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British Columbia Conservation Foundation

Species at Risk in the Classroom, from Concept to Action

Through work with a number of schools and environmental stewardship groups the SCCP has identified a need for increased education opportunities on conservation of species at risk. To address this, the SCCP secured multi-year funding to develop curriculum guidance and activities for both formal and informal educators with a specific focus on South Coast species and the ecosystems they depend upon. From that “Species at Risk in the Classroom” (SARitc) evolved along with the SCCP’s first children’s storybook on local endangered species (“The Lonely Frog”); developed with a First Nations artist in the Fraser Valley to create accompanying illustrations and link endangered species education to First Nation traditional ecological knowledge. This project will take “SARitc” to the next level, moving from conceptual resources to working directly with teachers and informal educators, sharing conservation expertise, helping implement new curriculum resources and provide hands-on opportunities to get involved in endangered species and ecosystems recovery and restoration.

British Columbia Law Institute

Older Womens Dialogue Project Development Grant (Ms. Krista James/Ms. Kasari Govender)

In 2012 the CCEL received funding from the United Way Lower Mainland for the Older Women’s Dialogue Project, a 1-year project identifying the pressing law and social policy issues impacting older women. We started this work because while there has been much focus on seniors’ issues, there has been little consideration of how these issues may differently or disproportionately affect older women. After meeting with over 350 women we appreciate that some women are very marginalized and hard to reach, and that women want to do more than identify problems; they want to do something about them. The CCEL and West Coast LEAF are developing a project concept and further collaborations to continue this work involving older women. The project will involve: (1) Further community-engaged research—focus groups, interviews—aimed at reaching marginalized older women (e.g. Aboriginal women, women with disabilities) 100-200 women; (2) Compilation, analysis of findings—including plain language summary of work in multiple languages; (3) Community-engaged resource development, involving 2-4 different communities of older women (50-200 women).During the development phase we will identify strategies for connecting with especially marginalized older women, identify appropriate knowledge-sharing and dissemination strategies that respond to community-identified priorities, and work with 2-4 communities to develop project plans focused on the pressing law and policy issues they want to work on.

Older Womens Dialogue Project

In 2012 the CCEL began the Older Women's Dialogue Project, a 1-year project on the pressing legal and social policy issues impacting older women. Working with West Coast LEAF, we met with over 300 women and heard about their concerns and calls to action on issues. We also realized that some groups of women are particularly hard to reach, and require a different approach to consultation. The next phase of work involves: (1) Community-engaged research with older women who are particularly marginalized, isolated or vulnerable (focus groups and/or interviews) 150-225 women (2014); (2) Compilation, analysis of findings—including in plain language (2015); (3) Community-engaged legal tool development, involving 4 communities of older women, 60-100 women (current-December 2016), including: 1) Older women of the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre (Power of Women to Women group) (2) Richmond Women's Resource Centre's (Chinese grandmothers' group) (3) South Granville Senior's Centre (women with Spanish program) (4) A 4th group to be identified through consultations with marginalized women

British Columbia Library Association

Education for Library Staff in Serving People with Disabilities

BCLA will contract with an individual who will create a toolkit that will provide the resources needed to present in-person and online courses on services to people with disabilities for library staff. The toolkit would include a list of topics of interest (based on the 2012 survey of library staff), a list of presenters, a list of training partners and what they can contribute to the training, and step-by-step instructions for organizing in-person workshops and for creating webinars and MOOCs. The developer will also produce one in-person workshop (in collaboration with BCLA’s Special Needs Interest Group, the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities [BCCPD] and Citizens for Accessible Neighbourhoods BC [CAN BC]) and one webinar (in collaboration with the Education Institute) as proof of concept. The toolkit will reside in an online repository currently being built by the Virtual Learning Commons (VLC – see #14 for further information) which will provide access to a wide audience from this virtual venue.

British Columbia Schizophrenia Society

Reach Out Psychosis - multi level teachers toolkit

Demand for this project, from Provincial counsellors, teachers, mental health organizations, & aboriginal communities, has been generated due to total lack of a specific curriculum piece for teachers & educators within BC schools to improve understanding of early intervention & treatment of psychosis. Left undiagnosed students lose valuable education years affecting completion rates & their future lives. The project is needed to provide educators with a resource to be used as a curriculum piece in schools (also adapted for aboriginal communities) to raise awareness of early psychosis; identify & clear pathways to referral to early psychosis clinics; & provide ongoing support to teachers & students. The project is aimed at providing educators with the information & resources they need to educate teenagers & young adults as well as ongoing support to teachers & students. The Toolkit will be a complete, multi level resource package including 1-2 lesson plans, & ongoing 24-hour online support service for teachers and students. FREE to all BC schools & downloadable from website

British Columbia Self Advocacy Foundation

Breaking Down Barriers

ESATTA was contracted by the BC Self Advocacy Foundation(BCSAF) in 2011/12 to present their No More Barriers campaign to communities throughout BC to share their campaign video & website and host World Cafe style dialogues to find out the types of barriers experienced by self advocates in BC. All feedback was reviewed by self advocates and 5 common barriers were selected by self advocates to become the guidelines for their 2012 No More Barriers grants. The key barriers were: supported decision making(SDM), youth & self advocacy, health, housing and employment. ESATTA decided they would develop a workshop on: SDM, Health and Employment. We have made contact with School districts and agencies throughout BC and will be offering to present this workshop. We want to help community become more aware of youth & adults with disabilities and how they are an untapped workforce ready willing & able to be employed. We also want to talk to self advocates about ways to understand how to get help and support when making decisions and ways to keep healthy & be active members of the BC workforce.

Community Action Employment Plan - Self Advocacy Project

One of the objectives of the Community Action Employment Plan is that self advocates play a leadership role in changing public attitudes by: 1) Leading and delivering a presentation of why employment is important to them to a range of stakeholders, including government, unions, businesses, employers and families 2) Establishing a pool of self advocates in each region to act as consultants/resources to the Plan and related work. Provincial self advocate leaders convened in May 2013 to discuss options for collaborating with partners in the Community Action Employment Plan. They also discussed how self advocates could advance an employment agenda in BC. This proposal is a result of that meeting. The project is roughly divided into two phases. The first is to develop a presentation and toolbox to assist self advocates in promoting employment. The second phase is to begin building community partnership to support the planning of the local events in the three pilot regions and a workshop at the Inclusion BC Conference.

Canadian Animal Assistance Team

Northwest British Columbia Animal Health Project

The Canadian Animal Assistance Team (CAAT) began work in the Northwest BC corridor in June of 2011.CAAT held a ten day animal health care project in the village of Burns Lake, BC.The team sterilized 250 dogs and cats and vaccinated and health-checked approximately 350 animals during that project. The team was able to participate in a Community Coalition for Animal Welfare Roundtable meeting.The Northwest BC Animal Welfare Initiative was founded.In May/June 2013,the communities of Nadleh/Stellequo First Nations and Kitwanga First Nations were provided an animal health care project, along with a return visit to Burns Lake. 293 sterilization surgeries and 589 vaccinations/dewormings were completed.In 2014 CAAT will be returning to provide another project serving two communities along this corridor.The project is supported by an ongoing education (the long term solution) program and the development(with local community animal welfare groups)of ongoing spay/neuter programs to ensure the spay/neuter proportion stays above the 70% threshold that has been shown necessary for long term impact

Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives

Strengthening Youth and Community Engagement in Poverty Reduction

The proposed project is an innovative and sustainable 3-year plan to reconnect with communities across the province through expanding our outreach and community engagement activities, and strengthening our youth engagement and youth leadership initiatives. Regardless of the outcome of the upcoming provincial election, we will need to re-establish the call for a bold and comprehensive poverty reduction plan and we aim to do this through meaningful community engagement in order to strengthen existing relationships and form new ones. This will revitalize the poverty reduction plan as a community-driven call to action. We will continue to provide support for youth in low-income families and their allies to be a driving force in this call. We will provide mentorship and resources to high-school youth to be involved in the Coalition's outreach strategy and community engagement so that youth ideas and perspectives are always at the heart of what we do, and support them in taking leadership roles in organizing in their schools and communities to raise awareness about the issues of poverty.

Water, the Environment and Economy and BC's Liquefied Natural Gas Plans

The provincial government says that big increases in natural gas production will boost employment and GDP, and can eliminate the provincial debt and channel billions of dollars more into healthcare programs. But how realistic are the government's economic projections? What would such an upswing mean for critical resources such as water? What does this strategy mean for BC’s GHG emission targets? And what might the alternatives to a strategy based on massive increases in gas-drilling and gas exports be? This project would bring much-needed focus to these questions by: conducting a full “cradle-to-grave” analysis of an expanded natural gas industry's impacts on freshwater resources; analysing and critiquing the economic assumptions underlying current export plans; proposing an alternative, made-in-BC gas plan that strategically uses our natural gas endowment to transition to a clean energy future; and providing a template for meaningful pre-development planning of gas projects so that the needs of First Nations and rural communities directly affected by gas developments are met.

Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery

Targeted Early Intervention for Literacy - A Vancouver Training Institute

Reading Recovery is an evidenced-based effective 12-20 week intervention that changes the life trajectory of the students. It is based on the understanding that for children who are struggling to learn to read, the best investment is a highly trained teacher. The RR Network for professional development is three-tiered. Teachers in schools receive an additional year's training and ongoing mentoring from a Teacher Leader. The teachers then support the 15 - 25% of grade one students who are struggling to read with expert one-on-one teaching. The Teacher Leaders are trained for a year by Regional Trainers. BC does not currently have a resident Regional Trainer and candidates have to travel to Winnipeg or Toronto for a full year to receive the training. This project aims to establish a Centre in Vancouver to support the Teacher Leaders in the Region and to meet the training demands created as the program expands throughout the Region. Working with the Vancouver School District and others in the Region, the CIRR will train and support Teacher Leaders for RR.

Canadian Mental Health Association - BC Division

Developing Socially Inclusive Strategies: Policy Implications of Innovative Community Programming - A Knowledge Exchange Event


Canadian Mental Health Association - Vancouver-Fraser Branch

Spiritual communities collaborate to engage mental health recovery

Spiritual communities offer support, meaningful values and practices to help with everyday life. Individuals with mental illness may, before anything else, seek help from their spiritual community. But their cry for help is not always met with understanding. Focus groups alerted Sanctuary that individuals with mental illness may be excluded from their spiritual communities' support network. While education on mental health is welcomed, the difficult task lies in leading communities through a process of action toward attitudinal change. In this project we aim to address barriers for inclusion and build support for individuals with mental illness in spiritual communities. We will coach action groups (peers, careers and leaders) within spiritual communities to bring issues into the open and garner support for individuals with mental illness. In order to engage a wider range of spiritual communities, we will partner with an interfaith network. Individuals from diverse spiritual backgrounds will be trained to work within their communities to build support for mental health recovery.

Caravan Farm Theatre

Mr. Punch - an original play by Jacob Richmond for Caravan Farm Theatre

Caravan Farm Theatre is seeking Vancouver Foundation support for the commissioning, development, and production of a new play called Mr. Punch, to be performed in the summer of 2014 as part of our 2013-14 season. We wish to commission Victoria playwright, Jacob Richmond, and Vancouver composer, Steve Charles, to create the show. Caravan Artistic Director, Courtenay Dobbie, will direct the piece; Vicki Stroich, of Alberta Theatre Projects in Calgary, will dramaturge; and puppets will be created by Old Trout Puppet Workshop, also from Calgary. In commissioning and developing Mr. Punch, Caravan Farm Theatre has an opportunity to develop a creative relationship with one of British Columbia's most promising playwrights. Jacob Richmond is the Co-Artistic Director of Atomic Vaudeville in Victoria. He most recently wrote the critically acclaimed Ride the Cyclone that is presently touring Canada and has been optioned to run off-Broadway in New York. Mr. Punch will introduce Jacob's exciting work along with that of music composer, Steve Charles, to Caravan Farm Theatre audiences.

Caravan World Rhythms Society

Sufi Voices and Dance, from Azerbaijan to Iran & Canada

Caravan will present a week of activity around the visit of world-famous singers Alim Qasimov and his daughter Ferghana, from Azerbaijan. They perform traditional spiritual music heavily influenced by Sufi traditions. They are part of the Aga Khan Foundation's Cultural Trust, and recognized by UNESCO as a cultural treasure. Their visit will come on the heels of the Museum of Anthropology's exhibit of Middle-eastern art. We will host the Qasimovs during the week of September 24-29, and organize various activities around their visit, including: - Major concert at the Chan Centre on September 28 featuring the Qasimov group and a local Sufi music and dance group, led by Iranian musician Ali Razmi and Sufi dancer Raqib Burke. The concert will include new compositions by the group, and two pieces with the Qasimovs. - Film showing of 'WAJD', about sufi music and dance made by Vancouver-based film-makerof Syrian background: Amar Chebib. plus a post-film talk. - Two Lecture-demos by the performers at the Ismaili Centre in Burnaby, and at the MOA at UBC.

Carousel Theatre for Young People

The Wondrous Tales of Old Japan

In April 2014 Carousel Theatre for Young People (CTYP) will stage The Wondrous Tales of Old Japan by David Furumoto. We are increasingly aware of the diversity of our young audiences, and we feel a responsibility to reflect and honour that diversity. The Wondrous Tales represents our first step in this direction. The script explores the folklore of Japan through Kabuki, shadow puppetry and Japanese taiko drumming. Tales include: Momotaro: The Peach Boy, Urashimatoro: The Enchanted Fisherman, Yuki Onna: The Snow Woman, and Hanasaka Jiji: The Old Man That the Trees Bloom. The project will also provide the opportunity for our company to actively engage the Japanese community in Vancouver, seek out new partnerships, and foster new relationships. In addition, CTYP will offer community workshops in shadow puppetry, drumming and kabuki during the run as a means of educating and engaging our audiences.

Castlegar & District Community Services Society

Youth in Action

CDCSS seeks to offer service to youth between 12 -29 by providing the financial support to youth for community engagement in the West Kootenay region. The youth worker will work with Schools and Youth oriented organizations to identify youth These youth will be provided the financial means, and travel when available to participate. Youth Worker will also work with youth to educate the community, parents, youth and others on the benefits to community engagement, and the positive effect it will have on self-esteem, confidence, relationships, and leadership. This program will benefit the area as a whole. Working with youth on leadership and development, program development and opportunity (youth led events, workshops etc). Youth worker will work with the youth to develop projects ideas to ensure program is youth led: Assisting youth in skill building, self esteem, and confidence, as well as engagement in a community. Project will work with youth to create long lasting programming for the youth, and creative planning for the future. Project will focus of the needs of the youth.

Central Okanagan Naturalists Club

Fascieux Creek Restoration and Habitat Conservation

In 2010, Ecole KLO Middle School students discovered Western Painted turtle eggs in their long jump sandpit. In the 1980’s, the part of Fascieux Creek, which bisects school property, was diverted into a culvert and covered with concrete pads interrupting the flow of the stream and destroying the turtle and fish habitat. When the eggs were discovered, the sandpit was fenced to protect the turtles, however, recognizing that only the restoration of the creek would ensure the future of the turtles, the students decided to naturalize the creek and restore the terrestrial and aquatic habitats. In 2010-11, the students and Green Parent Committee engaged Golder Associates, an environmental consulting firm, to complete a conceptual design on an in-kind basis. In 2012, CONC agreed to provide volunteer labor, funding help and expertise on creek and habitat restoration. Golder will do the Natural Environment Development Permit Application process and Environmental Impact Assessment, the procurement of all permits and determining the resources necessary to complete the earthworks.

Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources

Our Water - Our Future

The project, “Our Water – Our Future”: First Nation Youth Water Leaders Creating Change is a 2 year program to empower and enable Indigenous youth to assume positions of leadership on water issues by providing them with the tools to protect water, supporting them with access to network of existing dynamic, prominent water leaders, and inspiring them with water learning experiences. 16 you the from a First Nations in each of the 4 main watersheds of Canada (Pacific, Arctic, Atlantic and Hudson Bay) have been chosen. Each community will host a week-long water leadership training workshop. During and between the workshops, youth will design and implement (with CIER help) and share personal action plans to address local water challenges. We are seeking a Vancouver Foundation Community Grant to support our Pacific watershed workshop (workshop #2). The workshop will be located on the Similkameen River in Keremeos, BC and will involve understanding and exploring water issues that affect the Similkameen, Okanagan, and Columbia rivers and, ultimately the health of the Pacific watershed.

Check Your Head: The Youth Global Education Network

Growing Check, Growing Change

Young people are increasingly demanding programs, opportunities, and organizations that understand, respect, and respond to their unique needs and experiences as a diverse group transitioning from childhood to adulthood. Growing Check, Growing Change emerged from this finding and harnesses young people’s passion for social and environmental issues, turning it into community-based and youth-led education and action. Growing Check, Growing Change has complementary short-term and long-term objectives and activities. In the short-term, the project will recruit and train a diverse group of youth as peer educators, providing them with popular education tools, skills, and resources to lead dialogues. Equipped in this way, this group will engage, educate, activate, and inspire thousands of B.C. youth with social and environmental justice workshops. In the long-term, through systematic monitoring and evaluation, the project will pilot the next step in Check Your Head’s growth as an organization as staff focus on recruiting, training, and supporting a strong team of volunteer peer educators.

Chor Leoni Men's Choir

Passion and Resurrection

The Vancouver premiere of two celebrated contemporary works for mixed choir is a co-production of Chor Leoni Men's Choir and Elektra Women's Choir. American composer David Lang's The Little Match Girl Passion is a 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning composition and the concert's title work is by Latvia's Eriks Esenvalds. In addition to the public performance on April 12, 2014 at the Chan Centre, the project includes a free 30-minute preview performance on April 2 at St. James Church in the Downtown Eastside. This project was conceived last year by Chor Leoni's new AD, Erick Lichte, and Elektra Women's Choir's AD, Morna Edmundson, as the first collaboration between the two conductors. The Lang work speaks to homelessness and the Esenvalds is a gripping new interpretation of the Passion story. We will not only serve the established choral audience but, with the free preview, people who may never have heard a choral performance. We hope to make a strong connection between the theme of homelessness presented in this music and the realities of life in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

Circle F Horse Rescue Society

Sustainability Development

Circle F Horse Rescue is currently in a transition stage from operating as a volunteer organization to having engaged a part time paid manager. Circle F is reviewing all of its policies, procedures, organizational charts and task descriptions in preparing for a paid executive position. During this time Circle F will also establish a funding strategy that will assure Circle F sustainability. To achieve the desired results it is proposed to engage a consultant to assist with the following aspects: 1. Board development: taking the board from a hands on board to a governance model. 2. Discussions with leadership volunteers regarding their roles and making the adjustment to work with an executive director. 3. A session or sessions with the volunteer membership base to listen to their perspectives and to have them buy into the transition. 4. Assist in developing a fund development strategy that will maintain and enhance Circle F. 5. To advise the manager in this six month process with recommendations for board consideration.

City of Nelson

Nelson Civic Theatre Restoration

We intend to renovate the theatre to better facilitate cinematic and performing arts. We have already installed seats, purchased and installed a new digital projector and surround sound system, constructed temporary acoustic walls and set up a simple online ticketing system. This project will include: -schematic design and design development for the entire project -lobby renovation work and installation of new concession equipment -a new energy efficient mechanical air handling unit -electrical system upgrades for the theatre: replacing the current patchwork of panels,old wiring and obsolete equipment with a new dimmer panel and controls, new aisle lights for patron safety, and a rationalization of all the theatre wiring to allow for central dimming control. -new energy efficient lighting A subsequent project will involve renovation of the theatre into three separate spaces.

City Opera Vancouver

Pauline: A new chamber opera

Pauline is a new chamber opera, built for eight singers in 14 roles, and an orchestra of seven. It addresses issues of identity, national and intimate. This is librettist Margaret Atwood's first opera and composer Tobin Stokes' fifth. It is set at Vancouver in the last week in the life of Pauline Johnson (1861-1913). Shifting between a shattered present and a vivid past, Pauline examines her identities as poet and entertainer, white and Mohawk, independent woman and desperate lover. Figures from her life move in and out of her consciousness and portray Pauline Johnson as a great, tragic, and essential Canadian artist. In Pauline, Atwood deploys material from Johnson's poems, letters, and essays. The genius of her libretto lies in its fusion of Johnson's 19th Century voice with Atwood's 21st Century voice. Pauline is a deeply Canadian statement of who we are, and who we are becoming. Over a century ago, Pauline Johnson was leading a life of independence and vision that we are just beginning to understand. It turns out she was one of us today.

Clayoquot Biosphere Trust Society

Generation Y-Not?: Growing Local Leaders

Our goal is to create an action plan for sustained engagement of youth in leadership initiatives and civic engagement. We will seek direction from youth. How do they want to be involved in their communities? What is meaningful to them? The project begins in June 2013 with a relationship-building activity sponsored by the CBT and partners. This will give youth and youth leaders from throughout the region a chance to connect and hear about successful youth leadership activities. They will share the programs they've enjoyed, develop strategies to further these projects and envision the leadership programs and youth-led projects that are most meaningful and relevant. Following the forum, we will facilitate up to five regional youth gatherings based on objectives identified by the youth. The gatherings will be diverse and varied, hosted in communities throughout the region. This takes youth from across the region out of 'their boxes' to participate in activities that foster cultural learning, develop leadership skills and build capacity in our communities.