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SOS Children's Village British Columbia (Canada) Society

Transition to Adulthood

Support for youth in developing independence has been minimal in our region, SOS BC became aware of the gaps in service through our own experience with youth living in our Village, we initiated the Transition to Adulthood program targeting youth 16 - 24 years of age in 2012. Our proposal is expansion of our program increasing our case management capability from 14 to 30. This would allow us to work with young adults before, during, and after their tenancy in our five new transitional housing suites insuring a consistency of involvement with these young people that they may not have experienced within the youth services programs prior. The program is voluntary with low barrier access and youth self refer. The youth guide the process and identify friends, family members and/or other professionals as partners in supporting them. Initially, a Casey Life Skills assessment is completed to provide a baseline assessment on each youth and establish goals. Youth workers provide direct support for the youth The curriculum includes: Civil rights, Tenancy, Personal safety, among other topics.

Standing Wave Society

1000 Times This

1000 Times This is a concert of contemporary chamber music exploring rationality and spirituality in music, pushing the limits of each and examining common ground between the two concepts. We will premiere two new works on this program. On Tablets of Human Hearts, by emerging Calgary composer Joel Balzun, and Emmy Noether by Montreal's Michael Oesterle, a commission financially supported by Mark Halpern of the UBC Department of Physics and Astronomy. A recipient of the Gruber Cosmology Prize for his work in cosmological acoustics, Halpern is funding a commission drawing on his work. Oesterle's work is a tribute to German mathematician Emmy Noether, known for her groundbreaking contributions to abstract algebra and theoretical physics. The other cornerstone of the concert, inspired by Balzun's theological studies, explores questions of morality and altruism. We will present an open rehearsal UBC to which students of both science and music departments will be invited. Also, Oesterle will be present for a workshop of his piece at UBC School of Music.

Steps Forward - Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Society

Farm Cycles: Employment and Sustainable Farming Communities

In this pilot project, STEPS Forward will work in collaboration local urban farmers to take community inclusion to the next step. In response to students' request to be more involved in the vibrant farming community in the Okanagan, this project will support this community to increase its capacity to include young adults with diverse challenges in valued roles and paid employment. The local food movement has the potential to be a space where people with different abilities can work together to become financially sustainable, meet like minded friends, and lead more ecologically sustainable life styles. The Farm Cycles Project will focus on supporting alumni and current UBCO students with developmental disabilities by seeking ongoing employment opportunities in food production, marketing and agriculture. They will have the opportunity learn about the organizations and resources for sustainable food-related issues in the Central Okanagan and how to work together towards common goals.

Summerland Cat Sanctuary Society

Cat Sanctuary Renovation; Project White Room

Cat Sanctuary Renovation; Project White Room Critteraid is presently requiring additional funding to make the shelter easier to maintain and healthier for our cats. Improved ventilation, non-porous flooring, and furniture with easy-to-clean surfaces make up the main portion of the renovation project. They are improvements that represent a relatively low cost for a high benefit, including an environment easier for our volunteers to maintain, which translates to good hygiene and a healthier environment for our cats.

Sunset Community Association

Arts Health Project: Healthy Aging Through The Arts

The project seeks to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable and marginalized seniors through regularly scheduled arts programming that promotes inclusion, community cohesion and connectedness within and across culturally and socially diverse communities. The seniors work with a professional artist, explore and build skill in a creative medium, e.g. dance, theatre or painting. Through their collaborative creative work the seniors share life stories, develop understandings and build trust. Twice each year the seniors present a public performance or exhibition of their art. This provides the opportunity for the broader community to understand and appreciate this work and Seniors feel that they are contributing to their culture. The Community of Practice workshops and meetings are designed to help the artists and project staff share information and develop their ability to deliver this collaborative arts programming. It is a goal of the project to demonstrate how collaborative art is a key contributor to health for the individual senior as well as the community at large.

Surrey Art Gallery Association

Ruptures in Arrival: Art in the Wake of the Komagata Maru

2014 marks the centenary of the 2 month long forced detention and ultimately rejected request to make landfall by a boat of 376 Indian migrants in the spring and early summer of 1914. The "Komagata Maru incident" has come to reflect a critical moment in Canadian history, recalling the federal government's racist immigration policies and general discriminatory sentiments among certain quarters of the Canadian population during the early decades of the twentieth century. Over time, the "incident" has become an important locus for conversations on Canadian history and identity, and a formative event in relation to Asian and especially South Asian Canadian community building. The "incident" and its related histories of migration and conflict is a reoccurring subject for many Canadian visual artists over the past quarter century. This project will consist of a group exhibition, symposium, film screenings and publication that feature artists and artworks that directly address the history of the "incident" and related moments of mass arrival by migrants to Canada.

The Arts Club of Vancouver Theatre Company

Helen Lawrence, A Cinematic Stage Work

Helen Lawrence is an ambitious and innovative new work. World renowned visual artist Stan Douglas, award-wining screenwriter Chris Haddock (Da Vinci's Inquest) and internationally acclaimed stage and film director Kim Collier are co-creating what will be the crown jewel in the Arts Club's 50th season. Inspired by post-war Film Noir, Helen Lawrence intertwines theatre, visual art, live-action filming and computer-generated recreations of historical backgrounds for a groundbreaking multi-media showcase. With Canadian Stage and the Banff Centre as co-producers, we will develop and workshop the piece in 2013 and will premiere the new play in March 2014 at the Stanley Theatre. While Helen Lawrence represents our largest ever investment in a new play, we have undertaken this project as part of our 50th season because it serves our commitment to develop new work, it reveals an important part of our local history, it underscores our commitment to the evolution of the art form and because the collaboration of such an incredible artistic team must be supported.

The Canadian Council of the Blind BC - Yukon Division

Live Audio Description Project

VocalEye describes live theatre performance for audience members with vision loss. A team of 2 describers views each performance 3 times each, taking notes on the design elements (set, characters, props and costumes) and the action. They describe the show, live, through an FM radio signal. The Project Manager is responsible for coordination, scheduling and supervising describers and Theatre Buddies, theatre agreements, leading Touch Tours, testing equipment, assisting patrons, attendance records, patron feedback, promotion and outreach. An e-newsletter containing information about the each show, plot synopsis, reviews, program notes, company bios and advance descriptions of the set, characters and costumes is produced in 3 accessible formats. New in Canada, a great deal of education and innovative outreach is required via presentations, demonstrations and support materials in large print, braille and audio formats. Theatre Buddies escort patrons to and from the venue. Touch Tours invite patrons to explore the set, touch selected props and meet cast and crew after the show.

The Children's Foundation

Chili, Chai and Chat Family Nights

This pilot will respond to the need for parents to informally engage with each other, mingle, share experiences and acquire parenting skills. The pilot will operate out of the existing “MyZone” (low cost low barrier after school drop in program offered by the City of Surrey) at Guildford Recreation Center.The City of Surrey has committed to working with community partners to use the My Zone programs as an aopportunity to outreach to parents to provide specific connecting activities; community dinners, parent education and other activities.MyZone staff have already developed relationships with parents/caregivers of children who are enrolled in the after school programs at Guildford. OPTIONS Services to Community and The Children’s Foundation will collaborate to provide a range of supports including: a part time outreach worker that connects with the children’s parents/cargivers and identifies new parents; develops weekly activities and monthly community family dinners; a parent educator to identify facilitate parent driven parenting education and support sessions.

The Circle Salt Spring Education Society

Peace Kids

Peace Kids Program (PK) is a promising new anti-bullying initiative that will engage students in grades 4, 5, and 6 in School District 64 (SD# 64) in skill-building social and emotional learning (SEL) to assist them in developing a tangible and much needed exploration of peace in the family, at school, within themselves, and in future relationships. From our 15 years of research, we know that the younger children receive preventive education and skill-support, the stronger, longer-lasting and more formative the effects will be on their well-being, health and peaceful relating to others. For the past 13 years SWOVA’s Respectful Relationships (R+R) Program has delivered its United Nations cited good practice, youth violence prevention program to over 10,000 youth in BC. We have been asked by major stakeholders in SD# 64 including parents, young people and other community professionals who work within the prevention field, to begin working with younger children. Peace Kids will grow our existing work into our elementary and early middle school schools community.

The Cultch

The East Van Panto Project

The Cultch will commission a group of East Vancouver-based artists to create a new show drawing on the traditions of the classic Pantomime. The show will officially open the newly renovated York Theatre for Christmas 2013, with the intention that it will go on to become a Holiday tradition, running at the York every year during the holidays, and creating a legacy for East Vancouver, and for the York. The three commissioned artists will be Meg Roe (Director), Amiel Gladstone (Playwright), and Veda Hille (Composer / Lyricist). They and a cast of East-side artists will undertake a 2-week workshop process in the late summer of 2013 to create the script, books, and music. This will then be followed by a three week rehearsal process in November, and a four-week run as the official opening show at the York Theatre in December. Our creative team is tasked with choosing a classic panto storyline, riffing on it, pulling it apart, putting it back together and building it into a show that has grown out of our neighbourhood and takes advantage of the quirky architecture of the York Theatre.

The Land Trust Alliance of British Columbia

BC Conservation Toolkit

The Conservation Toolkit will be targeted toward four distinct user groups: land trusts, landowners, local governments and professional advisors (realtors, accountants, lawyers). The Conservation Toolkit will be an online/print repository of documents, hosted by the LTABC, related to work of land trusts (specifically in BC, but with broader applications as well). Each section of the Toolkit will provide templates and sample documents related to the legal, financial and policy tools available for conservation in BC. The Toolkit (in particular the Landowner Toolkit) will include online videos on topics such as conservation covenants. Where possible, sample documents will be solicited from LTABC member land trusts and other partners. However, it is anticipated that additional work will be required to create or refine templates and information for different sections of the Toolkit. Where relevant, connections will be made between existing and related tools, such as the Canadian Land Trust Standards and Practices and Greening Your Title.

The Only Animal Theatre Society

Nothing But Sky

Nothing But Sky is an original theatre piece inspired by the life story of Joe Shuster, the Canadian artist who first created Superman. The world of the play is a drawn world expressing the artist's inner experience of living in line and feeling through paint. Joe and his partner, Jerry, the Superman writer, and Joanne, the original model for Lois Lane, together form an intense love triangle that ensnares them for 60 years. This plays out in the panelled world of a living comic book onstage, which often cracks open revealing the violence and heroism that exists in their friendship/love. The scenography follows the stages of creation of a comic, blank page to pencil to ink to colour as we stage the biographic events of the rocketing ride of these creators to the ascendancy of Superman's fame. This dizzying ride is followed by a crash as the rights for Superman are ripped away. Meanwhile Joe is going blind. Part biography, part love song to the creative process, part living comic book: our company is using innovative technical wizardry to create an eye-popping event for our audience.

The Polis Foundation

BC Water Funders Workshop


The Responsible Animal Care Society

Retaining Wall and Snow Removal

In 2012 thanks to a grant from the Vancouver Foundation we were able to construct new pens at our largest sanctuary. These new pens were completed August 2012 and currently house over 300 rabbits. When the pens were being built, one in particular needed to be built on a hillside due to space constraints. At the time it was established that 2 retaining walls might be needed, but due to budget the earth was packed, sloped and planted with native brush to create retaining. It is now apparent that retaining is required as with natural erosion and time the pen may be undermined somewhere down the road. _______________ We have also gotten heavy snowloads in the past couple of years. In order for our volunteers to work safely, shoveling of the walkways between rabbit pens is needed quite regularily which is hard, timeconsuming work and takes volunteer time away from the animals. With any remaining monies after retaining is complete we would like to purchase a snowblower to cut down on the time needed and make things safer and quicker for everyone, leaving more time for animal care.

The South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls

Increase the welfare and enrichment for our Education Owl, Eagles and Ospreys

This is a two part proposal: The first part will be to increase the welfare for our one resident Great Horned Owl, Houdini. Houdini was raised by the founder of SORCO and has been a great ambassador to the rehabilitation centre for over 14 years. Houdini's pen at the moment is small and dark, we would like to increase the size into the next pen to allow for a more natural flight pattern. Also natural vegetation will be added and easy to clean surfaces installed to ensure a natural, yet clean environment. This will allow Houdini to have more exercise and an enriched environment will aid in his improved welfare as he is a valuable part of our education and fundraising events for our centre. The second part will be to install two ponds, one in each of our two eagle flight pens. This would aid in the rehabilitation of eagles and ospreys by adding a natural environmental feature. The ponds can also hold live fish that would be used to train the birds in their natural hunting behaviours before their release.

Theatre SKAM Association

Smalltown: A Pickup Musical

Smalltown: A Pickup Musical tells the story of Kathy Small and her fellow citizens of Smalltown, who must come to terms with the arrival of a big company full of rich offers in exchange for a sizeable share of their town's resources. The play is charmingly presented outdoors in parks, on the back of a flatbed truck. The project has been in active development with Theatre SKAM since 2009 with the work divided into manageable work phases. Development opportunities have been realized through a series of workshops and early presentations provided by or in partnership with: The Belfry Theatre, Intrepid Theatre's Fringe Festival, Gabriola Theatre Festival, and Touchstone Theatre & The Arts Club Theatre's In Tune Conference. A thorough process led us to identify the production as ready for premiere. The project encourages Theatre SKAM administration and artists to realize and seek new ways to fulfill our mandate, mission, and vision by introducing a new flagship for our company's site-specific work, while opening sustainable opportunities for audience development and community engagement.

Thompson Rivers University Foundation

Meeting the Needs of First-Generation, Aboriginal Students

The proposed project would provide support for Aboriginal student at two critical points in their academic decision-making and transition: high school and the first year of university studies. Both programs are premised on the importance of providing role models and mentorship from senior Aboriginal students. The first component of the project is a week-long, residential summer camp that will encourage Aboriginal high school students to plan for success in post-secondary education and will promote their interest in careers in science and health sciences. This camp will be open to Aboriginal youth in grades 8-12 and will be staffed by TRU Aboriginal student mentors/staff. The second is a mentoring program that will provide first-year Aboriginal students with support and connections to university services and resources. Upper-year, Aboriginal students will be selected and trained as mentors to work with incoming students. The regular meetings between mentors and mentees will be focused on topics such as time management, goal setting and study habit development.

Tides Canada Initiatives

Reel Youth

Started in 2004, Reel Youth is a Vancouver-based media empowerment program supporting youth to create and distribute films about their visions for a more just and sustainable world. Reel Youth works in partnership with other youth-serving organizations to facilitate mobile stop-motion animation, video production, photography and music video programs that empower young people with economic, social, or geographic barriers to create their own media, engage communities, and play a meaningful role in inspiring positive change. These messages are shared through community screenings, online distribution platforms, and as part of the youth-juried touring Reel Youth Film Festival (hereafter RYFF), a collection of youth-made shorts that celebrates and promotes youth film making. With the Vancouver Foundation's support over the next 3 years, the project will engage 1600 youth to produce 300+ issue based films, reaching an audience of 360,000 people through online, DVD and film fest distribution. The touring Reel Youth Film Fest will be screened over 120 times in communities across Canada.

Clean Energy Transition Project, Clean Energy Canada at Tides Canada

Our organization is working to encourage provincial leadership on climate disruption, while lowering overall energy use and diversifying the provincial economy. We are building consensus on how British Columbia might best reduce its dependence on carbon-based commodities such as oil, gas, and coal, and instead create an ecologically responsible low-carbon society that creates prosperity through clean-energy innovation. We created the project after identifying a significant gap in the climate and energy advocacy landscape; there was no NGO focused on accelerating Canada’s transition to a low-carbon society. Our scope is national, but energy is provincially regulated and we are in Vancouver, so we devote special attention to British Columbia—which has a strong base of policy leadership to build upon. We primarily work with thought leaders and policy makers to build support for policy action among a powerful and diverse array of business, government, and civil society actors, but we are also engaging with citizens to support leadership on climate change, clean energy, and efficiency.

BC Transboundary Headwaters Conservation Initiative

Northwest BC and the adjoining strip of Alaska embrace a premier North American ecological hotspot. Here 6 spectacular watersheds, all with BC headwaters, link remote upland, boreal, temperate rainforest and marine ecosystems. Still mostly intact, they are exceptional salmon strongholds and biodiversity reservoirs as well as home to First Nations. Mining development on a scale not unlike the Alberta tar sands will impact the transboundary watersheds. A new transmission line bringing industrial power north is the driver. Rivers Without Borders (RWB) promotes visionary, balanced, ecosystem planning for this region which includes First Nations, communities and stakeholders, and is international in scope. In contrast, BC government appears to be pursuing a pro-development agenda without appropriate regulatory oversight. Our proposal lays groundwork to create a regional International Watershed Board under the auspices of the Boundary Waters Treaty. This will provide balance to a mining boom, creating a framework and expectation to focus on water quality and habitat protection.

Touchstone Theatre Society

The Best Laid Plans

Touchstone Theatre proposes to adapt into musical theatre form Terry Fallis' award-winning novel 'The Best Laid Plans' (CBC Canada Reads 2011, Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour), one of Canada's most popular and successful works of fiction in recent years. A creative and producing partnership with Patrick Street Productions, the book is by one of the country's hottest playwrights, Vern Thiessen, with music and lyrics by the outrageously gifted local team of Benjamin Elliott and Anton Lipovetsky. The finished work will be a mid-sized musical for nine actor/singers and a small ensemble of musicians. Ideally suited to musical adaptation, the novel's characters are big and the stakes are high, but it is deeply honest -- wildly entertaining with serious undercurrents. Touchstone and PSP, drawing on their combined expertise in musical theatre and Touchstone's in new play development, are ushering the piece through an extensive development process in preparation for its world premiere in the fall of 2015 at the Cultch Historic Theatre, which will undoubtedly draw national attention.

Town of Gibsons


The Ignite Program proposes a structured three-year project that will connect diverse individuals, organizations and communities, surface their ideas and visions, generate collaborative groups of community volunteers to activate them and build a network of support to sustain these solutions over the long-term. Focused on a specific theme each year (food security, affordable housing/childcare and senior support), the program aims to catalyze, build and nurture a network of community-driven initiatives that brings individuals and communities from diverse age-groups, income-levels, locations and back-grounds together to present specific solutions to local challenges. With its three-year phased approach, Ignite will build an inspiring network of community-driven initiatives populated by a diverse cross-section of individuals and communities to sustain the program over the long term.

UBC - Department of Psychiatry

The Bipolar Youth Action Project (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Erin Michalak, Associate Professor, UBC, and Ms. Andrea Paquette, Executive Director, Bipolar Disorder Society of British Columbia)

Bipolar disorder (BD) is a serious mental illness characterized by extremes of mood. As onset typically occurs in young adulthood, youth with BD are a target group for early intervention and support. There is good evidence that 'self-management' strategies can positively impact health and quality of life in adults with BD. What is missing from a research perspective, however, is knowledge about effective wellness strategies for youth with BD (i.e., the focus of this application). Evidence collected 'on the ground' also indicates that this area is a community priority; this project was catalysed by the dissatisfaction voiced by youth with BD in BC themselves. In our 'Bipolar Youth Action Project', two organisations - a research group specialising in community-engaged BD research and a BD-specific community group on Vancouver Island - will unite to fill this knowledge gap. Youth with BD will be integral to every stage of the research. For example, two youth are members of the research team, and we have already performed a youth consultation on the project methods, established a nascent 'youth action group' and identified key community collaborators. These steps demonstrate both our commitment to authentic and sustainable community engagement and the passion of the youth themselves for this endeavour. Knowledge gained will inform the development of appropriate resources to support youth self-management, leading to enhanced capacity for self-care in this vulnerable community. Reaearch Team members: Dr. Joanna Cheek, Co-Investigator, Mr. Joseph Haverty, Youth Leader, Ms. Jessica Megan Williamson, Youth Leader, and Dr. Wei-Yi Song, Co-Investigator

UBC - Department of Psychology

Building Intergenerational Communities: Motivators and Barriers for Older Adults (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Christiane Hoppmann, Assistant Professor, UBC and Ms. Sandra Petrozzi, Manager of Family and Seniors Programs, Kitsilano Neighbourhood House).

The proposed project takes an innovative approach to combat loneliness and promote healthy aging by capitalizing on the potential of community-based intergenerational programming for providing social engagement opportunities. Facilitated by a Vancouver Foundation-funded development grant, we were able to demonstrate the broad health benefits of intergenerational programming. Furthermore, feedback from local seniors demonstrates that they are very keen to engage in volunteering that involves children. However, there seems to be a distinct gap between what seniors are already doing (volunteer activities involving peers) and what they would like to do (activities involving children). In this new, community-based research project, we would therefore like to build on the activities from the development grant and gain deeper insights into the motivations, facilitators, and obstacles to intergenerational volunteering to bridge this gap and help seniors become more socially engaged. Hence, with older adults as key partners, we aim to better understand the motivations for volunteering through participatory research using iPad minis while at the same time empowering seniors to learn new technological skills. We will then use the knowledge gained to develop feasible, evidence-based implementation strategies for intergenerational programming that reflect the needs and diversity of older adults in a local context leading to healthier, happier, and more engaged seniors in our community. Research Team members: Dr. Atiya Mahmood, Co-Researcher and Photo Voice training, Dr. Peter Graf, Co-Researcher, and Ms. Charito Gailing, Stakeholder.