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Nikkei Seniors Health Care and Housing Society

Dementia Outreach with Ethno-cultural Minority Communities: Addressing Issues of Culture, Stigma and Social Isolation (Co-lead Researchers Cathy Makihara, Nikkei Seniors Health Care and Housing Society; Dr. Karen Kobayashi, UVIC)

Dementia Outreach with Ethno-cultural Minority Communities: Addressing Issues of Culture, Stigma and Social Isolation (Research team: N/A)

North Island College Foundation Trust Fund

Employment Transition Construction Labourer Program

The Construction Labourer Employment Transition (CL-ET) program is a unique and innovative program designed by North Island College to provide skills-based Post Secondary Education to learners who experience barriers to education and employment due the impact of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and brain injuries. The program offers a unique, hands-on, active-learning approach, combining employment skills, workplace essential skills, and carpentry skills. The program also offers valuable life supports through community mentors who provide one-on-one guidance and training to the students in a number of areas where the impact of their disability causes barriers or challenges e.g. budgeting, transportation, and food preparation. On completion of the program, persons with disabilities will acquire employment skills to help them maintain work and acquire entry level construction skills leading to employment opportunities as construction labourers or carpenter assistants. North Island College's Construction Labourer - Employment Transition program is the only program of its kind in BC.

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.

Northern Lights Wildlife Society

2015 Rehabilitation Education Project

Northern Lights Wildlife Society (NLWS) is dedicated to giving the orphaned and injured wildlife of British Columbia a second chance at survival. In order to make the maximum difference throughout the province it is imperative that our volunteers are trained appropriately. Since wildlife rehabilitation is a cutting edge field, many conferences and training seminars are held in the more heavily populated regions of North America. For NLWS volunteers, it can be a struggle to attend these vital events but their value to the organization is immense. For this reason, NLWS has begun to raise funds in order to send their two senior most volunteers to the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association Symposium in Princeton, New Jersey, USA. At this event NLWS volunteers will both present their research and take part in several unique learning opportunities. Many of the seminars and workshops offered at this symposium are not available in British Columbia. Topics include 'Build and Enhance Your Public Education and Outreach', 'Enclosure Planning and Construction' and 'Distaster Preparedness'.

Nuxalk Nation

Nuxalk Sputc Protection: a community-based eulachon conservation project

This innovative project will advance conservation policy and practice through the creation of a community-based Sputc (eulachon) Protection Plan. Bringing together Nuxalkmc (Nuxalk people) and resource managers, the plan will integrate traditional knowledge and science through community events, archival research, and interviews, upholding traditional ways of knowing while enhancing engagement in eulachon protection. Many recognize the value of including First Nations knowledge in decision-making, but the means by which to do so are largely undeveloped. This grassroots project –the first of its kind- will serve as an example of traditional knowledge integration in practice. Broad interest in the project has been expressed by other Nations and partners, who hope to use it as a template for future engagement. Accordingly, a strategic regional workshop will be held to share lessons learned. This project is one pillar of a cultural revitalisation initiative currently underway in Nuxalk territory, which includes the revival of an annual eulachon welcoming ceremony, a film, and research.

Nuxalk Language Documentation

Our goal is to record our language for learning purposes. We need to work with dedicated language learners to get our language systematically recorded. We have elders who spoke Nuxalk as their first language but do not speak it on a daily basis any longer. They need to practice to remember their fluency. We will hold practice/immersion sessions with those who are interested in doing the work of being recorded. We have a team of motivated workers who realize the urgency of having our authentic speakers recorded. We have many people who understand but cannot speak. The pronunciation and conversational-flow must be recorded while we have authentic speakers. It cannot be learned correctly from books, it must be heard over and over again. This portion of our language revitalization efforts is the focus of this project HOWEVER there are simultaneous efforts to teach and practice and digitize existing recordings as well. This will be ongoing work.

Okanagan Falls' Heritage and Museum Society

Okanagan Falls Women's Institute Centennial Park Band Shell Project

In 1997, a bequest was received from Isabell Hester, a member of a pioneer family, to build a Band Shell in Centennial Park. A Site was chosen, concrete foundations, footings and stage floor were poured. That being done, the project is shovel ready. Due the the Provincial Corrections facility being built 10km south of Okanagan Falls, a significant revitalization plan is planned for the centre of town. Growth in population, new businesses, homes and services are in the new community plan. The Band Shell in Centennial Park will be a natural gathering place for all residents of the community for celebrations, concerts, live outdoor theatre, festivals and other public and private events.

Pacific AIDS Network

SPEAKING MY TRUTH: The Canadian HIV Stigma Index CBR Project in British Columbia (Co-lead researchers Jennifer Evin Jones, Pacific Aids Network and Catherine Worthington, UVIC)

The HIV Stigma Index is a dynamic partnership born out of a community-identified need to turn the tide against persistent HIV stigma and discrimination in BC. In this, the 5th year of the global implementation of the Stigma Index, 50 countries have completed the study, with more than 1300 People living with HIV (PLHIV) trained as interviewers and 45,000 PLHIV interviewed. It is time for Canada and BC to join this international movement. With support from the VF, the BC arm of this national study will be able to move forward to build our team first, increase the reach of the project into rural areas and hard-to-reach populations, and mentor additional PLHIVs as research leaders. This CBR project will be the first ever Canadian study to document experiences of stigma and discrimination from the perspective of people living with HIV. This action-oriented project will translate community experiences into language decision-makers can effectively use; build a shared agenda to influence programs, services and policies; and positively impact individuals involved. The Stigma Index is both a process (of building partnerships & capacity) and an action-based research tool (building on a quantitative & qualitative questionnaire). Designed by and for PLHIV, and led by PLHIV, this project will inform better evidence-based responses to HIV and related issues at all levels, and will empower the community to take a leap forward in the struggle for freedom from HIV stigma and discrimination. Research team: Melanie Rusch, Island Health; Andrea Langlois, Pacific AIDS Network; Andrew Beckeman, AIDS Vancouver; Charles Osborne, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS; Darren Lausher, Peer Research Associate; Jonathan Postnikoff, Research Assistant UBC; Romari Undi, Intl. Community of Women living with HIV; Sergio Rueda, Population Health Research

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.

Pacific Community Resources Society

Surrey Youth Collaborative Project

The City of Surrey has the largest population of youth in the Province and grows at a rate of approximately 1000 new people a month. Many of these new residents are youth who come from diverse backgrounds that place them at risk. At present there has been no one providing overarching leadership in bringing youth and youth providers together to plan for youth. This deficit has left youth served by overstretched services and one-off projects that often are unsustainable. The Surrey Child and Youth Committee, with the support of its member agencies including the City of Surrey, Surrey School District, and MCFD, is proposing to assume a role similar to the Surrey Children’s Partnership (ECD and Middle Years) by working with youth and their families, funders, agencies and the community to collaboratively establish a plan for Surrey youth. The project will establish a funders framework agreement, an MOU with funders and youth providers, data analysis, work with youth groups to identify their priorities, leading to a collective impact planning session and follow-up youth project

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.

Pathways to Education Canada

Pathways to Education Vancouver: A Graduation Strategy Partner

In the last year, several organizations from the health, education and social services sectors launched The Graduation Strategy, a plan to provide the supports and services children need to graduate from high school. The strategy arose after community reports identified that inner city children are failing to graduate from high school and make successful transitions from elementary to secondary and post-secondary school. Community organizations identified the urgent need to complement current services with a comprehensive, place-based program focused on high school students. PCRS was invited to deliver the Pathways to Education program as a critical piece of the Strategy. The population that we intend to serve is high-school aged youth living in the V6A postal code. We anticipate that approx. 80 students will be eligible for enrollment in the first Pathways cohort. After five years, 400 youth will be eligible for the program. Through community partnerships, Pathways will provide students with a comprehensive set of academic, financial and social supports to help them graduate.

Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development

Communities, Water & Carbon: Mitigating shale gas impacts in northeast BC

Shale gas development in northeast BC will significantly increase with the emergence of an export-oriented LNG industry. At the same time, the current regulatory framework is insufficient to protect communities from the negative impacts of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Initial conversations with First Nations and community leaders in the northeast indicate that impacted communities would welcome information to enhance understanding of technologies, policies and best practices that could reduce the impact on water (quality and quantity – which are serious local concerns) and climate (GHG emissions). We propose to undertake research and engagement to reduce upstream shale gas development impacts in northeast BC: to provide accessible research findings and communications tools to First Nations and communities; to undertake coordinated outreach to strengthen networks across the north and to increase public awareness across the province; and to promote policies and practices with the provincial government and industry in collaboration with leaders in northeast BC.

Port Alberni Association for Community Living

Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP)

Our agency would like to pilot a Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP) for youth with special needs in the summer of 2015. This request is in response to the various provincial initiatives focusing on employment for persons with developmental disabilities and the need for transitional planning for youth with special needs. With relevance to this funding application, our agency currently offers an Employment Program that is extremely successful. However, we are only able to offer this service to our adult population at this point in time. One of the primary goals of this proposed project is to build that relationship with the youth and to support a seamless transition once they enter into adult services and programs; building familiarity with our staff and program would enhance their chances of gaining successful employment as an adult. The objectives of the SWEP would be to provide a positive and successful work experience for the youth through support, encouragement and on-the-job assistance so they will have the confidence to pursue employment as an adult..

Powell River and District United Way

ORCA Bus Community Capacity Development

After a 1 year hiatus where the bus was off the road due to not passing mechanical and safety inspections, the community of Powell River has banned together to put the bus back on the road this past fall 2013. The ORCA Bus is once again offering the integral programming for children 0-6 that the community had become so accustomed to. Through the generous donations from community members, local businesses and organizations and a grant through our local community forest foundation we were able to retrofit a donated decommissioned school bus. As of September 2013 the bus was back on the road providing programming for children 0-6 throughout the community. The bus is currently on the road offering free programming 4 days a week. Our goal is to continue to build relationships and partner with diverse organizations and businesses within the community to increase programming and community access to the bus. We want to increase programming and offer a wider range of child development activities aboard the bus.

Powell Street Festival Society


Salmon is the unifying symbol for Fish Stix. Salmon drew Japanese people to Canada in the early 1900s and helped form a distinct Japanese Canadian culture. Five taiko groups will each create new 5-8 minute pieces based on aspects of salmon history and culture to develop a collaborative, multidisciplinary performance piece for the 2014 PSF. These pieces will be unified through percussion, spoken word, song, masks and movement performed by taiko players and guest artists and will include processions of colourful visual elements created by local Downtown Eastside (DTES) residents, community volunteers and children. This project arose from recent taiko group collaborations and a desire to more fully explore the sense of community and shared history. It also stems from PSFS' ongoing outreach to DTES community members through free artistic programs. As a non-traditional approach to taiko composition, the project will provide a catalyst for growth within the Vancouver taiko community, and will provide community participants with an opportunity to more fully participate at the Festival.

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.

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival Society


DIS/APPEARING CITY is a creative residency and community engagement project involving two Netherlands-based artists Lotte van den Berg and Dries Verhoeven. The project includes a suite of immersive, site-specific works that play with notions of public space and our urban landscape (IMAGINARY CINEMA and FARE THEE WELL), as well as various outreach events and activities. DIS/APPEARING CITY explores questions of our personal versus collective experience of shared urban landscape, utilizing new audience/performer relations and aesthetic innovation. Much of van den Berg's work takes place in public spaces, eschews conventional dramaturgy for a cinematic poetry, and is often devised with non-professionals. Verhoeven's practice lies between theater and fine arts. Both are deeply concerned with the place - physical and otherwise - that the performing arts occupy in our world. Each holds the politics and nature of "perspective" as a central axis for their practice. They are widely considered to be two of the most articulate, thought-provoking and rigorous artists to be found anywhere.

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.

Raven Theatre

Children of God by Corey Payette

Raven Theatre will produce the original Canadian musical Children of God about an aboriginal family affected by the residential school system. The show's book/music/lyrics are written by Oji-Cree playwright/composer, Corey Payette. Our goal is to create a theatre piece that advances the work of aboriginal artists, challenges the public's notion of a musical, and that allows this new generation of artists to acknowledge and honour the survivors of residential schools. The musical experiments with structure and form; set in two time periods, in 1950 at a residential school, and in 1970. The story follows the same characters in both time periods to examine how the events of our past have direct effects on the rest of our lives, and in most cases are passed down to the children of the next generation. The show is universal, about an aboriginal family and how life experiences shape their relationships.

Ready to Rent BC Association

Peers for Housing Stability

Peers for Housing Stability will focus on vulnerable youth, transitioning into adulthood, who are inadequately housed, couch-surfing, or homeless with no knowledge about or, support for, living independently. This includes those in foster care who will be turning 19 years of age. Using a youth mentorship model, qualified R2R instructors will train recent program graduates to assist with delivery of the program. Together, they will instruct and lead R2R participants to help them prepare for sustaining independent living arrangements through financial and housing literacy. Topics will include: an overview of rental rights and responsibilities, basic financial literacy and basic communication skills for interacting with landlords and roommates. This introductory course will count towards the longer, 12-hour certificate course. Peers for Housing Stability will operate in the Lower Mainland and Capital Regional District. The two locations will share a common train the trainer session, outcomes and reporting framework, and overall project management.

Realwheels Society

Super Voices

Super Voices will engage the community of people with disabilities in a weekly series of (free) workshops to explore storytelling, theatre, music, and wheelchair dance. The project will explore identity within a diverse group of people with disabilities (PwD). Working with a team of professional artists, this will culminate in a live, integrated arts performance. Realwheels will launch the workshop intensive in January 2015. Participants will explore the question: "What is your superpower?" to gain insight into the ways in which PwD self-identify at the deepest level. We'll run weekly sessions on acting, clowning, storytelling, improvisation, music, and dance - all designed to impart skills and foster ensemble. The community has also expressed enthusiasm to explore comedy; we will develop the project around the concept of an old-fashioned, cinema-inspired 'caper', which lends itself naturally to the integration of projections. We will take this developmental work into a rehearsal process to be performed at the Roundhouse Performance Space (June 2015).

Regional Animal Protection Society


RAPS would like the opportunity to update its technical/Marketing need to ensure the advancement of the organization for future years, by first implementing a new user friendly website & Mobile application that can be updated by present management on a daily basis, showcasing featured animal videos' in hopes of raising awareness and interest of animal adoption. We also require an internet based shelter software program and computers will enable RAPS sanctuary and shelter to keep accurate account of all animal data and medical needs. And we would like the opportunity to print new brochures and other marketing tools to help us educate the general public about what we do and the programs we offer that can help individuals with their present pets or future pets and increase awareness of the 'op to adopt' campaign.

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.