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Newbark Canine Rescue Rehoming Society

Intake Barn Project

This project involves the physical improvement of a private in-kind donation of a 1900-square-foot barn and surrounding 0.22 acres for intake, proper evaluation and temporary housing of rescued dogs. The barn is currently not setup to house animals and was used previously as a mechanic work shop. There are two areas inside; one is a concrete foundation perfect for sleeping and feeding kennels, while the other area is dirt floor, perfect for indoor social evaluation. There is natural light throughout the barn. The outdoor area is grassy with a lovely old maple tree to provide shade in the summer and other foliage, making it ideal for year-round use, but it needs proper fencing and/or dog runs installed. The completed Intake Barn Project will benefit hundreds of dogs over the years, as this will be the first place rescued dogs come for evaluation before going to the right foster or adoptive home. Currently there is no intake area for rescued dogs and the foster homes must bear the burden of taking in an unknown dog, which sometimes results in accidents and/or dogs being moved around, which is stressful for everyone involved. The completed Intake Barn Project would allow Newbark to increase and improve our ability to care for rescued dogs on Vancouver Island, BC.

Neworld Theatre Society

Blue Box

Blue Box is a one-woman play performed and written by Chilean-Canadian, Vancouver-based theatre artist Carmen Aguirre. Based on Carmen’s experience as an underground resistance fighter in Chile in the 1980s, Blue Box is a dark comedy about a revolutionary in hot pursuit of love, sex and danger. It weaves multiple stories into a provocative and personal investigation of a revolutionary living in post-revolutionary times, while undergoing her own sexual revolution.

Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre

Japanese Canadian Museum Collections Community Outreach Project

The Japanese Canadian National Museum will undertake important community outreach and collaboration programs to preserve Japanese Canadian history and culture. Japanese Canadian elders are very concerned that their history be preserved, and the human rights abuses suffered during the forced evacuations of the Second World War not be forgotten. The Museum will work with volunteers in Vancouver, New Denver and Kamloops to catalogue and scan photographs and documents, and make them available to all Canadians, researchers and students through the JCNM’s online database.

North Island Wildlife Recovery Association

Food Preparation Room/ Walk-on Platform Scale/ X-ray Bird Restrainers/ Education Room

To refurbish an existing building for the purpose of making a Food Preparation Room for the animals in our care at the centre. Walk on platform Scale for the wildlife like dear and bear. Bird Restrainer for birds (NIWRA has a digital x-ray machine and the restraint would compliment this process) Linoleum for Eco Centre Educational Room

North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society

Sustaining Food Security in North Kootenay Lake

This project builds a sense of community around food availability and sustainability, dietary education, and emergency food supply. This grant will fund efforts to share the program’s successes and challenges in a tangible way and growth towards the next phase of food self-sufficiency. It will also fund “A Food Security Handbook for Small Neighbourhoods”, investigate the accessibility of crown land for farming, and research the use of heat generated by the Kaslo Arena to heat a community greenhouse that provides seedlings for urban gardens as an education tool.

North Shore Neighbourhood House

North Shore Food Policy Advisory Body

The annual “Table Matters” community discussion around food security and urban agriculture has engaged hundreds of policy makers, local businesses, heath professionals, teachers and other community members. It has helped develop priority areas around food security and urban agriculture and a community reference group. This grant would support participants by helping them connect with municipal staff, formalizing the food policy council while making the group more effective and increasing capacity for real systematic change.

Northern Family Health Society

Mothers for Recovery Peer Mentoring Project

This project is a women centered, peer driven initiative that offers support, encouragement, awareness in personal journeys and mentoring for mothers struggling with addiction. It aims to enhance the group by providing bi-weekly mentorship workshops for the mothers, including resources and wages for two senior mothers in recovery to facilitate one mentoring workshop a week. The second workshop every week will be facilitated by community professionals on various topics pertaining to the recovery process.

Northern Lights Wildlife Society

Ungulate Facility Expansion Project

NLWS has been rehabilitating ungulates since 1990 and has successfully rehabilitated over 50 moose calves and 75 deer fawns. As knowledge of the shelter grown, yearly admittance numbers are rising steadily and the existing facility is no longer able to house the number of animals admitted. As a result, an expansion of the current facility is of great importance to ensure that we can accept all of the animals in need. We are proposing to fence an 8500 square foot area which would double out enrollment possibilities for the ungulates into our program.

Ocean Wise Conservation Association

The Marine Mammal Rescue Pool Platform & Stairs Project (MMR Pool Platform & Stairs Project)

The Vancouver Awaurium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre consists of indoor and outdoor spaces, all designed for efficient and effective marine mammal care. Staffed with medical and well trained animal care experts the MMR utilizes the full potential of its current location on the Port Metro Vancouver lands. The indoor space includes food preparation areas, a laboratory and pharmacy, an examination room, anesthetic machine and recovery areas for debilitated animals. The outdoor facilities consist of a variety of holding pools and tubs. These are of varying sizes and designs, to suit different sizes and kinds of marine mammals. The site is organized so that new arrivals, and/or sick animals are separated from any healthy marine mammals. This reinforces the principles of quarantine that are so important in wildlife rehabilitation. About 100 marine animals are admitted to the MMR Centre every year. Some may be in peril due to habitat destruction and environmental damage, others are suffering from injury due to boat strikes or entanglement in marine debris and many of the young ones have been separated from their mothers (eg by the presence of people on the beach). Threatened and at-risk species are among those animals that have been rescued and rehabilitated at the Centre. When the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground in 1989, spilling crude oil into the waters of Prince WIlliam Sound and threatening a huge number of animals, the Vancouver Aquarium immediately sent representatives from its Marine Mammal Rescue team to help. A few of the rescued animals deemed unreleasable into the wild and in need of long-term care were fortunate to find homes in aquariums. That is how Nyac, then just a small sea otter pup, came to the Vancouver Aquarium. This much loved animal served as an ambassador for her species for nearly 20 years, helping to teach children and their families about the importance of preserving aquatic life. More recently, a two-month old harbour porpoise, named Jack, that was stranded in Horseshoe Bay, BC, was rescued and brought to the MMR Centre on September 16, 2011. He is one of a species considered of "special concern" and is being monitored 24 hours a day. When the MMR Centre team arrived in Horseshoe Bay, the 12-kilogram stranded harbour porpoise had difficulty breathing and could no longer swim. His muscles and skin were severely damaged by the pressure of being stranded on the beach. He was immediately transferred to the Vancouver Aquarium's Marine Mammal Rescue Centre for treatment. It is stories like Nyac, Jack and the recently released and rehabilitated California sea lion, Flash, that provide valuable lessons learned from having a larger animal in care at MMR and that are influencing our plans for 2011 and beyond. (Click on the link to view a summary of the rescue, rehabilitation and subsequent release of Flash) The MMR Pool Platform & Stairs Project is a priority for the Vancouver Aquarium and the MMR, not only for the comfort and safety of the marine mammals but also for the comfort and safety of our staff and volunteers who are currently using the burdensome manner of climbing a step ladder to care for and feed the marine mammal in the larger Saltwater Rehabilitation Tank. The MMR Pool Platform and Stairs Project are the construction of a stable platform and set of stairs around our largest Saltwater Rehabilitation Tank which was paid for through donations by our Board of Directors. At 30 ft in diameter and 10 ft in depth this tank is a critical component of the MMR as it allows larger marine mammals to have enough space to move and swim more freely, giving the injured wild marine mammal time to rehabilitate, heal and reduce the amount stress while being cared for. Currently MMR staff and volunteers have difficulty attending to the marine mammals because of limited access to the tank other than through the use of step ladders.

Oliver Community Arts Council

Quail's Nest Arts Centre Garage Door Replacement

The Oliver Community Arts Council owns and operates the Quail's Nest Arts Centre. The one-acre property was gifted to the arts council by the Town of Oliver in 2004. Originally the property was used as the Argo Maintenance yard for Business Corp BC. As such, the structures and grounds were in a state of disrepair and neglect. There are two buildings on site: a large unheated maintenance shed and a smaller office building with two heated bays perfect for studio, exhibit and workspace. It is this smaller building (the Studio Building) we wish to renovate. This project will replace 2 large bay doors on the Studio Building. Currently, they are uninsulated, mechanically faulty, and dangerous and difficult to operate. They also provide no natural light necessary for artistic activities. The proposed replacements are insulated steel rollup doors with weatherstripping, smooth glide mechanism for open and close, and provide window panels for natural light. They will increase heating efficiency, light, attractiveness of the space (inside and out) , and the number of artistic users.

Options Community Services

Neighbourhood Based Family Connections in Surrey/White Rock

Within the context of the dramatic demographic growth of Surrey (and the exponential growth in families with young children and the diversity of these families) and the limited neighbourhood infrastructure (geographic distance and transit issues that impose barriers) to support these families, the project will provide enhanced supports and resources to families through the creation of family resource networks or hubs.

Outdoor Recreation Council of B.C.

Healthy Forests - Healthy Communities

Healthy Forests - Healthy Communities is an initiative to engage a wide range of stakeholders from across the Province in a conversation about the long-term health and vitality of the forest sector. The series will include professional foresters, conservationists, environmentalists, First Nations, business, academic and community members.

Pacific Assistance Dogs Society

Advanced Kennel Rehabilitation

PADS Dogs from the ages of approximately 14 months to 24 months live at our facility where they are trained by our professional staff for specialized tasks related to their ultimate placement with clients. At this time, the kennels and training area are in serious need of repair and restoration. Mould has been discovered and all of the drywall will have to be removed and replaced. In addition the dogs have chewed areas of the kennels and our veterinarian has indicated that the deterioration may pose a significant health concern to the dogs. We need to undertake this project immediately and have asked for quotes from 3 contractors whose estimates off the top of their heads was $20,000 - $30,000. We are awaiting their written estimates and can provide them shortly for more specific details. (for the purpose of this application we have used a median $25,000 as total estimated costs but will send the actual estimate as quickly as it is made available to us.)

Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities

GROMPP: Get Rid of Muddy Paddocks and Pathways!

The GROMPP Project would consist of improving the drainage in the south end of the paddocks where water accumulates, and the horses stand while eating. This is also the location where they are brought into and out of their paddocks for their classes. The project would also involve removing some of the mud and existing old hog fuel and wood chips from the pathways around the paddocks that have turned into a muddy commute from paddock to barn, and back again. Once the old footing is removed, proper drainage and better surfacing could be laid down to prevent this problem from recurring. Drainage tiles, perforated pipe, drainage rock, mesh and crusher fines is likely the best solution to this problem, and will result in the most satisfactory outcome for the horses.

Pacific Rim Arts Society

Carving on the Edge Festival 2011

The Carving on the Edge Festival is a celebration of our region’s rich cultural history of wood carving arts and its re-emergence through various contemporary fine art forms. We will be hosting First Nations fine art exhibition with a 3-day forum of workshops and storytelling, Contemporary Carvers show, a 10-day traditional canoe making workshop, documentary filming , and various other community opportunities for demonstrations and discussion. This will be taking place in Tofino, Ucluelet, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and Ucluelet FN's Welcome Ctr from September 15th through 25th, 2011. We are working in partnership with local galleries, businesses & municipalities to create a Carving Map that will guide local residents and visitors to public carvings and the festival's various venues and local highlights. The festival is built on the artistic, cultural, educational and environmental aspects of coastal carving. It is in our mandate to build cultural bridges between local artists, between our municipalities and reserves, and between our local residents and visitors to the region

Pathways Abilities Society

Foundations for Employment

Foundations for Employment

Peace It Together Conflict Transformation Society

Building Bridges through Film and Dialogue

This project will empower ten Canadian university students (alongside 10 israeli and 10 Palestinian students) to use dialogue and filmmaking to inspire thousands of Canadians to build bridges between Jewish, Muslim, and Arab communities within Canada (and throughout the world). These students will participate in a 4-week dialogue and filmmaking program with visiting Palestinian and Israeli students. They will gain a deep understanding of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict in a professionally facilitated environment of dialogue and creative exploration, and then in mixed cultural groups they will co-create short films about the conflict, from conception to final editing. Their films will premiere at a screening of over 600 people at the end of the summer program. In the year following the summer program, these ten Canadian students will become Project Leaders and screen their films on university campuses and via the internet in order to inspire fellow students to create intercultural understanding among Jewish, Muslim and Arab communities on their campuses.

PeerNet BC

Building Inclusive Communities (BIC)

BIC brings youth together with older community members to develop and share facilitation and community engagement skills, culminating in inter-generational community projects. Each year, 14-16 registrants participate in 6 days of facilitation training focused on engagement practices and concepts. They participate in two five-week learning circles to mentor each other and explore ideas emerging from their training and conversations. PeerNetBC’s youth and community program staff facilitate, mentor and coach as the project evolves, supported by The Society for Children and Youth.

PHS Community Services Society

Housing First for Youth

This project will provide 15 low-threshold housing units – including two emergency shelter beds – for male and female youth aged 16 to 25 with multiple barriers. The Strathcona Mental Health Team, Portland Hotel Society (PHS), Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House, YouthCO AIDS Society and the Urban Native Youth Association will partner to build on existing 24-hour staffing by adding case management, programming, outreach, clinical supports, employment and nutrition. Priority will be given to aboriginal youth with mental illnesses.

Pi Theatre

Livepod - Visions of Vancouver

Four Vancouver-based playwrights will each write a short play expressing their personal visions of Vancouver as part of the Vancouver 125 celebration. Each playwright will partner with three community representatives, selected from outside the arts community, who will offer factual experiences or emotional responses to the work as it develops. The plays will be performed by an inter-cultural repertory company of five professional actors, digitally recorded live and made available as a audio Podcasts, creating both a live performance event and a way to explore Vancouver through an innovative use of technology, content and form.

posAbilities Association of British Columbia

Don't Sweat It: Promoting System Sustainability and Employment (Formerly titled Lady Bug Art Gardens) Year 2


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.

Pound of Flesh Theatre Society

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

The play The Last Days of Judas Iscariot places Judas on trial for betraying Christ, calling individuals such as Satan, Mother Teresa, Saint Peter, Pontius Pilate and Sigmund Freud as witnesses. Using fresh, urban dialogue and current references, the play casts contemporary light on classical events. The play will be produced in association with Pacific Theatre and Neworld Theatre and appear in the VECC’s season and headline Rumble’s Tremors Festival.

Powell River Model Community Project for Persons with Disabilities Society

Employability Skills Workshops

Our clients have numerous challenges in their attempts to find employment ranging from the pure physical disabilities that create limitations to psychological issues that create further barriers. In order to assist these individuals in overcoming these barriers there are a number of basic skills in which they require training, which we define as Employability Skills. The program we offer provides ongoing workshops covering a number of topics including Career Exploration and Job Search, Memory and Attention Skills, Basic Internet Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Resume Writing, Job Interview role plays, Job Retention, Personal Presentation (hygiene), Time Management and Conflict Resolution. We have determined that all of these skill sets are extremely important when trying to place our clients into employment and have a direct impact on their ability to not only obtain a job but also to retain their job.

Power To Be

The Power To Be Wilderness School

The Power To Be Wilderness School is a five-year program for youth that fosters positive social development and life skills through outdoor adventure activities. Using nature as a classroom, the program offers weekend trips once-a-month and extended summer expeditions for youth in need of extra support. School officials nominate kids who are not thriving in traditional school environments.