Nations Animal Management Clinic Project

To effectively deal with dog overpopulation, an Animal Management Program must be established and implemented to gain control of the issue as well as educate, empower, and challenge the community to incorporate Bylaws and regulations in pet ownership. The VHS will work with three First Nations to provide the following services over a minimum period of three years to eradicate the issue of dog overpopulation: • Wellness exams that will include basic inoculations and deworming as well as other medical services that may be required • Sterilization and micro chip implants for sterilized animals • Workshops regarding animal welfare including the advantages of spaying and neutering new animals in the future • Round up and removal of unwanted or unowned dogs that will be transported to Victoria where they will be fostered and put up for adoption This socially innovative project will influence systemic change by: 1. Addressing the issue of unwanted companion animals by preventing the birth of unwanted litters. 2. Serving as a model for communities of all sizes and geographic areas. 3. Adopting a community directed approach to the issue rather than a hard policy approach that would likely be ineffective. 4. Using outreach and education components to change ongoing behaviour towards companion animals while addressing systemic issues regarding animal overpopulation. 5. Using a collaborative approach bringing together animal rescue agencies, First Nations and veterinarians.

West Coast LEAF Association

Strategic Litigation for Equality

Our project improves access to justice by identifying systemic issues and bringing forward test case litigation. By the end of the project, we will have identified 3-6 potential test cases and 10-15 interventions. Test case (strategic) litigation are cases that have the potential to create broad systemic change. Such cases may be brought by an individual whose rights have been infringed or by an organization who is acting in the public interest. Strategic litigation is always for the benefit of society rather than only for individuals involved. Test cases are vehicles for social and legal change: for example, strategic litigation led to the legalization of same sex marriage. High profile recent examples include Carter (death with dignity) and Bedford (prostitution laws challenge). Despite the significance of this tool for systemic change, West Coast LEAF is the only Canadian organization with the capacity and mandate to develop strategic litigation to ensure women’s equality under the law. Strategic litigation spurs policy reform, creates legal change, fuels public dialogue, and challenges mainstream assumptions about effective ways to support the most marginalized in society. Similarly, intervening in an ongoing case (that is, applying to the court to make submission in cases that may impact women’s equality) can be an effective and less resource intensive way to influence public opinion and bring voices of diverse and marginalized women into the corridors of power.