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Kinsight Community Society

Youth Employment Initiative

Years 2 & 3 of a 3 year project with a long range goal to expand community capacity to successfully engage youth who have developmental disabilities in sustainable, paid employment. It is intended to increase employment opportunities and the overall rate of employment for youth aged 15 - 19 in the TriCities. With the initiative successfully underway with 10 students at Heritage Woods Secondary in Port Moody, it is our intent to expand the project to the communities of Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam in years 2 & 3. This will be accomplished through supports to bridge Secondary students from school work experience placements into paid part or full time employment and by expanding the pool of employment opportunities in the TriCities through the recruitment & education of potential employers. A cross-sectoral steering committee will continue to evaluate and guide progress, ongoing viability and strategies for project expansion and improved connections to the business community. The 2nd and 3rd years allow us to check back with previous schools/communities to ensure project sustainability.

Kitasoo Kitasoo Band Council

Learning from our past to ensure the resilience of our future

The proposed Kitasoo/Xai'xais project is designed to revive our culture, engage our youth and inspire intergenerational learning for the benefit of current and future generations. The project was designed through ongoing dialogue within our community and within the broader community of First Nations people, who are collectively facing and dealing with the loss of important cultural knowledge and an eroded sense of identity. Through a series of community led cultural workshops and activity groups we hope to pass on the knowledge, skills and practices fundamental to Kitasoo/Xai'xais identity. In doing so we, will encourage our youth, their families, and the community as a whole to understand that cultural revitalization requires participation. Through this project we will create opportunities for participation that might otherwise not exist for certain individuals or families. We will document this knowledge through mixed media so as to ensure the preservation of this valuable information and the resilience of our community.

Community Energy

Our program supports member Coastal First Nations communities in achieving their clean energy goals. We do this by hosing a supportive 'community of practice' where local leaders learn from each other, have access to external resources on an as-needed basis, and record progress towards their implementation goals on an annual basis. This program is in its third year, and is working towards achieving the objectives of the Great Bear Clean Energy Action Plan (2011) and the updated Clean Energy Strategy (2014). This work is important as it supports a strong peer-to-peer program that helps local leaders be stewards of their environment while supporting their local economies, moving communities off diesel generators, and fostering community pride. The next two years of work will focus on engaging community memebres and famililes in each community on how to better use energy in their homes, saving money, reducing diesel generation, reducing local pollution, and improving personal and ecosystem health.

Groundfish research by Central Coast Nations to implement marine protected areas

Our marine use plan identifies rockfish and lingcod as cultural and economic resources that have been overfished. Further, scientists warn that declines of large predators, such as lingcod and yelloweye rockfish, may disrupt entire ecological communities. Our marine use plan also is the backbone for the MaPP initiative (, an ongoing partnership between the Province of BC and First Nations which is zoning allowable uses, designing a candidate network of marine protected areas (MPA) and selecting indicator species for ecosystem health. MPA implementation, however, will require further collaboration with the federal government. Crucial to that implementation, our project uses science and traditional knowledge to document the past and current status of rockfish and lingcod populations. The resulting data will support final site selection for the MPA network and provide baselines for restoration and conservation goals, thereby ensuring that federal decisions on spatial protection address First Nation concerns. Given the current momentum of MaPP, our project is very timely.

Kokoro Dance Theatre Society

The Book of Love

The Book of Love will include an initial creative period from Sept.8, 2014 to June 27, 2015 and a final creative period between Sept.7, 2015 to Dec.5, 2015. We are commissioning Vancouver composer Jeffrey Ryan ( to write a score for clarinet, bass clarinet, viola, and violoncello, and commissioning UK artist Jonathan Baldock ( to create a set and costumes for the work that will feature choreography by Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi for six dancers. The Book of Love continues our interest in interdisciplinary collaborations and will result in a seriocomic production rich in kinetic, visual, and musical textures. Our audiences will be a mixture of patrons who enjoy unorthodox dance, music, and art. The premiere performances with take place during a two-week run of 8 to 10 performances at the Roundhouse from Nov. 23, 2015 to Dec. 5, 2015. This project had its genesis with musical collaborations with Jeff Ryan between 2004 and 2007. An impromptu collaboration in January, 2014 led to our interest in working with Jonathan Baldock.

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.

Environmental Assessment of Southwest BC's Bio-regional Food System Future

The proposed is part of the SW British Columbia Bio-regional Food System Design and Plan study. We intend to elucidate environmental impacts/stewardship potentials of future food system choices, incorporating critical environmental stewardship/enhancement elements into a design that maximizes food self-reliance. We have identified a suite of environmental indicators for quantification, modeling, & monitoring of impacts of food production on soil, air & water quality, climate change, biodiversity & ecological footprint, to quantify the current status of food production in SWBC. We will model how outcomes may change given population growth, climate change impact and agricultural land diminution & explore options for increasing regional food production while protecting water resources & habitat, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, & lowering our food ecological footprint. We will then work with stakeholders to ID & develop strategies for minimizing tradeoffs to design a system to achieve multiple objectives of environmental stewardship, increasing food self-reliance, a robust economy.

Inclusion Langley Society

Youth Works

The initiative proposes to provide support to twenty secondary school students to secure part-time and after school employment. The supports will offer students in grades 10-12, including youth who are transitioning out of high school. The employment specialists, in collaboration with the school and family will engage in a discovery process in which students abilities will be observed in the students' work experience environment. This process will ascertain the students' abilities and potential employment choices to ensure a successful employment match. Once employment has been established, employment specialists will provide support to the employer and student with training, job coaching, continued support and monitoring to ensure the satisfaction of the employer and success of the employee. Securing part-time and after school employment is the most potent support we can offer students to ease the transition to adult life. Offering students the opportunity to have a robust resume & paid employment experience, provides them with a greater opportunity to obtain competitive employment.

Learning Disabilities Society of Greater Vancouver

Learning Employment and Education Program

The Leadership Employment and Education Program (LEEP) is a leadership and employment training program for youth (14-17) with Learning Disabilities. The program's goal is twofold: 1) to broaden each young person's understanding of their individual Learning Disability diagnosis and to enhance their skills as advocates of their needs in the workplace, 2) to provide each youth with employment training, and volunteer work placements that will prepare them for the workplace. Youth with Learning Disabilities face very specific challenges. The program is designed to help them explore these issues with others who experience the same battles, to build a sense of community with others, and to deepen their understanding and appreciation for their uniqueness. Youth will graduate from the LEEP program with a new sense of awareness of their strengths and weaknesses, newfound confidence in their abilities and unique talents, and a better ability to communicate their needs.

Leave Out Violence "LOVE"

Unpacking Home - Mobile Exhibit

In the fall of 2013 LOVE and the Vancouver Foundation collaborated to host Unpacking Home, an art exhibit which showcased visual and media arts from youth, aged 15-24, who had lived in-care and/or experienced homelessness. Through the creation of the art pieces and subsequent community dialogue the needs of youth exiting care were highlighted. One of the most successful aspects of the project was the reaction from youth in seeing their art and media projects on display. It was deeply impactful to see their voice and perspectives honoured and recognized in that way. Not all of the participants have seen their work on display. In particular we heard interest from staff and youth from Aunt Leah's that a mobile project would be welcome in their space. To build off the success of this project LOVE would like to reengage project participants in the creation of a mobile exhibit and facilitated dialogue process. The main purpose of this project would be to generate awareness about the experiences of youth homelessness as well as the needs of youth exiting care.

Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families

New Westminster/Burnaby Youth Transition Advisory Committee

The aim of this project is to draw together New Westminster and Burnaby stakeholders to develop a collaborative/comprehensive approach to assist youth transitioning from care to independence, focusing on homelessness and specific life functioning challenges. The proposed Youth Transition Advisory Committee will be comprised of both government and community-based organizations with an investment in addressing these issues for youth currently and/or previously in care. This will involve strengthening the working relationships between stakeholders, completing a community analysis of factors influencing effective transitions, developing strategies that will integrate and maximise available services (building on existing community skills/capacities/assets) organized in a Community Action Plan and engaging in a practice/policy review leading to innovative recommendations. The intent of these activities is to improve overall life outcomes, and specifically housing outcomes, for these youth. A part-time Coordinator will be hired to coordinate and facilitate the work of the Committee.

Lu'ma Native Housing Society

Aboriginal Youth Mentorship & Housing program

Launched in 2014, we currently support, mentor, engage and house 13 Aboriginal youth aged 16-24 to help in their successful transition from fostercare to adulthood. The program is 12-18 mths in length. Our Youth will be engaged to find permanent affordable housing as they graduate. Core staff are 2 Youth Mentors and a Project Manager supported by staff at Lu'ma. We have 8 Community Partnerships we will continue to develop to provide opportunities for our Youth and participate on our Community Partnership Board. We are actively building an Aboriginal Youth Advocacy Board to participate with the Community to advocate for positive change in public policy affecting young people transitioning out of government care. Core Program Structure: - Seminars & Workshops are provided weekly by our Mentors and Community Partners - Field trips with Community Partners, get acquainted and engaged with people, places & services - Youth are engaged in one-on-one Mentorship to overcome financial, educational, developmental, and health & wellness barriers or challenges.

Marta Marta Hop Society

The Ligeti Touring Project, Phase 1

THE LIGETI TOURING PROJECT is an initiative to prepare our recent performance work for a tour around BC, across Canada and beyond. This project will happen in two phases. The first 'residency' phase starts with rehearsals of two dance/music pieces, 'SONATA' and 'SPEAKING IN LIGETI', involving five MMP dancers and four musicians of the Microcosmos Quartet at The Dance Centre from July 1-August 15, 2014. The project continues with rehearsals and performances during a one-week theatre residency on Saltspring Island, August 16-23, sponsored by the Artspring Theatre, allowing the company to refine all aspects of the production, integrate a new performer and keep the piece alive for the second 'touring' phase. Throughout the rest of the year, MMP will work closely with Touring Consultant Mirna Zagar from The Dance Centre who is assisting the company to connect to dance, music and interdisciplinary performance networks. The second phase starts in 2015 with a tour around BC (TBA) and performances with Live Arts and the Scotia Music Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia. (confirmed).

McCreary Centre Society

2013 BC Adolescent Health Survey Next Steps Project

In 2013, 29,832 students aged 12-19, in 56 of BC's 59 school districts completed the fifth BC Adolescent Health Survey(BC AHS). The survey provides the most current and accurate picture of youth health in the province. The results are used by government, public health agencies, schools and parents to measure progress in the area of youth health, and to develop appropriate policies and programs. McCreary prioritizes returning the results to youth, and supporting them to advance their knowledge and make informed decisions about their health. The results are also used to raise awareness among BC youth about the roles of risk and protective factors in their lives. This proposal aims to take the results of the survey back to youth in four communities per year over two years through a Next Steps project(Total 8 communities). The Next Steps is an award winning workshop series which uses the survey results to engage youth in developing and delivering sustainable local youth health projects. The project will engage approx. 15-20 core youth participants per community in the workshop series

Mortal Coil Performance Society

The Faery Play

Mortal Coil has been invited to produce a site-specific theatrical production The Faery Play, by and at The Sharing Farm, a community farm in Richmond that grows food organically for the Food Bank and for community meals programs in the city. The Sharing Farm is an urban farm, where the public is encouraged to understand the importance of food and to have respect for the land, its creatures and the interaction of humans in the environment that they farm. The Faery Play's production will bring non traditional audiences to the property and introduce them to these issues. The Faery Play is a play designed for children and families where a child is stolen by one of a farm's resident fairies and must be found before she disappears forever into the fairy world. Utilizing puppets, site specific technique and live actors, the audience is led through the site and shares the secrets of the land and its residents through an accessible family entertainment. Each performance will create a community comprised of audience members who move through the farm learning and seeking together.

Motivate Canada

ACTIVATE Vancouver

ACTIVATE Vancouver will be led by a team of local youth (ACTIVATORS) who are or will be trained to facilitate an ACTIVATE Vancouver Forum. The 4 day Youth-Led Forum will bring together 8 teams of 4 youth between the ages of 16-22. Youth participating in the Forum will be recruited by MoreSports, and will participate in workshops that provide them with the tools and skills to lead a community project. These workshops include: Goal Setting, Community and Life Mapping, Networking, Sport4Dev, Action Planning, Youth Driven Development and Physical Literacy. After the Forum teams of youth will deliver a 4-6 month program in MoreSports Community Hubs. The project is the youths' opportunity to take the lead and engage other youth in their community and help them make positive change and healthy choices in their lives by: increasing their physical activity, healthy living knowledge, self-esteem and sense of connection to peers and community, and to help them realize their potential and leadership abilities. Youth will use the tools and curriculum provided by Motivate Canada

Nanaimo Art Gallery

Black Diamond Dust

Black Diamond Dust is a multi-site art exhibition curated by Jesse Birch, which considers the sedimentary nature of stories and histories. The title Black Diamond Dust refers to the coal mining industry that Nanaimo was built upon; an industry that both formed and fragmented communities through economic development, racial segregation, and labour inequity, and served as the foundation of global industrialization. The artists in Black Diamond Dust look toward forgotten or under-acknowledged histories, while considering both local contexts and the forms of cultural expression that surround global industrial practices. From sculpture, to video, to folk song, Raymond Boisjoly, Peter Culley, Sarah Ogan Gunning, Devon Knowles, Kerri Reid, Scott Rogers and others will employ a wide range of creative approaches to articulating the resonance of material pasts. The exhibition Black Diamond Dust will connect with the broader community of Nanaimo through a series of off-site public projects, a robust body of public programming, and an innovative publication.

Nature Trust of British Columbia

Kootenay Conservation Program - Stewardship

In 2013 the Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) worked with both its West Kootenay and East Kootenay Stewardship Committees to develop a Stewardship Framework to guide stewardship activities across the region. This framework identifies the need to increase the region's resiliency to the impacts of climate change, contribute to maintaining and/or restoring viable populations of species of interest and reducing the abundance and distribution of existing priority invasive species as well as prevent establishment of new invasive species. In order to effectively accomplish this, the KCP is proposing the further development of stewardship tracking and reporting tools, as well as the development of a relationship map to enhance stewardship activities. We are also proposing building capacity and enhancing collaboration within our partnership through the coordination of a series of conservation webinars and workshops.

NEC Native Education College

Aboriginal Visual Arts Program

We completed our first Aboriginal Arts program, with a focus on Aboriginal Theatre, from January to March 2014. In May and June we are offering short courses on Drum-making and Drumming, Northwest Coast Wood Carving, The Art of Norval Morrisseau and Aboriginal Dance. We would like to offer a program of Aboriginal Arts in the fall, winter and spring semesters of the 2014-15 academic year. We have developed an Aboriginal Visual Arts course for the fall of 2014. The instructor has a PhD in Art Education and teaches Studio Arts and First Nations Studies for the Vancouver School Board. We would like to offer this course for at least 12 students with free tuition. This will be offered in the evening or on Saturdays. The Aboriginal Visual Art course promotes the acknowledgement of Aboriginal peoples as unique, individual artists, transcending stereotypes and fostering intercultural understanding.

NEED2 Suicide Prevention Education and Support

Expanding the Safety Net-the Middle Grades

NEED2 is proposing to investigate and develop an evidence and outcome based school based peer support program for the "middle years" that would empower young people to support each other and contribute positively to society. In our in-school work around suicide, we have been discussing for some time a developmentally appropriate approach for Grades 6-7 that will address the issues that contribute to suicidal thoughts and suicide. This project would support the development of a peer involved approach to enhance the mental, social and emotional well-being of young people. It would address mental wellness, and provide for supports and skills to address issues like suicide, bullying, addictions and mental illness.

Neil Squire Society

Employ-Ability in West Kelowna

The Neil Squire Society will partner with First College in West Kelowna, to deliver our Employ-Ability program. It is a twelve week program for people with physical disabilities, and will be delivered online and supported with a local facilitator. The core modules of Employ-Ability are Career Development, and Wellness for Work. Graduates of the Employ-Ability program have an action plan for better health, a plan to enter the labour market, and a clear career goal. The financial support of the Vancouver Foundation will support the staffing costs and the rent for the classroom space to deliver the program. Over two years, this project will: - Launch the Employ-Ability program at First College; - Market the program to local service providers, agencies, people with disabilities and other local stakeholders; - Serve 40 people with disabilities over two years; - Assist at least 20 people to move onto employment or further education; - Establish a local Disability Services Committee to sustain programming based on community needs.

Network of Inner City Community Services Society

Community Planning Capacity for Development of Collective Impact Strategies

This project would expand on existing relationships to develop a placed-based community response strategy addressing the underlying issues putting our youth at risk. Establishing strategic coordination and collaboration between After-Hours, MCFD, VACFSS, VPD, non-profit organizations, housing providers and landlords, Hospital Emergency and health care. The creation of a comprehensive strategy resulting in the collaboration of multiple stakeholders rather the crisis driven intervention response that currently exists. A two-pronged approach will enhance the community's ability to continue work with youth at risk while facilitating the needed changes. Implementing a Circle of Care through one to one work with youth, their identified supports and networks; addressing both immediate needs and facilitating community involvement in the place-based community response strategy. This would result in the creation of a cooperative integrated model that builds the capacity of the community and strengthens positive outcomes for youth.

New Works

Yet-to-be-titled ensemble work for 7 dancers

The application request is for the second year of creation and production of the newest work by Out Innerspace Dance Theatre (OIS) under the co-artistic direction of David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen. This phase takes place both in Vancouver and other BC locales, will impact professionals of dance and its related arts, and will reach audiences and the general public in many informal and three ticketed public performances. Taking inspiration from mass social and political movements and critical historical turning points, this character-based 7 dancer ensemble work interrogates the power of propaganda in group/social dynamics, asking "how do we want to be seen, heard and understood in the world as a group, a generation, a people?" OIS's aesthetic is an eclectic blend of modern and traditional dance forms married with diverse cultural influences ranging from Hollywood cinema and mime to Noh Theatre and Commedia del'Arte, assembling a challenging and utterly unique dance language that is nonetheless widely accessible to diverse audiences.

The Sensationalists - Production Phase

The Sensationalists is a new collaboration between Vancouver-based theatre company Theatre Replacement and 605 Collective, who are together building a full-length dance work hrough a theatre-based creative process. The Vancouver East Cultural Centre (The Cultch) is a major partner in this work, presenting its premiere in May 2015. One of the central themes emerging from this project surrounds our innate human desire to feel more connected with those around us and share experiences with one another. Audience members will step into an immersive performance environment the moment they enter the venue. Using The Cultch`s lobby, hallways, stairwell, etc. in addition to the Historic Theatre stage, attendees will witness the work while moving alongside and around the performers, blurring the lines between performance and audience space. By implicating the audience and inviting them into closer proximity, this allows them to then become part of the choreography. The aim is to offer a performance event so deeply personal and inclusive, they feel changed as they exit the theatre.

Neworld Theatre Society


Neworld Theatre is seeking support for creative and skills-development collaboration between non-professional and professional artists. The project is centered around the development and presentation of a new work, Doost, led by playwright/director/community organizer Camyar Chai. This is a community-engaged collaboration with the Vancouver Sufi Centre and the Canadian Memorial United Church. Camyar Chai will work with the Vancouver Sufi Centre and 8-10 of its members, with involvement from professional actors, designers and dramaturge, to create a theatrical interpretation of Sufi teachings and poetry. The goal is to collaboratively create a text that investigates Sufi's universal themes of love and unity with a wider audience, and to encourage the development of specific theatrical and performance skills among the Sufi Centre membership. As Camyar works with the participants to create the piece, spiritual music in multiple forms - traditional and modern, eastern and western - will be woven into the script through a process of collaboration.