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Pacific Community Resources Society

Social Innovation Cohort: LGBTQ2S Mentorship

A grant to participate in a development process in order to explore the idea to create a new pathway for LGBTQ2S youth to access services and supports related to housing, life skills, and social-emotional competence. Research has shown that building permanency though stable and supportive close relationships leads to more positive outcomes for youth in care. Our project will focus on LGBTQ2S youth who are in care, in unsafe/unsupportive homes, homeless, or unstably housed to build long-term community connections through establishing a roster of queer-friendly community housing alternatives, mentorship pairing, and a network of supportive LGBTQ2S peers and adults. The development process will begin by consulting key stakeholders on issues relating to LGBTQ2S youth. We will talk to young people and frontline workers (such as our Housing staff) to better understand gaps in our current system and we will connect with community organizations who have implemented programs related to LGBTG2S youth, housing, and mentorship to better understand what is being done. Specifically, we look to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary’s new Aura Host Homes project as model for social innovation in this area. Finally, we plan to assess the available resources and capacity that exists for this project by forming a planning group made up of stakeholders from BYRC and at least one additional organization. Together with a youth steering committee we will determine an outline for a pilot project pairing mentorship with housing for LGBTQ2S youth.

Parachute Leaders in Injury Prevention

The Way Forward: Strengthening Injury Prevention Efforts in B.C.

Our proposal to strengthen and support injury prevention efforts in BC, involves a focused engagement strategy that leverages both Parachute networks and the extensive networks of our lead B.C. partners: the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit (BCIRPU); and the Community Against Preventable Injuries (Preventable). Through our partnership with BCIRPU and their role as the secretariat for the BC Injury Prevention Leadership and Action Network (BCiPLAN), we will work together to hire a Community Mobilizer to "connect the dots" and leverage new and existing efforts with a focus on our priority areas of Motor Vehicle Collisions (MVCs) and sports and recreation injuries. Working collaboratively, we will reduce injury through targeted, grass-roots, local approaches -- leveraging networks and activities from our B.C. partners and Parachute. With a strategic infusion of funding over two years from the Vancouver Foundation, we will implement a long-term, sustainable plan to reduce injury rates in B.C. that involves co-creative partnerships with less duplication and increased collaboration.

Parent Support Services Society of B.C.

Supporting Children and Youth in Kinship Care to Thrive!

Growing numbers of children & youth are raised by relatives – often grandparents. Reasons: drug use of parents (opioid epidemic), neglect/abandonment, violence/abuse, mental/physical health/death of parents. Like foster children,the children in kinship care families have experienced trauma that causes health issues.Being raised by kin is known as best practice. Yet aging kinship caregivers do not receive the same support/services as foster parents. Kinship caregivers raise children who would otherwise be in Ministry care. They frequently spiral into poverty. Our project will take steps to ensure these caregivers receive the equitable long-term support necessary for their children to thrive.

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.


Inter-Island Network for Innovative Community Mental Wellness

The health service system upon which we are often dependent is primarily structured to serve large population groups in cities and is inadequate or absent in our small island communities of Gabriola, Quadra, Denman and Hornby Islands. We want to transform the way we think about and respond to mental health and substance use issues at the community level and in turn transform how we interact with the broader systems we are a part of. Our project is designed to have two focuses: the first is to replicate Denman and Hornby Island's successful local health network on the other two islands and establish an Inter-Island Network. The second is to initiate a local program in each community that will address a social inclusion issue identified as a local priority and that will act as a test for the effectiveness of the Inter-Island Network. The Inter-Island Network will begin to act as an innovation hub, linking the community networks as a way to share ideas and resources and to work collaboratively with our other partners; the Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice, Islands Trust and Island Health. The network will provide a means for our communities to collaborate with large organizations and to seek new and alternate sources of funding. As a result, we will have established and/or strengthened our local health services and community organizations, increasing our capacity to address mental health and substance use issues and the broader social determinants of health

Circle of Care Seniors Engagement Project

The Circle of Care Seniors Engagement Project aims to improve the health & well-being of seniors on Gabriola through supporting & encouraging their participation & inclusion. The first stage--an asset-mapping process--will identify 1. The skills, resources & wisdom that local seniors have to offer & 2. The resources & assets of the community at large, as they relate to seniors. Data collected will directly inform all new programming for seniors. It will enable us to provide seniors with the specialized supports they need (transportation, communication, health care, etc.) & to create meaningful opportunities for them to act as mentors & resource people within the community. The project is informed & powered by a league of volunteers, many of them seniors, who will direct each stage of the project's development from design to implementation. A series of educational workshops will be developed & launched for--and often by--seniors that will cover such topics as healthy eating on a fixed-income; how to stay connected with family using email & Skype; end-of-life planning; etc.

Gabriola Guardian Project: Everyone Deserves a Home

This is a multi-faceted project that includes research on homelessness for Gabriola, building a registry of affordable accommodation, working directly with sympathetic landlords, developing a resource base of donated household goods, and building an emergency fund to help purchase firewood, pay utility set-up for those without credit, assist with damage deposits and other costs. Assistance with life skills such as housekeeping, cooking, financial literacy, and mental health and addiction counselling will make participants more popular tenants. An outreach worker will work directly with clients and landlords.

Phoenix Transition Society

Harmony House: Holistic Perinatal Supportive Housing for Women Struggling with Substance Use

The proposed project aims to provide upstream prevention and early intervention supports to women struggling with substance use, especially Indigenous women, while they are pregnant and during the post-partum period using a decolonizing approach. The project will 1) provide safe and supportive housing in Prince George that will deliver a harm reduction, holistic model of care that has only previously been modeled in large urban centers and, 2) provide comprehensive services targeted at pregnant substance-using women adressing medical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. The program will assist women to gain life-skills, Elder mentorship, ready access to pre and postpartum education and support, assistance in moving into independent living with their infants, and break generational cycles of substance-use and child apprehension in communities. An important, and unique aspect of this project will be incorporation of Indigenous traditions and approaches to health with Aboriginal grandmothers at the center of our approach. Our project will influence systemic change towards health and well-being by targeting social determinants affecting vulnerable, pregnant women. More than solely housing, our approach aims to model culturally safe, wrap-around care for at risk women in a way that is highly scalabe to other rural and remote settings. Furthermore, this project follows a holistic and decolonizing approach to care - an emergent approach to providing care accross the north.

Pivot Foundation

Improving the Policing and Justice System Response to Marginalized Survivors of Sexual Assault in BC

Our goal in undertaking this project is to ensure that marginalized women reporting sexual violence do not experience discrimination and re-victimization when accessing police services. This project takes a two-pronged approach to social change. First, it will endeavour to address what we believe to be true by unpacking how beliefs about the credibility and reliability of certain girls and women impact equitable access to police and justice system response. Secondly, it seeks to change laws policies and rules by challenging formal laws and policies that perpetuate bias and undermine equitable access to police and the justice system. Pivot will determine whether litigation, or the threat thereof, is needed to force reform initiatives within both police and Crown Prosecution Services in order to create regulations that would assist in overcoming the stereotypes and prejudices, leading to better outcomes for women and more accountability for offenders. This development project will allow us to determine whether our campaign model can be applied to the issue of the police and justice system response to sexual assaults. Specifically, we will work with referring organizations and women survivors who have shared their stories to identify which behaviours, policies and practices limit access to justice for victims and accountability for offenders.

Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network

Network for Belonging

The Network for Belonging Initiative aims to extend PLAN's Personal Support Network Model in the broader community, in particular we will work with partners from the Brain Injury, Drug and Alcohol addictions, and mental health communities. The common theme of isolation is deeply felt in these communities and through initial explorations our partners believe that the Personal Support Network model, when tailored to address their unique needs will be an important strategy to increase belonging and decrease the devastation of living life in isolation. The Initiative is not just about sharing the concept of personal support networks; it is about developing financially sustainable models to support their application. Building sustainable PSN models across our partner organizations will yield rich learning which we will capture and share. This learning will both guide future PSN model replication as well as inform the public policy aspects of the Network for Belonging Initiative.


Port Alberni Shelter Farm and Training Center

The Shelter Farm and Training Center will directly address issues of health, poverty and food security by growing vegetables and distributing the harvest to those most in need and by also supporting the development of a return to agriculture in the Alberni Valley by providing training and jobs for youth in the community and creating an internship program for aspiring young farmers, with a focus on those who currently experience poverty. By investing our energy into the long term goal of creating a self-sufficient and food secure community, we are confident that we can help reverse the effects that poor health is having on our community and the ways in which it is passed on from generation to generation in an endless cycle. To resolve the issue of food deserts in our community, we will look to offer delivery of food boxes to those who do not benefit from owning their own transportation means. The outcomes will be: - Increased local food for those dealing with financial challenges - More young farmers growing organic food in the community - Enhanced awareness of the benefits of eating healthy - Stewards of sustainable small-scale farming business models - Education farm open to schools and the greater community

Port Moody Station Museum

Seniors Engagement at the Port Moody Station Museum

Our social innovation is to have the Port Moody Station Museum improve how seniors are treated as part of our community; to be an ‘Age Friendly Community’ (AFC). The Port Moody Station Museum owned by the charitable Port Moody Heritage Society, in order to stay relevant and meet its mission, must adapt and change to meet community needs. There have been significant amounts of literature developed on the issues of an AFC (how seniors are treated as part of our community). In 2014, the City of Port Moody undertook a study to determine how much of an Age Friendly Community they are. The study indicated a number of areas of concern; the most important being how seniors are assisted/encouraged to be included as a productive part of society. Seniors isolation and lack of inclusion are two other issues the study indicated a need to be addressed. The idea of creating a Seniors Hub (seniors meeting place) was identified as a method to meet these challenges. However, the study appears to be a ‘built it and they will come’ philosophy. What is required is a verifiable detailed action plan of concrete items that will insure success for the project. To meet its mission in the future, the Port Moody Station Museum must change from a traditional museum model to that of engaging the community on a daily/weekly basis. The Port Moody Heritage Society can assist the City of Port Moody to become a more age friendly community by engaging seniors in being a productive part of its offering

Positive Living Fraser Valley Society

PLFV Community Outreach and Support program

This project, combined with additional funding from the MAC AIDS Foundation, will hire a full-time support worker who can reach out to communities in the Fraser Valley to ensure that people living with HIV/AIDS and those co-infected with Hepatitis C are connected to all local resources, thus reducing isolation and improving overall health. The project will address critical issues like improved access to health care through transportation assistance, adequate nutrition, emotional and social support, mental health, addiction issues and prevention education and awareness information.

Positive Women's Network Society

Leading the Way: A Province Wide Peer Support Network for Women living with HIV

Leading the Way will establish a Province-wide peer support network that will provide gender-specific support and interventions for women living with HIV. Peer Mentor candidates will be chosen from a pool of women who have graduated from Leadership Training through the Pacific AIDS Network Leadership Institute, our current volunteer pool and from our long-standing members who have served as national and regional delegates. Participants will represent the mosaic of women living with HIV in BC. The network will be established in all health regions of British Columbia (two representatives from the Interior) and will work in partnership with local service providers to ensure women are receiving optimum care and support, and address the issues and community priorities identified in LEAD that are specific to women living with HIV.

Potluck Cafe Society

DTES Kitchen Tables Project PHASE 3

Many vulnerable Downtown Eastside (DTES) residents don’t have access to quality food. The Kitchen Tables project is working with multiple stakeholders to create systemic change in the DTES food system. It aims to replace an unsustainable, charity-based system with a holistic community economic development system by building a sustainable food procurement, processing and distribution system that reflects the community’s identified values and priorities of food security for DTES residents.

Downtown Eastside Kitchen Tables Project

The DTES Kitchen Tables Project is a comprehensive, collaborative strategy to reform the DTES food system. It is designed to work in concert with all relevant stakeholders, beginning with nutritionally vulnerable DTES residents and including food providers. The project seeks funding for outreach and education to implement the first two (of seven) solutions, training and wages to build a DTES community outreach/education team to facilitate events, and support for a project manager who would be responsible for implementation of the overall strategy.

Powell River Model Community Project for Persons with Disabilities Society

Defining Diversity: Creating Community

The project Defining Diversity: Creating Community will increase community capacity, resilience, and sustainability by engaging 80 citizens who represent Powell River’s diversity in a two day program crafted to advance Asset Based Community Development within a safe and supportive space for reflection and dialogue. The program was developed by skilled educators in consultation with community groups and utilizes innovative approaches to teaching and learning. It promotes citizen engagement and cultivates inclusion and belonging. The impact of participation in the program on individual and community social and economic well-being will be evaluated using an action research framework including a survey, focus group, and learning circle. The inquiry details will be informed by inter-agency collaboration, expert consultation, and a review of the existing measures of social capital. Ancillary opportunities include leadership development through facilitator mentorship and in-service about community engaged research for interested participants, co-leads and community supporters.

Proton Foundation

Honour:Health to Hand - "Totems in the Forest"

Honor:Health to Hand is OMVC’s commitment & response to community requests to aid with healthy development, diversify the economic base for homes & community & offer a culturally appropriate exemplary positive initiative to transfer skills & knowledge from Elder to youth, as it is well recognized that all on-reserve aboriginal youth are at risk & the oral traditions are at risk of dying. We will engage 8 Haida youth, including male & females & those with disabilities, with 3 Master Carvers in a 27-week cultural training/skill development initiative. It includes certification courses, mentorship, health & entrepreneurial aspects; offered at NorthWest Community College Campus in Masset, the high school trade shop, OMVC’s education/ eco-tourism facility-Hiellen Longhouse Village, the carving studio in Old Massett, & Emily Carr UofAD. Endorsed & mentored by Master Carvers Chief 7idansuu Jim Hart & Christian White youth will earn certificates, learn Haida art design/carving/business skills & assist in 2 projects; replication of the historic heritage Hliialang’inagee gyaa’ang Totem that stood in Hiellen Village 150+ years ago & develop a “Welcome Sign” with two small 8’ totems for the entrance to Hiellen Longhouse Village, approved by the Haida Repatriation Society. This will be exemplary, inclusive & engaging. At completion both will be erected during a high Haida celebration during Canada 150. Youth & elders will participate. Healing & reconciliation for all will be profound.

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.

Aging Out: Belonging in Health Care for LGTB Seniors

Aging Out is a three-year public education and policy development project aiming to increase inclusion and belonging for lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual (LGTB) seniors in BC's health care system. Workshops will increase awareness among health care providers of the health-related needs specific to LGTB seniors. Public dialogues will help create community-driven policy on health care for LGTB seniors. Work within health/community care facilities will decrease barriers LGTB seniors face in accessing health care. With the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a community-driven document of policies and practices to improve health care for LGTB seniors will be developed and delivered to the BC Ombudsperson's office.

Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre

RISE- ALIVE-Inclusion and Reconciliation for Children and Youth

This project is a focused inclusion Strategy to engage vulnerable children and support their active inclusion in community centre programs. It will also serve to increase understanding within municipal neighborhood institutions, building their capacity to do this work. The specific project will incorporate a Learning Circles model, with RISE Leaders utilizing the capacity of Aboriginal children and youth as peer leaders in summer day camps, sports, and recreation programs -- reaching out to be more inclusive of all children in the area. The goal is to help all children feel part of the group and to have fun -- and to minimize them feeling singled out, left out, overlooked or labelled as a problem by other kids or group leaders. The purpose is not to diagnose, but to accommodate and include. The training will assist youth leaders to: • develop an increased awareness of the challenges some children face in being included in activities with their peers • develop a repertoire of strategies to use when faced with situations such as a child becoming frustrated or anxious, or two children arguing • Engage as program leaders and volunteer ‘buddies’ in regular sharing and learning circles. Vancouver Park Board neighborhood­based community centres will become enabling structures/anchors to support this work. A city-level Reconciliation Team will manage incremental neighborhood engagement work starting with 3­5 centres in 2016. Appendix A contains a more detailed overview

ALIVE'S Place Based Urban Aboriginal Strategy: Where Change Happens

This project supports Aboriginal people in becoming engaged in developing programs and services that serve Aboriginal and mainstream community through Aboriginal sharing circles. It will promote Aboriginal people as active citizens, providing training and leadership development that support Aboriginal ways of learning to increase confidence to move into mainstream institutions.

REACH Centre Association

Social Innovation Cohort: Citizen engagement in Innovative Accountable Primary Care Services

A grant to participate in a development process to explore the idea to bring together a network of groups and individuals from other non-profit organizations with a stake in access to primary care. This group would support the formation of a steering committee for a one year advocacy project. The initial work will involve creating this group and developing their awareness of this funding model and the CHC organizational model. This also would be a core activity of our proposed one year project. During the summer we would assess issues and needs, identify other stakeholder and interested partners and lay out the proposal for the one year project. This would involve a series of facilitated workshops with these partners to raise awareness of options available for funding health care delivery, and develop a business case for amending the eligibility criteria for implementation of the capitation model to include non-profit health care organizations. The one year proposal we would develop would include increasing awareness of this funding and organizational model through outreach and education, developing a pro forma for a primary care service model based on the population based funding program and the presence of a coalition which would spearhead a lobby and submission of funding requests. The long term goal will be to change policy at the provincial level to increase access to effective primary care services for those with complex health needs, and to give these patients a voice in the design of those services.

Population-based, citizen engaged-primary health care

Our project is working toward the broad outcome of empowering individuals to enjoy levels of health and well being achievable by addressing social determinants. Through building a case for non-profit health care organizations to access population based funding (capitation), we hope to effect a policy change in the funding of primary health care to provide a broader range of health care to community, allowing a variety of health services to be offered from the same pool of funds. This will make health care more accessible to community, especially to those of us with complex health needs. We plan to form a coalition of health care organizations to provide a comprehensive care network, and will work to promote a change in beliefs of a social system that physician-led primary care is the only option. This may lead to a change in basic routines as well: as public perceptions change and clinics offer alternatives to physician care, patients may seek to fulfill their primary health care needs from a variety of care practitioners. REACH community health clinic is well placed to convene and test this alternative because we have delivered primary health care in a non profit community governed model for over 40 years. We are strategically placed in the community, we have a history, we are a member of the CHC Association, and we have created partnerships with other allied health care organizations over the years.

Ready to Rent BC Association

Shift From Crisis to Prevention

Homelessness is a stuck issue that requires new approaches in order to solve it. Part of the solution is shifting away from existing in crisis towards prevention: 'Shift from Crisis to Prevention' will develop a prevention toolkit of effective practices that can be adapted to and compliment community-based efforts to address housing instability and homelessness. This collection of BC-specific actionable and scalable resources will be accompanied by a funding formula and will tap into already existing networks to change beliefs and provide upstream solutions. ‘Shift" is a collaborative approach to provide organizations and communities resources to prevent homelessness from occurring.