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Access Pro Bono Society Access Pro Bono

Rural and Disabled Access to Pro Bono Legal Services Project

The project would extend pro bono legal advice services to people in unserviced rural and remote communities, and to people with mobility issues. Using Skype-based televideo clinics, local clients could connect to a pro bono lawyer in a distant location. For individuals who cannot attend a clinic, and/or whose qualifying legal issues are urgent, the project would offer a hotline for limited civil legal matters. The project would fund the design and modification of systems for the hotline, intake staffing, and the purchase of televideo and hotline equipment.

ACORN Institute Canada

Housing Policy Impact - Action Research Project

To increase knowledge of the social determinants of health related to precarious sub-standard housing in an effort to have an impact on housing policy in BC. This will be done by (1) creating a better understanding of the social determinants of health related to living conditions in low income market housing in BC; (2) building and strengthening the bridges tenants have with the staff and decision makers at the provincial ministry responsible for housing, regional health authorities and municipal bylaw departments, and (3) increase the inter-agency knowledge between social, public and private organizations about the negative health impacts on low income renters in BC. The target population of the project will be primarily the staff and decision makers at the provincial ministry responsible for housing, regional health authorities and municipal bylaw departments, and secondarily low and moderate income families in rental properties in Surrey, New Westminster, Burnaby and Richmond.

Alberni-Clayoquot Continuing Care Society


This project will adapt and deliver four educational workshops for seniors in three key rural/suburban areas on Vancouver Island. Planned and delivered in collaboration with local project partners, the workshops will aid participants in developing skills and strategies to effectively navigate the Home and Community Care System, as they engage with health professionals and support one another in accessing care. Participants will receive a session binder containing information specific to their region and information on provincial services and associations for seniors.

B.C. Society of Transition Houses

Toward a Learning Centre

This project seeks to develop an online knowledge resource where programs can share best practices and policies in helping women and children fleeing violence. It will identify and provide access to online training tailored to meet workers’ needs. It will transform existing training modules into an accessible on-line format to enable the training of workers to meet their clients needs.

BC Aboriginal Child Care Society

Transitions for Urban Indigenous Children and Families: Documentation and Partnership Development

This project responds to parent and early childhood educator concerns about transitions to formal schooling for urban Indigenous children, and the difficult conversations that are necessary—especially concerning cultural safety—among urban Indigenous early childhood education and schools. It is important to document challenges and gather invested partners to create changes to systems to properly support urban Indigenous children and families’ transitions on their terms, and those of UNDRIP. The project also explores the challenges of supporting requisite Indigenous leadership and related partnership development in an era of reconciliation among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

British Columbia Civil Liberties Association

BCCLA Rural Education & Outreach Project

To develop and implement a model for low-overhead, membership-driven, community-based civil liberties and human rights advocacy and education groups that provide aboriginal and rural community members with legal information and peer casework advocacy support. This model would also offers opportunities for civil libertiesrelated education and interactive workshops by local and long-distance lawyers, advocates and experts, and build relationships between rural communities and urban service providers, lawyers and advocates on civil liberties and human rights issues.

Canadian Mental Health Association - BC Division

Living Life to the Full: increasing connection and resiliency among BC youth

Adolescence is a high-risk time for mental health problems like depression and anxiety and a key time to boost coping skills. Living Life to the Full (LLTTF) is an evidence-based course designed to teach youth skills for dealing with life's challenges. In 8 fun group sessions the course examines worry, low mood, isolation, healthy thinking, problem-solving, confidence, and anger. Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division (CMHA BC) and its Blue Wave Youth Team (aged 13-18) have adapted the course for BC youth. Older youth facilitators delivered pilot courses in three BC communities in summer 2014, and a Fall evaluation is being used to improve the materials. The course will be delivered to 28 communities in urban and rural communities in 2015-2016. It will equip 560 youth with coping skills that promote resilience, reduce the risk of mental illness and risky behaviours, and encourage connection and engagement with peers and community. Investments in training will build community capacity to reach hundreds more youth BC-wide annually after 2016.

Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria

Pathways From Poverty - Community Action Plan on Poverty

In 2012, the Community Social Planning Council (CSPC) led a process that developed an Action Plan on Poverty (CAPP) to address the need for coordinated responses for poverty prevention and reduction in the Capital Region. Community stakeholders identified two priority areas within our Action Plan that currently lack the appropriate infrastructure in our region to provide “pathways out of poverty”. These two pathways are financial literacy, and social enterprises that offer training opportunities for low-income residents to experience greater economic self-sufficiency. To facilitate the expansion of these pathways, we are leading the development of a community strategy for financial literacy for the Capital Region and exploring innovative ways to support the creation of social and training enterprises with community partners. We are seeking funding for projects that contribute towards these pathways, with an overall theme of creating opportunities for economic empowerment of people with low incomes and barriers to employment.

Kinsight Community Society

Kudoz: From Prototype to Scale

One's possibilities are limited to one's experiences, and for persons with intellectual disabilities (PWD), there is often a significant a poverty of experiences. Too many are repeating the same daily routines, and recycling the same conversations with the same people. They are not flourishing in our professional systems nor in our communities. Kudoz is an experience catalogue that bridges PWD with community members around shared passions--from song-writing to animation. The platform is based on evidence-based theory and design-thinking, and is built to address the determinants that lead to outcomes around quality of life, social connection, employment, and the reduction of social stigma.

Longterm Inmates Now in the Community

Reintegration, Restoration and Food Security

This collaboration is a natural fit. Our goals are very similar as is the client group of both organizations. SoleFOOD will provide training to and mentor the people working at Emma’s Acres, and share its expertise around intensive agricultural production and marketing. L.I.N.C. will provide trained people who have graduated from Emma’s Acres to work at SoleFOOD. L.I.N.C. and SoleFOOD together will plan crops to grow that they can share between the organizations. With the collaboration, both L.I.N.C. and SoleFOOD will utilize their well established partnerships, positive media profile as well as L.I.N.C’s national expertise in peer support and knowledge about men and women transitioning out of prison or who are already in the community. We believe that this project demonstrates the L.I.N.C. Society mission statement in action and fosters growth in the individuals that we are working with as well as the community that we are serving

Lookout Society


To establish a bike repair/refurbishment shop that would would provide a range of educational certificates. Student trainees would include formerly homeless people who currently reside in transitional housing, mental health housing and shelters. Students would learn the skills necessary to work as a bicycle assembler or bicycle mechanic. A bicycle repair shop would be added to the classroom to provide experience in bicycle maintenance and repair and introduce students to the basics of business management and customer service.

Multi-Lingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant Communities

Can You Dig It: Immigrants and Refugees Engagement Project

Can You Dig It helps immigrants and refugees break down isolation by building a community garden on East 8th Avenue at Commercial Drive. The project will facilitate connections between immigrants and local community people, with the goal of social and economic integration. Over two years, this project will sponsor gardening training sessions; recruit newcomer volunteers to meet with neighbours and invite them to participate; and invite 240 newcomer families to establish and maintain a produce garden at their homes.

Nanaimo Child Development Centre Society

Creating Systemic Change for Physically Disabled Youth in Need of Mental Health Services

Navigation programs are an important short term strategy to help families make their way through a complex & often segregated array of mental health services. They are also a path to direct action to resolve barriers to care, achieving systemic reform. Having recently received a grant & some Board funding to test such a program, the NCDC will assess the extent to which it can influence the latter. At a systems level, by liaising with families with lived experience, mental health support groups & clinicians, adjunct care agencies & funding bodies, the navigator will “map the system” resulting in the identification of the common challenges & service gaps facing families & highlight promising practices & potential opportunities for systemic change. At a clinical level, clients are initially triaged by a NCDC Zone Team. If a Team cannot manage a client's needs, the navigator will enlist support from the broader community, promoting agency collaboration & integration of mental health services. At an individual level, families engaged in program development will, with peer support, begin to advocate for change. Work at all levels will, we believe, change the way we interact with clients, provider groups & funders; identify pressure points & force a reallocation of resources internally & externally; inform public policy. It expects us to be innovative, to rethink the current landscape & acknowledge that systemic change requires patience, persistence, & commitment.

Pathways Serious Mental Illness Society

Building Capacity Family to Family

Family-to-Family connects, empowers, and liberates family members who have been traumatized by their situation, marginalized and isolated by the fear of stigma. People attending the course have often not told even their close relatives what is happening to their son, daughter, or spouse. Because the course is taught by volunteer family members with an ill relative, participants find themselves in a ‘safe place’ where they can open up and share their feelings. NSSS has delivered Family-to-Family since 2001, a 12-part structured education course covering all aspects of severe mental illness. It raises levels of confidence and provides a forum where families can talk openly. Although it’s not considered a support group as such, support and emotional anchoring are an integral part of the course, perhaps its most important elements. Family Educator Course: Once participants have completed the course, selected participants are invited to attend Family Educator course. Once completed, family teachers will teach 'Family-to-Family' as a two-person co-leadership team to the next round.

Qmunity BC's Queer Resource Centre Society

LGBTQ Community Building Project

It's true we have come a long way. Yet, LGBTQ youth are still at higher risk for bullying and suicide, seniors face re-closeting as they enter assisted-living facilities, and trans people continue to fight legal discrimination. QMUNITY believes that every human being deserves to feel a sense of belonging and to live a life free of hatred and violence. We believe in the power of community conversation to help achieve this goal. The purpose of this project is to facilitate a community dialogue that will: 1. Provide a platform for LGBTQ individuals and communities to address queer health issues, build social networks and increase connection. 2. Gather useful input to optimize the design of a new facility for all stakeholders 3. Identify key issues affecting LGBTQ communities to improve future services/programming across organizations The project will provide a structured process deliberately designed to provide a springboard where people can increase connectivity by working together, building social networks, and directly influencing the future of LGBTQ communities in BC.

Richmond Addiction Services Society

Community Action Ambassadors

The Community Action Ambassadors will be seniors who will be trained, supported and connected to their community. They will offer peer counselling support, public education forums, workshops and will use the media to educate their community about the issues that are impacting seniors today. The outcomes will be to connect seniors across cultures to community services such as Senior’s Centres, recreation centres, their cultural community and to the mainstream community. Community contacts will increase, isolation will decrease and referrals and community service contacts will increase. Public policy will be impacted as motivated and educated seniors will be connecting with the system of care. Importantly, seniors dealing with new or chronic alcohol and drug use including medications, mental health and other health issues will know where to go and who to turn to regardless of their language of choice or cultural group. The Community Action Ambassadors will fill the large gap in services as they will outreach to the community enabling isolated seniors access to trained volunteers.

Sunset Community Association

Arts Health Project: Healthy Aging Through The Arts

The project seeks to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable and marginalized seniors through regularly scheduled arts programming that promotes inclusion, community cohesion and connectedness within and across culturally and socially diverse communities. The seniors work with a professional artist, explore and build skill in a creative medium, e.g. dance, theatre or painting. Through their collaborative creative work the seniors share life stories, develop understandings and build trust. Twice each year the seniors present a public performance or exhibition of their art. This provides the opportunity for the broader community to understand and appreciate this work and Seniors feel that they are contributing to their culture. The Community of Practice workshops and meetings are designed to help the artists and project staff share information and develop their ability to deliver this collaborative arts programming. It is a goal of the project to demonstrate how collaborative art is a key contributor to health for the individual senior as well as the community at large.

The Mustard Seed

The Capital Regional District Food Rescue

The CRD Food Rescue is about rescuing good, edible and healthy fresh food from heading to the landfill or laying on the farmer's field. Food Banks for the past 30 years have been alleviating food insecurity, but have not addressed the root causes of poverty causing individuals to access social supports. Moreover, non-perishables, which have been the staple of food banks, have created long-term health issues for vulnerable communities as they are high in sugar and sodium. Our project is about reclaiming fresh foods, diverting it from the landfill, gleaning it, then re-distributing it to local non-profit agencies not only to increase the health outcomes of their clients, but also to cut agency food budgets so as to increase spending on supportive or poverty elimination programs, specifically housing supports. Most importantly however, with such high expected volumes of food, we will create a social enterprise where low-income earners who do not access food banks, but are food insecure due to economic barriers, may access this project through extremely subsidized cost. This would not be the sale of the food so as not to cut into the market share of retailers, but for the service of distribution including online component and operations costs. This piece would be linked to income levels to ensure a different customer base than our retail partners. We project generating 30% of our operations cost in the form of revenue within the first 3 years and 50% within 5 years.

UBC - Learning Exchange

Contributing through Computers Pilot Project

The goal of this project is to raise the overall digital literacy in Vancouver’s DTES and surrounding neighbourhoods, while building confidence and a range of skills in facilitators. The Learning Exchange will train and support 80 local residents to take a leadership role in the community by delivering free computer classes to people with little or no computer skills. By creating opportunities for facilitators to lead workshops, the project will ensure people have the IT skills increasingly needed to function in our technology-dependent world.

UBC - Okanagan

Palliative Care without Borders: Trail/Castlegar Augmented Response (TCARE) Project

Dying, when complicated by uncontrolled symptoms and without the benefit of specialized palliative resources, is traumatic for all involved and leaves a collective community memory. Local community members and care providers in the regions of Trail and Castlegar have identified a critical need for a community-based team approach to respond to the significant challenges that exist in providing high quality, cohesive rural palliative care. UBC Okanagan School of Nursing faculty member, and Canada Research Chair, Dr. Barb Pesut, along with community health nurse, bereavement counselor, and Trail Hospice Society board member Brenda Hooper, are currently engaged in building connections with local health and palliative care professionals and volunteers so as to provide an integrating link for patients and families to community resources. This multi-sector team will work to create a sustainable model of care that will provide coordinated and accessible end-of-life support, impacting the quality of care, and ultimately the quality of life, for dying individuals and their families.

United Way of Northern British Columbia

Northern Rockies Social Planning Council (NRSPC)

This project will pay for a coordinator to facilitate and sustain the activities needed to achieve its mission and vision, and to examine the social impact from present and future growth resulting from the Horn River Basin and Cordova shale gas discoveries. The project will facilitate strategic planning and establish a model to identify critical and emerging issues; facilitate inception of the Fort Nelson branch of the Northeast Community Foundation; research funding opportunities and facilitate meetings and disseminate information to the public.

Vancity Community Foundation

Surrey Poverty Reduction Plan Implementation

Implementation of the Plan is underway. Steps have been taken to act on many of the recommendations of the Plan and there are a number of quality programs, projects and initiatives that address poverty in Surrey. This project will continue the work of promoting the Plan, undertaking or supporting existing and new projects and serving as a catalyst for the development of new initiatives. We will develop an evaluation framework for process and outcome evaluations of the Surrey Poverty Reduction Plan. In partnership with the business community we will initiate a project to provide support and education to landlords on housing the homeless in Surrey as well as identifying tenants who require resources and connecting them to support services. We will organize a Seeing is Believing tour for Surrey service clubs and a community forum to inform stakeholders on the implementation of the Plan. We will support and promote other poverty-reduction projects currently underway and disseminate poverty-related research data. These activities will be supported by a part-time coordinator.