Grants

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Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society

A Place of Belonging

Metis Nation British Columbia (MNBC), Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society (KAFS) and Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family and Community Services (LMO) have collaborated on this joint project with the focus on providing innovative safe supportive housing for vulnerable Aboriginal Youth in Kamloops 19 - 24 yrs of age and who are/have transitioned out of care of the child welfare system or who are currently homeless. We will first address issues of cultural identity, sense of belonging and self-esteem by providing supportive living arrangements for vulnerable Aboriginal Youth. This grounds our Aboriginal youth in culture and spiritual support, while simultaneously providing a safe place to stay. The Youth will then be better equipped with tools to grow into productive young members of society, provided with distinctly individual pathways available to them. This unique housing arrangement will be a starting place for youth to develop life skills while learning healthy skills with positive strong paths forward. Aboriginal Youth are disconnected from their Communities and require a strong sense of security in ones-self, to successfully transition into functional young Aboriginal adults. Aboriginal Youth need to start at square one, which involves finding out who they are, what their culture is and what it means to them and having pride in their sense of identity.
$100,000.00
2015

Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry Society

Life Skills Development Project

The Life Skills Development Project (LSDP) consists of 2 key pieces: My Place, a weekly, drop-in based life skills and service navigation program resulting from a community-wide needs assessment; and the Life Skills Network (LSN), a group of community professionals working in the area of housing and life skills who come together to build working relationships, identify and address gaps in life skills programming, and oversee My Place. The life skills topics at My Place are facilitated by members of the LSN. Workshop topics range from to tenancy rights to communication to conflict resolution to budgeting, etc. The goal of the drop-in is to provide professionally facilitated, peer-driven discussion related to finding and maintaining housing, and improving quality of life. This structure allows clients to self-identify their needs in a safe, non-judgmental setting that they have ownership in. My Place also provides information about services in the community, and resources to assist individuals in reaching the support they need. A pilot stage of the LSDP has been completed and evaluated. Through this process, a refined product is being developed that supports collaboration and gives an active voice to our most vulnerable citizens. In the coming year, we hope to continue this success through a seamless transition from the project’s pilot stage, to a well-developed and sustainable program. We need to test our refined program and continue to develop it to meet community needs.
$10,000.00
2015

Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre

Exploring/Creating Models in Inter & Multi Generational Child Care

We would like to use a development grant to hire a child care systems analyst to create a business plan in order to offer Inter and Multi Generational Child Care within the Kitsilano Community Centre. This will include researching and presenting required building upgrades, licensing, staffing, accreditation requirements, training, support, and methods of volunteer recognition.
$10,000.00
2015

Little Mountain Neighbourhood House Society

Heart, Health, 'Hood: Learning. Living. Leading.

Heart, Health,‘Hood is an inter-sectoral program addressing isolation, health, engagement of marginalized & underserved individuals (immigrants, refugees, people with disabilities, seniors). It reduces barriers of exclusion through connection, collaboration, education, engagement. Social determinants of health are discussed & acted upon through dialogue, resource sharing, interactive lessons, goal setting, small project design & delivery. This innovation builds a vibrant community through development of personal health/financial/community goals, & a subsequent project where participants work together to improve their own, & the community’s health. Component (1): [‘HEART’: participant-focused health knowledge]; BCIT student nurses facilitate cross-cultural health activities, dialogue, & group learning that puts issues affecting marginalized groups at the forefront. Participants choose relevant topics that shape the program & set goals for personal & collective health. Component (2): [‘HEALTH’: employment/financial empowerment]; Vancity staff share tools for employment/financial wellbeing/volunteering. Participants develop goal–setting action plans & best practices for financial security, employment, volunteering. Component (3): [‘HOOD’ projects that care for community]. Participants review action plans & choose a project to collaborate & mentor each other on, through application & delivery of a neighbourhood small grant focused on a social determinant of health.
$7,428.00
2015

Living Positive Resource Centre, Okanagan

The Bright Side Youth Project

The social innovation idea we would like to move on with Vancouver Foundation development funds is to explore in partnership with community agencies the recent social innovations in youth sexual health programming. We aim to determine the best program for reaching vulnerable Okanagan youth and how we can build and manage strategic and institutional partnerships to bring any identified program development to sustainable fruition. We want to identify a recent social innovation idea in the delivery of youth-based sexual health prevention programs that has been successful in other regions and that could be modified into an innovative program in the Okanagan. The coming together to develop programming for Okanagan youth is in and of itself an innovative step for this community.
$10,000.00
2015

Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families

Burnaby Youth Hub - Headspace Initiative

The Burnaby Youth Hub (“the Hub”) improves access to youth-centric services by offering a unique one-stop shop of services in a safe and empowering environment. In collaboration with a number of other partners, the Hub functions to provide young people with the opportunity and access to a comprehensive set of resources to foster a productive future as independent, engaged members of the community. In order to continue to provide innovative support that is responsive to the unique and varied needs of the young people in our community, the Hub will be launching a new framework of integrative care specifically addressing and de-stigmatizing mental health among youth. Modeled after the Australian Headspace initiative, this new approach will build off of existing foundations to better serve the needs of youth in Burnaby, as identified and articulated by the youth requiring and accessing these services. This innovative new framework will see greater focus on building holistic, compassionate, and inclusive services in a centralized design, structured around four core pillars: mental health, physical & sexual health, capacity-building (including education and employment skills), and advocacy. Under this new initiative, the voices and experiences of young people will be included throughout the process of program design and implementation, and the self-identified needs of youth in the community will drive the nature of the services provided at the Hub.
$100,000.00
2015

Made in BC - Dance on Tour Dance Society

MiBC Province-Wide Community Engaged Programs - 3 year plan

Based on the success, lessons learned and direct feedback from our partners from the Northern BC 2013-14 Community-Engaged Dance Residencies Project, MiBC’s Province-Wide Community-Engaged Dance Residency Program plans to grow engagement with remote and underserved BC communities through extended dance residencies. The Program pairs professional dance artists with local community members for intensive periods of workshops and collaboration. Dance artists will be supported to expand their skills in community-engaged work through mentorship, training and peer sharing. Key to successful community participation are the Community Engagement Facilitators, regional champions who connect dance artists with the local community. This program will serve rural and urban participants, rural presenters and BC-based dance artists. The Program will focus on three BC Regions over three years: Southern Interior, Coastal/Island and Northern Communities. Partnering with regional presenters, the Program will support dance artists to delve deeper into community-engaged practice. Projects include: - Joe Ink Move It! Multi-generational workshops - 3 year multi-region - All Bodies Dance Project – Engaging mixed ability community & training/mentoring dance artists-3 year, lower mainland & Vancouver Island - MACHiNENOiSY - Queer Youth Program - Kelowna - Co. Erasga Dance - Diversity through dance -Northern region - Dancers of Damalahamid – First Nations residency – Moricetown/Smithers
$89,000.00
2015

Matsqui-Abbotsford Impact Society

Making Resiliency Happen through Youth-Adult-Partnership for Aboriginal Youth in Care

First Nations Health Authority, Fraser Health-Aboriginal, Sumas First Nation, and Valley Youth Partnership for Engagement & Respect (VYPER – managed by Impact) propose a project, based on collective impact (Turner, et al, 2012), developmental evaluation (Patton, 2011), and outcome mapping (Earl, Carden, & Smutylo, 2001), that will enhance community youth-adult partnership behaviours to improve the number, quality and sustainability of Aboriginal teaching-inspired resiliency-building opportunities available to youth-in-care in the Fraser Health region. This approach acknowledges replicated studies showing resilience is a social process (Obradovic, Burt, & Masten, 2006; Sameroff & Rosenblum, 2006; Stajduhar, Funk, Shaw, Bottorff, & Johnson, 2009; Stone, Becker, Huber, & Catalano, 2012), and is based on three core factors that support youth into thriving by mid-life (Brown, Jean-Marie & Beck, 2010): 1. opportunities to participate and contribute; 2. caring and connected relationships; and 3. developing high self-expectations. These factors align with Indigenous teachings around the four quadrants of the medicine wheel: generosity, belonging, mastery, and independence (Brendtro, Brokenleg, & Van Bockern, 2002). The project will support the addition of an Aboriginal Youth-In-Care Facilitator to the VYPER project, which already engages numerous Aboriginal youth-in-care. The specific role will be to facilitate opportunities that support traditional ways between elders and youth.
$150,000.00
2015

McCreary Centre Society

Youth Research Academy

Building on the success of previous McCreary projects which have taught research skills and supported experiential youth (including those with care experience), we propose to establish a Youth Research Academy which will train one cohort of youth in and from government care each year. Participants will be trained to design, deliver, analyze and disseminate research projects of interest to youth with care experience and service providers. The Academy will also offer opportunities for additional youth to engage in more condensed research training projects. At least one research project conducted each year will be in partnership with the Federation of BC Youth In Care Networks (FBCYICN). FBCYICN had already identified the research projects it would like Academy participants to complete in Years 1 and 2. Once the first cohort of Academy participants have been trained, the Academy will take on additional research and evaluation projects for other agencies. Project goals include increasing youth led/driven research; training youth in and from care in community based research and dissemination; supporting youth and partner agencies to consider advocacy opportunities identified within the research; assisting participants to develop marketable skills; offering community agencies access to trained youth researchers who can conduct research projects of interest to those agencies; and offering evidence of the success of this model of engaging and supporting vulnerable youth.
$225,000.00
2015

Museum of Vancouver

Trust

Individual and group relationships are critical for community health, sustainability, and resilience. But, per the Vancouver Foundation and City of Vancouver, many Vancouverites are socially isolated and civically disengaged. Fortunately, “people are happier working together for a worthy purpose,” as UBC wellbeing expert John Helliwell reports. Connecting and collaborating, however, rest on a foundation: trust. The Trust project utilizes art and design as the foundation for a social and cultural innovation: engagement for cross-boundary connection. Trust’s ideas and activities aim to catalyze intra- and intergroup relationships while creating new understandings of social connection and its civic value. The project encourages connection across social and community boundaries through a TrustLab; and wider participation through onsite and public programming and a participatory immersive exhibition featuring art, design, historic artifacts, video, and digital media. Trust, surprising and fun, will increase the number of people who participate in artistic and cultural offerings. Trust brings renowned Vancouver artists into a multidisciplinary team dedicated to co-designing and testing innovative techniques with community members and organizations that work with populations the VF has identified as acutely isolated (25-34-y.o.’s and immigrant/newcomers); and families. Trust is strategically scaled to address social isolation and intensify the Museum’s community value.
$10,000.00
2015

Music on Main Society

Digital Storytelling Project

Our main goal with this program is to discover how we can deepen the involvement of people with classical and new music. The tools we are interested in developing will be created through a process of understanding what our community needs in order to create tools and platforms to enhance the initial experience before a concert, as well as during and after a concert for our existing and potential audience members. We will hire a Digital Strategy Project Manager who will spearhead the project and work with the Music on Main team to bring digital tools into our everyday operations. This person will be responsible for coordinating the project and involving the organization in moving forward. We plan to conduct a focus group with members of two identified groups of people, (people with extensive knowledge of classical music who want to deepen their experience; and people who have little knowledge of classical music but who have a knowledge in other areas of arts and culture), and armed with the data from the focus group, we will research the options available to us as an organization to put these tools and platforms into operation. In our initial discussion, we centred on enhancing the digital experience for both groups to anticipate what to expect at a concert, so were looking at promotional tools. However, as mentioned, we want to go further by integrating digital tools and platforms that will deepen the experience before, during and after the concert.
$10,000.00
2015

Nelson CARES Society

Moving Together Phase III: Implementing a Transporation Action Plan for Kootenay Boundary Seniors

Moving Together Phases I & II: A Collaborative Approach to Addressing Seniors’ Transportation Barriers (2014, funded by Vancouver Foundation) identified specific transportation service gaps and barriers. A project Working Group of local stakeholders including local/regional transit managers, seniors, community services, and regional/municipal government developed solutions in three categories: Transit, Interior Health/Community Transportation Services, and Public Education & Marketing. The recommendations were presented to a larger regional-provincial stakeholder group that worked together to identify challenges and opportunities for implementation. The most promising recommendations emerging from this gathering were formulated into an Action Plan. Moving Together Phase III: Implementing a Transportation Action Plan for Kootenay Boundary Seniors, will operationalize the Action Plan in two segments: 1) A Transportation Animator position to connect seniors to appropriate transportation services, raise community awareness of seniors transportation challenges (including health professionals and community services providers), and promote collaboration among transportation providers; and, 2) Policy, Practice & Project Development to further develop and/or implement the remaining recommendations through participation in wider transportation initiatives with partner groups, i.e. the West Kootenay Transit Committee, City of Nelson, and Interior Health (IH).
$85,000.00
2015

Neworld Theatre Society

King Arthur and His Knights

King Arthur and His Knights is a three-year collaborative partnership with the Down Syndrome Research Foundation (DSRF) in Burnaby. It has four components: 1) The creation/production of a full-length show co-written by Niall McNeil, an artist with Down Syndrome (DS), and featuring an equally integrated cast (4 actors with DS, 5 without). It will be presented at two of Canada’s best-known arts festivals, Luminato in Toronto and the PuSh Festival in Vancouver (tbc); 2) Three years of workshops and creative development at the Down Syndrome Research foundation, working with a broad range of the DSRF’s clientele; 3) A pilot residency for an artist with Down Syndrome at Neworld; 4) Outreach/methodology-sharing with local disability arts organizations, Kickstart & Stagedoor/PosAbilities This collaboration is built on the success of a pilot, our 2011 PuSh Festival co-production, Peter Panties, which DSRF Executive Director Dawn McKenna described as, “the most profound example of creative inclusion I have ever experienced.” This show is commissioned by the Luminato Festival in Toronto (Canada's largest performing arts festival), with support from the National Arts Centre and the Banff Playwrights Colony. We believe the scale of this experiment with creative inclusion and collaboration between people of differing abilities offers enormous opportunities for our partners, our own learning, and tangible potential impact on the performance sector across the country.
$115,500.00
2015

North Shore Disability Resource Centre Association (NSDRC)

InclusionWorks North Shore

Using the award-winning InclusionWorks model from Victoria BC as an example of how to support youth exiting secondary school and in their first five years of their transition into adulthood, a group of 8 families from North and West Vancouver would like to work with community partners such as Capilano Continuing Education, the District of West Vancouver and the North Vancouver Recreation Commission, and other agencies, on a pilot project. The project involves collaborating to provide age-appropriate community-based programming that focuses on educational, recreational, social and volunteer opportunities for young adults with developmental disabilities. This pilot project involves developing a model where families pool their financial resources and in working with community partners, design and coordinate weekly activities for their young people that help them maintain the active and stimulating lifestyle that they led while in the public school system. Using the InclusionWorks (IW) model, families who have opted for Individualized Funding from Community Living BC (CLBC) pool their funds and work with a group of community-based partners to create programming with the goal of building experience, independence, inclusion, and life-long learning for young people with developmental disabilities in their first five years after graduating from the public school system.
$10,000.00
2015

Oxygen Art Centre

Kootenay Arts Collaboration Marketing Project - Phase 1

The "West Kootenay Arts Collaboration Marketing Project" is a collaborative initiative to develop a digital marketing and planning tool for the arts and heritage sector in the West Kootenays. Funding is sought for the research and development of this digital tool, that will serve to improve the business operations of Kootenay based arts and heritage organizations, build community through the networking of arts related cultural activities, and make strategic use of new technologies. Located in South Eastern British Columbia, the West Kootenays includes the following cities and areas; Nelson, Kaslo, Castlegar, Salmo, Creston, Trail, Rossland, Nakusp, New Denver, Slocan Valley and includes areas defined by the Columbia Basin Trust. The region covered by this project is considered rural and remote, and this project will serve to connect and engage these communities through the development of a shared resource for the planning, marketing and dissemination of information about arts and heritage activities. This social innovation will effect change in the social system by affecting the flow of resources. This tool will provide a collective “identity” for the arts sector in the region, and the collective marketing of this tool will increase the visibility of the arts sector and its activities in the region, and thereby increase the number of people who attend and participate in artistic and cultural offerings. This tool will enable the sector to attract new audiences.
$4,600.00
2015

PACE Society

The Sex Worker Peer Health Navigator Program

To address systems-level barriers that undermine health and social care access among Sex Workers, the Sex Worker Peer Health Navigator (PHN) program will provide culturally safe assistance with systems-navigation to assist Sex Workers in accessing health and social resources (e.g., primary care, specialist care, housing) critical to their health and well being. Building upon our expertise in providing peer­driven services, Peer Support Workers (current or former Sex Workers) working in collaboration with the Peer Health Programs Coordinator (registered social worker) will provide case coordination and peer accompaniment services to promote health care access and assist Sex Workers in following up on health and social services referrals. Importantly, program staff will work in coordination with diverse community partners to provide individualized support and support to Sex Workers following discharge from health settings (e.g., hospital, substance use treatment) to promote positive community transitions and follow-up care. This program recognizes that social determinants of health, such as homelessness and social isolation, adversely impact the health of Sex Workers and will leverage community partnerships to increase access to housing and other social supports. Program staff will also facilitate weekly peer support groups to promote social inclusion and positive care­seeking strategies. Please note that a detailed program logic model is available upon request.
$137,800.00
2015

Paws for Hope Animal Foundation

Creating a strategic response to animal welfare issues in British Columbia

This project intends to identify the appropriate role for Paws for Hope Animal Foundation in addressing animal welfare issues in the province to ensure we are providing meaningful engagement and outcomes in the work that we do. Paws for Hope was founded in 2011, and over the past four years we have successfully developed partnerships across the province that have helped us to implement successful programs to support and enhance the lives of companion animals. The animal welfare/rescue system in BC is very fractured, however, and as a result does not necessarily provide an environment to support sustainable solutions to protect and enhance the lives of animals, despite the fact that there are many organizations doing critical life saving work. We would like to situate ourselves to be of the most benefit to ensure a responsive animal welfare system that supports the community as whole, the animal rescue community, and companion animals across the province. We would like to build upon our existing partnerships to ensure we all have a meaningful voice and constructive role in responding to current issues and needs in a fiscally conservative environment. To do this we would undertake a three year process that will identify what is being done throughout the province; what are the gaps; what we are doing well, what we should continue doing and enhance; what we should stop doing, and what new programs we should start.
$10,000.00
2015

PeerNet BC

Building Inclusive Schools in Districts without Anti-homophobia Policies

According to a survey conducted by EGALE, "70% of all participating students, LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ, reported hearing expressions such as “that’s so gay” every day in school and almost half (48%) reported hearing remarks such as “faggot,” “lezbo,” and “dyke” every day in school. Schools and community based organizations, including Vancouver School Boards part-time Anti-homophobia and Diversity Consultant often request training from PeerNetBC to strengthen *Gender and Sexuality Alliances throughout BC as the need arises. As a result PeerNetBC partnered with Vancouver Coastal Health to write a curriculum manual on how to set up GSAs in local communities. PeerNetBC would like to test a proactive innovative project by formalizing support systems for GSAs across BC. By working alongside local community partners, PeerNetBC will support students and teachers who are struggling with existing GSAs as well as helping create new GSAs particularity in school districts without anti-homophobia or transgender inclusion policies. EGALE’s survey also indicated that almost two thirds (64%) of LGBTQ students and 61% of students with LGBTQ parents reported that they feel unsafe at school.” PeerNetBC will utilize youth engagement strategies to create and strengthen these GSAs to build healthy, vibrant and livable school communities especially for vulnerable and marginalized youth so students can focus on their education free from discrimination. *Formally known as Gay/Straight Alliance
$10,000.00
2015

PHC

Inter-Island Network for Innovative Community Mental Wellness

The health service system upon which we are often dependent is primarily structured to serve large population groups in cities and is inadequate or absent in our small island communities of Gabriola, Quadra, Denman and Hornby Islands. We want to transform the way we think about and respond to mental health and substance use issues at the community level and in turn transform how we interact with the broader systems we are a part of. Our project is designed to have two focuses: the first is to replicate Denman and Hornby Island's successful local health network on the other two islands and establish an Inter-Island Network. The second is to initiate a local program in each community that will address a social inclusion issue identified as a local priority and that will act as a test for the effectiveness of the Inter-Island Network. The Inter-Island Network will begin to act as an innovation hub, linking the community networks as a way to share ideas and resources and to work collaboratively with our other partners; the Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice, Islands Trust and Island Health. The network will provide a means for our communities to collaborate with large organizations and to seek new and alternate sources of funding. As a result, we will have established and/or strengthened our local health services and community organizations, increasing our capacity to address mental health and substance use issues and the broader social determinants of health
$25,000.00
2015

PHS Community Services Society

Creating Bee Space

Our mandate is to enhance community through apiculture and to connect people & pollinators. We believe in the therapeutic value of beekeeping, its ability to connect all people to community, to nature and to themselves. We bring bees into marginalized urban communities and manage them side by side with community members through our mentorship program; we create green spaces and green opportunities for training, employment and education; we diversify our ecosystem by supporting pollinators and increase our food security by pollination of local food and production of local honey. The bee hive is the centre point of our programming, out from which a spectrum of opportunity radiates. The bees are an incredibly fertile substrate for meaningful connection, green skills training and access to nature. Our programming is socially innovative in its ability to reach out and connect to those considered hard-to-reach, welcoming and supporting individuals and their communities, building bridges of communication, de-stigmatizing bees and people and taking leadership in environmental stewardship. There is a wealth of opportunity in the city for bees and people of all kinds, and our project is helping our city to realize its potential and be a model for other cities. This project will grow our ability to offer meaningful programming that builds community capacity to support native pollinators & honey bees; extend our programming to new geographies & peoples; and embeds us in our community.
$50,000.00
2015

Youth Housing First

The PHS Youth Housing First Project was piloted in 2011 through the Vancouver Foundation Youth Homelessness Initiative. The objective of the project is to house chronically homeless youth between the ages of 18-25 residing in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. Youth Housing First offers unconditional supported housing and stability for young people who have become homeless as a result of mental illness and addiction. In the next year we are developing the sustinability of our youth work through two streams - developing a product or products that fund the training and employment opportunities for youth at East Van Roasters and Community Thrift and Vintage (coffee, granola etc) - and creating youth specific clinics using the fee for service model at the Portland Clinic
$51,540.00
2015

Positive Women's Network Society

Women's Health Action Research Initiative

We will engage in a series of activities pertaining to the Women's Health Action Research Initiative. Action Research is research conducted to clarify and solve current problems as well as to reflect on the very process of problem solving carried out by individuals working with others collaboratively or as part of a community to improve their methods of approaching and solving issues. The areas of activity underpinning the process we would like to undertake are as follows: 1. Research—literature review, environment scan, focus groups. 2. Knowledge development and action planning with communities—participant scope and methodology. We will determine if and when external stakeholders may be consulted, based on questions such as: What are the opinions of women living with Hep C who are not currently accessing services? What do PWN's top donors think about how the expanded organization’s mandate to include prevention programming should be carried out? 3. Convening— 4 meetings with staff, female members of PWN, invested stakeholders, experts in the field of HIV and HepC 4. Report preparation—merger of mixed methods analysis using multiple information sources into final report that recommends program strategies for supporting the reduction of HIV rates for women living with Hep C. This report will be a template that can be used for other vulnerable populations of women (e.g. Aboriginal, newly immigrated, transgendered, etc.).
$9,525.00
2015

Potluck Cafe Society

Recipes for Success

Recipes for Success (RFS) grew from more than a decade of experience working with employees from the community and the frustration of frequently failed attempts to transition those same employees into more permanent positions elsewhere. Most often this failure resulted from a lack of opportunities or a lack of human relations capacity to ensure that the job remained meaningful and supportive. For the past 2 years RFS has been working with value driven employers to promote Social Impact Employment. During those 2 years we’ve worked with 27 “traditional” employers and 6 social enterprises – each has told us the same thing: the HR best practices shared by RFS and the additional capacity provided by our Employment Support Workers help employees with identified barriers stay in the workplace. In other words, RFS is creating value for both employers and employees, and contributing to the long-term sustainability of meaningful work opportunities. With this next iteration of our work we are proposing to test an on-demand system of competency-based training supported by a digital badging campaign. At the core of this social innovation is a desire to realign the basic routines, resource flows and beliefs that are preventing the widespread adoption of Social Impact Employment; our goal is to recognize and champion the strengths and abilities of our program participants, and in the process to support the creation of a more inclusive, accessible and resilient local economy.
$75,000.00
2015

Powell River Brain Injury Society

Work for LIfe

K-Lumet is the product that will be produced through the Work for Life program. It is a unique program that will employ persons with disabilities and create new innovative partnerships in our community. It will afford persons in Powell River who are living with an acquired brain injury to gain skills and work in an environment which allows them to work at their own pace and capacity. K-Lumet is a product that uses waste wood and recycled products to produce a fire starter which we expect will soon become a household name in British Columbia, starting with Powell River. Our innovative idea is to train mangers in the production method of this product, which is an assembly line. We will then assess each of our brain injury population clients, of which we have over 200, to see where best their skill set is to fit in to the production line. We will train them in safety and first aid and will pay them hourly with a livable wage. Each brain injury is unique and each worker will be supported as they learn new skills and increase their self worth though becoming productive members of a collective that is all working together toward the same goal. That goal is for them to have a wage, usually which will supplement a disability pension, and to help create self-sufficiency of the Society that that supports them. It is a reciprocal win win for all involved. It is expected that this program will eventually create partnerships with other disability service providers in our area.
$10,000.00
2015

Psychology Foundation of Canada

Pathways to Resiliency

The overall objective of the project is to build capacity within newcomer communities to equip parents, teachers and other caregivers with the tools to help their infants, toddlers and young children to get off to the best start possible and to equip them with the skills to foster and enhance their mental health throughout their lives. Research tells us that to build resiliency skills we must start in the prenatal stages and give children the tools to help them build those skills that will help them throughout their lives. This means that we need to provide parents, teachers and others who work with infants, toddlers and children with the information, programs and tools so they can work with the children in their care. For the past few years we have been building relationships and working with several newcomer groups to develop resources and programs that would address their expressed need for programs for parents and support for trainers and teachers who work with the families. This project would promote healthy parent-child relationships and offer substantial protection by building coping skills and emotional regulation abilities for life. Parents will learn about attachment activities and how stress affects their children as they grow and develop. Children will learn to identify their stressors and will learn age appropriate stress management techniques. We need to identify and support members of newcomer groups and work with them to build capacity in their communities.
$10,000.00
2015

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