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Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education

Promoting Resiliency in Families Project

The Promoting Resiliency in Families Project grew out of the Dalai Lama Center's Heart-Mind Index pilot project. The Heart-Mind Index (HMI) is a population level measure of social/emotional development of children helping communities develop strategies to improve measures in high risk populations such as immigrant, low-income and single parent families. HMI was piloted in 6 communities in 2013. The Promoting Resiliency Project was developed to meet a clear gap in resources, training and supports identified during stakeholder dialogues. The Project will engage approximately 100 families and 60 staff from our partner agencies and family support groups. Together, we will develop and test resources, strategies, professional training and parental supports that promote and teach social and emotional development in children. The learning resources and training created during the project will be compiled in a freely accessible best practices Resource Manual that will act as blueprint for wider integration of social/emotional learning, and be a key resource in our scaling up HMI across BC

Dance Victoria

Gabi Beier Choreographic Workshop

This project has two phases. Dance Victoria is seeking support for Phase One. It recently received confirmation of a $12,000 contribution from the Canada Council for this phase. DV will bring Berlin-based dance mentor Gabi Beier to DV Studios and the Dance Centre (Vancouver) to lead a choreographic workshop in each city. Beier will work with two Victoria and two Vancouver artists in an immersive two-week process. Participating artists will be selected from a proposal call for small group works and/or solos by artists that have at least one professional production of a previous work. Beier's methodology is detailed and comprehensive (but also responsive) and includes everything from planning the work to bringing it to the stage. The short works developed during Beier's tenure will be given presentations on a mixed bill in Victoria and Vancouver (April 2015). Beier will also interact with audiences and artists through lecture demonstrations in each city. Phase Two (not included in this request) will take one or more of these works to Berlin for further development in 2016.

Dancers of Damelahamid Society


The project will be the second phase of a collaboration between the Dancers of Damelahamid and multi-media artist Andy Moro to create an innovative dance piece, to be titled Flicker, with a unique scenographic hybrid of projected environments and live-action shadow dance. Through this project vividly rich environments and characters will be created to represent the 'spirit world', the mystical realm portrayed through Gitxsan masked dance, which the Dancers of Damelahamid will be able to interact with in a live dance performance. This proposed phase of the project is to be completed in early 2015 and will be an opportunity to work again with Andy Moro to edit and combine the various elements created as part of the earlier 2014 exploratory residency and begin to create a coherent structure for the new dance work that ties the piece together. The project will be supported by The Dance Centre, which has agreed to provide a Dance Lab that consists of two weeks of studio time, which can be used to develop the work that was done in the initial research stage of creating Flicker.

DanStabat Performance Society o/a Tara Cheyenne Performance

How to Be

After the success of the ensemble work, Highgate, there has been an impetus to create another group work. How to Be, originated after research work on another project experimented with "being" in performance. The seed for the work is the idea of "being" and trying to be incompetent (to place oneself in a transparent state of vulnerability) and not worrying about being entertaining, which both to an artist are incredibly difficult. Tara chose to create with talented and successful Vancouver artists at various stages of their careers and who are creating/performing very different kinds of work. The desire is for the work to be shared, and a dialogue to develop as a result. As an artist, Tara is interested in the exchange of ideas and artistic sensibilities to discover the parts of ourselves that come from, not what we already do as artists and creators, but from what we don't think of putting on stage or presenting. This phase of the research and development of this new work is to support the rehearsals prior to the work-in-progress presentation in the spring of 2015.

Decoda Literacy Foundation

Adult Literacy and Essential Skills Learner Credential

Decoda Literacy Solutions is adopting the Mozilla Open Badge concept to develop an Adult Literacy and Essential Skills credential system for adult learners who participate in community literacy programs. These programs are outside of formal education systems and therefore do not have courses, transcripts and certificates to identify learning. A credential system has been identified as a key aspect of assisting people to move into employment. The Decoda credential system concept will be developed by the late summer of 2014. This request to the Vancouver Foundation is to help provide training, consultation and feedback sessions on the credential for community adult literacy providers in 9 regions in the fall of 2014. We believe that the use of the Decoda Open Badge learner credential by community-based adult literacy providers offers an innovative approach to improving educational access and program completion rates for adult learners, as well as increased support for adults as they move to further education and employment.

Delta Youth Support Line Society

YOUth Inspiring Youth ~ A Delta Youth Mental Health Project

YOUth Inspiring Youth (YIY) ~ A Delta Youth Mental Health Project will be an early intervention and mental health promotion activity. This two year capacity and legacy building project will provide youth with the opportunity to develop mental health literacy campaigns and events relevant to them. The project will provide a model for developing innovative and creative mental health wellness campaigns and events that are specifically designed to address the needs of youth. Peers provide young people with developmental opportunities and social possibilities that are not available through relationships with adults (Scholte, Van Aken, 2006). Synergies through collaborative partnerships will generate new knowledge on models of engagement that increase mental health wellness awareness through social media, online surveys, webinars, campaigns and events planned, organized and implemented by the YIY Planning Committee & School Sub-Committees for Delta youth with/without mental health challenges.

District 69 Family Resource Association

Becoming and Belonging (Co-lead Researchers: Deborah Joyce, Family Resource Association; Dr. Jennifer Mullett, CHRC)

Community consultations were held with practitioners, policy makers, community members and a small group of youth with mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, unhealed trauma and addiction. We helped the youth to produce short digital stories about some of their difficulties in the community. A significant theme was a lack of belonging. Youth also identified helpful resources.The stories indicated a need for research on how to improve the mental well-being of youth and engender a sense of belonging. This participatory action research project will use a strength-based approach to 1)Identify effective strategies to increase the well being of youth suffering from mental health; 2)Investigate community responsiveness and inclusiveness; and 3) Find ways to build on current collaborations to expand and strengthen them. Youth will be involved in all stages of the project and will be paid members of the research team. A document review will determine effective resources and strategies that attract youth participation, foster social connectedness and increase positive mental health. Digital stories will be created to document youths' perceptions of services and programs/projects, and to make recommendations. Collaborative strategies to enhance youth involvement in building and enhancing community assets will be developed through community mapping and focus groups. Two community forums will develop solutions, share knowledge, build collaborations and enhance connectedness. (Research Team: Sarah Fletcher, CHCR; Janice McMillan, School District 69; Carrie Barker, Island Health)

District of Wells

Starting Well in Wells

The idea for the Wells Community Day Care arose out of conversations among parents at the pre-school play group. The lack of child care was identified as a major hindrance to families with young children in our community. Reliable child care would allow the possibility for both parents and single parents to be part of the work force, especially in a seasonal, tourism-based economy; this is virtually impossible now as there are no options for certified child care. Meanwhile, there is a growing population of families with pre-school aged children. Our intention is to start a licensed, multi-aged (newborn to 12 years) day care facility in Wells providing safe and reliable child care. For many Wells pre-schoolers, such a centre would also provide their first regular, structured learning environment with other children and with an Early Childhood Education practitioner.

DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society

Finding Balance: Understanding the cultural needs of youth exiting care

The Finding Balance project is a response to challenges that have been identified by individuals and families, who access DIVERSEcity's services, identify as immigrants/newcomers and have involvement with the Ministry of Children and Family Development. The specific challenges are related to the response to cultural needs with an emphasis on youth who are at risk of disconnecting from their culture by virtue of their own choices but also because of the stigma attached to their access to the care system and community support. In our preliminary inquiries, we confirmed that information regarding culture or ethnicity is not currently tracked by MCFD with the exception of Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal identity. We concluded that in order to eventually serve the needs of immigrant/newcomer youth in the care system, a general understanding of whose these youth are is necessary. Our project will engage youth in the Surrey region in community based dialogue sessions with a particular focus on youth aged 16 years and older and who are currently or once were involved in MCFD care.

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

Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation

Food as harm reduction: the health effects of food provision for PWUD (Co-lead researchers: Rosalind Baltzer Turje, Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation; Dr. Eugene McCann, SFU)

This research will explore the role that food provision plays in mitigating risks that people who use drugs experience (PWUD). Using a risk environment framework operationalized through research with organizations who offer harm reduction services, we have identified a number of factors that contribute to, or are a result of food insecurity among drug users: 1) Physical effects including poor nutrition, disordered eating, increased risk of dietary related disease, poorer mental health, and increased exposure to pathogens; 2) Social effects from accessing food in socially inappropriate ways, stigma and loss of dignity; and 3) Economic effects, including the inability to afford enough healthy food, trade-offs between housing and food, and reliance on free meal programs. Utilizing a community-based research framework, this project will explore the ways in which food provision can mitigate the physical, social and psychological harms associated with drug use. A Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will help to develop, implement, interpret, and disseminate the research. We will develop an understanding of the role that food plays in the lives of PWUD, the barriers they experience in accessing food and the potential role that food programs can play in reducing drug-related harms. By connecting with stakeholders, including PWUD, service providers and policy makers, we will develop peer education, a toolkit for social service providers and a strategy for informing policy-makers. (Research Team: Alison McIntosh, SFU; Cristina Tenemos, SFU; Dr. Christiana Miewald, UVIC; Rani Wangsawidjaya, Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation; Patrick McGougall, Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation)

Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia

Implementing & Financing BC's $10/day Child Care Plan

Our project is designed to fill public education gaps and to influence child care policy in BC by building on the substantial work done to date developing and furthering consensus around the Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning & the $10/day Child Care Plan. Our public education efforts to date indicate a growing understanding of the benefits of high quality, affordable early care and learning for children, women, families, employers, the economy and society overall. However, two related questions remain: 1. As the system will take several years to build, what does an effective implementation strategy look like? 2. What revenue sources can generate the public funds necessary to implement the Plan? This project proposes to answer these questions as we increase our capacity to reach out through social media, traditional media, on-line presence, print publications, and to new audiences in our ongoing public education activities.

Ecojustice Canada Society

A Tale of Two Pipelines: Securing Legal Protections for British Columbia

Ecojustice represented Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Living Oceans Society and ForestEthics Advocacy at National Energy Board (NEB) hearings for Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipelines. We submitted expert evidence on environmental threats and argued the project was not in the public interest. In July, the federal government approved the project, and we have now brought three legal actions: one alleging the review panel’s recommendation was based on a flawed environmental assessment and two challenging government approval and NEB certificates to authorize the project. Ecojustice is also representing Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Living Oceans Society in the regulatory review of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. We will focus on environmental risks while raising awareness of barriers to a transparent and participatory process. As a result of 2012 amendments to the National Energy Board Act, the review is compressed and will not include cross examinations or community hearings. We have been preparing for Kinder Morgan’s formal project application since 2011.

EDAM Performing Arts Society

EDAM Choreographic Series 2014-15 Season

We are requesting your assistance to support EDAM's choreographic series for 2014-15 (our season runs from Sept 1- Aug 31st). This series will involve two residencies: a fall residency from mid-Sept-Dec 2014 and a spring residency from Feb-May 2015. We wish to offer residencies to 4 guest choreographers: Serge Bennathan and Ziyian Kwan (fall '14) and Shay Kuebler and one other TBA (spring '15). During each residency, Peter Bingham and the guest choreographers will share EDAM's studio. Each participant will create a 20 minute work on dancers of their choice. At the end of the process EDAM will produce a show featuring this work-- 6 shows over 2 weeks. These residencies provide the participating artists with a fully subsidized opportunity to create in a highly supportive environment. Each guest will receive a commissioning fee, money for dancers' salaries, performance fees and free rehearsal time at EDAM. At the close of each residency, EDAM will produce the newly created dances, covering all of the production, administrative and publicity costs of with these shows.


Our Spirits Are Strong Inside

The project addresses the unpreparedness of Aboriginal, aging out youth, for independent living. Mental health, child welfare, and agencies reporting juvenile delinquencies show statistics indicating a high percentage of Aboriginal youth becoming 'at risk' when they leave foster care. This project will engage them in identifying the needs and services they see as helpful in transitioning to independence successfully and proudly.

Family Services of Greater Vancouver

Directions Safehouse Navigators

Youth-in-care, making up 40% of the homeless youth in Vancouver are a vulnerable population teetering between homelessness and stability. Under current BC legislation, there are few continuing supports available to assist youth when they turn 19 to safely transition to independence. Filling this gap will be the Navigator program, designed to support youth who have accessed our Safehouse and are transitioning to stability in adulthood. Safehouse is a voluntary residential program for at risk youth age 16 to 18 years, who need a safe place to stay for a short & critical time. About 50% of youth who access Safehouse are 18 yrs. The Navigator program will place a person in the lives of each youth whose guidance & support, similar to that of a parent, will help them achieve key transitional milestones such as housing, employment, education & life skills. This voluntary, youth centred service will be offered to all youth 18 years old and remain until one year after their 19th birthday or until the youth feels stable and self discharges.

Changing Outcomes for Youth In Care ΠA Collective Impact Approach

Collective Impact is a process which can be used to bring about change in complex problems in our communities. Our project is using the collective impact process to bring stakeholders, youth and service providers together around a common goal, to address the unfavourable outcomes experienced by youth who have government as a parent. The participants will agree on a different vision for youth leaving care. The initial vision is that no youth will "age out of care". This means the system will address the need for youth to have family in place, before they reach the age of 19. Once agreement is reached on the vision, the project participants will examine existing service provision systems and supports (both formal and informal) that would need to realign in order to meet the vision. All participants will measure outcomes in their systems against the vision. This new knowledge will create the opportunity to implement real change within the financial resources that are currently in the system of care.

Federation of Canadian Artists


The problem Beheld is trying to solve is accessibly of art for young, emerging artists. This was an issue identified by the Youth Vital Signs 2013 report as a priority area to address. Artists commonly struggle to find audiences, just as collectors struggle to discover exciting new art. Beheld allows the public to engage with emerging young artists and help them grow. Our platform offers young artists a comprehensive business tool to transact and market themselves, at the same time uses cutting edge technology to enable collectors to have a personal experience with the artwork. Our team searches where the galleries don’t to bring undiscovered original artwork to anyone with an internet connection.

Firehall Theatre Society

PostSecret The Show

The Firehall will produce the Canadian premiere of PostSecret The Show in January, 2015. PostSecret The Show is based on an ongoing community mail art project, created by Frank Warren,in which people mail their secrets anonymously on a homemade postcard. Select secrets have then been posted on the PostSecret website or have been turned into books and museum exhibitions. Working with Mr. Warren, TJ Dawe, Kahlil Shanti and Justin Sudds have devised an entertaining and moving interpretation of the stories of never before shared secrets. With the assistance of projected images and video, three actors and a musician guide the audience through a crowd-sourced narrative using sad, funny and controversial postcards that have made one of the most popular blogs in the world. The project will include the rehearsal, production and presentation of the play for twenty-three performances from January 20th-Febuary 7, 2015. The play will be directed by TJ Dawe and will feature three actors from culturally diverse backgrounds including Kahlil Ashanti and one musician.

First Nations Schools Association

Indian Residential Schools and Reconciliation Teacher Resource Guides

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommended “provincial and territorial departments of education work in concert with the Commission to develop age-appropriate educational materials about residential schools for use in public schools.” Too few Canadians are aware of this aspect of our collective history. According to the 2010 Urban Aboriginal Peoples survey, less than half of non-Aboriginal people have heard of residential schools. Knowledge about residential school history has relevance for all Canadians. We aim to support teachers who wish to teach about the history of residential schools and reconciliation by producing high quality, age appropriate, classroom ready and BC focused instructional and professional development materials. These materials seek to fill a gap as there is currently a lack of BC focused materials at all levels as well as a lack of age appropriate materials for teaching about residential schools at the elementary level.

Food for thought Kelowna Breakfast Society

Food Preservation Project

The project is a two-fold plan. First we want to preserve as much of our summer surplus food and second, we want to create a training program for at-risk youth. First, during the spring and summer months we have access to huge amounts of produce—fruit, berries and vegetables. To ensure a steady supply of food for our breakfast program we want to can, jam and sauce the surplus. The fruit and berries will be used for fruit salad, toppings for hot oatmeal and take along snacks for nutrition break. With the help of the culinary arts program and chefs within the community we plan to preserve fruit, berries and vegetables. We will use the commercial kitchens in several local churches and halls. Secondly, we will be hiring and training at risk youth to work in kitchens and in the warehouse. The employees will receive Food Safe training, food preparation experience, warehousing skills, team building opportunities and one on one mentoring. This work experience will enable at-risk youth to be hired in kitchens and food service throughout our community.

Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association

Awakening Our Spirit: Strengthening Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth

With our Vancouver Foundation Project, we will to engage with Aboriginal youth who have or currently are experiencing homelessness and foster care. Through our engagement, we will provide a bi-weekly Aboriginal culture sharing with Aboriginal youth who are, or were, affected by homelessness and foster care. The cultural sharing will lead up to our Coming of Age Ceremony. We have contacted local First Nations explaining our initiative, that we recognize their traditional territory and asking if they would like to host our ceremony in their longhouse. Additionally we are also building a relationship with another local that also plans to host a Coming of Age Ceremony. Our project and work is intended to evolve into a significant partnership and/or sharing ideas. In addition, we will support our youth in their development of an awareness resource, a video portraying their perspective of transitioning from youth to adulthood. FRAFCA will also support the youth in another resource development of a photo book with their stories of experiences of homelessness and foster care.

Fraser Valley Child Development Centre

CALM Early Learning Initiative

The CALM Early Learning Curriculum was developed in 2013 to address the 2012/13 Early Development Instrument (HELP,UBC) results, and is based on Dr. Stuart Shanker's renowned self-regulation research (Calm Alert Learning Modules and Classroom Strategies for Self Regulation), and adapted for children in the early years. The CALM Early Learning Initiative is evidence based and outcome measured,and is a 3 tiered program. CALM Early Learning Groups (Stage 1) have been piloted over the past 15 months by FVCDC, in collaboration with regional School Districts, as well as several preschools. The impact and response to the CALM program has exploded in the past six months with an overwhelming amount of early childhood learning environments signing up to have the groups in their classrooms during 2014-2015. Stage 2 is in its development stage and includes additional emotions modules which are more complex and for those classrooms who have already completed stage 1. This will be piloted January 2015. Stage 3 is in its preliminary stages of planning and will encompass a parent component.

Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition


Our proposed project will improve both Luckacuck Creek, Stewart Creek, and off-channel habitats in the Chilliwack River watershed through enhancing and restoring riparian and aquatic habitats along these watercourses. Coupled with these “shovels-in-the-ground” tree plantings and restoration activities, we will work with the landowners and the community to raise awareness and appreciation for the importance of watershed health. This will include community participation at planting events, and the promotion for the importance of stewarding local waterways. We will provide opportunities for community members to be involved in collecting, analyzing and understanding data on stream health. It is paramount to foster a sense of place, and care for waterways, wildlife and habitat especially during changing land-uses and increasing populations.

Friends of Cortes Island

Cortes Island Stream Stewardship Program (CISSP)

This project addresses a community identified need to develop a formalized Stream Stewardship initiative on Cortes Island. Local volunteers have requested more advanced training to increase their knowledge and confidence in field skills, monitoring, data collection and management. In order to build local capacity, we would like to provide this training to our committed base of volunteers and to a new body of volunteers who have expressed interest. Through formal training, volunteers will have increased ability to monitor watershed quality over time. This data will be shared in meaningful ways with local and regional organizations in order to promote the preservation and rehabilitation of stream habitats. This project will engage a wide-range of community involvement in the assessment of existing salmon habitat, and will prompt greater awareness of how to observe, record, and report any important changes over time. This project will also establish a central repository for historical and future data in order to preserve these records and make this research available to the public.