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Collingwood Neighbourhood House Society

SAFE (Sex work Awareness for Everyone) in Collingwood and Beyond

Our project will further address the health and safety needs of sex trade workers (STWs) working along the Kingsway stroll and will build on the success of the SAFE in Collingwood Outreach Program. We will expand outreach to include the Kingsway stroll between Boundary and Fraser Street where a need has been identified. We will develop and pilot a telephone counselling support service as there are currently no support services for STWs in Vancouver outside of the Downtown Eastside (DTES). We will also work with the East Van. youth clinic to pilot this service as most of the women working along Kingsway are youth. We will explore with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and the BC Centre for Disease Control the provision of accessible street-level health services. We will work with and support another neighbourhood in addressing the health and safety of STWs, businesses and residents in their neighbourhood. SAFE developed tools, resources and a successful community development approach. The SAFE Steering Committee members are committed to sharing their experience and learnings.

Columbia Valley Arts Council

Steamboat Mountain Music Festival

This year our music festival dates are July 6 & 7, 2013. We are adding an additional day this year due to overwhelming interest in our festival. The festival starts on Saturday at noon with 50 minute acts and then while our stage crew gets ready for the next act we will have a 'tweener' (comprised of youth and older aspiring amateur musicians) entertain the crowds. This schedule will run alld day Saturday until 10 pm and continue on Sunday from noon to four. On Sunday morning we will be offering two music workshops for free to the attendees, a chance to meet some of the musicans and learn about a specific part of music. In the afternoon we are planning a kids festival with two musical acts and various activities to entertain children, young and young at heart. For the duration of the festival we will have food vendors as well as other vedors selling their wares. We will be partnering with The Edgewater Recreation Society, The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #199, The Rocky Mountain School District #6, business and non-profit organizations in our area.

Communitas Supportive Care Society

Customized self-employment:Micro Social Enterprise for persons with a disability

The project will create a comprehensive approach to provide dynamic business supports to assist entrepreneurs with disabilities to build up viable businesses until they have established themselves firmly in the community. This approach will support entrepreneurs from beginning to end of the business establishment process. Steps include: Orientation - complete an asset assessment which looks at individual's suitability, needs, interests,abilities and community supports. Viability - provides preliminary research of various market conditions to select the most suitable business opportunity that match person's abilities. Business planning - builds on viability research to create a detailed strategy to launch a successful business. Start-Up - implementation of the business plan; may include registering the business, enroll in WorkBC Customized Self Employment Program, developing marketing materials, acquiring financing, materials, equipment inventory, training, etc. On-going Support and Fade-out - Development of community natural support network, enabling paid supports to fade out.

Community Housing Land Trust Foundation

Aging in Place Project

The Aging in Place Project will assist housing co-ops and seniors living in co-ops to plan for a future in which: seniors remain in their co-op homes as long as possible; seniors’ homes are adapted, as far as practicable, to suit their changing needs; and seniors are connected to and actively participate in their co-op communities. The project will develop and model an active program of community supports for seniors living in housing co-ops and explore a range of options for improving seniors’ quality of life in co-ops by tackling the physical, social and financial obstacles they may face. The project will address issues of concern to seniors around the physical condition of co-op buildings, their financial security and their social connections within their co-op communities. Seniors will participate in decisions around the design, delivery and evaluation of the project to ensure that it will have an enduring impact on their lives and on the lives of their fellow co-op members as they age in place.

Community Living Victoria

InclusionWORKS! Employment Through Family Governance and Self-Direction

InclusionWorks! will develop its capacity for employment development and supports under its family governance structure–find and sustain employment for young adults in partnership with the generic employment services used by all British Columbians–and document the process and lessons learned for other family-governed groups, users of Individualized Funding, employment service organizations and policymakers. The project will develop community capacity and promote expectations of employment with transitioning youth and their families. The project will contract with a job developer/employment facilitator to develop jobs and coordinate employment services for participants, including working with partners and support workers to align education, discovery, job development, job search, training, and job coaching. It will also fund support worker and family training on employment. This 3-year project will develop, implement and evaluate the model, collect lessons learned and create a report and guidebook to be distributed to self-advocates and families.

Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria

Building Resilient Neighbourhoods

In 2012,we fostered neighbourhood resilience and action on social, economic and environmental sustainability in the CRD with Transition Victoria, supported by the Vancouver Foundation and Smart Planning for Communities. More than 200 residents from neighbourhood, business, and local government organizations participated in a series of training sessions to develop skills, resources and strategies to strengthen community resilience. Our recent webinar for local gvnts was oversubscribed within hours, demonstrating strong appetite for this project. Evaluation by participants was overwhelmingly positive and has resulted in the design of a 2nd phase of the initiative. The Resilient Neighbourhoods project works with neighbours and citizens to strengthen characteristics of resilience in ways that support neighbourhood connection today and strengthen capacity to respond to challenges in the future. It supports action by working with community groups, businesses, citizens, community organizations and institutions to develop community action on local resilience, community cohesion and wellbeing

Community-Based Research Centre Society

Life Course and Gay Men's Health: Implications for Policy and Programs (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Terry Trussler, Research Director, Community Based reearch centre Society, and Ms. Jody Jollimore, Program Manager, Health Initiatives for Men).

How is health affected by social inequities experienced over the life span of gay and bisexual men? We will undertake a mixed methods study of Gay Generations - the impact of intergenerational experiences with prejudice, discrimination and social change - also the theme of a large sample survey in 2014. This will be a life course study: examining how historical events and geographic locations shape varied experiences among gay age cohorts that result in varied health issues and needs. The survey will be programmed for longitudinal research to track participant health outcomes in future years. The idea has emerged through CBRC and HIM's engagement with gay youth and HIV prevention. Prior research noted that young men of today experience greater social acceptance but also greater homophobic violence than previous generations (Ferlatte et al. 2013). The study will examine this paradox to learn how health outcomes may be affected. The project will engage organizations province wide in the BC Gay Men's Health Summit and Knowledge Exchange activities coordinated through CBRC and HIM's websites. Knowledge about intergenerational differences will contribute to greater understanding of how to work with various age groups of gay and bisexual men – anticipating their value differences and needs. A young investigator team, composed of young people between ages 18-26, will be trained and integrated into all phases of the research. Results to be delivered in presentations at community events, conferences and popular reports. Research Team members: Dr. Rick Marchand, Co-researcher, Mr. Travis Salway Hottes, Co-researcher, Mr. David Le, Co-researcher, and Mr. Olivier Ferlatte, Co-researcher.

Comox Valley Transition Society

'Healthy Masculinity'/'Taking Flight'

Our proposed project is two-fold. The 'Healthy Masculinity' component will include identification of best practices with boys, and focus groups in schools or community settings. The groups will be lead by experienced male leaders, and will explore masculinity and boys' unique needs and challenges. The boys will be invited to be part of an advisory committee to help develop curriculum for pilot groups in the second year of the project. A key aspect of this project is youth engagement. We will encourage the boys to take an active role to best meet their needs. The other component of our project is 'Taking Flight'. This 12 session group will serve young women who are aging out of foster care, moving out on their own, have limited healthy support networks, are at risk of relationship violence, and who are at risk for homelessness or living in poverty. The focus will be on successfully navigating the challenges of transition to adulthood such as access to affordable services, life skills (employment skills, housing, etc.), and maintaining healthy relationships and support networks.

Company Erasga Dance Society

Shifting Geography

Shifting Geography is the dance creation of Co.ERASGA for its 2013-14 season to be presented to Vancouver audiences. This is a new creative project to be created by sharing resources and a vision to build a co-creation between two points of reference, Bonn and Vancouver. This collaboration will see Artistic Director Alvin Erasga Tolentino partner with choreographer Rafaele Giovanola, Artistic Director of Bonn, Germany's COCOONDANCE in a full length collaborative dance work. Using Vancouver and Bonn as the two homes of this dance project, Tolentino and Giovanola will reflect the geographic points of the two cities, continents and environments that influence signify and shape their visions of the body in motion. Research, creation and theatre residencies, production and final performances will take place in Vancouver and Bonn. Referencing the body, the impetus of Shifting Geography is to map, describe and write about the body through movement and dance, to free the body's inner story, marking its relation to time and the varied characteristics it presents in space and place.

Cowichan Community Land Trust Society

The Great Big Bee Garden Challenge

This project begins to restore areas of networked native bee habitat by planting significant areas of a broad range of nectar and pollen producing native plant species, heritage herbaceous perennials and cover crop forages in a number of connected areas. Many of these are species are traditional first peoples food plants that have been pollinated by our 200 species of native bee pollinators for 10,000's of years and thus a key to sustained food security for coastal first peoples. These plants provide realistic quantities of nectar and pollen for native pollinators and restores a very necessary biodiversity in order to meet the nutritional requirements of pollinators for sustained enhanced immune response to current and future environmental stressors. We are organized to accomplish this through timely community education, participation and engagement of all age groups in diverse venues in both urban and rural landscapes in the Cowichan Valley following the guidelines and coaching from organizations such as the very successful Xerces Society of Invertebrate Conservation.

Creston Pet Adoption and Welfare Society

Pet First Aid Course

Walks 'N Wags Pet First Aid Course ( ) is a longstanding national pet first aid program. We will invite Instructor Penny Korethoski of Nelson BC to provide this 10 hour pet first aid instruction course for approximately 25 PAWS volunteers. The course teaches skills for dealing with cat and dog emergencies including: - bleeding, broken bones and other wounds - choking - CPR - recognizing the early signs of illness - ways to prevent injuries and illness - includes a manual and 'quick guide' - certificate provided on completion of exam This program will be of great benefit to the animals at the PAWS shelter as well as educating volunteers and enabling them to provide more complete and effective care for the animals, as well as being able to respond and react appropriately if and when a pet becomes ill or injured. The costs include: registration costs for 25 volunteers at$140.00 each - $3500.00 transportation, food and accommodation for the instructor - $350.00 meeting room rental - $300.00 supplies - $200.00

Workshops on Board Governance, Team Building, and Strategic Planning

Our Board consists of 4 new members and 2 longer term members. Most of the members have not previously sat on boards as complex as the PAWS Board. Our workload is heavy as we act as directors, managers and hands-on volunteers and there are few opportunities for board training in the Creston Area. We have approached REACH (Resource, Education and Consultation Hub)in Nelson to design workshops that will build a strong, cohesive foundation upon which we can respond to the many challenges arising in immediate future. The workshops will include: basic training for directors in the roles and responsibilities of directors; strategies for working through difficult situations; the importance of trust and confidentiality; an opportunity for directors to develop some understanding of how to work together cohesively; and strategies for the next steps in our evolution. REACH has provided Board training to other organizations in the community. As an animal welfare organization we do not qualify for subsidies available to other community organizations.

Dancing on the Edge Festival Society

The Downtown Eastside Animation Project

The Downtown Eastside Animation Project will commission three Vancouver choreographers to create site-specific work for three different outdoor locations within the Downtown Eastside. Within those site works, one will include a community dance project which integrates members of the DTES community. These performance will be shown during the Dancing on the Edge Festival in July 2014. The overall goal of the project is to animate Vancouver's Downtown Eastside with accessible performances which engage and entertain local and non-local residents and promote the culturally diverse and dynamic neighbourhood. The project will work with three choreographers to create commissions for sites within the DTES. Drawing on the success of projects within the 2013 Festival, we will create specific works for the Chinatown Night Market, SFU Woodwards, and CRAB/Portside Park. The Festival, upon realization of funding constraints, is currently considering commissioning work from the following artists: Alvin Erasga Tolentino, Yvonne Chartrand, Josh Martin, Colleen Lanki, Michelle Olson.

Decoda Literacy Foundation

Decoda Literacy Conference

Decoda Literacy Conference

Delta Community Living Society

Leading Employment & Achieving Possibilities - Youth Mentoring Pilot Project

The Leading Employment and Achieving Possibilities (LEAP) pilot project proposes to support young adults transitioning from school to work. We envision a youth mentoring and support framework that will provide formal training for youth with and without developmental disabilities. The youth trained as mentors will then lead structured topics and activities for a group of proteges with developmental disabilities, as well as one-to-one support activities that will help lead the proteges to successful employment. The project will be managed by staff at DCLS Solutions Employment Services, established to respond to the needs of youth and adults who desire meaningful paid employment. DCLS Solutions has been successful in developing a Customized Employment (CE) pilot project which has been sustained beyond the 3-year pilot timeline. DCLS has created a framework for the CE process, data collection, best practices and community partnerships. The outcome of the original pilot resulted in 32 people with developmental disabilities successfully obtaining employment in our community in 4 years.

Documentary Media Society

Motion Picture Film Series

In 2008, DOXA expanded its programming to include The Motion Pictures Film Series, responding to a demand from our audience and partners for ongoing programming. The series offers audiences the opportunity to attend films and actively participate in post-film discussions with the filmmakers and panelists. The 2014 Series will deliver 8-10 screenings, each paired with ancillary programming that is directly aligned to the film’s content and/or style. The discussions are conceived of as a salon-style experience with the filmmaker(s), creative stakeholders, and invited panelists forging active connections between artists and audiences through dialogue and meaningful exchange. In 2014 the series will add new venues, across the Lower Mainland and throughout British Columbia, building province-wide networks and partnerships. DOXA is the only Vancouver-based festival to offer screenings outside of the city and is unique in that it presents films (both Canadian and International) that have not had a commercial release nor been shown in any other local festival event.

Dogwood Rescue Society

Re-homing of Unwanted Senior Dogs

Many elderly dogs are dumped in shelters or left with vets to be euthanized solely because they are old. Most of these dogs will naturally live a healthy and comfortable life for a few years with some basic care. We often have more difficulty finding permanent homes for our older rescued dogs than their younger counterparts. Many low income seniors have the space, time and love to adopt an older dog, but not the money that is needed to fund the care of a pet. Placing a resident pet in a long term care or assisted living facility is also a wonderful idea because both the dog and the humans benefit from the positive and loving relationship that will form. We would require funding for equipment related to the set-up of the senior dog into its new home. Equipment needed: crates, beds, collars, leashes, safety harnesses, grooming equipment, food dishes, pet gates, blankets, towels, pet steps, ramps, and possibly even wheelcarts for dogs that have trouble walking. Any medical needs could be funded by one of our existing programs. All our rescued dogs receive vet attention when needed.

Douglas College Foundation

Towards community inclusion, health and well-being for individuals with lived experience of mental health (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Colleen Reid, Faculty, Douglas College and Ms. Maya Alonso, Leisure and Education Services Coordinator)

In the current context of deinstitutionalization, building a sense of community inclusion is essential for recovery from mental illness. Therapeutic recreation (TR) uses leisure and recreation in individual and group settings to foster community inclusion, health, and well-being. TR's client-centred and strengths-based approaches respect the lived experience of individuals with mental illness. Yet the field of TR, similar to many health promotion professions, has difficulty capturing the impact of its interventions. ODG's Thrive Program, which provides TR services to individuals living with mental illness, has partnered with the TR Department at Douglas College to address gaps in the literature and in practice. In this community-based participatory research project we seek to answer two questions: 1. How do individuals living with mental illness experience community inclusion, health, and well-being? 2. What are meaningful, practical, and relevant ways to represent community inclusion, health, and well-being for those living with mental illness? Individuals living with mental illness will work with undergraduate students from the College to manage the knowledge translation and exchange activities that are woven throughout this project. Project findings will be disseminated to a diverse group of stakeholders via a photo exhibit, e-newsletters, and an evidence-based tool kit that will aid in the design and implementation of TR services for people living with mental illness. Research Team members: Dr. Marina Niks, Evaluation Consultant, Ms. Sarah Moore, Co-Investigator, Dr. Wendy Frisby, Co-Investigator, Dr. Marina Morrow, Co-Investigator, Ms. Janice Spencer, Co-Investigator, Mr. Tom Burnell, Co-Investigator, and Ms. Ania Landy, Project Manager.

Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House

Family Community Kitchens

Funding will allow for a Family Community Kitchen program where nutritionally vulnerable parents and children will come together for six week sessions. Community kitchen groups will meet twice weekly to prepare dishes in large enough quantities so that participants will be able to take away multiple servings of each dish to be warmed up at later times. The program will provide an opportunity for parents to be actively involved in their child's learning in a stable and fun environment. Staff and regular guest educators will support the experience-based learning of children based on the priorities of positive parenting and nutrition. The program will alleviate hunger, nuture positive child development and provide food and nutrition education. Nutrition is very important for everyone, but it is especially important for children because it is directly linked to all aspects of their growth and development - factors which will have direct ties to their level of health as adults. Child development, hunger alleviation and education about healthy eating are the main benefits of this program.

Elizabeth's Wildlife Center Society

TUTT1730 AutoClave

Each year Elizabeth's Wildlife Center takes in birds and animals that need medical treatment. As the center functions with limited volunteers it is essential that medical items be sanitized/sterilized. At the time of this writing there are 13 baby squirrels and 8 baby rabbits that need to be individually fed by tube. All items are being cleaned by hand which is extremely time consuming and takes time away from the care of other animals. In some instances items must be thrown away instead of being reused as they cannot be sterilized. An autoclave would protect the animals medical treatment and would also save the center money by being able to reuse items that would otherwise be thrown away.

Emily Carr University of Art + Design Foundation

Urban Access to Aboriginal Art

Urban Access is planned as a two part project. It begins as a 4-week intensive and inter-generational art and design program that blends studio instruction with cultural studies modules and field-trips. Held from July 2 – 26, 2013, the program will bring together participants to learn five traditional forms of art: carving, drum making, cedar basketry, beadwork, and moose hair tufting. The hands-on modules will be led by elders and senior artists, and will be complemented with field trips, guest artist talks and cultural studies instruction that will bring context and broader knowledge to the studio form itself. Part two involves the video recording of the studio instruction, and the creation of an online open access portal to share the lessons. Recruitment for the program will focus on two principles: engaging urban Aboriginals and ensuring inter-generational knowledge and transfer sharing. To meet these principles, Urban Access will have participants, comprised equally of three groups: high school students; adults 18-35; and adults over 35.

Encompass Support Services Society

Program Coordination and Enhancement for 0-6 Services

This project will address the recent EDI results in the Langley Communities by providing some coordination of programs to further enhance our Aldergrove programs as well as expand programs to a growing neighbourhood in Langley (Willoughby). Utilizing the successes of our programs in Aldergrove and Langley, we would like to support the Langley community planning process through enhancement of services to areas where population growth is occurring. In Willoughby specifically, we would be mirroring services through our prenatal nutrition services, outreach and family resource programs, and aim to partner with an immunization clinic once a week. With expansion of programs and Willoughby being designated as a growing are of need, this coordinator would help develop and enhance a direct service hub within the Willoughby area. By providing nutritional support, it would enhance our Aldergrove Services creating a focus on healthy living.

Environmental Defence Canada

Freshwater and habitat protection through the Blue Flag program

In 2014, we are looking forward to celebrating BC's first ever Blue Flag beach in the community of Harrison Hot Springs. Having qualified as a Blue Flag candidate in August 2011, Harrison Hot Spring's town council voted to certify for the stringent 32 criteria under the international Blue Flag program. We would like to help them attain this prized eco-label, internationally awarded to the world's cleanest, safest beaches and marinas. We are also excited to celebrate BC's first ever Blue Flag beach, and inspire others to protect their aquatic ecosystems. As Harrison Hot Springs' candidacy has attracted local attention, we have since been approached by other BC municipalities about our program. Over the next 3 years, we will invite 15 municipalities to join our Blue Flag program, and walk them through the process by which they can protect their important freshwater resources, while celebrating their communities' environmental commitments. Some of these other freshwater bodies are Shuswap, Okanagan and Cultus Lakes, in addition to many other popular freshwater BC beaches.

Environmental Youth Alliance

The Nectar Trail

Work by local ecologists has shown that corridors connecting habitat islands can lead to large population increases for local pollinators. To this end, we will work with the community to implement a demonstration habitat corridor that links existing pollinator-friendly parks. By supporting local residents to maintain 1000s of pollinator plants and structures along these routes, we will create habitat-rich sites in which bees, butterflies, and birds can thrive. Partnering with the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Park Board, residents, schools, and businesses, the Nectar Trail will link conservation, land use, health, and food, providing a forum for the people of Vancouver to examine urban ecological interdependencies. The project will be created along the newly established Ridgeway Greenway in the section between Vandusen Garden and Queen Elizabeth Park. Connecting the parks with several large pollinator gardens accompanied with onsite interpretive media and environmental art, our demonstration 'Nectar Trail' creates a new model of urban restoration and a unique amenity for Vancouver.

Evergreen Cultural Centre Society

Ancestral Subsistence, Natalie Purschwitz: Exploring Ritual & Collective History

Ancestral Subsistence originated from a desire to involve our community in innovative multidisciplinary art practice. This project will introduce award-winning artist Natalie Purschwitz to Coquitlam, showcase her new work to the lower mainland and engage the general public in participatory performance. Purschwitz is on the forefront of collaborative multidisciplinary art creation. Such practices are becoming more prevalent but there is a belief that they remain inaccessible to those not trained in the arts. We need to further break down barriers by presenting innovative work in a welcoming site such as Evergreen Cultural Centre (ECC). ECC will exhibit key pieces from Natalie Purschwitz's body of work, Trace and Makeshift, as well as her newest work inspired by her international residency at La Cite Internationale des Arts. Purschwitz will create an interactive performance piece, Disambiguation, where she will transform the public's personal items into artwork and engage the public in discourse about contemporary art, sustainability, DIY culture, collaboration and community building.