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United Way of Northern British Columbia

Financial Literacy

This project will enable rent banks throughout BC to meet annually to exchange information and jointly review their products and processes, produce annual housing stability reports, and seek stable funding from the provincial government.

University of Victoria - Faculty of Human and Social Development

Mitigating mining-induced health impacts in Fort St. James and Nak'azdli, BC

This project will develop an intervention to mitigate the impacts of mine development on the health of two Northern communities, located near BC’s newest approved mine. The project is a unique collaboration, bridging the issues of health and mining engineering as well as an Aboriginal and a non-Aboriginal community (Nak'azdli and Fort St. James). The project will use a community-based participatory approach and knowledge translation to develop an intervention to maximize mining-related social, economic, and health benefits.

UVIC - Centre for Addictions Research

The Role of Transitional Housing in Health and Recovery from Homelessness

Although transitional housing has been shown to be effective in helping people move from homelessness to housed, little is known about staff and residents’ perspectives on the role of transitional housing programs or how experiences may vary with gender and history of substance abuse. This project will gather data on the factors in transitional housing that foster or inhibit transitions out of homelessness for men and women and those with or without problematic substance abuse. It will also provide evidence on how, or if, transitional housing can or should be supported as an intervention in response to homelessness in Canada.

UVIC - POLIS Project on Ecological Governance

Achieving Water Sustainability: BC Water Law and Policy Reform

This project seeks to enable a comprehensive approach to water law and watershed governance in BC. Public policy and law reform on water resources and management is on the verge of a major leap forward. There is an opportunity to affect laws, policy and governance resulting in lasting impacts on the ground through organizing a range of actors and communicating leading practices from around the world.

Vancouver Art Gallery Association

Ian Wallace Exhibition and Publication

Vancouver Art Gallery will present the first major Canadian retrospective of internationally renowned Vancouver artist Ian Wallace, celebrating his pioneering use of large-format images juxtaposed with monochrome painting, which has had a lasting impact on raising the status of photography nationally and internationally. Wallace mentored Vancouver artists including Stan Douglas, Brian Jungen, Ken Lum, Rodney Graham and Jeff Wall. The exhibition catalogue will be the first publication to fully assess Wallace’s career by combining interpretive essays, images of the artist’s work and selections from his extensive theoretical writings.

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Society

Get Vancouver Dancing with the Cherry Blossom Umbrella Dance

Living in cities is stressful; people are disconnected from one another and gathering less. The 6th annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival helps create a happy, healthy society by actively engaging people of diverse cultures in a celebration of spring and beauty to build community. The 2012 Festival celebrates our iconic cherry blossoms through dance by bringing 600+ dancing pink umbrellas together in a new Umbrella Dance outside the Vancouver Art Gallery with many smaller flash mobs of the dance scheduled at Festival events and in neighbourhoods throughout April. Free rehearsals with Shiamak Davar Dance Team and performance of world-class Shiamak choreography allows everyone to experience the joy and pride in being part of something bigger than themselves, performing as an artist with professionals. Participants gain meaning, purpose and connectedness through real social connections at rehearsals and performances, as well as new neighbourhood connections. Each encounter will be an investment in social capital and positive outcomes will be shared through popular VCBF social media.

Vancouver Humane Society


Initiated in 2002, the goal of Chicken OUT! is to improve the quality of life for the millions of egg-laying hens that are raised in small wire (battery) cages in BC and Canada. We produce, gather and share research on the cruelty involved in raising hens in battery cages to educate the public about alternative cage-free production systems that offer higher welfare and thus improved life quality for hens. We believe that if people understand the issues, they will make choices that favour the purchase of more humane cage-free eggs. In addition to encouraging individual consumers, Chicken OUT! works with universities, municipalities and food businesses to adopt cage-free egg purchasing policies for campus and city-run food service facilities, restaurants and grocery stores. This growing public interest in cage-free eggs will in turn encourage more egg producers to transition to cage-free production methods, and thus reduce the suffering of egg-laying hens.

Vancouver Island University

Prevention and Preservation

This project aims to revitalize First Nations cultural practices and preserve cultural knowledge in a digital medium while increasing community research capacity. Aboriginal youth will document the knowledge of their elders on issues related to health, lifestyle and community history, and transmit this knowledge to other youth. The project will enhance intergenerational knowledge-sharing and connection to community while promoting healthy lifestyles. It will also enhance the capacity of youth to engage in digital media, create digital stories, and develop facilitation and research skills. The project’s long-term goal is to reduce the disproportionate number of individuals in First Nations communities suffering from diabetes and other chronic diseases.

Vancouver Opera Association

VOIS New Production Creation: 'Hansel & Gretel'

For the 2011/12 Vancouver Opera In Schools (VOIS) touring season, Vancouver Opera plans on creating a new production of the classic fairy tale opera Hansel and Gretel. This would include an adaptation of the full length opera to a 45-minute opera in English, a new transportable set and new costumes. In 40 years VOIS has brought opera to over 1.6 million children.

Vancouver Out On Screen Film & Video Society

Celebrate Queer Vancouver

Celebrate Queer Vancouver will present a multidisciplinary body-of-work Out On Screen commissioned from 18 celebrated Canadian artists and upward of 250 community participants that speaks to the valuable contributions queer people have made to Vancouver’s history and identity. This current request augments funds already received and is directed towards extraordinary production and presentation activities, specifically, those activities outside of our Festival dates.

Victoria Brain Injury Society

Survivor, Supporter, Success!

At VBIS a Peer Supporter is available Monday-Thursday in our community room. This volunteer, who has experienced a brain injury themselves, is trained to support new members and facilitate group conversations. They pass on useful coping techniques, share their experiences with other survivors of brain injury and their families and refer survivors to useful community resources. We have found peer support to be an extremely useful way to help survivors deal with the devastating repercussions of brain injury. It is critical that we offer Peer Supporters appropriate training and support to maximize their effectiveness and the value they receive from their mentorship role. “Survivor, Supporter, Success!” is a Peer Support training program that educates and trains brain injury survivors on how to mentor and support their peers. This mutually beneficial program will enhance the capacity, skills and self-confidence of our Peer Supporters and can be utilized as a stepping stone to paid employment, while also providing recent survivors with mentors to support them with their recovery.

Victoria Cool Aid Society

Community Casual Labour Pool

The "Community Casual Labour Pool" project matches individuals looking for short-term work placements with local employers, generating income and opportunity for people with disabilities.

Victoria Disability Resource Centre

A GPS to Meaningful Employment Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities

We want to create a continuum of sevices that will resutl in concrete systemic change and facilitate the employability of persons with disabilities. An individualized, non-prescriptive approach will encompass the entire process of reaching sustainable employment. This model will begin with a comprehensive person centred planning process that addresses barriers the individual encounters. Clients will be provided with a facilitated strategic planning process. Then the client will be matched with a mentor who will support them towards their employability goal. Secondarily, the VDRC has a history of facilitating disability awareness training with various stakeholders. However, this training has not been designed specifically with a focus on employment issues. We intend to modify this training to increase employers' awareness of and comfort level with addressing disability issues. Following the training, we will develop a workplace based mentorship program so that there is cross learning between the employer and person(s) with disabilities. Also, to follow on the work developed with employers by the Community Council's Quality of Life Challenge, we would develop a community based employer network interested in addressing systemic issues related to disability.

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre

Multicultural Environmental Education Program (MEEP) Transition Phase

In 2008, VIRCS became the first immigrant service agency in Canada to incorporate environmental education into its operations by creating the Multicultural Environmental Education Program (MEEP). MEEP functions by linking newcomers to community environmental programs and services which both engage newcomers in environmentalism and add cultural diversity to the work of environmental agencies. The ultimate objective is to promote a more inclusive and multicultural environmental movement. The initial funding structure of MEEP provided an adequate budget for the program development over a two-year period. The two-year period resulted in a well-developed program with a great public profile; however, funding for a full-time coordinator is no longer sustainable and we will no longer be able to retain a coordinator come late-March. To overcome these challenges we propose to create a sustainable program by interweaving environmentalism into the entire operations of VIRCS rather than continuing to run MEEP as an autonomous program.

Watari Research Association

Latin American Families: Kitchen Connections

Newcomer families arrive with hopes and wishes for a bright future in Canada. They are provided with information regarding the process of immigration but left to understand the process of integration on their own. The Latin American Families Kitchen Connections Project will focus on groups of 10 newcomer moms and their children under 6, providing a safe welcoming space weekly to enjoy a meal, meet peers experiencing similar struggles and recieve education from the Canadian systems that will most affect their ability to succeed in Canadian culture. This 12 week group will be co-faciliatated by community service professionals and a peer mom, providing a meal to gather around, childcare for the children and curriculum reflecting keeping families healthy and informed. Areas of focus include: stages of child development, the school system, sexual health/harm reduction, communication, stress management, child protection legislation.

Wen Wei Dance Society

New work by Wen Wei Dance

In his new full-length dance for seven performers (including Wang), Wen Wei Wang explores the human quest for connection. Wang intends to compose a new work that impacts more personally and emotionally on the observer, one that depends on the direct communication of emotions from the body. It is a return to the body to capture the purity, quality and power of movement. In examining the body’s intrinsic abilities and limits, and the emotions that are hidden within it, the deeply personal is relayed between performer and audience.

West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation

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

Policies are urgently needed in British Columbia to protect the environment and sustain BC communities in an era of climate change. This multi-year project will assess the existing laws governing BC forests (approximately 80% of BC's land base) and advocate for corresponding law and policy reform.

Western Canada Wilderness Committee

Lifelines - Protecting BC's Wild Species and Spaces

LIFELINES will educate British Columbians about endangered species, with a special focus on connecting children and youth to ten flagship species at risk in BC. British Columbia is one of only two Canadian provinces without an endangered species law, yet the province is home to more wild plant and animal species than any other. This project will mobilize the public, youth, and children to act, using video, photography, educational reports, outdoor slide shows, story-telling, social media, mainstream media, and student-generated art exhibits, to bring endangered species back into the minds, hearts and homes of British Columbians.

Wildsight Living Lakes Canada

Elk River Alliance Community-based Water Monitoring

The Elk River Alliance (ERA) encourages citizens to understand water quality, quantity and the water decisionmaking process as a necessary bridge to ensure long-term sustainability of water quality and flows. The project will integrate holistic watershed planning within the watershed and engage grassroots community participation. Through this project, the ERA aims to demostrate that community-based water monitoring can build relationships of accountability, transparency, respect and trust between citizens, government and private landowners.

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

Keeping the Peace Fully Wild

The Peace River Break is the only connection between the abundant wildlife of northern BC and the Rocky Mountain Parks. This key ecosystem is currently threatened by poorly-planned road networks, coal mines, hydroelectric projects and other renewable energy developments which are outpacing the understanding of the area’s value to wildlife and traditional land uses. This project will raise awareness among decision makers of the region’s ecological importance and build the capacity of local organizations to advance policies and practices that protect and restore the vitality of the Peace River Break.

Young Naturalists' Club of BC

YNC Nature Mentors Initiative

The Young Naturalists' Club of BC (YNC) gets children aged 5-14 outside discovering nearby nature and experiencing hands-on learning about the natural sciences through: volunteer-led Nature Clubs in communities across BC, field trips with inspirational local experts, Citizen Science Projects and an Action Awards program. This grant will support the development of a nature mentors program by developing a database linking passionate biologists, naturalists and environmental educators with BC youth, creating a legacy of environmental awareness and action.

YouthCO HIV & HEP C Society

Rural Aboriginal Youth CORE Training Project

This project will expand their current Aboriginal Youth Program (AYP) by adding two three-day peer education CORE training sessions per year, one in Vancouver and one in Prince George. Up to 12 rural Aboriginal youth will participate per session. Priority will be given to participants who are infected with, affected by, or at risk of and/or vulnerable to HIV, Hepatitis C and other infections.