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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.

Hastings Community Association

Hastings Sunrise Community Food Network

We are proposing the development of the Food Security Coordinator position based out of the Hastings Community Centre and aim to provide stable funding for this position. Presently we have an interim coordinator who works with a combination of paid hours and volunteer time. Through the guidance of a newly developed Food Security Coordinator position working with the HS CFN steering committee, our aim is to build capacity within the network, learn about the needs in our community and then offer programs, workshops, community services and events that are best suited to our community needs. Examples include a mobile information station to further engage members of our local community, establishing a website and other online opportunities and developing a needs assessment. Our approach will continue to be a capacity-building approach (as supported in past City of Vancouver Greenest City grants) and we hope that with this one-time additional funding we can properly establish a viable and resilient food network in our community.

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 in Shadows Inc.

Developing the Hope in Shadows and Megaphone Vendor Program

This project will substantially develop the Hope in Shadows and Megaphone vendor program by expanding its reach while filling gaps in the support and training that vendors receive. The project's objectives - to increase vendors' sales and the number of active Megaphone vendors, to help vendors build their skills and to provide them with meaningful social connections - were developed after consulting with vendors and staff from successful North American street newspapers. This project will achieve its objectives through hiring a full-time vendor coordinator who will organize training workshops, team-building events and meetings for vendors. In addition to these group activities the coordinator will support and encourage vendors through field visits and individual check-ins. The co-ordinator will also do outreach to make vendor opportunities accessible to homeless and low-income people while building support for vendors among residential and business communities. This project will allow for the continuation of a Vendor Advisory Board, which had a successful three month trail in 2011.

Houston Link To Learning Society

Houston Community Garden/Market project

The community garden is an existing program that reaches out to the most marginalized in the Houston area. This project will continue the growth of the garden, as well as enhance the connection with the local farmer’s market, and the possible development of a second community garden on District property by the Leisure Centre. It will extend the safe learning environment and facilitate skills development. The learners can then help with fundraising at the market or develop their own skill, craft or talent for economic development.


Hearing Aid Lending Program for Vulnerable Adults and Seniors

IDHHC will establish a “Lend an Ear” program designed to provide refurbished hearing aids to vulnerable and at risk adult populations and expand aural rehab and speech-reading programs to provide comprehensive services for this demographic. Given there are no free, low cost or subsidies available for hearing aids or assistive devices in BC, low income and vulnerable adults fall between the cracks for service and become increasingly isolated and vulnerable. The first year we will establish the program and begin dispensing refurbished aids using an income based formula. Year two we will expand marketing of the program, evaluate the effectiveness and outcomes of year 1 and look at ways to address the issues of waitlist (which we strongly anticipate). Selling of low cost aids may become an option and fee for service scales may be developed to offset the cost of free hearing aids in the loaner program and to reduce waitlists. Ongoing we will gather data and outcomes and show that the provision of hearing aids along with personal communication supports can and does address social determinants of health. Hearing loss combined with low income does not have to mean isolation and loss of quality of life. Having all of our partners engaged is a critical base to create a community model that aims to: bring hearing health issues to the forefront, and to create the conversation and movement that will move this agenda forward with political leaders and decision-makers.

Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia

Afghan Women's Support Project

Afghan Women's Sewing and Craft Cooperative (Malalay) supports the socio-economic development of Afghan women in BC. This project will: develop increased knowledge and skills for co-operative and society members; refine business and marketing plans; revise the co-operative by-laws; and increase engagement of members as stakeholders.

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.

Institute of Families for Child & Youth Mental Health

FamilySmart Network - Ready, Set, Collaborate

The World Health Organization developed a Framework for action that speaks to the necessity for interprofessional education in order to achieve collaborative practice & the Institute of Families believes this can be broadened by testing the inclusion of young people & families in collective learning that results in all being collaborative practice ready. We have tangible experiences, skills and examples that will be built on in our proposed test. For research expertise we will partner with the McCreary Centre & Stigma & Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC). Our project is to test & prove our belief that there is a pre-step before implementation of collaborative practice, which we refer to as being ‘Practice Ready’ & offer recommendations & practical practices for how to ensure professionals & youth & families are ready & able to collaborate successfully together. We will build on the current knowledge & experience that we have in engagement, empowerment, collaborating & connecting & invite all disciplines to come along-side young people & families to collectively learn from each other & prepare to be collaborative practice ready. We believe that professionals & lay people can & should be empowered & supported to be contributors & influencers. Everyone has distinct & specialized knowledge that is valuable & necessary to build communities where children, youth & families are safe, included, connected & supported. They are all interdisciplinary team members.

John Howard Society Fraser Valley

The Prisoners' Health Care Project

This project will provide prisoners in BC with legal assistance on health care issues. It will employ a Prisoners’ Health Care Legal Advocate, working under the supervision of a lawyer, who will conduct intake interviews with prisoners and assess each case. The Advocate may then provide summary legal advice, act on behalf of prisoners with staff at the prisons, write submissions to prison officials or tribunals, or represent prisoners at hearings where health care is an issue.

John Howard Society of Victoria

Feeding Ourselves and Others Therapeutic Community Garden Project

After being approached by members of the community last year, our society began a new type of project – a therapeutic community garden designed with and for some of our most isolated and vulnerable citizens. They included people suffering from mental illnesses, addiction issues and others with a history of homelessness, many of whom were heavy users of police and emergency services and/or were offenders at risk of re-offending. Our organization was chosen because of its extensive experience working with many of these people. With support from VIHA’s innovative ACT (Assertive Community Treatment) and VIC Outreach Teams, together with members of the Victoria Integrated Court (VIC) subcommittee, we piloted a very successful community garden at Seven Oaks Care Facility. It involved 16 participants together with community volunteers and VIHA support staff. Having proven that this model works, we now are working to establish a larger, permanent and sustainable therapeutic and income generating community garden that will serve as a model for others to learn from and emulate.

Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry Society

MY Place/Lived Experience Drop In Centre Life Skills development Program for Social Change

The innovation lies within the hearts and minds that know the crisis first hand - those with lived experiences. The challenge in implementing the innovation is twofold: 1) how do we move people in crisis that are tired and feel disenfranchised and move them to an environment of planning and implementing strategic and direct sociopolitical action and; 2) how do we, as a team of people with lived experience and those with socioeconomic privilege, come together and cause these different new relationships to form between these key stakeholder elements that sustain a campaign that makes systemic change on a municipal level possible and beneficial for all.Our project actions have to be innovative as to where, why and how those with lived experiences gather together for reasons other than daily survival (soup kitchens and \social service appointments), we come together as well for strategic reasons that bring us face to face with other entities that either don't understand the issues or have limited information that has been shared in a more sanitized version and approach. We must bring the truth of what we know and how we know this directly to the halls of power through presentations, workshops, panels and testimonies that dispel myths & stereotypes and foster awareness of the need for the collective responsibility and not individualize the reasons for the crisis.Finally,we must navigate and infiltrate the influential interconnected social systems and create a new flow of change.

Life Skills Development Project

The Life Skills Development Project (LSDP) consists of 2 key pieces: My Place, a weekly, drop-in based life skills and service navigation program resulting from a community-wide needs assessment; and the Life Skills Network (LSN), a group of community professionals working in the area of housing and life skills who come together to build working relationships, identify and address gaps in life skills programming, and oversee My Place. The life skills topics at My Place are facilitated by members of the LSN. Workshop topics range from to tenancy rights to communication to conflict resolution to budgeting, etc. The goal of the drop-in is to provide professionally facilitated, peer-driven discussion related to finding and maintaining housing, and improving quality of life. This structure allows clients to self-identify their needs in a safe, non-judgmental setting that they have ownership in. My Place also provides information about services in the community, and resources to assist individuals in reaching the support they need. A pilot stage of the LSDP has been completed and evaluated. Through this process, a refined product is being developed that supports collaboration and gives an active voice to our most vulnerable citizens. In the coming year, we hope to continue this success through a seamless transition from the project’s pilot stage, to a well-developed and sustainable program. We need to test our refined program and continue to develop it to meet community needs.

Kidcarecanada Society

KidCareCanada Educational Series: Closed-Captioning and Translation

This project will respond to the urgent need to increase accessibility to our educational resources for parents, caregivers and the professionals who support them. It will expand our inclusivity to enable BC residents (from teen parents to grandparents, incl. refugees) with hearing loss and/or who do not understand English to have access to this crucial information that impacts life-long mental and physical health of current and future generations. Step 1: Closed-captioning 1 in 4 BC residents suffers from hearing loss - from deafness to difficulty in deciphering spoken words in videos. We need to closed-caption (include subtitles) the 93 videos (avg length 6 min) in our educational program, HUGS FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE. Step 2: Translations In 2011, approximately 147,000 people in BC self-identified as having no English language ability. We need to translate our videos into a minimum of five of BC's most frequently-used languages. The translations will appear as sub-titles in the videos. In this way newcomers can hear spoken English and read the translation in their own language.

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.

Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre

Exploring/Creating Models in Inter & Multi Generational Child Care

We would like to use a development grant to hire a child care systems analyst to create a business plan in order to offer Inter and Multi Generational Child Care within the Kitsilano Community Centre. This will include researching and presenting required building upgrades, licensing, staffing, accreditation requirements, training, support, and methods of volunteer recognition.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University Foundation

Linking Community and the Regional Economy to Southwest BC's Food System Future

As part of the SW BC Bio-regional Food System Design study and in consultation with local & Indigenous stakeholders, we are designing a bio-regional food system, quantitatively/qualitatively describing its integrated social/economic/environmental stewardship, & food self-reliance potentials & developing an implementation plan including tools, policy recommendations & actions. Our model will calculate the quantity/kinds of food that can be farmed given constraints in a future where population growth, climate change & other factors impinge. We will compare alternate scenarios representing different environmental, food self-reliance & resource use choices. We will explore options for increasing regional production to satisfy regional consumption while protecting water resources & habitat, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, & lowering our ecological footprint. Delineating what this system could achieve can galvanize & focus citizen, government & private sector effort to increase local, food production & capture a significant portion of our $6.4 billion annual food expenditure.

Langley Senior Resources Society

Seniors Transportation Assistance Program (TAP)

Volunteer drivers, using their own cars, provide supportive, escorted transportation for seniors who are frail, elderly, isolated, and who require assistance during outings to their doctor, bank, shopping or social appointments. This program will help seniors maintain their independence and remain active in their community. Due to the volume of rides given (1800 + last year) and the complexity of matching volunteers with clients, a consistent staff dispatcher is needed. Transportation options also allow seniors to continue to participate in their community as consumers, citizens and volunteers.

Lionsview Seniors' Planning Society

Seniors Today: Building a Better Tomorrow, Phase Three

Based on a Seniors Survey results document and consultation phase which involved a series of interactive workshops to discuss the survey results and ascertain priorities to be addressed, the project intends to: 1) Engage action orientated seniors (both survey respondents and workshop participants), community and business stakeholders and other motivated seniors in determining how North Shore communities can provide the environment, supports and services seniors need to age well in place (these might include care giving, non-medical and medical home supports, accessible transportation, supports for preventing and overcoming isolation and education about housing options as people age); 2) Using the World Health Organization's 'Age Friendly Framework', whose approach seeks to gather input on what seniors need to remain healthy, happy, independent and connected to each other and their community, create, set up and implement locally based Seniors Action Tables (SATS) coordinated by LionsView Seniors Planning Society in order to create 'Age Friendly Action' plans and initiatives.

Little Mountain Neighbourhood House Society

Heart, Health, 'Hood: Learning. Living. Leading.

Heart, Health,‘Hood is an inter-sectoral program addressing isolation, health, engagement of marginalized & underserved individuals (immigrants, refugees, people with disabilities, seniors). It reduces barriers of exclusion through connection, collaboration, education, engagement. Social determinants of health are discussed & acted upon through dialogue, resource sharing, interactive lessons, goal setting, small project design & delivery. This innovation builds a vibrant community through development of personal health/financial/community goals, & a subsequent project where participants work together to improve their own, & the community’s health. Component (1): [‘HEART’: participant-focused health knowledge]; BCIT student nurses facilitate cross-cultural health activities, dialogue, & group learning that puts issues affecting marginalized groups at the forefront. Participants choose relevant topics that shape the program & set goals for personal & collective health. Component (2): [‘HEALTH’: employment/financial empowerment]; Vancity staff share tools for employment/financial wellbeing/volunteering. Participants develop goal–setting action plans & best practices for financial security, employment, volunteering. Component (3): [‘HOOD’ projects that care for community]. Participants review action plans & choose a project to collaborate & mentor each other on, through application & delivery of a neighbourhood small grant focused on a social determinant of health.

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.

Lu'ma Native Housing Society

Traditional Healers/Elders Project at Lu'ma Medical Centre

The disparity in health for Indigenous people is no longer acceptable. In order to improve health outcomes we must reconcile how health care is delivered to Indigenous peoples. who have experienced a much higher amount of consistent trauma over long periods of time from systemic discrimination and removal of children. Traditional Healers/Elders can engage Indigenous patients to actively participate in healing their body, spirit, mind and emotions to restore their health. Culturally integrated health care is innovative because the teachings and practices of ancient traditional healing is applied to empower individuals & families to solve health challenges today.

Community Voice Mail

Community Voice Mail is a simple solution to a complex problem – how to help people in crisis stay connected. This project provides a reliable telephone number to hundreds of Vancouver’s most vulnerable citizens. Some have used their phone number to obtain healthcare and social services; others to secure housing and employment. Many include connecting with family/children as a goal when signing-up. Some clients have used their number to provide stability while fleeing domestic abuse. Most clients are either homeless or in transitional housing. Now hundreds of our city's most vulnerable citizens are connected. Some have used their number to obtain healthcare and social services, others to secure housing and employment. Many include, connecting with family/children; as a goal when signing-up; can you even imagine the value of this? 13% have used their number to provide stability while fleeing domestic abuse. 85% are either homeless, in transitional housing or a shelter. 6% are at risk of homelessness. Averge monthly income for ALL is $676 while 9% report no financial resources whatsoever.

Marpole-Oakridge Family Place Society

Social Innovation Cohort: Buidling Capacity Bridging the Divide in Marpole

A grant to participate in a development process in order to explore the following issues: - a community assessment map of services, service providers, businesses, and public partners - identify who the stakeholders of the community are - a stakeholder engagement process to decide what are the gaps in services in the community and where should services be provided - the committee will collect, process, and evaluate the information gathered and create a capacity building and community bridging plan for the Marpole Oakridge area - create a terms of reference for process of engagement with current and future community partners and service providers - create an effective system of information and resource sharing to bridge the gap between service providers and provide easy access to information and resources for stakeholders The end result will be a plan that outlines how to address the change in services, location of services, how information is distributed throughout the community and City as large of changes, programs and resources available.