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UBC - Okanagan

Aboriginal Mentorship Program

Some Aboriginal students face challenges when returning to their communities. Both communities and students often feel that students’ new skills and knowledge were not developed through an indigenous lens. This project identifies and mitigates breakdown points, and helps students share what they’ve learned with their community. Using a structured, three-month mentorship model, students develop, deliver, manage and evaluate a community development program while building relationships with their community.

Umoja Operation Compassion Society of BC

Reaching out to African Immigrant and Refugee Families and Youth

Umoja's Literacy and Life-Skills program that has been running successfully for three years. The program has been designed to address the specific needs of immigrants and refugees from war-torn countries. Our most recent survey indicates that 100% of the participants are satisfied with the program and have reported that the program has met their literacy and life skills needs and has helped them adapt to their new country. So far more than 100 immigrants have participated in the program. Our intention is to continue to offer this vital program and also extend it to the youth. The project has two components to it: (A) The Literacy: English reading, writing, conversation and numeracy. For the youth, we will add the homework assistance component. Participants will attend Literacy/homework program 3 times a week from 4:30-6:30pm. (B) Life Skills: Once a week 6-8pm the project will build Canadian life and leadership skills to integrate successfully into the society through workshops, speakers and out trips.

United Way of Northern British Columbia

Northern Rockies Social Planning Council (NRSPC)

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

University of British Columbia - Faculty of Medicine

A Participatory Approach to Developing Preventative Health Tools for BC Individuals with Lived Incarceration Experience (Dr. Ruth Martin)

Women and men who have been incarcerated suffer a high prevalence of illness, including chronic disease, cancer, infectious disease, mental illness and substance use. They tend to suffer perpetual social exclusion and are disproportionally affected by the socio-economic determinants for poor health, such as poverty, low health literacy and unstable housing. In 2005-7, women engaging in participatory health research inside a BC prison identified nine health goals as necessary for their successful re-integration into society. A follow-up study to determine barriers to the nine goals, experienced by women during their first 12 months following release from prison, suggests that incarcerated people have limited access to preventive health programs. International research with male prison leavers demonstrated similar results. In this community-based participatory research project, researchers from the UBC Collaborating Centre of Prison Health and Education (CCPHE) will partner with Women in2 Healing and Long Term Inmates Now in the Community to use participatory approaches to design and pilot preventive health tools/programs, and methods to evaluate them, with women and men with past incarceration experience who live in BC communities. It is hoped that BC health organisations and provincial and federal correctional institutions across Canada will adopt recommendations from this project, leading to sustainable improvements in preventive health for incarcerated men and women.

University of British Columbia Development Office

2009-2010 Vancouver Foundation First Nations Scholarship

Vancouver Foundation First Nations Scholarship: annual scholarship(s) for a graduate student(s) in the Health Sciences. Established by Dr. John H.V. Gilbert, for a First Nations student enrolled in a professional degree program in Health or Human Services. Students wishing to be considered for the award should apply to the Institute for Aboriginal Health, 429 - 2194 Health Sciences Mall, UBC by the November 30 deadline. The award is made by nomination of the selection committee, Institute for Aboriginal Health.

University of British Columbia School of Nursing

Mobilizing Local "Know-How" for Community Health Action in a Rural Aboriginal Context (Dr. Helen Brown)

This project builds on established relationships between researchers at UBC and the Namgis First Nation in Alert Bay. Alert Bay is a community that grapples with growing unemployment rates, high incidence of alcohol and drug abuse, high rates of chronic illness, and intergenerational trauma. Over the past century this community has lost many traditional practices and much of the use of the Kwak'wala language, and social isolation is a growing problem. Our work in Alert Bay has shown the inseparability of culture and health - findings that support the development of culturally rooted, community-based health actions to address health inequities and optimize health. This participatory project aims to create relevant and sustainable health actions that attend to the social and cultural origins of health priorities identified by the community. The goals of this project are to enlist local 'know-how' to design and test the effectiveness of health actions in two interrelated domains: (1) to mitigate the health impacts of Elders' experiences of social isolation through cultural renewal and Kwak'wala language education, and (2) to enhance mental health and well-being through strengthening cultural identity and community connection. Elders and youth have been identified as priority groups; therefore the project will design and measure of effectiveness of health action with these populations. Research team: Dr. Colleen Varcoe, UBC School of Nursing; Gladys McPherson, UBC School of Nursing; Georgia Cook, Namgis Health Centre; Ruby Peterson, Communtiy Counsellor; Vera Newman, UBC Communtiy Researcher; Wayne Peterson, Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'x Principal; Barbara Cramer, UBC Community Researcher;

Examining the Organization of Healthcare for Aging Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in British Columbia: A Critical Interpretive Policy Analysis (Dr. Jennifer Baumbusch)

Between 0.5 and 3% of adults have Intellectual Disabilities (ID) (Boyd, 1997; Crawford, 2008; Statistics Canada, 2008). Within British Columbia (BC) and beyond, there is growing recognition that the healthcare needs of aging adults with ID will not be met by the current system (Janicki et al., 2002; Ouellette-Kuntz, 2007; Temkin, 2009). This study grew out of previous research about the healthcare needs of aging adults with ID in BC (Baumbusch & Phinney, 09/10). The study brings together researchers, Community Living organizations, healthcare providers and recipients of care to examine the implementation of healthcare policy into practice. In BC, Health Services for Community Living (HSCL) is a provincial policy, introduced following the closure of institutions for adults with ID, which specifically addresses the healthcare needs of this population. The aim of this study is to increase understanding of potential policy-practice gaps in the implementation of HSCL and other relevant policies. We will collect data through policy analysis, focus groups, and key informant interviews. In order to gain urban and rural perspectives, data will be collected in the three health authorities. The focus groups and interviews will explore the translation of policies into practice. Findings from this research will generate new knowledge about healthcare for aging adults with ID and will lead to recommendations for policy and service renewal in this area.

University of Victoria - Faculty of Human and Social Development

Knowledge Translation of Barriers to Safe Drinking Water in BC Aboriginal Communities

This application is to fund an extension to work on issues related to access to safe drinking water that has been completed by Darlene Sanderson PhD within six separate Aboriginal communities in remote areas of British Columbia. The project is one of community-focused participatory research directly involving members of the communities whose health is affected by lack of access to safe water. For example, one of the communities in which a workshop was held has been on a boil water advisory for the last sixteen years. Activities: The funds will be used to capture the outcomes of six workshops conducted within each of the Aboriginal communities.Dr. Sanderson will analyze data drawn from the workshops and then compare findings from the analysis to findings from a literature search and an environmental scan in order to identify high impact actions that could be taken at local levels to address particular issues relating to access to safe water. Findings will be recorded in reports to each of the six Indigenous communities and made available to them. This stage of the project will build on the momentum generated during the workshops within each of the communities; develop greater understanding of issues around health and access to safe water;and provide community members with the opportunity to take a direct stake in the process of moving knowledge to action.

UVIC Faculty of Social Sciences

Improving Food Security, Food Safety, and Health in Remote BC Communities (Dr. Aleck Ostry)

We will evaluate a new system of infrastructure support, licensing and training for slaughter providers which have been especially adapted for rural and remote communities. This system, enacted in 2010 by the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport, is expected to improve both food safety and food security in these communities. This program of infrastructure support and upgrading of food production and processing skills is unique and requires evaluation to determine whether or not it works and, because it is a potential model for improving food security in rural and remote communities for other types of food and in jurisdictions in other parts of BC and Canada and other countries.

Valley Community Services

Back to the Basics for Young and Old

We are proposing to have seniors and young families work together to grow and harvest food, prepare meals and host communal food events. Seniors will share gardening and cooking skills, and parenting stories. Younger persons will provide the energy and labour to get the jobs done. Participants will see improved nutrition, social activity will reduce isolation, communication and parenting skills will improve and connections with supportive community partners and services will grow.

Vancouver Bach Choir

Owen Underhill Commissioning and Premiere Performance Project

There is a dearth of Canadian unaccompanied pieces suitable for large choirs. The Vancouver Bach Choir plans to commission a seven-minute unaccompanied work from the highly respected Vancouver composer, Owen Underhill. The text will be in a First Nations language. The premiere performance of the Underhill commission is planned for a concert in February 2011 which will also include three winning pieces from the Bach Choir’s competition New Works for Large Choirs.

Vancouver Cantata Singers

Cathedrals of Science- Choral Music in New Spaces

This truly interdisciplinary collaboration merges performing arts with the science and research communities. The concert includes a new composition by Vancouver-based composer, Jordan Nobles. The text of the new composition will be chosen, in part, by the medical scientists and researchers involved. Plans include setting the poetry of Canadian poet (and physician) Ron Charach to music. Funding will allow the group to commission a work for a split choir, string orchestra and brass ensemble, which will be performed in the Blusson Centre.

Vancouver International Writers Festival Society

Vancouver International Writers Festival Reading Series

The Vancouver International Writers Festival proposes to establish a year-round reading series in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library. Each year the series will host approximately 20 free events in the Alice McKay room at the central branch, including on-stage interviews, panel discussions and readings. There will be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, crime, science fiction/fantasy, travel, graphic novels and zines. The Festival will record the events and make them available on their website.

Vancouver Moving Theatre Society

The V6A Project - A Downtown Eastside Community Art Resource

Using stories and images of individual theatre projects, Vancouver Moving Theatre Society aims to raise the profile of the Downtown Eastside as an artistically complex, culturally rich community. They will create a 40-page illustrated booklet featuring seven watershed productions from 2002 to 2010, as well as a visual exhibit, website and a PowerPoint presentation. The booklet will be distributed to community partners, educational institutions, funding bodies, elected officials and Canadian colleagues.

Vancouver Native Housing Society

The Orwell Mural Project

A team of urban Aboriginal artists in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside will work together on a mural for the large west wall of the newly renovated Orwell Hotel. The project will be developed collaboratively by engaging input from the urban Aboriginal community in the Downtown Eastside. Estimated at 6,000 square feet, this prominent six-story wall mural will create a significant landmark statement based on themes that reflect renewal and positive directions in the community.

Vancouver Opera Association

Young Artists Program (YAP) Development

This project focuses on researching and developing the Young Artists Program, which will launch in 2011. The mission of this program is to engage, enrich, mentor and train rising young Canadian opera artists. This program will bridge formal academic educational programs and the professional world in a supportive and encouraging environment. Artists will train in a formalized setting with industry leaders through master classes, one-on-one coaching and performance opportunities.

Vancouver Summer Festival Society

Supernatural Noir - a new music theatre piece

Supernatural Noir is a dark, but comic tale, sung from beginning to end. It will be performed in lyric opera style – with a nod to the golden age of old-time radio dramas. The score, composed by Vancouver’s Cameron Wilson, is an original blend of jazz and classical music with a 1940s retro feel. The libretto is by Kico Gonzalez-Risso, a Vancouver writer/director who has written successful projects for MusicFest Vancouver. The project is a collaboration with Fugue Theatre commissioning and raising funds, and MusicFest overseeing the presentation.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Vancouver Symphony Centre and VSO School of Music

The new Vancouver Symphony Centre and VSO School of Music will be a 25,000-square foot cultural space on the first four floors of a new 46-story residential tower. The Centre/School will contain a 120-seat flexible-space recital hall, 18 teaching studios, 10 listening stations, 6 practice rooms, 2 large classrooms and more. The project has the support of the City of Vancouver Planning Department and Cultural Affairs. Constructed by Wall Financial Corporation and designed by Bingham Hill Architects, it is scheduled to open in January 2011.

Victoria Cool Aid Society

Community Casual Labour Pool

This project runs the Community Casual Labour Pool where individuals looking for short-term work are placed with local employers.

Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre Society

Moms and Mentors: Building Healthy Attachment

The project provides mentoring for at-risk, isolated pregnant and parenting teens and other vulnerable single mothers in Greater Victoria. The goal is to foster healthy pregnancies, and strengthen their parenting and coping skills. Moms are matched for a year with volunteer mentors, experienced mothers who understand the challenges of being single parents and can provide support in nurturing, resourceful and non-judgmental ways. Monthly group activities with on-site child care will provide educational and networking opportunities.

Victoria Women's Transition House

Stepping Stones for Families: Ready to Rent

The Stepping Stones Steering Committee of 11 agencies developed a program for families who cannot find, keep and/or maintain housing. Many of these families have poor housing references and are not accepted into even the most basic of housing units. This program offers a 12-hour course called Ready to Rent that prepares families to be good tenants and provides support for up to six months to the families. They are seeking funding to stabilize the program, which started a year and a half ago, and also to develop a business plan, do a cost-benefit analysis and create a strong governance model.

Virsa - Sikh Alliance Against Youth Viol

Junior Leadership

Our Junior Leadership program promotes self-esteem, self-worth and enables youth to envision and actualize their own potential. This program is a new project based approach to reach these students as the previous after school homework help mentorship program we were running was no longer appealing to these students. As an elementary school-based program, each individual Junior Leadership program caters to the students' and schools' needs. This program is a project based program that will allow youth to tap into their leadership skills while taking ownership and a leadership role on multiple projects. These projects will then be a means for the students to fundraise towards a charity of their choice. This program is designed to allow youth to experience the fulfillment of community involvement as their projects will benefit community organizations and allow them to see how an individual can truly make a difference.

West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation

Enabling a Greener BC Economy: Law Reform for Forest Ecosystems & Climate Change

To develop a law reform proposal on evolving forest policy and legislation to address climate change and enable new revenue streams for forest-dependent communities. This project would refine and advance this proposal by engaging with opinion leaders from conservation groups, First Nations, industry, local governments and senior government decision-makers (both provincial and First Nations).

West Kootenay/Boundary AIDS Network Outreach Support Society

Trans Connect

Trans Connect is a resource development project for transgendered people in the east and west Kootenay region. It provides peer-counselling, resources, referrals, and education for service providers. This project comes from the increasing population of Trans Folk in the area and the growing need to provide education and awareness for safe and supportive services. Trans issues have been primarily invisible to the broader public and Trans Folk are in need of a means through which they can connect, and access services in the Kootenay region.

Wildsight Living Lakes Canada

Living Lakes Network Canada

The project aims to protect and enhance Lake Windermere by means of inter-agency cooperation, scientific water quality monitoring and public education and engagement. This includes hosting a national workshop, initiating a partner survey to determine priority projects, standardizing stream monitoring methods, helping to train five water stewardship groups and developing a guide to successfully implementing community-based water stewardship programs.