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Family Services of the North Shore

Connecting a Caring Community - Supporting Quality of Life

This innovative new community based volunteer project was identified and is being developed in partnership with 30+ local residents, volunteers and community partners in order to improve the quality of life for those who are marginalized and isolated as a result of being disabled, nearing end-of-life, or bereaved. It will reduce isolation, advance the health and well-being of individual adults and families, mitigate the effects of poverty, and improve access and linkages to systems of care and support. The volunteers will provide weekly in-home visits, bereavement support groups, telephone companionship calls, walking groups, therapeutic healing modalities (e.g. foot rubs, therapeutic touch, guided meditation) and social activities in collaboration with the needs and wishes of the participants. Volunteers will also gather data through case studies and surveys over 1-3 years to support and inform the development of public policy solutions, in collaboration with our community partners, to create long term systemic change within our community.

Family Support Institute (FSI)

familyWORKs - helping families to see the possibilities in employment

"familyWORKs" is about shifting attitudes. We will work with families to feature/show what is possible in terms of employment.We will work through family barriers. We see a "familyWORKs chapter" in many regions across BC. Our family oriented experience/efforts will enhance our ability to bring a more holistic approach to families in supporting them to develop a vision & action plan when it comes to employment for their loved ones. After engaging with families & supporting the creation of a family governed, family directed "familyWORKs chapter" we will develop and enhance the following: -an established web presence -family driven training with a focus on developing a vision for employment -training on asset based approaches to planning/various planning processes, action plan development, and community driven conversations In the familyWORKs; chapters families will have a voice & vision that can be drawn upon. These chapters will meet each month, share & learn, and develop complimentary individual action plans. We will meet families where they are at and grow from there.

BC Summer Institute for Inclusive Learning

The BC Summer Institute will directly address challenges faced by all individuals touched by inclusive learning. This event is designed to provide a robust learning environment that will facilitate strategic approaches to inclusion and belonging for all students in BC schools from a K-12 level. The Institute will bring together 200-250 professionals, paraprofessionals and families to champion the process of inclusion. Expert presenters will speak on a variety of topics including: Negotiating Parent Professional Partnerships, Universal Design for Learning, Secondary School & Preparing for Life Afterwards, The What, Why and How of Inclusion, Behavior, Literacy, Co-teaching and Leadership and School Culture. In order to achieve greater learning from the various strands of study, registrants are encouraged to attend the institute as a school based team. Facilitated 'Team Time' will support participants through their respective school challenges and guide them to develop team strategies specific to their needs. Ongoing support will be maintained post institute.

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada

Student Citizenship through Shannens Dream

Shannen's Dream is a campaign uniting First Nations and non-Aboriginal peoples to understand the education inequities on reserve and to take action to ensure all children attend good schools and receive a proper education that prepares them to achieve their dreams. The campaign encourages critical analysis of the historic and contemporary relationship between First Nations and others, and provides practical ideas about how to address current inequities. Our project will foster community engagement and student learning about child rights, citizenship, and democratic engagement through suggested learning activities. Awareness of Shannen's Dream will be facilitated through presentations, webinars, the Nstional Film Board documentary “Hi-Ho Mistahey!” and concrete activities like the Our Dreams Matter Too walk on June 11. This project will promote new learning and relationships between First Nations and non-Aboriginal peoples and help ensure that First Nations children in British Columbia have the same educational opportunities that all other children enjoy.

Fraser Health Authority

Improving Access to Primary Health Care in Aboriginal Communities in the Fraser Development Grant (Co-lead Researchers: Ms. Leslie Bonshor, Director, Aboriginal Health, Fraser Health Authority, and Dr. John O'Neil, Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU)

This proposal outlines activities to develop a research proposal for a community-based participatory research study to examine barriers and facilitators to accessing primary health care for Aboriginal communities in the Fraser Health region. Fraser Health communities were extensively involved in the 2011 CIHR project, which identified access to primary health care as a key issue. Further community engagement for the development of a new research proposal will be conducted and additional community members and representatives will be invited to join the research team. We propose a development project from January 2014 to December 2014. The initial phase of the project will focus on community engagement and consultation as well as building the research team and further developing partnerships. The second phase will focus on reviewing the literature, finalizing research questions and writing the grant proposal. Research Team members: Ms. Kelow Edehl and Mr. James George.

Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition

Restoring and Sustaining our Freshwater Resources

Restoring and Sustaining our Freshwater Resources: Creating a Culture for natural healthy communities. FVWC will work with landowners, governments, First Nations, other organizations and communities across the Fraser Valley. The focus is to create a culture around protecting and sustaining our freshwater resources. In order to do so, a number of projects benefiting the different facets of the region and diversity of people, coupled with existing and publicly accepted events, is required. In general, we plan to: -Help identify local and regional level threats to waterways and create a shared information database with a regional/watershed approach. -Monitor water quality/fish presence along key watercourses across the Fraser Valley that contain known salmon spawning, rearing and other rare species. Data will be used to help isolate areas of waterway threats and opportunities. -Host a Manure and Water workshop. -Conduct riparian habitat enhancements throughout the Fraser Valley. -Engage and share knowledge about protecting freshwater resources -Conduct habitat restoration

Friends of the Quesnel and District Museum Archives Society

Integrating digital content into the exhibits of the Quesnel Museum

The objectives of this project is to integrate interpretive content into the existing exhibits of the Quesnel Museum making use of QR codes, to sustain the oral history program - adding a video component, to undertake preliminary research to redevelop our forestry exhibit and to increase access by translating materials. We proposes to develop 50 QR web pages. These will provide an interpretive text and link associated images, audio or video clips to objects on display. A few pages will follow a theme through several exhibits. The purchase of a digital video camera will enable us to film oral histories and integrate segements into the exhbits via the QR codes. During the project the focus of interviews will be on the development of the forest industry in the region. The purpose of the grant is to hire a researcher/writer to conduct interviews and develope the content of the web pages. We will also hire 2 translators: 1 to translate materials into Chinese and the second to translate interviews from Dakelh to English.

Friends Of The Summerland Research Station Gardens

Innovative Landscaping for Water Conservation

Building on the momentum and success of our pilot project, the Friends are requesting assistance with this new phase of our water conservation program as it relates to our community outreach, water conservation survey, demonstration sites and educational programs. The single action that will have the most significant impact on increasing water conservation in the Okanagan Basin is reducing discretionary water use for landscaping. The current Friends’ board and staff are committed to making water conservation a top priority. Our demonstration sites will incorporate innovative solutions to measure and reduce water use and enchance habitat and increase biodiversity. Our outreach will involve residents, community leaders, volunteers and students in applied science activities designed to inform their environmental stewardship. The project will act as an agent of change for sustainable water conservation landscaping and is intended to increase adoption of ecologically based landscaping practices in the region through demonstration, education and strengthening community partnerships.

Fugue Theatre Society


DOG PARK is a musical about savage loneliness. Four dog owners from disparate backgrounds let their dogs run off leash in a designated urban park area at five in the morning each day. Romance and competition lead to antagonism and violence as tension erupts between humans and canines. The first stage of the project is the development of the libretto and music in series of workshops. It originated with a conversation between Artistic Director Laura Di Cicco and librettist, Lucia Frangione; Turning Point Ensemble was approached to provide the live musical performance and a collaborative project was created. Tapestry New Works will also be included development to broaden our outreach. Vancouver is a city in which housing issues continue to play a role in our lives. The project will appeal to a diverse BC audience including those interested in music and theatre, and those interested in how living environments can affect the human condition. The public workshop is one way we can make our work accessible. Full production is scheduled for 2015.

Galiano Conservancy Association

Living Landscapes: Restoring Place, Connecting People Project

The project will implement ecological restoration treatments and conduct restoration planning on Galiano Island with a strong educational and community engagement focus. The project will take place on DL 57, a parcel that was recently acquired by the Galiano Conservancy and is recognized regionally for its high conservation value. The 76 Ha. property supports a diversity of healthy, intact ecosystems and has a history of agriculture, small scale forestry and residential use. The vision for the property includes the creation of the Galiano Learning Centre to provide a venue for multi-day experiential education programs along with long-term research and innovation focused on restoration and sustainable living. The Conservancy has assembled a team of experienced partners and professionals, students and community volunteers to initiate the restoration of a portable mill site, helping to create a thriving forest ecosystem out of hard-packed earth. Our team will also develop a property level restoration plan that is crafted to provide long-term educational and research opportunities.

Gitanmaax Band Council

Youth on Water (YOW!)

The mandate of the Youth on Water! (YOW!) is to educate, empower and engage youth, with a focus on youth at risk, from communities of the Skeena Watershed. We do this by conservation education, job skills training and healthy physical activity during five-day rafting programs on local rivers with certified guides. There are three main goals of the YOW! Program: i) provide a dependable, safe and supportive recreational opportunity with a strong leadership component for Hazelton area youth who are considered at risk and/or marginalized within their family or social situations, ii) provide critical support in the development of the region's future stewards and conservation leaders across geographic and ethnic communities, and iii) educate local youth with regard to the character, location, ecology and diversity of their local river ecosystems. The positive that we have seen in young people attending YOW! has a positive effect on their families and the wider community, including aspects of school life. YOW! was developed by SWCC as a pilot program in Hazelton in 2009.

Gitga'at First Nation

Aboriginal Youth Media Arts Training in Hartley Bay

The proposed 2-year project, 'One Foot in the Past, One Foot in the Future: Aboriginal Youth Media Arts Training in Hartley Bay' will be part of the Young Gitga’at Guardian Program, and will harness and build on youth interest in multimedia projects. The project will provide the skills and motivation necessary to inspire intergenerational learning and improve intercommunity relations. Between 2013-2015 we will empower youth with the skills necessary to employ modern storytelling techniques to capture age-old teachings and traditions. Using photography and film to engage Gitga’at youth with elders and knowledgeable community members presents a novel opportunity to bridge various intergenerational approaches to cultural learning. Gitga'at elders are increasingly unable to participate in cultural harvests and other activities within the territory and thus inhibited in their ability to pass on cultural knowledge and traditions. The proposed project will ensure that important Gitga'at teachings are documented for the benefit of present and future generations.


Engaging Communities in Bluebird Stewardship

This project will build a framework for community involvement through participation, training, and outreach in the Western Bluebird Reintroduction Program. We are re-establishing this locally extinct population through a series of translocations over 5 years, and by installing nestboxes to replace this critical missing habitat element. The population’s long-term viability will largely depend on fostering community support and volunteer action, because most remaining Garry oak habitats are on private property. A highlight of this project is recruiting bluebird volunteers and providing them with formal training at ‘Bluebird Field School’, allowing them to participate in crucial activities: building & monitoring nestboxes; monitoring & reporting nestbox activity; surveying for birds; and improving habitat quality to support biodiversity conservation. This project will develop a comprehensive community outreach program for the final 2 years of translocations, to ensure continued habitat suitability and to serve as a model for other communities re-building populations of rare species.

Gordon & Marion Smith Foundation for Young Artists

"Crossing Continents, Gu Xiong: a Journey through Water" Exhibition and Project

Crossing Continents is a project which will explore the politically-engaged artwork of Gu Xiong within the context of our current "global village" by using the significance of rivers and waterways as symbols for worldwide immigration and a metaphor for the greater ebbs and flows of life. The exhibition will explore the diversity of Canadian culture, the politics and universality of the immigration experience, Chinese-Canadian relations and many other important issues. Audiences will be taken on a journey through the gallery learning of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Tiananmen Square, contemporary immigration experiences, pertinent environmental concerns for our rivers and waterways, and will be encouraged to explore different worldviews.

Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society

Mobile Markets Feasibility Study

To this end, we have adopted a new vision to provide accessible, healthy and sustainable food for all, and a new mission to empower people to nourish themselves by providing access to healthy food, education and training. A central pillar of this new direction is a deeper focus on education and training as it relates to food literacy. Working collaboratively with government, health and community organizations and diverse supporters throughout the city and province, we will work to address the educational gaps around such things as food knowledge, cooking skills, nutrition, healthy food, local fresh food, food preservation and ultimately, food security.

Greater Vancouver Regional District

2014 Metro Vancouver Homeless Count Youth Strategy

In March 2014, the RSCH will conduct a homeless count over a 24-hour period to provide a 'snapshot' of people who are homeless in the Metro Vancouver region. This includes estimating the number of youth who are homeless and obtaining a demographic profile of this population. After the 2008 homeless count, youth agencies expressed concern that youth had been under-represented. They requested the RSCH to develop a strategy specifically to reach homeless youth. Homeless youth are easily missed using approaches for homeless adults. A youth strategy was implemented in 2011. Agencies reported that it resulted in a more accurate estimate of youth homelessness and more youth answered all the survey questions compared to past years. The youth strategy will include: - Youth coordinator - Youth Steering Committee - Youth agencies to encourage homeless youth to ‘count themselves in’ at youth hubs and conduct surveys with homeless youth on the street - with youth volunteers - Youth volunteers for hub events and surveys - Youth involved in analysis, reporting, and evaluation

Green Bricks Education Society

Green Collar Choices:

Career Workshop for Secondary Students to explore Emerging Sustainability Careers Proposed Date: 02/14 Yr 1, 02/15 Yr 2, 02/16 Yr 3 This interactive career workshop will be offered (free) to 125 grade 10 students & will allow participants the opportunity to: - Meet & interact with amazing & successful people who will share their sustainability career paths in 4-5 breakout, roundtable sessions. 20-30 career mentors will share their career journeys, detailing education requirements, job prospects & salary expectations - Learn about emerging sustainability career opportunities in BC - Find out what it takes to reach their goals - Practice networking skills. The purpose of this workshop will be to provide young people with the opportunity to interact with career mentors from various sustainability related professions who have excelled in their green careers and willing to share their journey. The workshop will begin with an inspirational keynote address. During lunch the participants will have a chance to engage in a group activity on networking & conclude with a wrap-up session.

Hastings Community Association

Hastings Sunrise Community Food Network

We are proposing the development of the Food Security Coordinator position based out of the Hastings Community Centre and aim to provide stable funding for this position. Presently we have an interim coordinator who works with a combination of paid hours and volunteer time. Through the guidance of a newly developed Food Security Coordinator position working with the HS CFN steering committee, our aim is to build capacity within the network, learn about the needs in our community and then offer programs, workshops, community services and events that are best suited to our community needs. Examples include a mobile information station to further engage members of our local community, establishing a website and other online opportunities and developing a needs assessment. Our approach will continue to be a capacity-building approach (as supported in past City of Vancouver Greenest City grants) and we hope that with this one-time additional funding we can properly establish a viable and resilient food network in our community.

Hollyburn Family Services Society

Life Success Program

The Life Success Program (LSP) is a transitional housing program that supports homeless transitional aged youth, ages 18-24, to acquire the skills needed to live independently. Key areas of focus include life skills, employment, education, interpersonal relationships and community integration. The Life Success Program gives homeless youth a chance to get on their feet, build skills, and form a web of community resources around them while being encouraged and supported in creating a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Referrals come directly from the young persons themselves, other community resource providers, teachers, social workers, and families. The Life Success Program has access to a variety of groups from the Transition to Adulthood program in support of identified clients goals. The variety of programs provided include the Budget Chef cooking program, Girls Group, the Outdoor Education Program, the Hollyburn / Chill Snowboarding program, a community garden and Hollyburn Hockey Heroes.

Inclusion BC Society

Ready, Willing & ABLE

Ready, Willing & ABLE will work to increase the employment rate of British Columbians with a developmental disability. Our initiative has 3 measurable objectives, and is aligned with CLBC's Community Action Employment Plan. Our role within the CAEP will focus on building employer capacity and changing public attitudes by: 1. Developing and delivering a professional development series, including a "tool kit" for employers, in targeted pilot communities. Designed around the needs of employers, local business leaders will present from their experience about inclusive workplaces. The series, called "Personal Best: Growing the Team, Improving your Profits" will target business owners and CEO's. 2. Linking these employers to Employment Specialists in our member agencies and establishing employer mentoring networks, both locally and provincially. 3. Changing public attitudes by launching an integrated communications campaign called 'We're Ready, Willing and ABLE' highlighting local business leaders and focusing on the business case for hiring people with developmental disabilities.

Independent Living Vernon Spec-Team Assessment Society


ILV is partnered with Neil Squire Society to deliver the EmployAbility program. This program runs 3 days/ week for 12 weeks at a time, 4 times per year. Participants do distance learning on the computer about employment topics, through a virtual classroom (eg. Moodle). In the afternoon, participants have group activities which focus on health and wellness topics: smart shop tours, agency visits, or discuss topics such as communication skills or managing your disability. Consumers are given the choice about what topics are covered, based on what is relevant to them. There is a significant need for one on one support for consumers and increased focus on self esteem. ILV is requesting funding to increase staff support to 5 days/week. This increased time will provide time to offer a 14 week "The Gift of self Esteem" program and additional one on one sessions with consumers. The self esteem program will be one day per week, leaving one full day available for one on one appointments with consumers.

Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria

Youth Voices

Through the Lens: Immigrant Youth Perspectives is a youth-led project that will train 15-20 immigrant youth on film and video on themes of anti-violence, anti-bullying and healthy relationships. Youth will be 13-15 years old. The first phase of healthy relationship training will take place over a weekend retreat in December, 2013 followed by 10 weekly training sessions from January - March, 2014. The second phase of film and video technology and production skills will take place from February - March 2014 and over five half-day sessions during school spring break. During the school spring break the youth will design, film and produce the remaining 10 podcasts. The podcasts will be aired as weekly Internet TV episodes from March-May 2014. The project will be supported by up to five youth peer mentors and the Project Coordinator. The project will run from October 2013-June 2014. This project originated from feedback from youth, teachers, community service providers and local and provincial social issues. Consultations were held with teachers, youth, community service providers.

ITSAZOO Productions Society


Pipeline will be an original production created by some of Canada's leading artists based on Extract: The Pipeline Wars written by the Vancouver Observer. The question explored in the book is one that has been on the forefront of the minds of Canadians for years: should we allow Enbridge to build a pipeline to extract and ship oil from our country and what questions should we be asking about this complex issue? It has been difficult for the average citizen to gather all the information in order to understand the subject and formulate the right questions. Pipeline is an effort in gathering this information and questions it in human terms. The implications extend into bigger questions, the most profound being 'HOW ARE WE MEANT TO LIVE?'. Extract examines the environmental, social and economic effects of the potential pipeline and makes it a priority to represent a wide variety of individuals from different sides of the argument from first nations communities to Stephen Harper. We will animate these voices on stage in an attempt to illuminate this vital issue for the public.

John Howard Society of Victoria

Feeding Ourselves and Others Therapeutic Community Garden Project

After being approached by members of the community last year, our society began a new type of project – a therapeutic community garden designed with and for some of our most isolated and vulnerable citizens. They included people suffering from mental illnesses, addiction issues and others with a history of homelessness, many of whom were heavy users of police and emergency services and/or were offenders at risk of re-offending. Our organization was chosen because of its extensive experience working with many of these people. With support from VIHA’s innovative ACT (Assertive Community Treatment) and VIC Outreach Teams, together with members of the Victoria Integrated Court (VIC) subcommittee, we piloted a very successful community garden at Seven Oaks Care Facility. It involved 16 participants together with community volunteers and VIHA support staff. Having proven that this model works, we now are working to establish a larger, permanent and sustainable therapeutic and income generating community garden that will serve as a model for others to learn from and emulate.

Karen Jamieson Dance


To fund year 3, the creation, production and performance stage of the new dance work solo|soul, bringing to fruition the in-depth research processes of the past 2 years solo|soul is a solo dance work to be created by and for Karen Jamieson. Choreography will be developed from the 2 year progression of dialogue with colleagues, engaging in a series of 'danced conversations' that involved the community in creating new research processes. The work is concerned with transformation from inside out, the body as a temporary garment, and the transition from muscular to energy body that is demanded by the process of aging. Karen Jamieson will perform and tour solo|soul starting in July 2014 throughout BC, Canada and Europe. -Time is running out for me. My body, the sole repository of rich dance experiences of a lifetime, is aging. Yet my understanding of the meaning and significance of the work that I have been doing these past years grows. There is a race going on “ to render this understanding into choreographic form before my body ceases to be an expressive vehicle." Karen Jamieson