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Deltassist Family and Community Services

New Voices, New Dialogues

We are developing a network of partners to increase social connectedness in Delta. Evidence suggests that individual organizations are struggling to be wholly inclusive. Many have indicated a desire to connect with other organizations and stakeholders with little capacity to do this effectively. We will bring together non-traditional partners to create unique collaborative practices. Diversity will create a synergy that informs, communicates, advocates, and engages members in sustainable community solutions. According to Wightman (Spring 2012) local engagement strategies are weak and communities must find ways to engage citizens (p. 7). We will accomplish this through action based research and community engagement. The first stage of the project is to engage local organizations and businesses in dialogue to help identify assets and gaps that impact social isolation. The second stage will be to create a community plan with broad community input. Forums will occur in each of Delta's three communities to leverage social capital and implement the recommendations locally.

Disability Alliance BC

The Right Fit Pilot Project: Facilitating Occupancy of Wheelchair Accessible Housing

DABC and our RFPP steering committee partners are seeking to change the system of wheelchair accessible housing provision in Metro Vancouver. Our desired outcome is the removal of the systemic barriers we have highlighted, so that wheelchair users can obtain the housing and supports they need through an accessible, timely and efficient process. The 3-year RFPP is designed to be a systemic intervention to test the development of fast track policies and procedures in MSDSI, the region's Health Authorities, linking and growing an enhanced registry of available accessible housing, and utilizing financial incentives for housing providers to maintain vacancies until wheelchair users can occupy their available accessible units. The RFPP will accommodate a constant caseload flow of 20 wheelchair users with the expectation that 60 or more will be served over the 3-year period. The RFPP aims to test the following system changes in Metro Vancouver: • Health authorities pre-screen and pre-approve home support and occupational therapy needs assessments; • MSDSI streamlines existing equipment allocation processes for eligible RFPP participants; • Housing providers funnel all accessible housing vacancies through the RFPP; • BC Housing makes funding available to housing providers to hold appropriate units until a RFPP participant can occupy a unit; • RFPP participants receive specialized case management and peer support to enable them to access units as quickly as possible.

District of Invermere

Columbia Valley Shared Solar Initiative

The Imagine Invermere Implementation Committee is seeking to address energy security for the Columbia Valley by developing a Community Shared Solar Initiative, allowing community members to invest in solar energy production on municipal buildings to reduce their energy bills, reduce their municipal tax bills, and potentially see a future return on their investment. Community shared energy production can buffer rising energy costs and ensure more predictable energy costs for citizens, helping to ensure more secure financial futures in community households.

District of North Vancouver

Collaborating to Increase Access to Healthy and Sustainable Food for Children at School

We propose a breakfast program for children at Sherwood Park Elementary School that is prepared at the commercial kitchen at the TWN community centre, transported to and served at the school. We will create a system to rescue and utilize surplus grocery store food in the breakfast. The goal is to create a pilot that is replicable and scalable, incorporates Food Safe protocols for the rescued food, and to develop an operating manual for how to incorporate surplus food into food procurement practices for this and other healthy food access programs. We are looking for support from the Vancouver Foundation to allow us time to build the necessary partnerships, clarify roles and responsibilities and develop protocols and procedures. While we have had preliminary discussions with champions at some of the organizations (TWN and SD44), further work is required before final approvals are in place and there are more organizations and discussions needed to transition our idea into reality. This socially innovative project aims to: Change the resource flows in the social systems of the school and TWN community by redirecting grocery store food that might otherwise go to waste or compost; Change beliefs about the importance of food/nutrition in helping children achieve optimal educational outcomes; Preserve community ‘edible food’ surplus and demonstrate opportunity for higher use of this food; Create opportunities for training hours for PC1 Chefs who work at the TWN commercial kitchen

Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House


A grant to participate in a development process in order to explore ideas around the structural barriers created by legislation of the Charity and Societies legislation that contribute to barriers. Analyze and articulate ways that organizations by-laws create barriers and create paternalism Assess whether there is an interest on the part of DTES Charity groups to meaningfully engage the resident population Set up workshop and focus group schedules, identify outside resource, contact guest speakers and facilitators to give the leadership training workshops to pilot a community voices project that trains and engages local residents in civic leadership and engagement Draft interview scripts based on findings from the initial research, and contact interviewees to develop a schedule. Launch workshops marketing and promotion by various channels, and recruit participants for the workshops. Conduct interviews Non-profit board chairs. Implement workshops and collect feedback. Analyze data of interviews. Implement workshops and collect feedback. Draft final research report. Develop volunteer training curriculum with the volunteer coordinator. Final research report due. Final volunteer training curriculum completed.


Building a model which provides access to the 260 agencies in the DTES involves five discrete components. Components include: 1. Creating a personalized access program for interested community members. . 2. Ensuring that boards are resourced to uphold their commitment by ensuring a participant’s basic needs can be met as well as providing the tools and services necessary to remain involved on the board (child care, transportation, food, training, etc.) 3. Develop Board “twins” where long-term members partner with community members and both can help train other board members and create accommodations for all members in a spirit of inclusion and respect. 4. Develop an inclusive leadership charter, willingly signed, promoted and implemented by all DTES agencies 5. Create affiliations with legal and policy organizations to effect policy and legislative change that will remove legislative barriers that impede community engagement.

Welcoming Spaces Project

The development of our Community Council in 2013 initiated a process of more active involvement in the programming and running of the NH. Residents clearly identified that one of the things that set the NH apart within the many services offered in the DTES, was the fact that the NH embraced and welcomed them in a variety of capacities: member, visitor, contributor, programmer. Because of this exciting feedback we are mindful that our success lies in the critical dimension of allowing those involved to shape and control their lives in meaningful ways. Our projects engage a “many hearths theory” or a multiple small groups approach to build community capacity. We also recognize that healing is a necessary part of development in our community. Our project involves piloting program development through 6 key projects: 1. Support group for Fathers 2. Healing and wellness days 3. Support group on Death and Loss 4. Social Nights--outreach– Music/arts groups 5. Re-connection with Nature: Field Trips, Walking Groups 6. Social justice Indian Residential Schools Survivors’ Support Group

Ecotrust Canada

Green Building with Clayoquot Sound First Nations

Green Building with Clayoquot Sound First Nations

Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver

In the Best Interests of the Child

EFry seeks to raise the issue of homeless women and children through the lens of BC Legislation, and government responsibilities to see that homeless women and children are not disproportionately disadvantaged by their relative small numbers. The project seeks to rationalize resources to see that the most vulnerable - homeless children - are prioritized; and that homeless and at risk of homelessness women are provided equal opportunity to access supports as their male counterparts to find or remain housed. Doing so will reduce the generational legacy of homelessness in the lives of children as they grow, and provide women fairness, equality and opportunity.


Building Safety Through Community: Safety for Aboriginal Women and Children

This 18-month project aims to increase the safety of on- and off-reserve Aboriginal women and their children in the Smithers region. It will expand the hours and mandate of two well-respected Aboriginal anti-violence workers to build relationships, share knowledge and develop community safety protocols with Aboriginal leaders and other Aboriginal social and health service providers. By building on existing safety networks and creating critical new ones the project will address sexual and domestic violence, and will help create a legacy of safety through the tools, coordination agreements and knowledge that will be generated and go beyond the life of the project.

Family Services of the North Shore

Connecting a Caring Community - Supporting Quality of Life

This innovative new community based volunteer project was identified and is being developed in partnership with 30+ local residents, volunteers and community partners in order to improve the quality of life for those who are marginalized and isolated as a result of being disabled, nearing end-of-life, or bereaved. It will reduce isolation, advance the health and well-being of individual adults and families, mitigate the effects of poverty, and improve access and linkages to systems of care and support. The volunteers will provide weekly in-home visits, bereavement support groups, telephone companionship calls, walking groups, therapeutic healing modalities (e.g. foot rubs, therapeutic touch, guided meditation) and social activities in collaboration with the needs and wishes of the participants. Volunteers will also gather data through case studies and surveys over 1-3 years to support and inform the development of public policy solutions, in collaboration with our community partners, to create long term systemic change within our community.

Family Support Institute of B.C.

Personal Information Booklet

When information needs to be shared with team members (gov, health care teams, therapists,...) the end result is often inconsistent & clinical. Parents of children with disabilities find themselves constantly repeating their child’s story. Not only does this add undue stress to the family, it also further perpetuates a non person centered approach to their loved ones' care & they often get described with jargon & labels. This frustration is most apparent during the transition period of a youth’s life when they leave high school and enter adulthood - arguably, the most difficult time in a families' life. A Personal Information Booklet will address these challenges and build cohesive teams.

Farm Folk / City Folk


Vancouver Farmers Markets is a leading partner in the development of a local food hub for the City of Vancouver. With construction anticipated to start in 2014-15, the New City Market (NCM) will provide a significant public asset for generations of Vancouverites and BC farmers, featuring a year-round farmers market, supply aggregation & distribution support and commercial micro-processing kitchen. NCM will increase long-term capacity and revenues for local small and medium scale rural and urban growers and value-added micro-processors, and will increase access to these local products by Vancouver food buyers such as institutions, community groups, chefs, small retailers and the general public. As a result, NCM will provide environmental benefits, local economic development, increased training, skills development and employment opportunities, and increased public awareness about locally-produced foods and BC agriculture for generations to come. A site has been identified and a final governance model and business plan is anticipated for fall, 2012. Project details:

Federation of Community Social Services of British Columbia

Community Based Social Services Innovation

Many BC communities face a patchwork of government services that are neither integrated nor holistic. These often fall short of what citizens need and lack community-specific requirements. Provincial governments struggle to bridge silos of regulation, funding, and administration. Our project offers an alternative to such centrally-designed and -managed services based on four successful community pilot programs that took place over the past 2 years. By empowering existing networks of community-based organizations, local governments, and First Nations, we are establishing new ways of organizing, coordinating, and delivering social services to even the smallest and most remote BC communities.

There is a Better Way - A Social Policy Framework for BC

Why, in one of the wealthiest regions of the world, do we have 90,000 children living in poverty? How do we move from crisis managing sickness to promoting healthier lives? How do we want to treat our seniors, people living with disabilities or addictions, immigrants and First Nations? How do we all want to live together? In 2013/14, Board Voice undertook a provincial campaign advocating for the development of a Social Policy Framework (SPF) for BC, as a way of approaching some of the most challenging and intractable social issues requiring integrated and innovative responses. Through a process of engagement with businesses, municipalities, community partners and citizens, this proposed two year initiative is designed to spark interest in new ideas in the design and delivery of human services in BC, and create the climate for needed change. Key partnerships will provide the networks and help to create the momentum to explore these ideas locally. We expect the project to generate ideas and actions that will make our communities more livable and resilient. The project will have three phases: development of the online platform and content, meeting materials and templates; the coordination of community and online discussions; the collating of the information; drafting and dissemination of a report summarizing the outcomes. Expected key outcomes include engaged networks, increased awareness of social issues and suggested key elements of a SPF for BC.

Community Boards in Action

Board Voice convened 20 inter-board forums in 14 different communities in the past 18 months. Community Boards in Action will target 5 communities each year and through providing focused supports, build on previous successes. Actions and outcomes will fall into several categories: 1) improved inter-agency collaborations in service delivery, management or governance; 2) improved governance; 3) enhanced community networking or 4) enhanced understanding of the importance of community services in the community. The project will stimulate collective action through the provision of seed money for supports that could include: facilitation, logistical and evaluation support, facilitation training for volunteers, and training resources. Financial assistance of up to $4000 per year will be directed towards each inter-board initiative to undertake activities to enhance the evolution of social services in their community. Each community will submit a plan of action for their project. Board Voice will coordinate the project provincially and support local efforts.

Boards Together in Community

Board Voice Society of B.C. is a new organization in B.C. One of its goals is to promote cross agency collaboration and innovation at the community level. In particular, we believe that engaged citizens who govern different agencies can leverage their capacity by engaging with each other across the boundaries of their particular agencies to consider the broader issues facing the people in their communities. A second goal relates to improving governance. Through this initiative, local board groups will have access to resources to bring in trainers from universities or community colleges to assist in local training events as well as online resources. This project aims at realizing these goals. Pulling people together, especially in the rural areas of the province, often has costs attached. Room rental, amenities and travel costs may figure into the mix. As well, there will be costs associated with hiring local trainers. To facilitate these meetings, we wish to amplify a small fund we have already set up to support regional board sessions.

First Nations Friendship Centre Society

Community Dental Access Centre (CDAC)

The Centre will provide a full spectrum of dental services to low-income, marginalized populations. Located in downtown Vernon and servicing many North Okanagan communities, this innovative clinic model will be sustained through diverse funding sources: client fees based on income; government dental plans; grants and fundraising; volunteer services (a partnership with UBC to use dental students and volunteers to assist clients with paperwork); and the strong community support of over 30 local community agencies and government bodies.

Fraser Basin Council Society

Rural Housing First

The project is to pilot a rural HF program, and to test the model on a small scale with a targeted group prior to scaling up the approach to meet the broader community needs. Ultimately, the entire process of housing and support will be redesigned as per the principles of HF: 1. Immediate access to permanent housing with no housing readiness requirements 2. Choice and self-determination 3. Recovery orientation 4. Individualized supports 5. Social and community integration We will redesign housing access processes and protocols to maximize the use of existing resources for a test group of clients. Current access for marginalized and vulnerable clients is based on individuals seeking housing services directly from each service. The proposed approach will coordinate access, and utilize existing outreach staff to identify clients who are need of housing and supports. We will work directly in partnership with landlords to ensure appropriate placement and ongoing support of the landlord-tenant relationship. The Housing and Homelessness Committee will serve as program advisors, redesign intake and case management protocols, and assist with client eligibility assessments. We will aim to complete integrated intake and assessment and housing for a maximum of 20 clients annually and provide ongoing supports as needed. The pilot will be evaluated from the perspective of clients, workers, community partners, landlords, and other relevant stakeholders.

Fraser Health Authority

Best at home: Supporting Aboriginal Elders on reserve to age with dignity in their own communities

The development project will bring partners together in 2 partnership meetings in the Fraser Canyon and a minimum of 4 conference calls. A community engagement coordinator chosen by the communities and a project coordinator will organize meetings, facilitate collaborative relationships between partners and conduct an environmental scan using interviews and focus groups with community Elders and their families, community leaders and health providers. The environmental scan will identify supports/services needed by Elders and their families. Approaches to address identified gaps in supports/ services will be developed during the course of the partnership meetings and conference calls. At the end of the project, a comprehensive Elder Wellness plan will be developed to enable Elders to age with dignity and respect at home in their communities. This project is innovative because it: • Focuses on a long overlooked vulnerable population: Aboriginal Elders living on reserve • Is community driven; building internal capacity to seek and find solutions • Is preventative in nature • Reinforces the cultural integrity of Aboriginal communities by keeping Elders at home to the end of their lives • Builds a broad collaborative effort: focussing on positive relationships between partners who have not previously worked together. • Clarifies confusion about availability and extent of resources, eligibility, and oversight by different governing bodies (i.e., provincial or federal).

Fraser North - Community Volunteer Connections Society

Through Seniors Eyes - Building a Tri-Cities Seniors Planning Network

We will form the "Tri-Cities Seniors Network," the first seniors-led regional planning group for seniors in the Tri-Cities, involving seniors, seniors-serving organizations and businesses. The Network will explore the Tri-Cities "through seniors eyes" and develop collaborative solutions towards an Age-Friendly Tri-Cities. Our project will involve: * Developing an ongoing seniors planning network that ensures everyone's voice is heard, including developing a Terms of Reference and procedural guidelines *Organizing monthly meetings starting January 2013 on topics identified in our focus groups, to review existing service and initiatives, gaps, and develop initial action plans; topics identified include housing, social inclusion, transportation, access for socially isolated and immigrant seniors, lifelong learning, and coordinated services *Organizing seniors-led subcommittees to move forward on action plans *Conducting survey of seniors, particularly isolated seniors, and inventory of current services (depending on New Horizons funding).

Gabriola Commons Foundation

Gabriola Commons Community Kitchen

A 26 acre parcel in the ALR, the Gabriola Commons contains large well-built structures dating from its former existence as a thriving goat farm. These include a 1200 sq.ft. cheese factory now in the process of being transformed into a community kitchen to be recognized by Provincial Health authorities as achieving commercial standards. Several stages have been completed in this transformation, including the donation of the elements of an entire commercial kitchen (from the renovation of a local children's camp), replacement of the roof, and upgrading of the infrastructure to meet current codes and to serve the plan for a future kitchen able to permit several teams of chefs to function concurrently, as well as a refrigerated room, dry storage room and means for dehydrating island produce. A grant will lead into the final stages of the renovation, transforming the donated kitchen into fully functioning elements fitting within a facility able to satisfy a broad spectrum of community needs as detailed in Section 15 : Goals and Objectives.

Galiano Club

The Galiano Club Community Food Program - The Way to Sustainability

Since 2008, the Galiano Club Community Food Program has provided skill building workshops, growing opportunities, coordinated community kitchens, pot lucks and the making and distribution of soup to vulnerable residents. The Club plans to examine the potential for the Food Program to become completely self-sustaining (including paying part-time coordinators) within the next three years by: • Identifying appropriate individuals for a “social enterprise” steering committee. (3 Board Members, as well as one of the coordinators, are attending the “Enterprising Non-Profit” workshops. The Food Program Steering Committee, plus additional community members, have been brainstorming potential ideas.) • Determining which other organisations are interested in collaboration in joint ventures that might be explored and piloted • Undertaking research into what other isolated island communities have developed and the outcome of their ventures • Determining what goods and/or services could be offered and how and where • Developing a business plan, implementation time line and marketing strategy

Glasshouse Capacity Services Society

Interagency Talking Circles

VANDU, the Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society (WAHRS) and the British Columbia Association of People on Methadone (BCAPOM) believe that creating more opportunities for our memberships to communicate and collaborate will increase our ability to work together on improving the lives of people who use substances. VANDU, WAHRS and BCAPOM have been working on effecting change locally, provincially and federally for almost twenty years. Since our inception VANDU has advocated that drug use is a health issue not a criminal issue. To reduce harms experienced by people who use substances we need significant structural changes including regulation of currently illegal drugs.

Golden Community Resources Society

Community Team Development

A well-developed Community Team will align the Golden & Area A non profit community, build established and emerging leaders, creating a well-supported community team that guides community development and decision making in 2014 and beyond. Over time, as the Team changes in members and composition, training and support needs will be reviewed. With this funding, the creation of a Community Team and Coordinator role, the Community Team will be developed to improve community decision-making and resource allocation. Then, additional resources ($200,000/yr) will begin to flow to Golden & Area A through Columbia Basin Trust's Community-Directed Grant Program (not to be confused with the partnering CBT Community Development Funds). The fledgling Community Team needs support – specifically to develop their capacity to collaborate and lead. We are seeking resources from the Vancouver Foundation to do that for them, whether it be for planning, leadership, CED, grant making training, collective impact, and/or community development courses for our Team members.