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School District #62 - Sooke

Nature Kindergarten

Sooke School District intends to offer a Nature Kindergarten program, beginning in September 2012, that provides Kindergarten students with outdoor learning every morning regardless of the weather. In natural, outdoor settings, the students will engage in increased physical activity and develop strong connections to the natural world and the Aboriginal Ways of Knowing. This model was inspired by forest preschools, which were started in northern Europe almost fifty years ago, and can now be found throughout Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. The Nature Kindergarten will be taught by both a Kindergarten teacher and an early childhood educator (ECE). This teaching model and program are unique within the B.C. public school system. Nature Kindergarten aims to address a growing need for young children to spend more time outdoors connecting to nature. University research partners will study the academic, personal and social benefits of this model. This is a two-year 'proof of concept' pilot, that, if successful is hoped to be replicated in school districts across B.C. and beyond.

School District #67 - Okanagan Skaha

Through A Different Lens

The two components of our project are to expand the number of teachers using innovative teaching and assessment practices which are allowing students to use their preferred method of demonstrating their learning; and to build the capacity of these teachers to assess the intended learning outcomes regardless of the methods students choose. Each of these components require four steps: 1) the introduction of teaching and assessment strategies to allow for alternate demonstrations of understanding in regular classroom practice, 2) The implementation of new instructional and assessment methods, which will involve coaching by the lead teachers as well as side-by-side teaching, 3) the evalution of the implementation process, and 4) the readjusting of instruction and assessments. Our project is currently being implemented with groups of teachers from 6 schools: 2 elementary (k-5), 2 middle (6-8) and 2 secondary (9-12). In Year 2, we would like to increase the number of teachers involved at each of these six schools, and if possible increase the number of schools.

School District #70 - Alberni

Grade 9 Aboriginal Awareness Event

The project came about as a result of an assignment that was given to students in our Social Justice 11/12 class. They were asked the questions, "Is there racism at ADSS and what does it look like"? The students identified that there was racism and in some cases described what it looked like. School District 70 and Alberni District Secondary School have been aware of racism and have addressed it in individual cases. We needed a plan that would reach a greater number of people Plan of action: *Look at what we already have in place *Grade 9 students would be the target group *Committee of grade 9 teachers, administration and First Nation Youth Care worker to work on plan *work with teachers and First Nations Resource experts to create units that would fit into each subject's curriculum. There will be 5 components 1. Curriculum implementation. 2. Lunch time activities. 3. Cultural performance. 4. Windup activity. 5. Celebration luncheon.

School District #75 - Mission

Super Science Club

Super Science Club is an innovative after-school program that provides science and technology educational activities to students in Grades 1-6 attending designated schools. The primary goal with this program is to inspire at-risk children to be inquisitive about the world around them, and to develop a long-term interest in science and technology. The schools chosen have a high population of aboriginal students and a lower socio-economic demographic. Each term of the Super Science Club involves nine weekly visits to the school facilitated in partnership with UFV and a presentation by Science World during the final week. During each visit, a 75-minute session is held for groups of Grades 1-3 students (primary level) and for Grades 4-6 students (intermediate level). Students from the local high school, parents and elders are invited to participate and provide leadership in the sessions and healthy snacks are provided. Teachers are invited to a 'chat and chew' where they can acquire science knowledge and resources to develop continuity in the classroom.

School District #83 - North Okanagan- Shuswap

Student Engagement Project

Our goal is to improve student engagement and increase High School completion rates in our school district. Our project will enable 15 self-selected teachers to improve their instructional practices with the aim of increasing student engagement and overall student satisfaction at the Middle and High School level. We would like to narrow the gap between current research on student engagement and teaching practices. An important focus for this project is improving the current graduation rates for Aboriginal students in our district. The district graduation rate for students of Aboriginal ancestry is 61.0%, while the non-Aboriginal graduation rate is 78.6%. Specific strategies to engage aboriginal learners will be a focus throughout this project. We have two primary objectives (1.) increase the number of teachers using innovative teaching and assessment practices to enable students to use their preferred method of demonstrating their learning; and (2.) to build the capacity of these teachers to assess the intended learning outcomes regardless of the methods students choose.

Science Fair Foundation of BC

Quest for Science Fair Champions

Development & implementation of a multi-year program for better outcomes & greater impact responding to needs for Teacher Recruitment/Training & a Recognition Program - providing tools to strengthen classroom teachers. SFF BC works with the volunteer Regional Science Fair (RSF) committees to increase awareness/interest in the importance of science & to address the issues facing the province in building science capacity. We support science education through supporting the classroom teacher & thus the students. SFF BC’s involvement in the Provincial Government’s successful Year of Science (YoS) project provided information & impetus for this project-identifying the following needs if student participation is to be maintained and grown: • Recruitment of teachers to replace those retiring; • Expansion of the program in underserved areas of the province; • Training for new teacher ‘champions’ to enable them to incorporate Science Fair activities into the curriculum; • Provision of a recognition/incentive program to recognize the significant volunteer contribution made by teachers.

Sea to Sky Community Services Society

Mentorship Employment Program (MEP) - Years 2 & 3

The Mentorship Employment Program will provide opportunities for both young adults with developmental disabilities and the local business communities to broaden their expectations of how persons with disabilities can meaningfully contribute in the workplace. The Program will help participants discover and develop their interests and skills in the pursuit of employment opportunities, and will facilitate increased accessibility and inclusion in Sea to Sky communities and labour markets. The Program will provide participants with opportunities to explore 3 employment options through supported unpaid and short term employment experience in order to find the best/most appropriate employment opportunities, where both employee and employer needs are satisfied. SSCS is uniquely positioned to successfully deliver this program using our related experience and existing collaborative networks. We have been helping adults in their career choices since 1990 and have worked effectively with partners in many of our employment and disability focused programs.

SFU - Centre for Dialogue

CityStudio Vancouver

Cities around the world will need to spend trillions of dollars in the next decade in response to the complex demands of population, energy, resource depletion and climate change. Our students want to help change the world AND they want to earn a living. As the key project within Vancouver's Campus City Collaborative (C3) CityStudio Vancouver is an energetic hub of learning and leadership where students design and implement Vancouver's Greenest City goals. CityStudio is a collaboration of the City of Vancouver and 6 colleges and universities to engage students in the following ways: 1. Greenest City Solutions. CityStudio directly involves students in designing solutions for Vancouver's Greenest City 2020 goals 2. Student Leadership towards a Green Economy. Course work emphasizes mentoring and training for emerging sustainability leaders to identify and develop opportunities in the green economy. 3. Energetic Hub of Learning. In year one, CityStudio involved over 480 students and 18 instructors contributing over 20,000 hours of action learning towards the Greenest City Goals.

SFU Galleries

Wild New Territories (WNT)

WNT will highlight the important role that art can play in the ecological discourse that is ever more central to humanity's time on the planet. The art in the WNT exhibition is in galleries as well as outdoor sites and in both settings it will available to both those seeking the exhibition and to those whose urban wandering happens to bring them to it - as is the case with public art. The exhibition is possibly unique in its field because the work attempts to analyze and explore the natural and the urban simultaneously. It is also the first large-scale ecological contemporary group exhibition in Vancouver since 'Lost Illusions' at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1991, which did not have an ambitious outdoor component. The project has partnered with many groups & those partnerships ensure that it will have an audience with several key demographics - Artists for Kids Trust will bring youth; Stanley Park Ecology Society the natural history community, etc. The project also has: disabled artists(Kathy Kenny), 1st nations (Edgar Heap of Birds), multi-ethnic (Gordon Cheung), for example.

Shuswap Children's Association

Shuswap Early Childhood Development Committee (ECDC) Project

The Shuswap ECDC project builds on the 2012 strategic plan which focuses on community issues and priorities that have been identified from the ECD committee, EDI research, local asset mapping, and also align with the goals of the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), Interior Health, School District #83 and the Honorable Premier Christie Clark’s Family’s First Initiative and Healthy Families BC. The project builds on exisiting and succesful programs, initiatives and resources that the Shuswap ECDC has been developing and delivering for the past 6 years. These project proposal funds will be dedicated to assisting the costs for 2 Mother Goose outreach programs in rural Shuswap, the printing and distribution of Children's Services Directories, increasing the ECD coordination hours and co-resourcing a very much needed Family Support Worker position. Our goal is to reach families with children under the age of 6 and those who work in the field of ECD and family services. Our intention is to build strong and lasting partnerships for long term beneficial outcomes

Sid Williams Theatre Society

Valley of Stories: Valley of Worlds Spoken Word Performance Series

To create a new spoken-word performance series to fill a current void in regional performance activity in 2013, and to advance our outreach and audience development goals for multicultural programming, first nations programming, and youth programming. The project will use cornerstone downtown cultural facilities (and their adjacent outdoor plazas) as venues: the Sid Williams Theatre, the Courtenay and District Museum, the Comox Valley Art Gallery and the Comox Valley Library. The series will feature 4 performances and 8 artists. Our artistic focus is to choose spoken-word artists who represent both the traditional and the new, and who reflect and speak to the cultural diversity of our community and on North/central Vancouver Island; storytellers who voice the experience of Canada's immigrant communities; of Canada's elders and next generations; of First Nations and immigrant communities; urban and rural; and speak to a uniquely western Canadian ethos. Community networking will involve diverse cultural organizations in our region, including youth, aboriginal, and immigrant groups.

Sierra Club of British Columbia Sierra Club BC

Going Wild!

The Going Wild! school program was created in partnership with Coastal First Nations community stakeholders to reconnect youth with their environment and their cultures, and to revitalize rural economic development in sustainable and culturally-appropriate ways. Now moving beyond a First Nations audience, the curriculum is being used to engages grade 4-7 students throughout BC in hands-on activities that teach about wild products , or non-timber forest products (NTFPs), of the coastal temperate rainforest. Classroom activities delivered by our Educators (or by teachers using our guidebook as a resource), help students gain knowledge of wild products, traditional First Nations values, ecosystem dynamics, stewardship of the forest, human relationships with nature, economy, consumption patterns and entrepreneurship. All lessons are directly linked to BC Ministry of Education prescribed learning outcomes (PLOs) for Science, Social Studies and Physical Education. Funding will support program delivery, teacher professional development, action projects, and program evaluation.

Smithers Community Services Association

Youth Media Literacy

Fifteen First Nations youth from the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) centres (Smithers, Hazelton, Moricetown and Houston) will create Digital Stories that will be developed from recorded interviews conducted by the youth with First Nations elders in the community. The project engages a number of community groups including the Bulkley Valley Museum, the Smithers Public Library, School District #54, First Nations groups, and CICK 93.9FM Youth Outreach Workers from the YEP centres have identified that many First Nations youth they serve suffer from a lack of cultural esteem that affects educational success and that perpetuates a cycle of marginalization. Provincial statistics demonstrate that only 51% of First Nations students are completing highschool graduation. Youth participants will have the opportunity to engage in inter-generational learning, learn about critical analysis of media, develop interview coaching skills, and create digital stories, gain critical thinking skills and will be eligible to obtain credit for Applied Skills Grade 11.

Society of Semiahmoo Animal League

Pets on the Street Guardianship Project

SALI has identified three isolated groups in Surrey, White Rock, & Langley that rely on their companion animals for unconditional love, emotional safety, physical safety, and have become their reason for living. SALI has determined that because of their isolation, these groups are especially vulnerable to losing their companion animals. Since 2009, we have been providing temporary foster homes for pets, free pet food & supplies, and free spay & neutering. In addition, SALI receives many more calls for help with sick and injured pets. For 3 years we have had to tell people that we cannot help because we do not have the funds. This is heartbreaking work when you have to turn away an animal that is in pain and suffering. We would like to build our services to provide this much needed emergency vet care for pets. We would also like to enhance our services during the next annual 'BC Connect Day' by adding sponsors and a free vet clinic. In order to attract business' and vets to this event we require enhanced marketing tools to promote their support and sponsorships.

Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC)

The School Gardens Project Outreach and Expansion

Experienced SPEC facilitators assist teachers in the implementation and maintenance of an organic vegetable garden on school grounds. They facilitate lessons both outdoors and in the classroom which train teachers in an innovative, project-based method of meeting curriculum expectations in science, health and many other areas. This solutions-focused project engages students in an enjoyable and memorable experience which fosters citizenship and volunteerism in partnership with the community. In 2009 the Vancouver Foundation supported the piloting of this project in 2 Vancouver schools. SPEC has supported its expansion to 5 additional schools including locations with high cultural diversity and socioeconomic barriers. In 2012-2013 SPEC seeks to conduct outreach throughout Vancouver to support schools seeking to begin similar projects through the finalizing of SPEC's manual, school-based assistance and Pro-D opportunities. It also seeks to expand upon the current waste reduction element of the project and connect students and the project increasingly with the surrounding community.

Sources Community Resource Centres Society

The Surrey Rent Bank (SRB) - Housing Stability for Low Income Earners

The main goal of The SRB is to reduce homelessness and increase the housing stability of low income earners thus improving community cohesion and inclusiveness. We will do this by: Providing low-interest loans for rental and/or utility arrears to low-income earners ; Improving the financial literacy of borrowers and therefore their capacity to weather future financial crisis' ; Leveraging continued funding through Foundations, Corporations and Government stakeholders thereby ensuring project sustainability. Activities: Deliver 40 or more loans ; Re-invest Loan repayment dollars into 5 new loans • Provide on-going financial literacy support ; Provide support and referrals to other agencies to borrowers and potential borrowers ; Facilitate relationships between borrowers and main-stream banking ; Gather information from current database records on housing stability, rent to income ratios and other relevent information ; Collaborate with and support current and nascent rent banks and organize a 3rd rent bank form ; Seek secure on-going funding from at least one more funder.

South Granville Seniors Friendship Centre Society

Latin Seniors Outreach Project

The Latin Seniors Outreach Project will improve quality of life among Spanish-speaking seniors by supporting them to access services, build social and community connections and better integrate with Canadian society. We will reach out and engage isolated seniors from the Spanish-speaking community facing challenges such as language barriers and poverty issues due to immigration, isolation and vulnerability. This will be achieved through three main activities: (1) Volunteers will reach out to isolated Spanish-speaking seniors by identifying them and providing them with information and referrals; (2) The volunteers will provide one to one visits to isolated seniors who need social support; (3) The volunteers will give presentations in the Spanish language throughout the Lower Mainland to reach a wide audience. The information and resources given will be specific to the community in which the presentation is held. Topics will include social housing, home support, seniors abuse and pension plans.

South Okanagan Women's Educational Society

From Discord to Action: Cultivating Community Change around Seasonal Farm Work

This project has developed out of working with community organizations, concerned citizens and temporary seasonal farm workers in South Okanagan-Similkameen to address ongoing discrimination and health and social issues related to the large influxes of temporary workers each spring to fall. Although the issues are long standing, attempts to address them are unsuccessful. Community members would like the farm workers' specific social, economic and health needs identified and an action plan created to address those needs. This project will facilitate that process by identifying and encouraging the stakeholders (communities, farmers and farm workers) to come together at a forum to work together and create sustainable solutions. The forum process will be conducted in a way that will result in the creation of a feasible Community Action Plan that will use local resources to build community cohesion and strengthen capacities in terms of meeting farm workers’ needs. Strategies will be developed for furthering this work.

Summerland Asset Development Initiative

SADI Leadership Team Outreach Project

The SADI Leadership Team provides youth with opportunities to develop leadership skills that will enhance their confidence, sense of belonging, ability to work as a team and assist SADI with with peer mentoring, providing valuable input to activities and club operations. On a broader level, developing leadership skills recognizes the rights and capabilities of ALL youth and respects and values their contributions to their community. This project would look at enhancing the capacity to develop youth leaders in Summerland by coordinating an outreach effort to raise awarenss amongst youth that they all have leadership potential and capability to be leaders. This awareness would assist us in reaching a diverse group of youth and subsequently develop the capacity of the leadership team to have a wider impact at SADI and in the community. This project will consist of the following initiatives; school and community outreach, leadership training program, SADI leadership team capacity building and coordination of SADI's involvement at four community events.

Summerland Cat Sanctuary Society

Website Redesign

The redesign and update of our Website is paramount to our operation. It will provide the public with expected up-to-date information about our Society and the animals we care for. It will allow for instant gratification for donors and will promote responsible pet guardianship. The project will also allow for training of two volunteers to maintain the website once the redesign is complete. It will allow for fundraising opportunities that presently are non-existent through PayPal buttons for every animal in our care such as on our CDART website, stories about animals in our care, opportunities for sponsorship of building supplies for projects, volunteer management and tracking including job notices as required in real time. It will allow us to showcase some of our more special needs animals that are actually adoptable (ie: Feline AIDS cats, chemotherapy cats, geriatric dogs) by providing educational material and resources. It will provide a forum for news of wild horses in our care and options available for people with concerns regarding feral cats and feral horses.

Sunshine Coast Association for Community Living

Garden to Table Food Hub

SCACL is embarking on a three year initiative to develop their commercial store front into a sustainable social enterprise that offers community inclusion and employment opportunities to persons with disabilities. The concept is to operate a "Garden to Table Food Hub". The store front would offer sales of local produce and value added food products, resources, training in food production and catering, sustainable gardening workshops, community kitchens and a shared commercial kitchen. The "Food Hub" would offer exciting sustainable employment opportunities in agriculture and food production and expand social and community inclusion opportunities to persons who are marginalized by traditional work hours and places. The idea for the project came from meeting other successful social enterprises such as SOLE Foods in Vancouver and the growing of our own food over the past two years. SCACL has been meeting for over a year with community groups about the concept of the "Food Hub" and has several partnerships and consultants in place to assist in the development and success of the project.

Surge Narrows Community Association

Community Woodworking Shop (Quonset Hut) and Community Kitchen (Bunkhouse)

The combination of a deteriorating quonset hut and a strong community tradition of boat building and woodwork inspired community members to transform the old school building into a woodworking shop. Wide-spread support was evident by the extensive renovation of the building carried out by volunteers with mostly donated materials. We plan to finish the interior, transport woodworking equipment to the island and provide power. The current bunkhouse community kitchen consists of a five foot counter with a sink and a gas range, totally inadequate for our gatherings of forty or more. Its age and deteriorating condition is a challenge to keep sanitary. For the last few years this has been a topic of discussion at our AGMs, with our membership supporting, with labour and donations, the building of an extension to the bunkhouse which has currently been completed to lockup. We now need to finish the interior and install and equip the kitchen. These projects will serve the residents of the Discovery Islands who have few community (and no commercial) facilities for recreation or socializing.

Surrey Art Gallery Association

Beacon Fire: Artisan Studio Pottery in British Columbia 1920 to 1975

The ceramic arts have been a key cultural form in British Columbia for the past century. Despite this crucial history, the high-calibre of these artisanal forms and the many practitioners who have developed significant bodies of work remain relatively unknown both to present day ceramic practitioners, artists and designers and to the public at large. Our project seeks to address this historical-cultural gap by presenting and documenting key works from the province's productivist ceramic tradition. The project will strive to serve the diverse populations of Metro Vancouver and especially Surrey -- the province's second most populous city and home to many new immigrants, and a multiplicity of ethnic communities. The project will provide opportunities for these and other Lower Mainland audiences to reflect on the history and beauty of this important cultural form that has merged eastern and western traditions. The project will present an exhibition of ceramics by over twenty different practitioners, archival documents and artifacts, a series of public programs, and a publication.

Surrey Women's Centre Society

Surrey Mobile Assault Response Team: Women's Safety Patient Navigator

The Surrey Mobile Assault Response Team is an interdisciplinary team of medical, legal and social service practitioners that provides 24-hour emergency crisis response to abused women and children. As a key member of the Surrey Mobile Assault Response Team, the Women's Safety Patient Navigator addresses gaps within the health care system that limit access to critical medical care immediately after an assault. This project helps women and children navigate the health care system by: i. expediting access to specialized forensic medical services; ii. facilitating the continuity and coordination of care among health practitioners; and, iii. addressing barriers affecting compliance with follow-up treatment upon discharge from the hospital. The Women's Safety Patient Navigator plays a key role in the identification, screening, and treatment of domestic violence and sexual assault during a critical window of opportunity - the time between admittance to the emergency room and discharge from the hospital.

Symphony of the Kootenays

Music in the Mountains

The Symphony of the Kootenays, in partnership with the St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino, Just Music, and the St. Mary's Band, plans to perform at a first ever free outdoor concert. This concert will feature work from well known aboriginal composer Barbara Croall. While the piece is relatively new in the spectrum of classical works we intend to adapt this piece with the addition of local aboriginal storytellers and dancers. This will be an outdoor concert performed at the St. Eugene Resort and Casino. This is a pilot project. It is a cross cultural venture with the Ktunaxa Nation, planned to coincide with Aboriginal Day for the purpose of recognizing Aboriginal peoples' important place within the fabric of Canada and to showcase the area's arts and culture locally and regionally. Providing an opportunity for public appreciation of classical and aboriginal music and culture; all in the historical venue of St Eugene’s. It is also an opportunity to invite a variety of visitors to come and experience our beautiful region, and its cultural diversity, and provide some economic spin off.