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The Garth Homer Society

Supported Self-Employment Pilot Project

The purpose of this pilot is to develop and validate a practical working approach to supported self-employment (SSE) for people with developmental disabilities (DD), one of the most vulnerable and excluded of populations. Increasingly, SSE is being viewed within the community living sector as a viable employment option. However, there are few models for the delivery of SSE for people with DD, and for a variety of reasons existing models of self-employment for the 'difficult-to-employ' without disabilities do not work well for this population. In this project we will work with six developmentally disabled individuals to build self-employment businesses with the aims of (i) having the businesses generate cashflow within the project term, (ii) achieving specific employment-related learning and personal growth outcomes for each individual, and (iii) establishing the validity and practicality of our SSE service model.

The Little Chamber Music Series That Could Society


'11' will be a contemporary classical musical work that celebrates a unique part of Vancouver's history and the neighbourhood that embodies it, honouring World War II veterans who came to live in East Vancouver's Renfrew Heights. '11' will have 3 distinctive parts, each one designed to invite more and diverse members of the public into new music: 1. A "Composer on Site" residency in the Roundhouse Community Centre's Exhibition Hall in September, 2014, where Mr. Haney will be creating the piece while accessible for discussion and input by the public in this public space; 2. A public performance in October, 2014, at the All Souls Event at the City of Vancouver's Mountain View Cemetery; 3. A public performance in East Vancouver's Falaise Park on Remembrance Day, 2014. Through these elements as well as earlier development, the project is about accessibility and engaging diverse local communities over the geography of Vancouver, including youth, Veterans and their families. As a legacy art work for all Canadians, it will mark 100 years from the beginning of the First World War.

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

The Virtual Stage Arts Society o/a The Virtual Stage

2014 Community Outreach Program

The purpose of the Community Outreach Program is to engage youth and young people with special needs in innovative theatre and film projects alongside professional artists. The program provides participants with invaluable work experience, guidance, and life skills support within a professional artistic environment in a publicly presented play or film. The purpose of this grant application is to support The Virtual Stage’s 2014 Community Outreach Program, which will integrate program participants as writers, actors, designers and crew on the company’s next installment of its incredibly successful site-specific, interactive, smartphone-enabled, zombie-themed roving show “On Death’s Door: Curse of The Zombie Syndrome”. The project originated in 2012, alongside the inaugural production of “The Zombie Syndrome”. It was created in response to the needs of youth eager for mentorship and opportunities to develop skills in preparation for the responsibilities of adulthood and a possible future career in theatre.

Theatre Conspiracy

Foreign Radical

Development and production of the play Foreign Radical, with workshop and presentation in July 2014 and a full production in March 2015. Foreign Radical is a play by Tim Carlson that takes a deep look at the value of privacy in the age of cyber-surveillance and online censorship. With elements of documentary, drama, participatory game play and online presence the work seeks to establish an intensely personal relationship with the audience, asking hard questions about privacy and security. The production plan follows on a year of development funded by BCAC Innovations, a BCAC writing grant to Tim Carlson and Canada Council multi-year project support, which included research with the Citizen Lab at the UofT, a workshop in at the UofT Drama Centre and three weeks of creation including a three-night studio showing in December 2013. In July, 2014, we will further develop the play in a residency at the Cultch and present three shows at the Your Kontinent Film and Media Arts Festival in Richmond, and produce a nine-show run following three weeks of rehearsal in April 2015.

Theatre for Living Society

maladjusted tour

The origin of 'maladjusted' was our deep relationship with health professionals. The Vancouver production (created and performed by mental health patients and caregivers) was so well received, we imagined a tour. Native and non-Native community and health organizations across BC/AB were so excited, we decided to proceed. Vancouver Foundation funds would be used for BC ONLY. The original creators and cast are all back (minus one who cannot tour). We will have two weeks to remount the production. The tour will be 19 events in 19 BC communities, (many VERY under-served), 8 events in 10 Alberta communities, and 11 events back in Vancouver: 2 previews at the Maritime Centre and 9 shows at the Firehall, plus a global, interactive webcast. Sponsors decide ticket price. In Van: $15 with 1,000 free vouchers for homeless. Who is served? Native and non-Native patients and caregivers; youth, people in poverty, the homeless, families, health professionals.

Theatre in the Raw Society

The Raymur Mothers - An Original Musical

Theatre In the Raw (TITR) is requesting the support of The Vancouver Foundation for the production of the last of the three shows from our Untold Stories of Vancouver musical trilogy: The Raymur Mothers - script by Bob Sarti music by Bill Sample directed/produced by Jay Hamburger. We intend to mount the production as part of our 2014/2015 season at The Russian Hall in Vancouver's Strathcona neighborhood. The Raymur Mothers is an iconic story, full of colourful characters (real and imagined), drama, action, romance, passions, ideals, humor, dance and 13 rousing songs. The exploits of the notable real-life "militant mothers of Raymur" from the Raymur Place Housing Project have already become part of Vancouver's 1970's folklore. The legacy of young apprehensive mothers in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) has yet to be given the serious and comprehensive attention that it deserves. We aim to reach this goal through story, song, and drama by giving the remarkable original musical piece a full scale two week entertaining production run (10 performances/1 preview) in Vancouver in late 2014.

Theatre Replacement Society

New Aesthetics Performance Intensive (NAPI)

NAPI is a two-week intensive designed for 20 working artists interested in expanding their practices through instruction from experts at the forefront of contemporary performance. The program is produced in partnership with Simon Fraser University's School for the Contemporary Arts and The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. In addition to 10 days of in-studio work for participants, NAPI also provides lectures and evening events where the instructors, participants and commissioned speakers share their thoughts and practices with the public at large. The 2014 NAPI occurs August 4-15 2014 and is led by Toshiki Okada (Japan) and Mariano Pensotti (Argentina). The 2015 process will be led by the German/UK art collective Gob Squad. In 2014, Okada will explore the intersection of movement and text in his work, while Pensotti will capitalize on his site-specific work and explore notions of space and how it shapes text and performance. The intention is that the two approaches, one physical and immediate the other more conceptual will combine to create a comprehensive experience.

Thompson Rivers University Foundation

Retail Kiosk Project

The ESTR Retail Kiosk Project is a new and innovative initiative for our Retail Certificate Program. The purpose of this initiative is to provide hands-on, retail training for our students which will empower and better prepare them for employment. Students in the program are required to complete 6 hours of Retail Labs each week over the course of two semesters. Currently students are working on and off campus to complete their lab hours. The kiosk would provide students the opportunity to connect classroom theory to real employment training and practice such as: - operating a small business and entrepreneuship - ordering and monitoring inventory - pricing and marketing product - stocking, displaying and packaging product - completing sales transactions and daily reconciliations - practicing customer service and sales This project also extends beyonds our program. Along with being interdisciplinary, aligns well with TRU's Strategic Priorities to increase: Student Success, Entrepreneurial Capacity, Intercultural Understanding, and Sustainability.

Tides Canada Foundation

Increasing the Impact of Freshwater Funding in British Columbia

The goal is to go beyond networking, to achieve focused learning, partnership development and action on specific initiatives by establishing a program with structure, professional support and coordination, and tangible deliverables Over the next year, funders of freshwater working in British Columbia will formalize and strengthen their emerging collaborative effort known as the BC Water Funders Group. The purpose of this collaborative is to find areas of common interest and alignment between funders that facilitate the strategic use of collective resources to advance freshwater protection in B.C. The goal is to both increase the resources available for freshwater protection efforts and ensure funders are more effectively coordinating the use of those funds to ensure they are having a collective impact. The group provides a forum for exchange of information and peer learning between funders and water leaders by strengthening relationships, knowledge and networks. Over the next year, the funders group will host two-in person meetings and one field trip. It will convene three to four

Tides Canada Initiatives Society

Reconciliation Canada - New Way Forward

Reconciliation Canada is engaging Canadians through experiential transformative change processes delivered by the following: Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops & Action Plans are targeted at youth, community and organizational leaders, these workshops provide the opportunity for participants to engage in meaningful dialogue, build relationships and develop reconciliation action plans. 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. Workshops and leadership training includes a youth specific stream.

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.

Hartley Bay Great Bear LIVE

The Gitga’at First Nation, located in Hartley Bay on the north coast of B.C., have developed land and marine use plans for their territory that include as key principles: protecting ecosystem integrity, ensuring their unique and rich culture is preserved and enhancing their capacity to engage in research and resource management. Gitga’at entities have requested that PWI collaboratively develop and deploy a Great Bear LIVE remote camera project in Gitga’at territory. Great Bear LIVE is a technologically advanced remote monitoring system developed by PWI to monitor terrestrial and marine wildlife through video and audio which can be streamed live online for broader public engagement and education. This project will meet 2 key community-identified objectives: 1. To employ non-invasive research and broad-based public education tools to further environmental protection, understanding and long term monitoring of Gitga’at traditional territory. 2. To engage and prepare youth as future stewards of Gitga’at territory by providing training in technology,wildlife monitoring and stewardship.

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


Tofino Botanical Gardens Foundation

Tofino Botanical Gardens and Aeriosa Artist in Residency

TBGF will provide ADS with the venues, resources and technical support required for creative collaboration led by choreographer Julia Taffe and arborist Stephanie Hughes. Working as artists in residence over one year, Aeriosa performers and crew will undertake professional development activities, creation of workshops and site specific public performances in the Tofino Region. The residency will include a mentorship program for advanced local dance students who will work alongside professional performers and participate in performances. The residency schedule will provide community engagement opportunities, including dance workshops for the general public and artist talkback events. The purpose of this project is to expand the creative and technical capacity of both organizations as well as individual artists and riggers from the region who will exchange, combine and master diverse skills as they develop a site specific vertical dance performance set in the big trees of the forest and other dance activities throughout the gardens.


Weaver Woman

In 2004 TomoeArts' artistic director Colleen Lanki met scholar Miseli Jeon and heard her read her translation of Korean feminist author O Chonghui's groundbreaking short story 'Chingnyo (Weaver Woman).' The haunting imagery immediately made Colleen want to turn the piece into a performance. We now have the perfect artistic team and are creating a full-length dance-theatre performance with movement using nihon buyoh (Japanese classical dance); music composed for Chinese & western instruments; spoken text from the original story in English and Korean; and scenography incorporating full-stage projections. Through this project we will develop our intercultural and interdisciplinary practice, extend the boundaries of nihon buyoh as a movement vocabulary, and introduce a fabulous piece of literature to a wider audience. 'Weaver Woman' is TomoeArts' biggest and most involved creative project to date. It combines multiple cultures and art forms and will allow the company to build on all our previous contemporary work.

Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge Society

Improve Donation Process

We depend almost entirely on the support of donors, purchasers and members for operating funds. We need to be able to respond in an accurate, timely manner to all requests, donations and orders to ensure that our supporters will continue to support us in the future. At present, the process of receiving, processing, and providing the tax receipt, documents and orders necessary for all forms of donor interaction is labor intensive, and inefficient with a single transaction passing through as many as 4 sets of hands before completion. We have progressed from manual tax receipts to using a comprehensive donation software program to record donor information and publish tax receipts but there are still too many steps in the process. Sales orders must still be manually recorded. We now need to: - Purchase 'point-of-sale' equipment and software to reduce receipt of funds and issue of tax/sales receipts to a single transaction. - Add software to our website to enable our visitors to donate on-line and receive their tax receipt by email. - Update website to make it user friendly.

UBC - Department of Medicine Department of Medicine

Exploring Access to Health Information in Surrey's South Asian Community (Co-Lead Researchers: Dr. Kendall Ho and Mr. Paul Bains)

The proposed project addresses the question: What support do members of Surreys South Asian (SA) community need in order to use eHealth tools to manage and prevent chronic diseases? In BC, the SA community has higher than average rates of chronic diseases[1]. CINS and the eHSO have worked with the SA community to reduce health disparities by supporting chronic disease management (CDM) and prevention. The interCultural Online Health Project (iCON), an eHSO community outreach program led by Drs. Ho and Cheema, has conducted research on patient engagement, information needs, and CDM in BCs SA communities since 2008. Information from community participants suggests that eHealth literacy is an area in need of development[2]. Health literacy can be defined as the set of skills required to use eHealth to its full potential. Technical proficiency, language ability, and media literacy are among the components of eHealth literacy[3]. iCONs research also indicates that the SA community views eHealth as a valuable opportunity to optimize CDM through online resources, apps, and other technologies. eHealth also has potential to promote uptake of clinical prevention services, such as screening programs. Partnering with an extensive community network, we will develop capacity and infrastructure within Surrey's SA community to generate a deeper understanding of factors affecting the use of eHealth. Findings will inform future initiatives to support eHealth-enabled CDM and prevention. Research Team: Drs. Victoria Lee, Helen Lauscher, Ms. Sunita Kapoor, Dr. Arun Garg, and Mr. Jay Bains

UBC - Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

Tom Burrows (title to be confirmed)

This exhibition looks at six decades of work by Vancouver/Hornby Island artist Tom Burrows who has made an important contribution to Vancouver's legacy as a leading centre for visual art in Canada. The exhibition will be based on works in the collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery accompanied by other works from public and private collections across Canada as well as those belonging to the artist. As a survey of this artist's oeuvre, the works will span from the mid-1960s to the present. The funds we are applying for from the Vancouver Foundation will be dedicated to a publication that will accompany this exhibition. The catalogue will be an analytical, but accessible, forum for a discussion on Burrows's work, and it will address the myriad issues that have played roles in his art, among them sustainable housing, socio-political concerns, early performance art, alternative architecture, and testing the aesthetic boundaries of abstraction.

UBC - Office of Research Services

Generation Squeeze Public Engagement Strategy

The social and economic inequalities facing children, youth and families today are grounded in a generational inequity. As younger Canadians finish school, begin careers and start homes and families, they are squeezed by lower wages, higher costs, less time and a deteriorating environment, even though our economy produces more wealth than ever before. While governments use this economic wealth to adapt policy for others, including our aging population, they continue down a path that leaves less and less for younger generations. To address this inequity we need a collective voice with the political clout required to reduce the squeeze. That's why we plan to build an organization like CARP (formerly Canadian Association of Retired Persons) that is driven by and speaks up for younger Canada, and is self-sustaining. While we are generating interest across the country, this grant will specifically facilitate Engagement Organizing in BC, reflecting our commitment to including younger generations in creating A Canada That Works for All Generations.

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.

UBC - School of Population & Public Health

Supporting the Achievement of Health Goals with Formerly Incarcerated Men

The John Howard Society of Canada (JHSC) and UBCs Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education (CCPHE) share a deep commitment to improving the health of previously incarcerated individuals. Incarcerated populations suffer vast health inequities compared with the general Canadian population, and 90% of incarcerated individuals are male. This community-based participatory research project aims to answer the question: what are the facilitators and barriers to achieving health and successful reintegration for men leaving federal correctional institutions in BC? All members of the project advisory committee (PAC), including academic, community, and individuals with lived incarceration experience, will work together in the design, execution, analysis, and sharing of research findings. This participatory project will build employment and educational capacity among individuals with incarceration experience, thus addressing a known barrier to reintegration. In the longer-term, this project has the potential to: enhance understanding of the health trajectories for men as they leave prison; create new knowledge that will enhance the current body of academic health literature; facilitate the development of health recommendations and resources for prison-specific organizations regarding what additional services they might facilitate for their clients; and, develop policy recommendations for Correctional Services Canada (CSC) regarding their health discharge planning procedures.

University of British Columbia

Jump Step - A participatory approach to physical activity & mental wellness (Co-lead researchers Dr. Joanie Sims-Gould, Assistant Professor UBC and Ron Remick, Medical Director, MDA Psychiatric Urgent)

Note: We have adjusted the proposal title to avoid confusion with Step-by-Step, our previous pilot study of the same name. Anxiety/mood disorders can have devastating effects. They contribute more to the global burden of disease than all cancers combined(i) and 5 of the 10 leading causes of disability worldwide are mental or nervous disorders.(ii) Members of the Jump Step collaboration have both experienced and witnessed the destructive nature of these conditions. As mental health clients or Wellness Partners as MDABC psychiatrists, as investigators, we recognize that current psychiatric treatments are often limited to psychological and/or pharmaceutical interventions. These approaches are useful but do not necessarily 1) address the person nor her/his mental health challenges within a holistic context; nor 2) focus on wellness as the primary outcome (as opposed to disease control). Wellness Partners see a need to investigate the relationship between physical activity (PA) and mental illness (we prefer mental wellness). How can we support adults, suffering from anxiety/mood disorders to engage in PA as a mechanism for promoting and sustaining holistic wellness and healthy lifestyles? Collectively, as wellness partners and practitioners/psychiatrists, knowledge users, and key stakeholders, we will design, implement, and evaluate a PA promotion study based on a community-based needs assessment & identified barriers/facilitators to PA, and the success of our pilot. Research Team: Karim Miran-Khan (UBC), David Adams (Mobility BC), Sarah Lusina-Furst (CIHR), Martin Addison (Mood Disorders Association of BC), Jennifer Davis (Post Doctorate Fellow), Christiane Hoppmann (UBC), Michael Delaney (Lawyer), Sara Vazirian (Mobility BC)

University of British Columbia School of Social Work

Sexual Health Knowledge and Intellectual Disability (Dr. Rachelle Hole, UBC / Angela Clancy, Family Support Institute)

Individuals with intellectual disability (ID) face unique challenges in relation to sexual health and realizing their sexual identity and expression. A lack of appropriate sexual education is evident. This lack of education increases threats of disease, abuse, and/or mental health issues, especially for those who do not conform to heterosexual norms. The FSI and the CIC are working to foster dialogue, develop resources and support leadership to address this community identified need. In this project, FSI and the CIC will partner with key stakeholders (e.g., Spectrum Society, Langley Association), centring the voices, experiences and leadership of individuals with ID (self advocates), to build understanding, awareness and capacity about sexual health, sexual expression and sexual diversity for individuals with ID, families and service providers. Within a participatory frame, we will engage with self advocates and allies to identify gaps in sexual health knowledge; develop knowledge and community resources for promoting positive sexual health and sexuality; and, engage stakeholders to develop and implement knowledge translation strategies. The research questions are: 1) What are self advocates' experiences of sexual health knowledge and education? 2) What information is needed to achieve successful sexual health education and positive sexual expression? 3) What strategies do self advocates and allies identify as most effective to promote positive sexual health and sexuality?