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T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation

Working Together to Clean up the Estuaries of Northern Vancouver Island

In order to reduce biodiversity loss, protect the health of plants and creatures and improve the habitat in the estuaries of northern Vancouver Island, Living Oceans Society (LOS) will develop and coordinate a project with regional government and local organizations to safely remove and dispose of debris and other sources of pollution from populated near shore areas where high concentrations occur (docks, crabbing grounds, anchorages). The dangers to the marine environment and human safety from this threat are a concern to local residents and groups however no effort has yet been made to harness this interest and coordinate action to address the problem. This project will be the catalyst that inspires that community action. We will coordinate our project with Cetus Research and Conservation Society to ensure that this project will be an initial step to a derelict fishing gear removal project that can be duplicated for the entire coast of Vancouver Island and in other B.C. coastal communities.

Taku River Tlingit

Native Terrain Digital Collections Management System (DCMS)

This project results from the precedent setting agreement between the B.C. and TRTFN Governments to establish 13 new protected areas in our territory. That agreement relies heavily on co-management through the use/application of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK). Our TEK database includes an estimated 200,000 pages of information directly related to the new protected areas, including species-specific behaviors and distributional data, land use patterns and impacts, and information related to climate change and cultural resource management. Currently, we cannot effectively access this database. The purpose of this project is to complete development of and implement a digital collections management system (DCSM) that includes a TEK search engine platform tailor-made to our land management needs. We have spent two years developing a prototype of this software platform that we call “Native Terrain.” Project activities include: complete development of Native Terrain DCMS, input/code our entire TEK database, and integration of the program into the TRTFN government server.

The BLT Society

Early Learning Hub & Indoor Playground Programming

The Kiwanis Early Learning Hub opened in 2011. The indoor playground is a big hit with families with birth to 6 years olds. These families have requested extended hours of operation for the indoor playground and for some specific programming to operate out of the Hub. Vancouver Foundation programming would include: - Playtime: weekday afternoon opening of the indoor playground for parent / child interactive play. - Positive Discipline: a weekly supervised playtime while parents are involved in ongoing support with behavioural management. - Daddy & Me: dads will be invited to bring their children for a weekly playtime with the focus on the unique and vital role fathers have in their child’s life. - Books & Pajamas: parents will be invited for a weekly playtime, followed by a bedtime snack, getting into pajamas and cuddling for a story time before going home to bed. - Nothing Like Home Cooking! Classes: parents will learn that cooking from scratch is fun and nutritious. Child minding will be provided for for parents in this class. - Saturday Family Fun Day!: playtime every month.

The Garth Homer Society

Oak Bay High School Transition Pilot

The Oak Bay High School Transition Pilot Program is targeted to high school students with developmental disabilities, and their families, to support them in preparing and making effective choices concerning community inclusion, support programs, and employment after graduation. Working with students from grades 10 to 12, the program will create experiential learning opportunities that allow students to gain independent learning about the different possibilities open to them. The varied experiences provided — such as employment internships, post-secondary opportunities, volunteer participation, or other community inclusion activities — would allow students to make informed choices about their futures. It also allows the program facilitators to provide new perspective for individual students, their families, and others involved in their support, on each student’s potential to transition effectively after graduation, and to succeed and develop in different situations. Funding is being requested for Phase 3 of this project, from January to June 2013.

The Progressive Housing Society

SafeCity Micro Cleaning

SafeCity Micro Cleaning is a social enterprise project to employ Burnaby's homeless and near-homeless people in a supported environment. We propose a collaboration of two social service agencies in Burnaby--Progressive Housing Society and Burnaby Community Connections--with the support of Burnaby's business community. SafeCity will offer street, lane and parking-lot cleaning contracts to business improvement associations in Burnaby. There is a prospect of expansion to include the painting of waste containers in strata complexes which have been sprayed with graffiti. This project is a six-month pilot project with a goal to continue on a self-sustained basis. SafeCity will be a low threshold opportunity for people whose addictions and/or physical and mentall illness have kept them from the mainstream workforce for lengthy periods. This suported employment project will reintroduce these individuals to gainful employment while they are assisted with the issues that have marginalized them in the past. Over time, engaging in this project may be a stepping stone to real employment.

The Responsible Animal Care Society

Website and Surgery upgrades

TRACS (The Responsible Animal Care Society) currently has over 800 rabbits in its care. We were able to construct new shelters last year and would now like to enrich their lives in their new homes by adding ramps, sona tubes, and toys to their enclosures. The rabbtis are aging with some of the originals going on 4-5 year old. With this comes higher veterinary costs. We would like to apply for help with the ongoing costs. TRACS relies solely on fundraising. Our website is very old and outdated as well as no longer user friendly. With the world now being techinology driven it is imperative for TRACS to produce a new user friendly website to keep people informed of what we are doing as well as provide an easy avenue for donating

The Salvation Army, British Columbia Division

Gardening for Health and Wellness - Development of Local Community Garden Sites

In Penticton, The Food Bank has a food short fall of 10,000 pounds and this hinders the ability for the Food Bank to provide enough food for all who cannot provide it for themselves. This project proposes to convert unused or underutilized land such as backyard spaces of businesses or families, into 10 community gardens, recruit volunteers from the food bank clients and the community at large and teach people how to eat nutritious meals that are low cost. We also are developing the capacity to store vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, onions and squash for winter access. The gardens will provide a relaxing environment for fresh air, exercise, cultivating an appreciation for the environment and building community. The social wellness of our clients is also enhanced as they participate. These gardens will also be a place of education where those involved will learn gardening techniques and valuable tips on nutritious eating. Teaching to preserve food is also to be included in community kitchens. We will be learning to can salsa, pickles and perhaps sauerkraut.

The Sustainability Institute of Canada

Environment and Diversity Forum Series

Ethno-cultural communities across Canada have shown a strong desire to participate in environmental programming, that they have a concern about the environment and quality of life, and that Environmental NGOs (ENGOs) historically just have not worked with them. ENGOs have now come to realize that they have as much to learn from different ethno-cultural communities as these groups have from them, and that they become stronger and more relevant to the communities they work with when there is sincere collaboration. We are holding a series of one-day environment and diversity forums in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg and Toronto to: 1. Share knowledge, experiences and best practices in engaging and developing collaborative relationships with ethno-cultural communities; 2. Discuss ways how ENGOs are promoting diversity within their organizations; 3. Compare and contrast environment and diversity initiatives in various cities; 4. Share these findings with other Canadian ENGOs and the general public; and, 5. Inspire ENGOs to develop their own environment and diversity initiatives.

Theatre Conspiracy


Extraction is a bilingual (Mandarin and English) documentary theatre show exploring Canada/China relations, tar sands development and China's rise as an economic power through the personal stories of four non-actor 'experts' from Beijing, Vancouver and Ft. McMurray. Two people from Beijing have been cast as well as one from Vancouver. Research and casting in Ft. Mac is ongoing. The first phase (year 1) of development began with research in June 2011 and concludes with a two-week workshop residency at the Cultch in July 2012 and a public presentation of the work-in-progress. The production phase (year 2) concludes with a premiere presentation at the Cultch March 5-10, 2013. We are in discussions to coproduce with Rimini Protokoll in Berlin as well. Tim Carlson is the writer/producer, Amiel Gladstone directs, with Flick Harrison designing video, Ron Samworth composing, Jeremy Waller as dramaturge and Ben Cheung as stage manager. Conspiracy is pitching Extraction to the HAU (Berlin), Magnetic North (Ottawa), Under the Radar (New York), On the Boards (Seattle) and other venues.

Theatre for Living Society


'Maladjusted' will be interactive, Forum Theatre created and performed by mental health care-givers and clients. It will generate a Community Action Report (policy document) as requested by agencies (see letters). A 2-day 'mini-conference' will complement the theatre. Through our relationships with many health agencies we have become aware of how, in the name of efficiency, a mechanization of services is taking place inside the mental health system across BC and Canada. While issues of 'stigmatization and mental health' are in the public consciousness because of various public campaigns, THIS issue is invisible - except to those care-givers, clients and their families who are being affected by it directly. In consultation with various health professionals and leaders of agencies, we determined that this project would be a vital contribution to both public awareness of the issue and also contribute steps to finding concrete solutions. The project will involve the mental health community deeply. The project and resulting dialogue will be aimed at the general public.

Tides Canada Initiatives Society


Only 50% of First Nations and Aboriginal youth in BC graduate high school. This project will produce a multi-part journalism series that aims to promote academic success among First Nations and Aboriginal youth by identifying new and innovative policies, practices and achievable solutions for improving educational outcomes. Interviews with 'trailblazers' - First Nations and Aboriginal individuals with advanced degrees – will shed light on the hurdles which almost thwarted their achievements, providing a gateway for identifying policies that can help ensure these obstacles are not insurmountable for future generations. Trailblazer profiles will serve as a starting point for further discussion with educators and administrators to explore, analyze and identify potential new policies and approaches that can promote educational success. The project will not only serve policy makers and educators, but will provide Aboriginal and First Nations youth with inspirational success stories to encourage higher education aspirations and promote self-appreciation of their culture and identity.

REACHing Out

REACHing out addresses a fundamental need for the social sector on the Sunshine Coast: bridging social capital. How do community groups meaningfully engage a wider more diverse community? REACHing Out will attempt to create the infrastructure needed to do just this; bridges that link islands of social capital to each other. Emerging out of a rigorous community-led strategic planning process entitled REACH (Re-integrating Existing Assets into Community Hubs), REACHing Out intends to broaden and diversify public interest, support and participation in the social sector through a series of staged events leading to outside the box collaborations in the years to come. This will be done by: 1) staging the intersection points necessary for cross-pollination between community groups and the wider community 2) nurturing potential collaborations between these groups moving forward A series of facilitated community events will culminate in a resource guide for participating organizations, detailing potential collaborations and a step-by-step process to initiating them.

Strengthening Leadership for Freshwater Protection

We propose to launch a water leaders program to facilitate the implementation of a robust outreach and communications plan around opportunities to protect and enhance British Columbia's freshwater ecosystems. The program will engage a minimum of 5 freshwater organizations throughout BC with the specific mandate to educate and engage the BC public in efforts to protect, enhance and restore the provinces freshwaters. A core element of the project is the development of a sophisticated outreach and communications plan that connects with the values of British Columbians. Designed with the help of public opinion research, the final product will inspire BC residents to become water champions. The overall goal of our efforts is to protect clean and sufficient freshwater in British Columbia to sustain a healthy economy and support vibrant ecosystems. As the Province of British Columbia seems poised to make changes to its century old Water Act, there is an important opportunity to create dialogue in the public on how best to prioritize and allocate water, while protecting healthy flows.

The People, Land & Ocean

The project builds language and leadership skills amongst young people on Haida Gwaii by developing a training program that uses music for Haida and other youth to learn and celebrate their traditions and language. The nexus consists of two Haida-English songs, one for pre-school/primary children, the second for intermediate/high school students. Stage 1: ART works with teachers at Tahayghen and Chief Matthews schools to develop activities in language arts, science, social studies and other subjects that are linked to the song lyrics and fulfill prescribed learning outcomes. Stage 2: teachers use the songs in the classroom to help students learn lyrics, and enliven cross-curricular learning. Stage 3: An Artist In Residence program trains students to perform the Haida-English songs, as well as other songs with eco-themes, and develop spoken introductions. Stage 4: Students perform in a professional concert that shares program results with the public, and builds self esteem and pride by sharing and celebrating their learning with the community.

The Writers' Exchange "Who Am I?" project

During the "Who Am I?" project, the Writers' Exchange will work in schools, with teachers and community partners, to run a year-long project that will culminate in twelve classes producing publications of student writing on the topic of "Who Am I?". The project originated when inner-city teachers and administrators expressed to the Writers' Exchange the need for creative literacy programming and one-on-one attention for their students in their classrooms to help increase literacy levels. o During the project, students will write and create with one-on-one help from volunteer tutors. o Each student will play a part in producing a class publication. From rough drafts to cover art, the students will create a professionally printed and bound publication that they will be able to take home, take pride in and share with their caregivers. o The Writers' Exchange will work with each teacher to tailor the "Who Am I?" project to the classroom's needs, the Ministry of Education's curriculum goals and the grade's prescribed learning outcomes.

Engaging the Public on Solutions for Helping to End Youth Homelessness


Tsawout SNEPENEKS Cultural Society

Building Community through Digital Story (BCDS)

Building on a successful pilot project - where participants worked through the composition of story, collected photo & video to support their stories, & explored creative ways to enhance story using technology & multi-media equipment and software– this new Building Community through Digital Story (BCDS) project puts the development & power of storytelling in the hands of our community and youth, and offers educational and professional-level training. Upon completion participants will receive a certificate of completion. Through a partnership with Royal Roads University and with in-kind support from additional partners, Tsawout's Snepeneks Cultural Society is building opportunities in education by offering this multidisciplinary course that will provide: 1) Opportunities for youth and elders to work together in the preservation of language and culture, 2) opportunities for an exchange of skills and knowledge, youth using media, and elders and traditional knowledge, and 3) Opportunities to re-engage youth in education, , cultural practices, community events, and training.

UBC - Department of Psychology

Promoting Healthy Aging through Intergenerational Programming (Dr. Christiane Hoppman/Ms. Sandra Petrozzi)

This planning grant takes an innovative approach to health promotion in an aging population by capitalizing on the important role of social factors. Specifically, we will develop community-based intergenerational programs that harvest older adults' skills and needs to leave a lasting legacy while at the same time increasing leisure time physical activity such as "purposeful walking" as well as providing cognitive stimulation. Therefore, intergenerational programs have the potential for high "buy-in" because they contribute to older adults' purpose in life and simultaneously foster health-promoting behaviors that are well known to contribute to healthy aging. The project stems from a need to develop sustainable programs that will promote the health of a growing population of older adults, while supporting the social and academic development of children from immigrant and low-income families. This project will explore facilitators and barriers to intergenerational programming in the local context, from the perspectives of program administrators, parents of young children, and older adult program participants. We will do this through focus group discussions, a symposium, and participatory research methods. We will then use the knowledge gained to develop feasible, evidence-based implementation strategies for intergenerational programming that will, in turn, form the basis of a larger program implementation project. Research Team: Dr. Christiane Hoppman/Ms. Sandra Petrozzi

UBC - Faculty of Forestry

Visualizing Urban Futures with Community Energy

Public understanding and behaviour change on energy use is critical to reducing carbon footprints and building resilient communities. Since the idea of low-carbon community-wide energy systems is new in Canada, most people have little idea how typical neighbourhoods in Metro Vancouver can be retrofitted to be climate friendly. CALP proposes to engage communities, using compelling new visualisation tools to actively involve non-experts in learning about community energy. This proposal builds on an ongoing research study with Neptis Foundation and the GEOIDE Network Centre of Excellence, which is developing prototype visualization tools - "digital stories" about community energy, based on data in two pilot BC municipalities: Richmond and Surrey. This project will help build awareness and community capacity for climate change solutions. It will involve multiple stakeholders in developing a visual information toolkit for use in demonstrations, workshops, and web media to reach the "silent majority" who are often not engaged in social learning and community decision-making.

UBC - Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Building Resiliency: Growing Food and Farmers

Four-Season Food Literacy: Hands-On Training for Farmers & Eaters (FSFL) will provide season extension education & training for aspiring & established farmers, gardeners, urban farmers and the general public. By modeling 4 methods of protected agriculture (hoophouses, high & low tunnels, and cold frames) we will provide the basis for hands-on workshops on season extension for all growers. The curriculum of our Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture (PSA) will be diversified to include season extension practices and we will expand the physical space used for farmer training. The increased scope of the PSA will help us provide aspiring agriculturalists with high-quality, hands-on, experiential training in ecologically based growing methods that will prepare them to meet today’s farming challenges. We willl present workshops to the general public that will equip Vancouverites with the necessary skills to eat locally year-round. FSFL has the overarching goal of creating a more food & farming literate population that can grow & eat more food year-round, increasing local food system resiliency.

UBC - Okanagan

Palliative Care without Borders: Trail/Castlegar Augmented Response (TCARE) Project

Dying, when complicated by uncontrolled symptoms and without the benefit of specialized palliative resources, is traumatic for all involved and leaves a collective community memory. Local community members and care providers in the regions of Trail and Castlegar have identified a critical need for a community-based team approach to respond to the significant challenges that exist in providing high quality, cohesive rural palliative care. UBC Okanagan School of Nursing faculty member, and Canada Research Chair, Dr. Barb Pesut, along with community health nurse, bereavement counselor, and Trail Hospice Society board member Brenda Hooper, are currently engaged in building connections with local health and palliative care professionals and volunteers so as to provide an integrating link for patients and families to community resources. This multi-sector team will work to create a sustainable model of care that will provide coordinated and accessible end-of-life support, impacting the quality of care, and ultimately the quality of life, for dying individuals and their families.

UBC Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP)

Early Years Community Development Institute (EYCDI)

This project is designed to connect and strengthen professionals working in Early Years Community Development (EYCD) across British Columbia and Alberta. It will enhance the infrastructure towards a stronger, more sustainable and community-driven early child development system in our province. Seed funding has allowed for the development of a web-based platform for the Institute, which has markedly increased interest among EYCD professionals, and has grown the volunteer provincial advisory group that is providing leadership to the Institute. The website ( was successfully launched last fall, a series of training webinars have been held, a province-wide contact database has been created, and a twice monthly newsletter is circulated. This proposed project will maintain and grow this work to further embed the EYCDI at the local level. A part-time coordinator will be hired to manage the core operations of the Institute. Work will also be completed on a module-based certification program for EYCD professionals and pilot training sessions will be held.

UNIT/PITT Projects

I Will Survive

I Will Survive is the working title for a series of five works commissioned from emerging artists, including three works commissioned from emerging First Nations artists, to be presented in the fall of 2012 and early 2013. Patterned after our previous commissioning project, Ill Repute, it will be jointly curated by UNIT/PITT director Keith Higgins and artist, curator and community organizer Cease Wyss. Where the previous project drew on the history of the communities of practice, political and social phenomena, and subcultures which intersected with the Helen Pitt Gallery during its 36-year history, the proposed project explores the future of these communities and practices. By envisioning a future, emerging artists and their emerging discourses will take a role in how that future is shaped.

United Players of Vancouver

Side-drape replacement project

The original drapery & tracks in the theatre (Jericho Arts Centre) were acquired second-hand, prior to 2000. Age has caused a decline in the flame retardant capability of these drapes so they no longer meet the requirements in the British Columbia Fire Code and present a safety risk. Many years of use has also resulted in stains, tears and a general shabby appearance. The old tracks are also damaged and need replacement. The fabric has deteriorated beyond the point that it can be cleaned & re-treated with flame retardants. We raised money and replaced the Main Traveller, Legs, Valance and Lobby drapes in 2008, but had insufficient funds to replace all drapes. If the requested funds are granted, we would be able to complete the project by replacing all the drapes on both sides of the theatre and at the exit doors. New drapes will make the theatre safer by bringing us into compliance with the British Columbia Fire Code flame retardant standards. They will also give a more professional appearance to the theatre.

University of British Columbia

Mathematics First Nations and Inner City K -12 outreach

This project focuses on enabling inner city aboriginal youths in the Lower Mainland and at First Nations schools throughout BC to acquire the necessary mathematical skills to enroll in post-secondary programs in science, engineering and other technical professions. This will be achieved through a combination of activities targeting both students and teachers, including summer math camps, mentorship programs, homework clubs and teacher training workshops. In Vancouver, a year-round support network will be established for at-risk students, including: tutoring by undergraduate mentors, homework clubs and summer math camps. There will be a camp for students transitioning into high school and a separate one for seniors, where students will have an opportunity to work with scientists and other faculty at UBC. Summer camps and mentorship programs will be further expanded to First Nations schools throughout BC. In addition, regular teacher training workshops on mathematics will be organized both in Vancouver and at several First Nations schools, seeking to enhance teaching skills.