Grants

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Atira Women's Resource Society

Antiretroviral Therapy and Women: Assessing Barriers to Adherence (Ms. Janice Abbott/Dr. Cari Miller)

The project idea originated when it was observed that women living with HIV accessing emergency shelter services had gaps in antiretroviral therapy (ART) treatment adherence. Adherence is essential to the maintenance of health among HIV-positive people and decreased risk of transmission to sexual and drug use partners. In BC, HIV-positive women exhibit significantly lower adherence to ART than men even when known confounders, such as injection drug use, are controlled for. This study would qualitatively explore suboptimal adherence to ART among women by using community-based participatory research involving focus groups, open-ended interviews, and innovative methods such as digital storytelling. This funding will be used to hire a peer research assistant who will be integral to the project, assisting with the development of topic guides, conducting the research with women, analyzing the data and disseminating the new knowledge. Knowledge gained will identify women’s barriers to adherence and be used to develop women-specific services to support individual and community-wide health. Research Team: Cathy Puskas, Phd Student; Elysia Bourne, Atira
$22,938.00
2012

Bard on the Beach Theatre Society

Production of Elizabeth Rex by Timothy Findley

The staff and Board of Directors of Bard are currently in the midst of a strategic review of the Festival's mission, vision and values. Part of the strategic review is examining Festival programming possibilities beyond the Shakespeare canon. In 2012 Bard commissioned an Angus Reid survey that concluded 7 of 10 patrons would support Bard expanding its repertoire to include works by his contemporaries or a Bard related '˜twist'. Elizabeth Rex, received its premiere production at Stratford, Ontario in 2000. The play brings together Queen Elizabeth I, William Shakespeare and his acting troupe on the eve of the execution of Robert Deveraux Earl of Essex, the rumoured lover of Queen Elizabeth. The universal themes explored by Canadian playwright, Timothy Findley, will appeal to traditional Shakespeare audiences as well as those who may not otherwise be attracted to a Shakespeare play. Elizabeth Rex will be rehearsed in repertory with Measure for Measure for 7 weeks in May/June, 2013 and be presented at Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival in July thru early September.
$20,000.00
2012

Belfry Theatre Society

Home is a Beautiful Word

The project for which we are requesting funding is a production of a new play, Home is a Beautiful Word, to be presented on the Belfry Theatre Mainstage in the 2013-14 Season. In 2010, the Belfry Theatre commissioned playwright and journalist, Joel Bernbaum, to create a piece of verbatim theatre that addresses the issue of homelessness in Victoria, an issue that Artistic Director Michael Shamata felt could be addressed in a meaningful and unique way through the forum of theatre. Homelessness is a highly visible and controversial issue in Victoria and communities across the country. Verbatim theatre refers to the process of constructing a play using dialogue drawn from interviews conducted with members of a community. Verbatim theatre facilitates the inclusion of voices not usually heard - in the theatre or elsewhere. It allows us to bring many sides of the homelessness discussion to the stage. This project fits well within the Belfry's mission to produce contemporary theatre that generates ideas and dialogue, and that helps our audience to see the world from different perspectives.
$20,000.00
2012

Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

Carrying on "Irregardless": Humour and Creativity in Contemporary Northwest Coast Art

Aboriginal art incorporates humour for many purposes, yet to date no exhibit in contemporary NWC Native art has treated humour in any critical fashion. Aware of this serious gap after having experienced Bill Reid's wit in his artwork, M. Reid invited Tahltan curator Peter Morin to co-curate 'Irregardless' to further explore the nature and dimensions of humour in the artworks, writings, and interviews of 15 Aboriginal NWC artists to contextualize and interpret humour in their creative processes and artistic practices. 'Irregardless' will exhibit a diverse body of recent works in many media, including videos, by internationally recognized and mid-career artists to explore how humour allows Aboriginal people to cope with change with resilience and amusement while maintaining a sense of community and continuity. 7 Public programs will celebrate humour's power to heal and unify. A 120-page colour catalogue will accompany the exhibition. 'Irregardless' will provide Aboriginal and art communities as well as the general public opportunities to 'decolonize' their minds with a sense of play.
$25,000.00
2012

Centre For Integral Economics

SUN DRUM: First Nation Youth Media Pilot Project

The Sun Drum project (name developed by Cree Youth) -- Sun connects to original power, drum to the heartbeat -- features video storytelling and was born through conversations with First Nation elders, leaders and youth. Video is highly effective in oral cultures; it brings to the world the strength of culture present in First Nation communities and builds self-esteem. It is also our experience that video can create powerful links between stories of the ancestors through elders in a context that attracts and empowers youth as storytellers. This project will harness the depth of cultures to align with sustainability objectives, cultural preservation, skills building and will point to entrepreneurship and economic development. We will build 4 core capacities: 1/basics of storytelling, story boarding and interviewing and basic video skills 2/ social media to share and send positive messages about First Nations 3/clean energy, jobs and economic opportunities, linked to culture in context of climate change 4/ social entrepreneurship basics: problem, solution = business models
$30,000.00
2012

Children's Hearing and Speech Centre of BC Inc.

Sensory Motor Integration Program

A new reality is facing CHSC. Today at least 35% of newly identified deaf and hard of hearing children are coming to the Centre with additional learning needs. Our new Sensory Motor Integration Program will begin to address these needs with assessments and support from a trained occupational therapist that delivers ongoing program implementation and provides outcome analysis. We believe this additional early intervention is critical for a child to learn to listen and speak and ultimately be successfully mainstreamed into a school with their hearing peers.
$30,000.00
2012

Collingwood Neighbourhood House Society

Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Network Hub

While NFNs successfully work at the neighbourhood level, there is an identified need for NFNs to scale up their efforts for higher levels of influence. Networks now formally collaborate through a city-wide working group — the foundation for the hub —where they continue to expand on best practices, mentor new NFNs, and undertake joint projects. The recent 'Sustainability on the Table' (attached) report presents recommendations for Vancouver’s NFNs to build Network capacity and sustainability in order to move NFNs forward in their intent to create city-wide food systems change and increasing levels of food security among marginalized populations. We are therefore seeking resources to help NFNs follow through on several of the report’s recommendations in the following priority areas over a three year period. 1. Increase supports to participate in various policy tables, committees and engagement processes 2. Develop city-wide NFNs communications 3. Build a business case for NFN development and funding 4. Support workshops and professional development opportunities
$30,000.00
2012

Renfrew-Collingwood Intercultural Neighbourhood Development:Connecting Diversity

The project is designed to increase intercultural capacity of workers and organizations in the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood and elsewhere. This need was identified by planning processes in the neighbourhood and similar interests expressed through the Vancouver Foundation, and BC Government Non Profit Initiative (GNPI). Steered by a diverse intercultural team of citizens and sectors from Renfrew-Collingwood and informed by related initiatives, a team of volunteers will be trained, coached and mentored to disseminate the unique Renfrew -Collingwood intercultural developmental case study(captured in written books, papers, film, and digital stories) using social media, dialogues, presentations and workshops. This capacity building approach will benefit the local neighbourhood and places in BC. It allows deeper reflection, assists in creating an approach for neighbourhood strategy and infastructure development, increases intercultural connectors and resource people, mobilizes intercultural actions through citizen engagement and creates vital signs to monitor advancements.
$25,200.00
2012

Communica: Dialogue and Resolution Services Society

PeaceBuilders

To redevelop our existing school-based programs into one program for developing conflict management & communication skills for elementary schools with an emphasis on cultural inclusion and competency for the whole school community. This program is based on extensive targeted, thematic research in anti-bullying, conflict management education, and programming for newcomer children. It will include expansion of existing curriculum to include grades K-5 (currently aimed at grades 3 & 4), development of materials for families and school staff, development and inclusion of formative and summative evaluations and training for facilitators. We will work in partnership with at least one pilot school and will maintain our strong relationship with School District 61 leadership. We will move away from a 'pull out' model for working with newcomers and towards a more diversity-inclusive group model. There will be a strong emphasis on the links between thinking and behaviour.
$30,000.00
2012

Comox Valley Project Watershed Society

Protecting and Restoring the Courtenay River Estuary

The Estuary Working Group (EWG), representing 13 environmental organisations is currently working on eelgrass and habitat restoration, carbon sequestration research, a National Historic Status bid, and yearly awareness campaigns. The EWG has participated with the Comox Valley Regional District in revising a Courtenay River Estuary Management Plan, originally created in 2000 but never implemented. The revised plan needs the support of local municipalities. They were invited to take part in revising the plan but declined to do so. We propose to create an interactive animated 3D map of the estuary to illustrate changes over time, the problems that need to be addressed and present various scenarios for resolving these challenges. The complexity and interconnectedness of the estuary’s ecosystems, examples of economic development compatible with a healthy functioning estuary, and potential social and recreational benefits will be highlighted. In creating the map we intend to engage local officials, planners, and other stakeholders in data gathering and visioning a desired future estuary.
$30,000.00
2012

Connec Tra Society

Are Disability Benefits in B.C. a Barrier to Employment?

Are disability benefits and the security they provide for people with disabilities serving to deter those very same people from searching for work? Additionally, what would happen if people with disabilities were allowed to retain their full benefits while working and earning income? ConnecTra Society, in cooperation with researchers at the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia, proposes that the Government of British Columbia test the possibility that the benefits it currently pays monthly and annually to people with disabilities, in fact, pose a barrier to employment for a percentage of recipients – perhaps even a majority. This two-part research project proposes first to test the attitudes of people with disabilities with respect to work and receipt of benefits and, second, to test what happens when people with disabilities, currently receiving social assistance over the course of a full year, are able to seek employment without losing their benefits. Please see the attached proposal for greater detail.
$25,000.00
2012

Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association

Stable Management Vocational Development

CTRA offers several spheres of programming which contain individualized sub-programs (for example: introduction to competition, therapeutic horsemanship). We are hoping to develop and implement a “Stable Management Vocational Training” program under our “education” sphere, creating a vocational development program for persons with disabilities in the areas of equine husbandry, horsemanship, and stable management. This program would run parallel to our already existing therapeutic programs, running for 10 week sessions at a time. Participants will engage in a mixture of theory, applied lessons, and hands-on (supervised) practice – according to their ability and goals. Class would be appropriately limited and grouped to ensure adequate supervision and quality of instruction and will be taught by our CanTRA-certified instructors. As clients progress, we intend to provide opportunities in volunteer roles (as appropriate), in the intention of providing opportunities for applied development & bridging the gap between education and active participation in the local employment economy.
$30,000.00
2012

Dance Victoria

Joe Laughlin Retrospective

DV is requesting support for Vancouver choreographer Joe Laughlin's retrospective project. The project includes a new commission, a remount of two older pieces and the reworking of a fourth. These four pieces will comprise a production that will be given two performances at the McPherson Playhouse, February 6 and 7, 2013 as part of Dance Victoria's 2012/13 Resident Artist Season. Next year marks 25 years since Laughlin began making dance. During that time he has created over 40 pieces. This project brings together three of his strongest and best-loved short works and a new commission that he will set on Ballet Victoria. Laughlin is DV's Artist-in-Residence in 2012/13. The production will include a work for four dancers from 1997 (Harold, Billy, Stan and Jack), a duet for a man and a tea cup (Left, 2003) and a 2011 work entitled dusk. In addition to the work with Ballet Victoria, Laughlin will re-work dusk in Victoria. When not in Victoria he will work with his company in Vancouver. All of the pieces will be combined and the transitions developed at DV's fully-equipped Studio 2.
$20,000.00
2012

Earthwise Society

Feed the Bees Planting Program

The Feed the Bees Planting Program addresses root causes of pollinator decline by engaging widespread community action to plant "bee friendly" gardens at homes, schools, businesses and boulevards. The gardens will be mapped on-line to show how individual plantings collectively start to create habitat corridors, reducing habitat fragmentation and assisting in the movement of pollinator populations within urban areas. The Earthwise Garden is a learning resource for the project, demonstrating how ecological plantings of diverse flowering species enhance biodiversity. These concepts will be applied on a community wide scale to replace natural vegetation lost through development. Supporting the widespread adoption of specific planting programs that provide flowers over a long season helps to meet the habitat needs of pollinators. By engaging residents living in urban areas to help address a problem that impacts farming, the project creates greater awareness of how we are all interconnected and how individual actions can impact regional biodiversity and ecological health.
$20,000.00
2012

Edward Milne Community School Society

Play and Learn Academic Intervention Program

Play and Learn is a free, 4-week day-camp for low-income or Aboriginal children ages 6 to 9 years old who are not meeting expectations for their grade level in reading and math. The idea originated from concerns over students arriving to secondary school, unprepared. Research shows a gap in the level of achievement between children from low-income and higher income students; this gap begins in early grades and compounds year after year, attributed to the accessibility of programs to stimulate learning over the summer. Aboriginal students face an additional problem of feeling excluded when their culture is not perceived to be valued in school. This play-based learning intervention program is taught in small groups. Students participate in literacy, numeracy, recreation and Aboriginal Culture activities during the morning and field trips, crafts and physical games in the afternoons. We offer healthy meals because hungry kids cannot learn. The camp is staffed by remedial education teachers. We will expand to offer a year-round Play and Learn after school program in Year two.
$20,000.00
2012

Electric Company Theatre Society

TRIPTYCH - Artistic Development for large-scale theatrical production

Electric Company is commissioning, developing and producing a theatrical adaptation of three recent collections by some of Vancouver's most exciting female writers (Jennica Harper, Elizabeth Bachinsky, and Marita Daschel) in an immersive fusion of theatre, poetry and visual art. Appearing in three parts across three venues as a special, featured event at the International Writers Festival as a part of their 25th anniversary, TRIPTYCH (working title) celebrates the vitality of the local literary scene as well as the creative potency and invention that has identified Vancouver's independent theatre community as national leaders in the form. In the tradition of such celebrated Canadian installation artists as Janet Cardiff and George Mueller, the viewer of TRIPTYCH is given an intensely active role in the creation of the experience. We're inspired to combine this aesthetic quality with theatre's capacity to tell a strong story within a communal or group experience wherein we break down the isolating components in our culture and encourage contact, collaboration and community.
$20,000.00
2012

Federation of Community Social Services of British Columbia

Community Boards in Action

Board Voice convened 20 inter-board forums in 14 different communities in the past 18 months. Community Boards in Action will target 5 communities each year and through providing focused supports, build on previous successes. Actions and outcomes will fall into several categories: 1) improved inter-agency collaborations in service delivery, management or governance; 2) improved governance; 3) enhanced community networking or 4) enhanced understanding of the importance of community services in the community. The project will stimulate collective action through the provision of seed money for supports that could include: facilitation, logistical and evaluation support, facilitation training for volunteers, and training resources. Financial assistance of up to $4000 per year will be directed towards each inter-board initiative to undertake activities to enhance the evolution of social services in their community. Each community will submit a plan of action for their project. Board Voice will coordinate the project provincially and support local efforts.
$25,000.00
2012

Firehall Theatre Society

Premiere Production of Sally Stubbs play KID GLOVES (working title)

The Firehall will undertake a fully professional premiere production of Sally Stubbs' Kid Gloves, a play that takes us back to 1912 Vancouver. Its lead characters, Lurancy Harris and Minnie Miller, are loosely based on the first two women police officers in Canada, who were sworn in Vancouver. At a time when Vancouver was a bustling harbor city, vice and prostitution was on the rise and the Women's Christian Association fought for the enrollment of women into the police force as they felt women in the force might be able to assist 'fallen women' in redeeming themselves. Within the play there are eight characters played by six actors including an Alderman with a secret; his wife, the leader of the Women's Christian Association; the owner and operator of a number of bawdy houses; his girlfriend and her bodyguard/friend; a genial but sexist police sergeant; and the two lead characters, Lurancy Harris and Minnie Miller. Written in the style somewhat of silent movies, the production of the play will involve film/video as well as period costumes, a period setting and soundscape.
$25,000.00
2012

Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society

Friend 2 Friend Play Centre for Children with Autism

The project will develop and provide new state-of-the-art intervention programs at a new permanent site in Vancouver called The Friend 2 Friend Play Centre. The programs will continue to be offered on a year round basis following the project. The project will provide programs tailored to the unique needs of pre-school aged children ages 3 through 5, as well as highly specialized Friend 2 Friend - Integrated Play Group Programs for children ages 6 through 12. The project will serve approximately 50-75 children with autism or related special needs annually, as well as 150 of their peers and siblings and their parents and caregivers. In particular, the project will develop and offer the following ongoing programs, with each program consisting of 10-20 scheduled sessions: For pre-school aged children and their parents / caregivers: a. Parent Participation Play Groups Program b. Early Childhood Play Groups Program For school aged children and their typically developing peers: a. Out of School Play Groups Program b. Saturday Play Groups Program c. Summer Camp Play Groups Program
$25,000.00
2012

Georgia Strait Alliance

Amplifying Community Voices - Stop Expansion of Tanker Traffic in Georgia Strait

The Georgia Strait region is faced with a serious threat from Kinder Morgan's proposal to build a second pipeline along the TransMountain route to carry diluted bitumen from the Alberta tar sands to the Lower Mainland and the corresponding increase in tanker traffic transporting it to refineries in Asia and the US. The public, local governments, other conservation groups and our own members have expressed their concern over the proposed expansion and the accompanying increased risk of an oil spill. GSA is taking a leadership role in helping to coordinate the efforts of organizations working to stop the pipeline expansion and ensuring the public is informed about Kinder Morgan's plans, the associated risks, and what individual citizens can do to raise their concerns through the complicated consultation processes. GSA will also build on our existing relationships to serve as a link between governments, the shipping industry and environmentalists and ensure that the real costs of an increase in tanker traffic and decisive action to reduce the risks are considered.
$20,000.00
2012

GOERT

Bring Back the Bluebird Reintroduction Project: a symbol of environmental hope

We are working toward returning the Western Bluebird to the Georgia Basin area of BC. We have partnered with the Province of BC, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Salt Spring Island Conservancy, Ecostudies Institute, North American Bluebird Society, Victoria Natural History Society, and the American Bird Conservancy to undertake a 5 year reintroduction program. In this 2012-2013 project, we will translocate 5-10 pairs of adult Western Bluebirds from healthy source populations in Washington and release them on Vancouver Island or an adjacent Gulf Island. Community members are vital to the project's success, through participating directly or stewarding habitat. We will provide public education about the birds, as well as the ecosystems they depend upon. Project evaluation will assess the number and health of birds, as well as community engagement and conservation actions. Bringing this beautiful bird back to southwestern British Columbia is a powerful symbol of environmental hope: showing that it is possible to re-establish a part of our natural world that has disappeared.
$25,000.00
2012

Gordon & Marion Smith Foundation for Young Artists

Know Your Treasures

"Know Your Treasures" 2013 Exhibition in the new Gordon Smith Gallery. The "Know Your Treasures" exhibition will introduce the community to the extensive teaching collection of Canadian art which North Vancouver School District's Artists for Kids program has acquired since 1990. This outstanding community owned resource depicts significant ideas developed by 48 of our country's leading artists. The AfK collection will also become the basis for on-going winter exhibition and education programming for the Smith Gallery in the future. Engaging the community with this new public art gallery and developing pride and ownership in this new artistic resource is the primary goal of the "Know Your Treasures" exhibition. Through broad marketing, the development of an exhibition catalogue, an artists symposium, school and community programs, weekly artist talks, interactive displays and introducing a 'Treasures' gift shop, audiences young and old will gain a greater knowledge of Canadian artists, their work and the important role visual art plays in our contemporary culture.
$20,000.00
2012

Health Arts Society

Beethoven, Bob and Borealis in BC

In this project the distinguished pianist Robert Silverman and British Columbia's principle string quartet, the Borealis String Quartet, will be undertaking a substantial series of concerts across British Columbia in 2013. It is the intention that the Society look for opportunities for these performers to play public concerts as well as to play two hundred 45-minute concerts in residential care environments. The performers have expressed a keen interest in undertaking these concerts. The Society has established a relationship with the homes to which these programmes will be provided and anticipates an average of forty attendees at each concert. In 200 concerts, an audience of 8,000-10,000 will be reached.
$30,000.00
2012

HIPPY Canada (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters)

Training and Support for the HIPPY HUB Model Innovation in British Columbia

The Hub Model Innovation is a reconfiguration of the HIPPY program’s current delivery mechanism, is more cost-effective (than the traditional HIPPY Model), organizationally efficient, and has an increased emphasis on employment training for mothers in the second and third years of the program along with enhanced labour market partnership. The Hub Model consist of two organizational components: a central office and up to ten (10) satellite pods in different communities. Working under the supervision of the Manager of Multicultural Programs, the position of the Local Training Coordinator would be to support the new site at MOSAIC. He/she will: develop and design local specific training modules to meet the needs of the home visitors and parents: support the Coordinator in implementing HIPPY; implement the transition planning process for home visitors - a structured plan to move them into higher education and/or other employment and together with the Local Program Coordinator make recommendations to the Scholarship Fund for Home Visitors about who is ready to enrol in higher education
$25,000.00
2012

Inclusion Langley Society

Youth Works 2012

This project proposes to provide summer employment opportunities for youth with developmental disabilities between the ages of 16 and 19. Generally this will be youth in grades 10-12, including youth who have just completed high school. This project will be managed by the Association in collaboration with the organizations' employment service, Partners in Employment, Langley School District #35 and a host of local businesses and employers. The project proposes to complete a discovery process in collaboration with school partners, ascertain each individual's employment skills and interests and match them with a suitable employment opportunity for a 6 week duration throughout the summer. Individuals will be provided with the required on the job support and coaching to ensure their success. The project proposes to track individual successes over a number of years to determine if access to summer employment improves the likelihood of students obtaining employment after graduation.
$25,000.00
2012

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