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Canadian Mental Health Association - BC Division

Living Life to the Full: increasing connection and resiliency among BC youth

Adolescence is a high-risk time for mental health problems like depression and anxiety and a key time to boost coping skills. Living Life to the Full (LLTTF) is an evidence-based course designed to teach youth skills for dealing with life's challenges. In 8 fun group sessions the course examines worry, low mood, isolation, healthy thinking, problem-solving, confidence, and anger. Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division (CMHA BC) and its Blue Wave Youth Team (aged 13-18) have adapted the course for BC youth. Older youth facilitators delivered pilot courses in three BC communities in summer 2014, and a Fall evaluation is being used to improve the materials. The course will be delivered to 28 communities in urban and rural communities in 2015-2016. It will equip 560 youth with coping skills that promote resilience, reduce the risk of mental illness and risky behaviours, and encourage connection and engagement with peers and community. Investments in training will build community capacity to reach hundreds more youth BC-wide annually after 2016.

Canadian National Institute for the Blind

Ensuring Accessibility for British Columbians with Vision Loss

Canada is a prosperous and technologically advanced society yet many Canadians with vision loss are excluded from social and economic opportunities. The lack of skills training and support results in 65% unemployment of working age adults with vision loss and 50% earning less than $20,000 annually. The harsh reality is only 45% of blind or partially sighted Canadian children graduate high school compared to 90% of sighted kids. To tackle these challenges, CNIB Specialists train those with vision loss to access information using assistive devices. These devices coupled with the skills taught by CNIB Specialists increases self-reliance, personal capacity and the ability to be productive, contributing community members. Our project, Ensuring Accessibility for British Columbians with Vision Loss, ensures no one in our province with vision loss is denied the fundamental right to access information. With your support we will expand our stock of assistive devices to eliminate our wait list and meet the increasing demand for vision rehabilitation services and equipment in British Columbia.

Collingwood Neighbourhood House Society

Expanding Curriculum for Change to Lower Mainland Municipalities

In 2011-2013, Living in Community (LIC) developed and delivered a Vancouver Foundation funded sex work sensitivity curriculum that addressed the gap in awareness, knowledge and skills for front-line service providers in Vancouver - service providers who do not always know how to effectively respond to the unique needs of sex workers nor address the impacts of sex work and sexual exploitation on neighborhoods. In this project, LIC will build on the successful public education initiative we have created. We will expand the training to key stakeholders in neighboring municipalities that are ready for action and education. Training will be provided to municipal government, law enforcement, business, health and social service providers and residents. We hope that education on sex work and sexual exploitation issues will also encourage neighbouring municipalities to adopt Living in Community’s model of community development strategies in regard to issues related to sex work and sexual exploitation as recommended by the Missing Women’s Commission of Inquiry Report.

Renfrew -Collingwood: Intercultural Circles of Connection and Engagement

To work with outreach connectors in the neighbourhood (which has been a successful approach in first engaging marginalized groups)to expand their capacity to work interculturally and bridge relations between peer-based groups, resulting in a more unified, interconnected, engaged neighbourhood. The project structure includes four intersecting circles that will ripple out to achieve collective connections, engagement and inter-relational impacts. Connectors Circle: Peer-based connectors will be linked to share and broaden intercultural practice and expand their relations outside their peer groups.Community Partners Circle: Interconnected neighbourhood partners will learn, adjust policy and practice to encourage intercultural connections. Communications Circle: Diverse citizens and neighbourhood workers will develop communication tools and share stories and strategies to support the intercultural connections. Knowledge Exchange Circle: conducts evaluations, shares theory and practices, delivers capacity building activities to help evolve diverse interactions and engagement.

Community Foundations of Canada

BC Food Systems Symposium - March 7, 2014

The purpose of this initiative is to bring together BC Food Systems Network members, community foundations and other food funders, and other key stakeholders to explore and enable working together in more intentional, strategic and effective ways.

BC Food Systems Symposium - March 7, 2014

The purpose of this initiative is to bring together BC Food Systems Network members, community foundations and other food funders, and other key stakeholders to explore and enable working together in more intentional, strategic and effective ways.

Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria

Pathways From Poverty - Community Action Plan on Poverty

In 2012, the Community Social Planning Council (CSPC) led a process that developed an Action Plan on Poverty (CAPP) to address the need for coordinated responses for poverty prevention and reduction in the Capital Region. Community stakeholders identified two priority areas within our Action Plan that currently lack the appropriate infrastructure in our region to provide “pathways out of poverty”. These two pathways are financial literacy, and social enterprises that offer training opportunities for low-income residents to experience greater economic self-sufficiency. To facilitate the expansion of these pathways, we are leading the development of a community strategy for financial literacy for the Capital Region and exploring innovative ways to support the creation of social and training enterprises with community partners. We are seeking funding for projects that contribute towards these pathways, with an overall theme of creating opportunities for economic empowerment of people with low incomes and barriers to employment.

Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House

Welcoming Spaces Project

The development of our Community Council in 2013 initiated a process of more active involvement in the programming and running of the NH. Residents clearly identified that one of the things that set the NH apart within the many services offered in the DTES, was the fact that the NH embraced and welcomed them in a variety of capacities: member, visitor, contributor, programmer. Because of this exciting feedback we are mindful that our success lies in the critical dimension of allowing those involved to shape and control their lives in meaningful ways. Our projects engage a “many hearths theory” or a multiple small groups approach to build community capacity. We also recognize that healing is a necessary part of development in our community. Our project involves piloting program development through 6 key projects: 1. Support group for Fathers 2. Healing and wellness days 3. Support group on Death and Loss 4. Social Nights--outreach– Music/arts groups 5. Re-connection with Nature: Field Trips, Walking Groups 6. Social justice Indian Residential Schools Survivors’ Support Group

Golden Community Resources Society

Community Team Development

A well-developed Community Team will align the Golden & Area A non profit community, build established and emerging leaders, creating a well-supported community team that guides community development and decision making in 2014 and beyond. Over time, as the Team changes in members and composition, training and support needs will be reviewed. With this funding, the creation of a Community Team and Coordinator role, the Community Team will be developed to improve community decision-making and resource allocation. Then, additional resources ($200,000/yr) will begin to flow to Golden & Area A through Columbia Basin Trust's Community-Directed Grant Program (not to be confused with the partnering CBT Community Development Funds). The fledgling Community Team needs support – specifically to develop their capacity to collaborate and lead. We are seeking resources from the Vancouver Foundation to do that for them, whether it be for planning, leadership, CED, grant making training, collective impact, and/or community development courses for our Team members.

Kidcarecanada Society

KidCareCanada Educational Series: Closed-Captioning and Translation

This project will respond to the urgent need to increase accessibility to our educational resources for parents, caregivers and the professionals who support them. It will expand our inclusivity to enable BC residents (from teen parents to grandparents, incl. refugees) with hearing loss and/or who do not understand English to have access to this crucial information that impacts life-long mental and physical health of current and future generations. Step 1: Closed-captioning 1 in 4 BC residents suffers from hearing loss - from deafness to difficulty in deciphering spoken words in videos. We need to closed-caption (include subtitles) the 93 videos (avg length 6 min) in our educational program, HUGS FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE. Step 2: Translations In 2011, approximately 147,000 people in BC self-identified as having no English language ability. We need to translate our videos into a minimum of five of BC's most frequently-used languages. The translations will appear as sub-titles in the videos. In this way newcomers can hear spoken English and read the translation in their own language.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University Foundation

Linking Community and the Regional Economy to Southwest BC's Food System Future

As part of the SW BC Bio-regional Food System Design study and in consultation with local & Indigenous stakeholders, we are designing a bio-regional food system, quantitatively/qualitatively describing its integrated social/economic/environmental stewardship, & food self-reliance potentials & developing an implementation plan including tools, policy recommendations & actions. Our model will calculate the quantity/kinds of food that can be farmed given constraints in a future where population growth, climate change & other factors impinge. We will compare alternate scenarios representing different environmental, food self-reliance & resource use choices. We will explore options for increasing regional production to satisfy regional consumption while protecting water resources & habitat, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, & lowering our ecological footprint. Delineating what this system could achieve can galvanize & focus citizen, government & private sector effort to increase local, food production & capture a significant portion of our $6.4 billion annual food expenditure.

North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society

Age-Friendly Kaslo - Next Steps

This project will move forward on the priorities identified by the 2013-14 Kaslo Senior-Friendly Pilot Project. An age-friendly community survey of seniors, service providers and community members determined that Kaslo and area seniors faced great barriers with regards to 1. communication: finding and understanding information; 3. accessing community support services and facilities; and 3. transportation. To support seniors with understanding information and accessing services, seniors will be able to access individual consultation/support and monthly group consultations, on topics and issues identified by seniors. Transportation is a complex issue involving multiple stakeholders and sectors. The Nelson AFC Initiative 'Moving Together-Collaborative Process to Address Seniors Transportation Barriers' will be addressing transportation issues, and Kaslo has been invited to actively partner and participate in the 'Moving-Together' project. Our participation will engage Kaslo residents in transportation planning and further develop inter-agency collaboration across the region.

Pacific AIDS Network

Province-Wide Service Provider Education Initiative

There is an urgent need in British Columbia to address the juxtaposition of the legal precedent set by two recent Supreme Court rulings regarding HIV and disclosure, with the public health precedent set by the Ministry of Health’s adoption of Treatment as Prevention (TasP). The Province-Wide Service Provider Education Initiative will support informed decision-making based on current legal information for navigating safe sex protocols, treatment adherence, and disclosure issues in the face of these rulings. Because service providers are often the primary source of information about HIV and related issues including disclosure, for PLWHIV it is imperative their information, both legal and medical, is current and accurate. Through a series of activities the project will explore the challenges facing service providers who have clients living with HIV, and provide education and leadership on the complex and often incongruent medical, legal and social realities and messaging regarding what constitutes ‘safe’ sex practice on the one hand and potential criminalization on the other.

Parachute Leaders in Injury Prevention

The Way Forward: Strengthening Injury Prevention Efforts in B.C.

Our proposal to strengthen and support injury prevention efforts in BC, involves a focused engagement strategy that leverages both Parachute networks and the extensive networks of our lead B.C. partners: the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit (BCIRPU); and the Community Against Preventable Injuries (Preventable). Through our partnership with BCIRPU and their role as the secretariat for the BC Injury Prevention Leadership and Action Network (BCiPLAN), we will work together to hire a Community Mobilizer to "connect the dots" and leverage new and existing efforts with a focus on our priority areas of Motor Vehicle Collisions (MVCs) and sports and recreation injuries. Working collaboratively, we will reduce injury through targeted, grass-roots, local approaches -- leveraging networks and activities from our B.C. partners and Parachute. With a strategic infusion of funding over two years from the Vancouver Foundation, we will implement a long-term, sustainable plan to reduce injury rates in B.C. that involves co-creative partnerships with less duplication and increased collaboration.

Pathways Serious Mental Illness Society

Building Capacity Family to Family

Family-to-Family connects, empowers, and liberates family members who have been traumatized by their situation, marginalized and isolated by the fear of stigma. People attending the course have often not told even their close relatives what is happening to their son, daughter, or spouse. Because the course is taught by volunteer family members with an ill relative, participants find themselves in a ‘safe place’ where they can open up and share their feelings. NSSS has delivered Family-to-Family since 2001, a 12-part structured education course covering all aspects of severe mental illness. It raises levels of confidence and provides a forum where families can talk openly. Although it’s not considered a support group as such, support and emotional anchoring are an integral part of the course, perhaps its most important elements. Family Educator Course: Once participants have completed the course, selected participants are invited to attend Family Educator course. Once completed, family teachers will teach 'Family-to-Family' as a two-person co-leadership team to the next round.

Providing Advocacy Counselling & Education Society

Sex Worker Peer Health Navigator Project

To address the systemic barriers that Sex Workers encounter to accessing health and social services, the Peer Health Navigator (PHN) program will provide culturally competent assistance with health and social systems navigation to help Sex Workers manage their health and follow-up on treatment and referrals. Building upon our experience in providing peer-driven services, Peer Support Workers (current or former Sex Workers) will provide assistance to facilitate access and engagement with health and social services. Additionally, Peer Support Workers will provide support to hospitalized Sex Workers and assist with post-discharge care and planning. The PHN program recognizes that social determinants, such as poverty and homelessness, contribute to poor health among Sex Workers. To this end, peer support workers will work in close collaboration with our existing Support Services program to mediate access to additional social supports and services (e.g., housing) critical to maintaining health and facilitate weekly peer support groups to promote positive care-seeking strategies.

Qmunity BC's Queer Resource Centre Society

LGBTQ Community Building Project

It's true we have come a long way. Yet, LGBTQ youth are still at higher risk for bullying and suicide, seniors face re-closeting as they enter assisted-living facilities, and trans people continue to fight legal discrimination. QMUNITY believes that every human being deserves to feel a sense of belonging and to live a life free of hatred and violence. We believe in the power of community conversation to help achieve this goal. The purpose of this project is to facilitate a community dialogue that will: 1. Provide a platform for LGBTQ individuals and communities to address queer health issues, build social networks and increase connection. 2. Gather useful input to optimize the design of a new facility for all stakeholders 3. Identify key issues affecting LGBTQ communities to improve future services/programming across organizations The project will provide a structured process deliberately designed to provide a springboard where people can increase connectivity by working together, building social networks, and directly influencing the future of LGBTQ communities in BC.

Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine

Heart of the Hazeltons

This project has the potential to be transformative in our communities. It has brought together a committed Owner's Committee with representation from the Village of Hazelton, the District of New Hazelton,Regional District of Kitimat Stikine,Gitxsan Treaty Society, Gitxsan Government Commission and Skeena Ice Arena Association. It is now timely seeks to invite residents, First Nation and non-First Nation, from the scattered villages and communities, to begin collaborative work on a range of programs. These programs will involve the schools encouraging our young people to complete high school, elders and our whole community to maintain fitness, combat obesity, and develop programs to prevent depression and provide hope.

South Granville Seniors Friendship Centre Society

Linking Seniors Services Forum

Linking Seniors Services Forum

The Salvation Army Penticton Corps

Balcony and Patio Vegetable Gardens for Foodbank Clients

We intend to facilitate the establishment and support of container vegetable gardening for working poor families and singles with stable housing in Penticton and area, and share lessons with other communities. We will create the most appropriate containers for specific locations and support the families through the stages of planning and assembling, as well as the ongoing nurturing, harvesting and preparing of the food for eating. With a community team of the families themselves, as well as our volunteers and experts in the growing food, we intend to: • Purchase appropriate containers, soil and seeds or seedlings • Address any regulatory and city requirements for safety and watering • Organize work parties, teaching and support sessions • Assist in getting containers to balconies and patios • Create infrastructure for the community to share experience on an ongoing basis • Create a communication vehicle so that experience and successes can be shared with broader community. • Organize support system to address any problems and challenges encountered

Tides Canada Initiatives

Reconciliation Canada - New Way Forward

Reconciliation Canada is engaging Canadians in reconciliation through experiential transformative change processes delivered by the following: Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops & Action Plans Targeted at community and organizational leaders, these workshops provide the opportunity for participants to engage in meaningful dialogue, build relationships and develop reconciliation action plans. Workshops will include a youth specific stream. Leadership Training & Core Competencies Assessment - Targeted to existing and emerging youth, community and organization leaders to develop reconciliation values-based leadership skills. In conjunction Reconciliation Canada will assist organizations with assessments of core reconciliation competencies and development of roadmaps to guide reconciliation initiatives. Sustainable Economic Reconciliation Dialogue & Action Plans - Workshops focused on economic reconciliation bring together stakeholders for creative dialogue to build meaningful partnerships and the co-development of Sustainable Economic Reconciliation Action Plans.

Good Food Solutions for BC: Healthy and Equitable Food Systems in BC

This project responds to the need to for better collaboration around efforts to create a healthier and equitable food system to deepen impact. "Good Food Solutions for BC" will capture, share and support implementation of BC-based better practices and facilitate innovation scaling (out, up and deep). With support from the Vancouver Foundation we will focus on: 1) Indigenous food sovereignty, 2) transitioning the charitable food sector and 3) supporting healthy and equitable school food systems. Funding granted from the Vancouver Foundation in the Fall of 2014 was used to recruit additional members and partners, convene and webinars, and support communication platforms for working groups in the this project's 3 core areas. The project will facilitate community organizations, funders, public and private sectors to work together to: 1) gather, document, and share information in priority areas, 2) discuss and promote better practices, 3) identify related policy issues, 4) develop specific policy proposals, 5) develop public communications materials.

Good Food Solutions for BC


UBC - Okanagan

An Action Plan for Sustainability of TCARE: Building Health-Care Navigation

This new project, adapted from the innovative nurse-led navigator TCARE project funded by Vancouver Foundation in 2013-2014, will now sustain a volunteer model for care. The purpose of this project is to pilot the use of trained volunteers who are partnered with a nurse mentor, to provide navigation services for older adults living in rural communities with life-limiting chronic illness. These rural, older adults often live isolated in the community with little knowledge of, or access to, vital services. The navigation concept is an innovative model for addressing their needs, and there are now a set of navigation competencies to guide this new role. After receiving specialized training, volunteers will provide navigation services to frail, rural, older adults for one year. In their navigation role, they will: advocate for the patient and family; facilitate connections with the community; coordinate access to services and resources; and facilitate active engagement. A comprehensive evaluation of the feasibility and acceptability of the volunteer navigator role will be conducted.

Vancity Community Foundation

Surrey Poverty Reduction Plan Implementation

Implementation of the Plan is underway. Steps have been taken to act on many of the recommendations of the Plan and there are a number of quality programs, projects and initiatives that address poverty in Surrey. This project will continue the work of promoting the Plan, undertaking or supporting existing and new projects and serving as a catalyst for the development of new initiatives. We will develop an evaluation framework for process and outcome evaluations of the Surrey Poverty Reduction Plan. In partnership with the business community we will initiate a project to provide support and education to landlords on housing the homeless in Surrey as well as identifying tenants who require resources and connecting them to support services. We will organize a Seeing is Believing tour for Surrey service clubs and a community forum to inform stakeholders on the implementation of the Plan. We will support and promote other poverty-reduction projects currently underway and disseminate poverty-related research data. These activities will be supported by a part-time coordinator.