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T'Sou-ke First Nation

T'Sou-ke Centre for Sustainability Housing Innovation

The T’Sou-ke Centre for Sustainability Housing Innovation project aims to address the housing crisis that exists within Canada’s First Nations communities. There are multiple systemic barriers that result in common issues such as overcrowding, mould contamination, poor construction and high energy costs. While there are many innovative technologies available, we believe that social innovation is needed prior to technical innovation. We are proposing to begin with community first. Our project will embody the traditional values and principles of the people. In this way, we’re bringing back traditional values in a modern context.

The Arthritis Society, BC & Yukon

Electronic Arthritis Triage Strategy (EATS)

The EATS Program serves to reduce barriers to treatment for people with arthritis. It will ensure appropriate treatment for their properly diagnosed arthritis by the appropriate healthcare professionals (HCPS), in a timely way that will help to reduce disease progression and disability. Earlier treatment will reduce the need for more invasive treatments including medications with higher side-effects and the need for surgery. This will be achieved through the development and implementation of an online triage tool that uses standardized examination questions where the responses are processed through a decision support system (based on BC Rheumatology guidelines) to determine the best route to treating their arthritis. EATS will generate a report summary of the patient responses combined with other key patient data from the healthcare system. This will be accessible by the primary care provider, rheumatologist and/or allied HCP. The result is the expedited referrals of high priority patients to rheumatologists, which improves specialist access, increases positive health outcomes for patients due to early disease intervention and reduces the need for costly medications. This will generate significant cost savings for the MoH. Our partnerships with healthcare professional bodies (rheumatologists, GPs & allied HCPs) will assist in the adoption and utilization of EATS.

The Bloom Group Community Services Society

Vancouver Mental Health and Addictions Systems - Collective Impact Project

The Vancouver MH & Addictions Collective Impact project is an initiative to strengthen the care systems for individuals living with mental health and/or substance use disorders. The project’s role in achieving reduced levels and frequency of crisis is not to directly deliver supports, but to better define, coordinate and integrate the work of the diverse partners providing services; from healthcare to housing, from education to law enforcement, and from government agencies to community groups. The project’s premise is that by creating a system that works in unison towards a shared set of measurable goals, future policy changes and new investments in services will have greater impact.

The Kalein Hospice Centre Society

Kalein Centre Liminal Leadership/Learning Lab

The Kalein Centre will promote social innovation through the creation of a Liminal Leadership Lab. The Lab will convene a broad range of cross-sectoral, multi-disciplinary thought leadership from across BC, in the form of health care professionals, allied health services, social sector and community agencies, patients, their families and other community voices. Through dialogues, workshops and seminars, the Lab will explore, develop and test new community-based approaches that can innovate, influence and elevate the ways in which end of life care is delivered and is accessible. In so doing, the Lab will become a generator of opportunities to enhance the quality of experience for both patient and caregiver. This interdisciplinary approach will shift perspectives and approaches in the way the system delivers end-of-life care. Outcomes generated through the testing of ideas and models developed in 2017, the Lab’s first “pilot” year, will be applied to the development and delivery of leadership and systems change training programs. We will work with health care professionals and others in BC, with the intent of cultivating and growing a network of change agents who can impact transformational shifts in policies and practice, with the ultimate goal of improving care. Lab initiatives will also seed changes in our social systems, through the introduction of new ways of engaging society in dialogue around aging and death as a natural part of life.

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.

The Salvation Army Penticton Corps

Balcony and Patio Vegetable Gardens for Foodbank Clients

We intend to facilitate the establishment and support of container vegetable gardening for working poor families and singles with stable housing in Penticton and area, and share lessons with other communities. We will create the most appropriate containers for specific locations and support the families through the stages of planning and assembling, as well as the ongoing nurturing, harvesting and preparing of the food for eating. With a community team of the families themselves, as well as our volunteers and experts in the growing food, we intend to: • Purchase appropriate containers, soil and seeds or seedlings • Address any regulatory and city requirements for safety and watering • Organize work parties, teaching and support sessions • Assist in getting containers to balconies and patios • Create infrastructure for the community to share experience on an ongoing basis • Create a communication vehicle so that experience and successes can be shared with broader community. • Organize support system to address any problems and challenges encountered

The Salvation Army, British Columbia Division

Food Access Program

The Salvation Army wants to help clients to be able to access nutritious food and focus their efforts on becoming well, training for employment or advancement, attending to their families, children and keeping seniors in their homes as opposed to worrying about access to nutritious food. The Salvation Army will approach this by redeploying how we collect and deliver food to clients in the Lower Mainland. Meeting our commitment of reducing our carbon foot print, providing nutritious food and rejecting unhealthy donations and shrink our waste by encouraging closed loop recycling (take waste and turn it into a new consumer product). Feeding bodies minds and futures.

Gardening for Health and Wellness - Development of Local Community Garden Sites

In Penticton, The Food Bank has a food short fall of 10,000 pounds and this hinders the ability for the Food Bank to provide enough food for all who cannot provide it for themselves. This project proposes to convert unused or underutilized land such as backyard spaces of businesses or families, into 10 community gardens, recruit volunteers from the food bank clients and the community at large and teach people how to eat nutritious meals that are low cost. We also are developing the capacity to store vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, onions and squash for winter access. The gardens will provide a relaxing environment for fresh air, exercise, cultivating an appreciation for the environment and building community. The social wellness of our clients is also enhanced as they participate. These gardens will also be a place of education where those involved will learn gardening techniques and valuable tips on nutritious eating. Teaching to preserve food is also to be included in community kitchens. We will be learning to can salsa, pickles and perhaps sauerkraut.

Theatre for Living Society


'Maladjusted' will be interactive, Forum Theatre created and performed by mental health care-givers and clients. It will generate a Community Action Report (policy document) as requested by agencies (see letters). A 2-day 'mini-conference' will complement the theatre. Through our relationships with many health agencies we have become aware of how, in the name of efficiency, a mechanization of services is taking place inside the mental health system across BC and Canada. While issues of 'stigmatization and mental health' are in the public consciousness because of various public campaigns, THIS issue is invisible - except to those care-givers, clients and their families who are being affected by it directly. In consultation with various health professionals and leaders of agencies, we determined that this project would be a vital contribution to both public awareness of the issue and also contribute steps to finding concrete solutions. The project will involve the mental health community deeply. The project and resulting dialogue will be aimed at the general public.

Thompson Nicola Cariboo United Way

Kamloops Life Skills Assessment Coordinator

Life skills training is a key step to ending homelessness. Life skills such as critical thinking, emotional control and stress management overlap in complex ways with skills such as hygiene, budgeting, and home maintenance. This project will hire a trained evaluator who will design and facilitate workshops and interviews to evaluate current Life Skills Training, then provide the information to assist agencies in their development of Life Skills Programs related to homelessness.

Tides Canada Initiatives Society

re-VALUE 2.0

The binning population - characterized by self-reliance - is often overlooked and harmed despite its obvious positive environmental impact. Binners, also called urban recyclers, are an essential part of the fabric of a well-functioning city. They are a resilient group that have actively contested ideas and perspectives on their place in urban areas. Binners’ Project fosters grassroots leadership that is by and for binners. Over time, the Binners Project’s emerging initiatives are fostering the potential of this community. We work with binners to shift systems that currently leave binners at the margins of society. Re-VALUE vs. 2 enables binners to create change from the bottom up.

re-VALUE (Validating All Livelihoods in Urban Environments)

With the shared goal of bringing together binners to help them achieve their aims, the re-VALUE project will collaborate with several partners including the UBC Learning Exchange, City of Vancouver and SFU Woodward’s Cultural Unit – Vancity Office of Community Engagement to reach out to broad community stakeholders and test informal employment opportunity pilots that were identified by binners over the past year. To support successful implementation of the pilots, the Binners' Project (BP) will simultaneously carry out complementary initiatives to raise public awareness and build binner community and capacity. In this way the re-VALUE (Validating All Livelihoods in Urban Environments) project will increase binner involvement and credibility in civic governance and planning for policies on waste, recycling and the container refund. The BP has been successful in bringing together a robust binner community, thus far engaging over 300 binners. Through regular meetings, workshops and activities, we have built a sense of trust and belonging as well as a safe place for individuals to voice their opinions and concerns. This project will meaningfully engage binners in conversations with community stakeholders and positively influence and build individual and binner group capacities.

Reconciliation Canada - New Way Forward

Reconciliation Canada is engaging Canadians in reconciliation through experiential transformative change processes delivered by the following: Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops & Action Plans Targeted at community and organizational leaders, these workshops provide the opportunity for participants to engage in meaningful dialogue, build relationships and develop reconciliation action plans. Workshops will include a youth specific stream. Leadership Training & Core Competencies Assessment - Targeted to existing and emerging youth, community and organization leaders to develop reconciliation values-based leadership skills. In conjunction Reconciliation Canada will assist organizations with assessments of core reconciliation competencies and development of roadmaps to guide reconciliation initiatives. Sustainable Economic Reconciliation Dialogue & Action Plans - Workshops focused on economic reconciliation bring together stakeholders for creative dialogue to build meaningful partnerships and the co-development of Sustainable Economic Reconciliation Action Plans.

Good Food Solutions for BC: Healthy and Equitable Food Systems in BC

This project responds to the need to for better collaboration around efforts to create a healthier and equitable food system to deepen impact. "Good Food Solutions for BC" will capture, share and support implementation of BC-based better practices and facilitate innovation scaling (out, up and deep). With support from the Vancouver Foundation we will focus on: 1) Indigenous food sovereignty, 2) transitioning the charitable food sector and 3) supporting healthy and equitable school food systems. Funding granted from the Vancouver Foundation in the Fall of 2014 was used to recruit additional members and partners, convene and webinars, and support communication platforms for working groups in the this project's 3 core areas. The project will facilitate community organizations, funders, public and private sectors to work together to: 1) gather, document, and share information in priority areas, 2) discuss and promote better practices, 3) identify related policy issues, 4) develop specific policy proposals, 5) develop public communications materials.

Good Food Solutions for BC


REACHing Out

REACHing out addresses a fundamental need for the social sector on the Sunshine Coast: bridging social capital. How do community groups meaningfully engage a wider more diverse community? REACHing Out will attempt to create the infrastructure needed to do just this; bridges that link islands of social capital to each other. Emerging out of a rigorous community-led strategic planning process entitled REACH (Re-integrating Existing Assets into Community Hubs), REACHing Out intends to broaden and diversify public interest, support and participation in the social sector through a series of staged events leading to outside the box collaborations in the years to come. This will be done by: 1) staging the intersection points necessary for cross-pollination between community groups and the wider community 2) nurturing potential collaborations between these groups moving forward A series of facilitated community events will culminate in a resource guide for participating organizations, detailing potential collaborations and a step-by-step process to initiating them.

Town of Gibsons


The Ignite Program proposes a structured three-year project that will connect diverse individuals, organizations and communities, surface their ideas and visions, generate collaborative groups of community volunteers to activate them and build a network of support to sustain these solutions over the long-term. Focused on a specific theme each year (food security, affordable housing/childcare and senior support), the program aims to catalyze, build and nurture a network of community-driven initiatives that brings individuals and communities from diverse age-groups, income-levels, locations and back-grounds together to present specific solutions to local challenges. With its three-year phased approach, Ignite will build an inspiring network of community-driven initiatives populated by a diverse cross-section of individuals and communities to sustain the program over the long term.

UBC - Department of Family Practice

Safe and Sound?: A documentary film on refugee health and access to primary care in Metro Vancouver

In 2007, more than twenty thousand refugees came to Canada. In Vancouver, Bridge Medical Clinic addresses their short-term health needs; however, refugees have difficulty accessing regular primary care providers in the community. “Safe and Sound?” is a documentary film featuring stories of Vancouver refugees at various stages of transition to life in Canada. Targeting an audience of medical trainees and healthcare providers, it will investigate barriers to medical care, exposing the challenges and strengths of refugees pertaining to primary care access.

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 - Office of Research Services

APPlying Mobility: Supporting Physical Activity for Marginalized Pregnant and Parenting Women

In order to address physical inactivity for marginalized pregnant and parenting women, we will need to gather further information, meet with key stakeholders, including service providers and women from the community, in order to solidify a prototype of a social innovation. The researchers agreed that the development of a physical activity and healthy living app to reach highly marginalized pregnant women should be strongly considered. We will determine how app development can be approached to best meet the needs of this particular community. Further the content, accessibility, and deliverability of such a resource will be assessed. The following plans/questions, which were discussed with Sheway, a community organization on the DTES, will guide the development process to address physical inactivity with pregnant and parenting women who are marginalized by poverty, racism, substance use, and trauma: 1. Conduct a community review of resources/programs that focus on physical activity for pregnant and parenting women on the DTES. 2. Establish relevant community partnerships for research and development 3. Assess current health and physical activity behaviours of women in the community 4. Determine what participants identify as barriers/facilitators of physical activity 5. Determine what community members identify as culturally safe and trauma and violence-informed physical activity 6. Determine what participants need to feel supported in being physically active

Fair Play 4 Children and Families in Vancouver's Inner City

To better understand this social issue and identify community priorities and goals, we propose a development project aimed at exploring community members’ and key stakeholders’ perspectives on the challenges children and families living in Vancouver’s DTES experience in relation to play and potential actions for enhancing meaningful play opportunities. This process will include: 1. An experienced community engagement coordinator and project assistant will initiate sensitive and respectful engagement of a broad, intersectoral group of stakeholders and community members. The specifics will be shaped by community dynamics and identified needs, but may include a variety of community workshops/gatherings aimed at facilitating an inclusive process for identifying community priorities, creating an action plan to address the various social and structural determinants currently hindering meaningful play in this community, and organizing a community action group that will work to enact the identified plan. 2. Part-time employment of two community member co-leads (possibly youth who have an expressed interest in developing advocacy skills) will build community capacity for facilitating community engagement activities. 3. A summary report outlining community-driven priorities and action plan.

UBC - Okanagan

An Action Plan for Sustainability of TCARE: Building Health-Care Navigation

This new project, adapted from the innovative nurse-led navigator TCARE project funded by Vancouver Foundation in 2013-2014, will now sustain a volunteer model for care. The purpose of this project is to pilot the use of trained volunteers who are partnered with a nurse mentor, to provide navigation services for older adults living in rural communities with life-limiting chronic illness. These rural, older adults often live isolated in the community with little knowledge of, or access to, vital services. The navigation concept is an innovative model for addressing their needs, and there are now a set of navigation competencies to guide this new role. After receiving specialized training, volunteers will provide navigation services to frail, rural, older adults for one year. In their navigation role, they will: advocate for the patient and family; facilitate connections with the community; coordinate access to services and resources; and facilitate active engagement. A comprehensive evaluation of the feasibility and acceptability of the volunteer navigator role will be conducted.

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.

Umbrella Multicultural Health Co-op

Patient Driven Health Care

Using UMHCs cooperative community health centre (CCHC) model to address the health gaps faced by vulnerable populations (in this case immigrants and refugees) is an innovation that will create scalable change at many levels of the system. Institutional: Approach the MoH as partners working towards the same goal of delivery of quality, cost effective healthcare. After building relationships, our communications will be in alignment with MoH interests; mirroring their language, indicators and metrics, we will adapt how we collect and present data to reflect MoH priorities. With MoH input, we will demonstrate the efficacy of the CCHC with the objective to influence allocation of resources to this type of community led initiative. Organizational: We will work with Health Authorities in building similar relationships and common goals as they implement MoH funding decisions. Network: We will engage co-op and CHC organizing bodies in flipping the routine us vs. them style of advocacy plaguing the relationship between the BC health system and community led health initiatives. Individual: As a young organization, our approach will involve building our capacity in member engagement and public relations, leaving a lasting impact at an individual level as skills developed and systems implemented will be ongoing. With so many barriers to system access, we look forward to a change in ambition as this vulnerable population engages in decision making around their health care.

United Way of Central & South Okanagan/ Similkameen

Toward a Child and Family Poverty Reduction Strategy for the Central Okanagan

We seek to reduce stigma and empower families experiencing poverty, by creating connections and awareness of child and family poverty and its effects. There are many ways poverty is known to raise the risk of lifelong ill effects on health and reduce opportunities for children and youth to realize their full potential. Reducing the impact of family stress and linking families to services makes a difference, only if families feel safe and comfortable accessing those services. Reducing the stigma associated with reaching out for needed services is the first step in making long-lasting systemic change for families in the Central Okanagan.