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Richmond Family Place Society

Family Fun Cafe Project

The Family Fun Cafe project will provide free nutritious home cooked meals and healthy snacks to those families accessing the evening food banks. The project will deliver a family resource program focussing on family support, early learning and child development activities. The project will reach vulnerable and isolated families that do not typically access our universal family resource programs; in addition to this over time the project will facilitate a bridge for those families to more actively participate in mainstream family resource and early childhood development programs. By participating in this innovative project children will receive programming that is developmentally appropriate, enhance their learning, build their skills and confidence, increase their self-esteem and build strong supportive networks. Programs focus on learning through fun activities that are play based and provide opportunities for social and emotional development. The project will focus on providing parents with the necessary skills and resources to ensure their children reach their full potential.

Richmond Food Bank Society

Mapping Impact of Food Deserts in Richmond

Research shows that in every municipality there are areas where food is difficult to access due to factors that include the placement of food stores (supermarkets, greengrocers, farmers markets, etc...) and the ability of local residents to physically access these spaces (walking, transit, bicycling). Because suburban development in Richmond’s history has focused on roads and the automobile, procuring food can be difficult for those who rely on other forms of transit. There are a number of vulnerable neighbourhoods in Richmond that continue to be underserved for food services. These neighbourhoods have fewer supermarkets, or none at all, nor other retail outlets providing more than a minimal selection of affordable, nutritious foods. In contrast, these neighbourhoods are dominated by convenience stores and fast food restaurants. In one East Richmond neighbourhood, local residents rely on a drugstore for food staples.

Richmond Gateway Theatre Society

Gateway to the Pacific Festival

The inaugural Gateway to the Pacific Festival will be a showcase of world-class contemporary theatre from Hong Kong. Over 10-days in August 2014, the Gateway Theatre in Richmond, BC will present 3-plays that will be performed in Cantonese with English surtitles. Concurrent with this programming will be the Gateway Pacific Conservatory, a professional development program comprising professional actors from across Canada. Future iterations of the Gateway to the Pacific Festival will see the addition of programming in Mandarin with English surtitles. The Gateway to the Pacific Festival originated as part of the Gateway 15-year plan, titled Gateway 2028. Over the next 15-years, Gateway Theatre will develop programming that is more connected to the cultural landscape of the City of Richmond. The Gateway to the Pacific Festival is an integral component to the start of our new vision for our theatre. The festival is needed in our community because as the only professional theatre company based in Richmond, we have a responsibility to celebrate our city's cultural diversity.

Rivercity Players Society

Rivercity Players Studio Upgrade

For the past ten years we've been renting a small studio where we keep props, sets, costumes, script library, office, workshops and rehearsal space. Now that we own the building we want to hold public performances without the need to use the more-expensive Tidemark Theatre. The City of Campbell River Fire and Building Inspectors have approved a renovation plan that addresses the need for the following upgrades: wheelchair accessible washroom, fire-rated emergency egress hallway, theatre seating with wider aisles and steps and electrical services brought up to code. We need the grant to buy materials, technical trades and services. Our volunteer base does not have the expertise to complete the improvements to code. We have a commitment from volunteers for 144 hours/week until the project is completed. We have engaged a ticketed plumber/gas fitter and a ticketed electrician, who are both willing to be assisted by volunteers. The safety upgrades required by the building inspector are being considered first. This funding request will provide the electrical upgrades.

Renovations to Rivercity Players - Fire Sprinkler System

The fire sprinkler installation will be completed in segments to minimize the disruption to our theatre season. The first segment will involve installing water lines above the lobby, the 'house', the stage and then the washrooms, prop room, wardrobe room and paint room following the plan laid out by Avalon Engineering. Much of this work can be done by our experienced reno team, as it is all accessible without the need for bulkheads. The next segment involves installing a dedicated hydrant at the front of the building. This ensures adequate water pressure in the event of a fire. In addition to the water source, we will be installing a fire alarm system. The last segment will be connecting to the city water main. This work will be undertaken by the city works department. The timeline for the project reflects projected capital income.

Rivershed Society of BC

Sustainable Living Leadership Program

The Sustainable Living Leadership Program (SLLP), our flagship program, trains, engages & inspires BC’s environmental leaders of tomorrow through a month long experiential learning program on the Fraser River. The SLLP equips them with skills to become effective leaders who identify & address challenging conservation & sustainability issues. The river becomes a floating classroom as they camp along its banks & experience firsthand its flora, fauna & ecosystems, and learn about watersheds (water cycle, watershed planning & management), the Fraser River (history, issues & challenges), salmon (lifecycle, issues, fisheries management) & resource use (forests, oil, value-added) while getting hands-on experience in ecology and biology. They identify changes in the landscape, discuss the impact and merits of power generation, engineering controls, energy conservation and sustainable choices. They develop leadership skills in team building, conflict resolution, communication & critical thinking, and each complete a community sustainability action plan, which they implement in their home town

Rosario Ancer Flamenco Arts Society Flamenco Rosario

La Monarca (The Monarch and the Butterfly Effect)

La Monarca is a groundbreaking contemporary Flamenco work tracing the chain of events that brought Ms. Ancer, husband and creative partner Victor Kolstee and their children to Spain from Mexico, then to Vancouver and the impact of living between three continents. It explores themes of migration and dislocation, endurance and resistance and the passing of knowledge through the allegorical symbol of the monarch butterfly. La Monarca research began in 2012 through a DanceLab residency at Vancouver's Dance Centre with dramaturge Katrina Dunn, media artist Tim Matheson and Lighting Designer Gerald King working at incorporating movement, light and image into a cohesive aesthetic whole displaying the order and patterns found in the seeming chaos of flamenco expression. With La Monarca, the company continues creating work challenging held perceptions on flamenco and strengthening a broad understanding of dance arts in our communities. This proposal aims at securing the final development phase and presentation of La Monarca beginning next July and premiering in November at the 2013 VIFF.

Rumble Productions Society

Indian Arm

Rumble Theatre has commissioned and will produce a new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's 19th Century classic play, 'Little Eyolf'. The new script will be written by local playwright, Hiro Kanagawa, will be titled 'Indian Arm' and will incorporate Tsleil-Waututh mythology. The source play tells the story of a family that is forced to renegotiate their lives in the wake of a child's death. They meet their own prejudices about the world head-on and pledge to contribute to their community in the spirit of "human responsibility". 'Little Eyolf' asks an important question that can spur relevant dialogue in our home city: "How do we live together?". Placed in a local, present context the narrative becomes an ideal vehicle to stimulate discourse on how Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples can live together, how the privileged majority tends to "otherize" those not sharing their silo and how we share a natural environment. Rumble will develop the script and then produce the play in our 14-15 season in association with the Arts Club Theatre (pending).

Salt Spring Island Community Services

New Beginnings

New Beginnings is a vocational development program for adults with employment barriers. It provides individual and group-based training and support, work experience placements, and supported work search. The target group is marginalized and vulnerable people including those with disabilities, mental health issues, addictions, social isolation, poverty, and limited life skills. A second program priority is finding or developing positive, flexible and accommodating work placements for experience and entry level paid employment. The program has been overwhelmed with both the numbers and complexity of need of participants. Half of the people applying or referred to the program have chronic mental health, disabilities/autism complicated by many other challenges such as inadequate housing and poverty. On the other hand there is a rapidly increasing food security movement in the community which brings many entry level work opportunities. It is our intention to develop a farm/garden skills component to the program designed specifically for the participants with the highest needs.

Salt Spring Island Conservancy

Restoration of Freshwater Habitats in the Cusheon Lake Watershed on Salt Spring

After a year of fundraising and enormous community support, SSIC acquired the Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve, 32 acres in the Cusheon Lake watershed with outstanding biodiversity values and opportunities to preserve water quality through restoration of its streams and wetlands. Blackburn Lake delivers most of Cusheon Lake's water, which provides drinking water to hundreds of households and has recurring toxic algal blooms that threaten water quality. Restoration of Blackburn Lake will positively impact the health of this watershed. This project addresses the Cusheon Watershed Management Plan goal of decreasing phosphorous inputs by: a) Creating a restoration demonstration site on Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve, including: Increasing wetlands buffers to allow sediments to settle; fencing to allow establishment of areas with high deer browse; invasive species control. b) Delivering a workshop: Invite public to attend workshop by a specialist to learn restoration techniques. c) Completing riparian mapping in watershed: to prioritize future work.

Save Animals Through Rescue and Adoption (S.A.R.A.)

Replace flooring

The floor in the Bird room is rotting and needs to be replaced as soon as possible. Walking on this floor could result in an injury by foot going through floor. If floor gives away it's possible animals could escape through hole in floor.

School District #39 - Vancouver

The Digital Storytelling Exchange

This pilot program would bring together high school students from Templeton Secondary in East Vancouver and the Bella Bella Community School on Heiltsuk Nation territory. Twelve participants would be recruited, forming project groups composed of members from each school. Facilitators and guest artists from both communities would then guide participants through a collaborative online process to identify issues of shared concern. Using tried-and-true documentary techniques, in conjunction with cutting-edge web platforms, the groups would embark on a journey to explore socially relevant, non-fiction stories -- with the goal of using film and community dialogue to cultivate positive change. The East Van contingent would travel to Bella Bella for a week of production, living with host families and participating in guided cultural learning experiences. The group would then travel together to Vancouver by ferry and continue with another week of filming, editing and bonding. The finished projects would be screened in both communities, with the option to distribute online.

Enriching Heritage Fairs

Heritage Fairs is a national program that has become a fixture in BC schools. For years the Fairs have inspired grade 4 to 10 students to explore and enjoy aspects of Canada’s heritage. While Heritage Fairs have been highly successful, our consultations with community partners, including program designers, regional coordinators and teachers, reveal interest in expanding the appeal and enriching the educational value of Fairs. This involves encouraging more rigorous historical thinking in projects; examining more substantive topics to deepen students’ understanding of Canadian heritage, and nurturing qualities of engaged citizenship. We propose a two-pronged approach: 1) develop two online teacher resources: embedding historical thinking (65 pages, including 6 lesson plans) and enhancing inquiry in social studies (40 pages and 6 PowerPoint tutorials); 2) offer 20 one-to-two hour professional development opportunities (14 face-to-face and 6 online sessions) to support 400 teachers in Vancouver and around the province in infusing enhanced Heritage Fairs projects into their teaching.

School District #43 - Coquitlam

Red Wolf Spirit Adventures

The Coquitlam School District Aboriginal Education (CSDAE) in partnership with Outward Bound Canada will facilitate together an outdoor education program that will balance adventure based learning with cultural teachings. Red Wolf Spirit Adventures will be facilitated in two separate programs; the Suwa'lkh Learning Centre (SLC) and the Aboriginal Youth Leadership Council (AYLC) The Suwa'lkh Learning Centre is hosted by SD#43 Aboriginal Education. The program is inclusive; however, Aboriginal students comprise approximately 98% of the 35 students attending this school. This program provides a more personalized learning environment for students. Youth at this school have typically had more personal challenges to overcome in their lives. The AYLC is comprised of Aboriginal students in grades 9 and 12 that are viewed as having positive leadership qualities. For the current school year we have 48 enrolled students in this programThe objective of this group is to continue developing their leadership skills through planning and hosting community events as a way of giving back.

School District #83 - North Okanagan- Shuswap

Coyote Cafe - after School Literacy Program

Coyote Cafe is an after school reading program, which our Aboriginal Education department implements in partnership with Literacy Alliance, Okanagan Library, and the First Nations Education Council. Currently, the elementary program is implemented for 25 weeks in 4 of our most vulnerable schools. The mandate is to provide literacy support to struggling readers; helping to boost their reading skill, confidence, and enjoyment. This program has proven successful with elementary readers; therefore, we would like to extend this program to our 3 middle schools in order to increase middle school students reading success. Coyote Cafe success lies in the structure of the program. Coyote Cafe meets twice a week providing students with a healthy snack, group reading, and one to one reading support, literacy games and special activities which include trips to the library, and outdoor activity. The program is based on a strong cultural practice of drumming, songs and enriched Aboriginal content material. Not only does students' stamina for reading increase but their love of reading does too!

Science Fair Foundation of BC

Quest for Science Fair Champions

This is the second year of a multi-year program, Quest for Science Fair Champions (Quest), designed to equip the science teachers of BC, from K-12, with the tools to implement inquiry-based instruction in their classrooms. In year one of the program, we recruited 20 teachers from 7 of the 14 Science Fair regions to 4 Smarter Science workshops held in Vancouver that provided these teachers with the skills to train their colleagues in inquiry-based science teaching. In turn, they provided shorter workshops to more than 500 additional teachers & are continuing this work. In year two, we expect to complete our coverage of the Province by holding the Smarter Science workshop component of the Quest program in Kelowna, Prince George & Fort St. John. As well, in partnership with the Office of Indigenous Education, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University (SFU), we will make a concerted effort to recruit teachers from areas with large concentrations of Aboriginal students, throughout the Province, in order to increase the participation rate of these students in the Science Fair program.

Sea to Sky Community Services Society

Innovations for Improved Mental Health in Sea to Sky

The project will build capacity of agencies, communities and volunteers to advance the health and well being of adults and families through education, dialogue, communication and other forms of awareness building within each community. A major event will help the groups plan together. The work will engage individuals affected to the extent that they are able to participate. The proposal builds on our many strengths in Sea to Sky by connecting with initiatives underway and acting collaboratively to avoid duplication. Our community recognizes the importance of a continuum of services ranging from prevention, effective response and relapse prevention and engaging the community. In Sea to Sky (StS)we have a number of initiatives focusing on primary prevention with younger ages, but less focusing on young adults, adults and families as a whole. The family piece of this proposal will serve as a bridge between some of those initiatives. The dialogue across sectors and initiatives will foster deeper connection and understanding that will strengthen action plans.

SFU - Centre for Dialogue

Moving in a Livable Region: Investing in Transportation for a Growing Economy

The SFU Centre for Dialogue through Carbon Talks will work with key stakeholders to undertake an extensive third-party public consultation on funding options, decision-making models, and planning tools for regional transportation. The ultimate goal of this project is to develop a sustainable funding regime for transportation for Metro Vancouver, and by extension a model for other urban jurisdictions. Carbon Talks will gather and analyze data on funding options, decision-making models, and planning tools through opinion research and extensive citizen consultation. Those options that are most favoured by residents will be compiled into a policy framework, then advanced through knowledge mobilization and government relations. A communications strategy will raise the public’s awareness about the funding options, the vision, and the decision-making structures that govern transportation.

Simon Fraser University

Place-Making with Seniors: Towards Meaningful Affordable Housing (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Andrew Sixsmith, Director, Gerontology Research Centre, SFU, and Mr. Jack Mulleny, Volunteer, Kiwanis Seniors Society)

Housing that is not only affordable but also supportive of the psycho-social needs of seniors is fundamental to the health and well-being of our aging population. Community consultation has identified the need for housing interventions that build 'sense of place', ascribed through access to supports to keep mentally and physically active, opportunities to build social capital and facilitating an enhanced role for seniors in the design process. To address these needs our research will: (i) understand how sense of place is experienced by older adults transitioning into affordable housing (ii) translate resident experiences into formal and informal supports that foster meaningful aspects of place, and (iii) create a role for older people as active 'placemakers' in community planning and development. This project builds upon a strong partnership of local government, planners and developers, seniors's; services and Kiwanis seniors who are involved in the design of the affordable housing development & 'Kiwanis Towers'. The project represents a timely opportunity to build skills and capacity and embed residents' preferences in the design process. To ensure the meaningful engagement of older adults we will use a community-based participatory research approach, training residents as co-researchers and using participant-led research methods. The project will develop a Sense of Place Development Guide that has broader applicability in the design of housing supports for seniors. Research Team members: Ms. Dena Kae Beno, Project Team Member, Dr. Judith Sixmith, Academic Advisory, Dr. Ryan Woolrich, Researcher, and Mr. Brian Dagneault, Project Team Member.

Simon Fraser University - Centre for Restorative Justice

Restoring Community Through Restorative Justice: A Demonstration Project

This project aims to strengthen community engagement and connection to prevent further harm in the continuing aftermath of the Vancouver Stanley Cup riot. A restorative justice process will be implemented as a parallel process to the sentencing of rioters in court. The need for this project emerged following the Integrated Riot Investigation Team's promise to hold offenders accountable, along with requests from offenders seeking opportunities to make amends directly to victims of the riot. While the criminal justice process focuses on the past, restorative justice puts its energy into the future. It focuses on what needs to be healed, what needs to be repaired, what needs to be learned in the wake of the riots. In other words, it looks at what needs to be strengthened if such things are not to happen again. 20 offenders, together with victims and community members, will be provided with an opportunity to participate in a restorative justice process. Research has found that restorative justice increases confidence in the justice system while reducing crime and trauma to victims.

Simon Fraser University - Faculty of Education

Eco City Youth

Help youth to approach the ecological challenge caused by urban densification. Conduct training workshops for youth to organize and facilitate Co-Design workshops to: 1. Improve their school grounds at Spectrum; adding outdoor storage and outdoor teaching areas. 2. Design a natural space as part of urban life, defining how they would use it and the environments for their activities 3. Design an urban open space, defining how they would use it and the environments for their activities Tour and study Camosun Bog, an example of a natural area within the city that is being restored and maintained by an urban community with the help of youth. Tour and study Robson Square, an example of a civic space that was designed with the participation of youth using the Co-Design process as recorded by NFB, the same process they used in the design of improvements to their school grounds/ Demonstrate the program at a teacher professional development day to show how educators might include this program as part of the BC Sustainability Curriculum. Publish resources on the internet.

Small Animal Rescue Society of BC

Rabbit Shelter Insulation project

With this grant, we would like to be able to finally *properly* insulate our rabbit shelter. Our shelter is in the Fraser Valley and as a result, it is often hotter in the summer & cooler in the winter. After having done research on insulation possibilities and insulation companies, we found Greer Spray Foam ( They are proud installers of green insulation systems using WALLTITE®, a 2 lb. density polyurethane spray foam that acts as an air barrier & vapour barrier (therefore will not allow moisture to pass through). They are BBB A-rated company that has experience using this product to insulate Quonset huts. Additionally, they have also offered to work with us to be able to offer a discounted price that would fall within the funding range of the grant.

Society for Affordable Housing Education, Awareness and Development

Building Supports: Equitable access to housing services for immigrant and refugee women leaving violence (Co-lead Researchers: Ms. Jill Atkey, Research Director, BC Non-Profit Housing Association, and Dr. Margaret Jackson, Director, FREDA Centre, SFU)

Through a joint program of research exploring the housing barriers for women leaving violence, BCNPHA and BCSTH understood that immigrant/refugee women have unique barriers to housing. We also know that immigrant/refugee women are under-represented in transition houses, but the reasons were unclear. Little research has explored the specific barriers to housing for immigrant and refugee women leaving violent relationships. The need for further research was identified by these community-based organizations. This three-phase project aims to understand the barriers in accessing short- and long-term housing for immigrant and refugee women leaving violent relationships, and to examine practices and policies that can facilitate the removal of barriers to safe, secure and affordable housing. This project will address the following research questions: (a) What are the experiences of immigrant and refugee women in attempting to secure housing that is safe, affordable and culturally-appropriate after leaving domestic violence? (b) What practices can be developed to improve transition house workers’ ability to support immigrant and refugee women to access longer-term safe, affordable and culturally-appropriate housing based on the knowledge generated from question (a)? (c) What provincial and federal policy solutions can be created to reduce or eliminate the barriers that exist for immigrant and refugee women in accessing long-term housing? Research Team members: Dr. Katherine Rossiter, Researcher, Ms. Laurie Parsons, Researcher, and Ms. Hannah Lee, Researcher.

Society for Children and Youth of BC

Municipal Strategies for Implementing Child and Youth Friendly Communities

The concept of child and youth friendly communities (CYFC) is “not based on an ideal end state or a standard model. It is a framework to assist any city to become more child-friendly in all aspects of governance, environment and services*.” SCY will partner with the City of New Westminster (NW) and The City of Surrey Community and Recreation Services Department (CRS) to implement this concept. Results will be unique to each community depending on their particular needs and the stage to which they have already implemented CYFC concepts. NW is interested in an overarching CYFC vision to attach its initiatives and to engage more children, youth, and families in planning the CYFC vision. They have a particular interest in guidelines around family friendly housing. CRS is interested in how the CYFC vision and their existing city Child and Youth Friendly Strategy can shape the implementation of their 0-18 Framework, including staff training and department policies and practices. *BUILDING CHILD FRIENDLY CITIES, A Framework for Action (page 2-3), UNICEF, 2004

Society of Semiahmoo Animal League

It's when times are tough that we need our pets the most

SALI is producing a video series that promotes the message, 'It's when times are tough that we need our pets the most.' These videos will share stories of people in our community who have fallen on tough times and who depend on their pets for love, support, and hope. Videos have become an essential component of a complete marketing plan for not-for-profits. We would like to produce a total of 3 videos within a three year period. Each year will target one specific at-risk group that SALI works with. 1st year: Seniors 2nd year: Homeless & Poverty 3rd year: Women & Children Fleeing violence Our project this year is to produce a video highlighting our work with seniors and their companion animals. It will relay the message that pets play an important role in the life of seniors. SALI feels that this message will enhance the message of Animal Rescue groups that promote the humane care of homeless animals.