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Adoptive Families Association of British Columbia

Speak-Out Youth Group

In 2009 AFABC partnered with MCFD to plan and implement a project aimed at increasing the number of permanency plans for youth in government care. The Speak-Out Youth Group evolved from this pilot in recognition of the value that both individual and collective perspectives and experiences played in the successful delivery of the initiative. 15 youth participants expressed an adamant interest in remaining connected to AFABC and the project in order to continue exploring options for permanence and develop more resource materials about teen adoption. The Speak-Out Youth Group is an empowering youth led program with 25 active members and consists of youth-in-care, former youth-in-care, and adoptees aged 13-24 from BC’s Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Regions. By focusing on youth engagement, this program gives a powerful voice to those who have experiences with the foster care system. Monthly meetings also give youth an opportunity to develop transferable life skills by working with career professionals, child and youth care representatives, and clinical counselors.

Aeriosa Dance Society

Being - Aeriosa's 10th anniversary performance for the Scotiabank Dance Centre

Aeriosa has been invited to create a site-specific show for the Scotiabank Dance Centre’s 10th anniversary. For four nights, Aeriosa will stage free-admission performances at Granville and Davie of a site-specific dance entitled Being. Act 1 of the show will begin outdoors on Faris Theatre’s roof and north wall, while Act 2 will unfold inside.

African Stages Association of BC


On the Wings of Stories (OWOS) is designed to use storytelling and proverbs promote youth-elder interaction and exchange of knowledge and skills. Our goal is to use proverbs to address the problems of youth-adult alienation, mistrust and misunderstanding. We are keenly aware that many elders in our communities live in isolation with insufficient interaction with the youths. Storytelling provides a tool to bridge this inter-generation gap. Our project seeks to use storytelling and other African performing Arts to create and maintain a healthy society and to help empower and deal with challenging issues in the community.

Afro-Canadian Positive Network of British Columbia

Building Social Peace of Mind in Personal Crisis in Black Communities in BC’s Lower Mainland

The main goal of the project is to provide mental health prevention and early intervention services to African-Canadians, including those living with HIV in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. The focus is on the distinct mental health problems facing Black Canadians, which includes a large number of new immigrants and refugees, many of whom are grappling with HIV-related mental health issues. In line with these objectives, principles, and criteria, the project is designed as a multi-pronged, intersectional social and racial justice undertaking that will address mental health issues of Black British Columbians at the individual and community levels.

Agrarians Foundation

Accelerating gender parity in financing for small scale food processors

Food security requires that food producers are able to make a living. Food futures analysis shows increasing demand. Small scale food processors create new and innovative products while building relationships with farmers, suppliers, markets and consumers. Women are drawn to this field but as with other women in businesses, they hit barriers finding financing. The importance of their work is not understood by financers which adds to the difficulty. With support from the Vancouver Foundation, financing agencies' representatives will meet with our members. Breakthroughs in understanding will result in plans for new systems and supports thus changing the business ecosystem women ssfp's.

Ahousaht First Nation

Community Safety & Health Compromised by Systemic Dog Overpopulation - Ahousaht

Dogs are dying, our children’s physical and mental wellbeing is at risk, and disease outbreak is threatening the safety of local wildlife. We need to develop a new way to address the systemic issue of dog overpopulation in our remote community to keep residents and visitors safe and healthy, whether they are two legged or four. We live in the village of Maaqtusiis, home to the Ahousaht People, on Flores Island, just 40-minutes by boat from Tofino. Ahousaht First Nation has partnered with CARE Network, a regional non profit animal rescue, to develop and test a new way to humanely manage our largely free-roaming dog population. We look forward to sharing our experience with other communities.

Alberni Drug and Alcohol Prevention Services Society

The B.R.A.V.E. Project - Boys building Resileincy, Values and Empathy

The BRAVE Project (Build, Resiliency, Values and Empower) is a prevention initiative that builds resiliency and critical thinking skills in youth. The program is a recreation-based, skills development group and weekend prevention outreach for boys aged 12-14. Each series of the BRAVE Project runs six weeks and explores the following topics: Media Messaging and Masculinity, Stress and Coping, Violence, Substance Use, Health Promotion and Personal Challenge/Goal Setting. Each session is two and a half hours and consists of topic discussion and a recreation, skill building or art based activity. By utilizing ADAPS' existing community partnerships, participants experience martial arts, wilderness recreation, bicycle mechanics and community based recreation opportunities through our city parks and recreation. Experiential Learning opportunities such as these are delivered in a way that addresses the four quadrants of resiliency building for youth: Independence, Mastery, Generosity, and Belonging. Strong relationships between youth and a caring adult is key in building resiliency. Outreach services to BRAVE participants and their peers are an important part of this prevention program. The Youth Action Outreach Worker is in the community, building relationships with these youth and supporting prevention initiatives at the Nights Alive Program. The outreach component of BRAVE helps youth to develop relationships to their community supports, and to access healthy activities.

Alberni-Clayoquot Continuing Care Society

Co-operative Elder Care Initiative

One of the most critical social issues facing Canadians is the nation's rapidly aging demographic and the absence of affordable care for seniors. This project addresses the lack of high quality, affordable and responsive elder care to seniors and their families. Community-based co-operatives are proven to provide care that is more responsive and affordable because they are controlled by users and their families. By utilizing the tools and knowledge developed in this project, care givers and community groups will greatly increase their capacity to provide alternative forms of elder care by replicating community-based, user controlled models piloted in this project. The project also addresses the serious problem of isolation and loneliness faced by a growing number of seniors as well as the lack of support to their caregivers. The project will strengthen social capital in local communities and lessen the isolation of seniors by helping communities to develop co-operative models for the provision of care and the development of social networks for the support of the elderly.


This project will adapt and deliver four educational workshops for seniors in three key rural/suburban areas on Vancouver Island. Planned and delivered in collaboration with local project partners, the workshops will aid participants in developing skills and strategies to effectively navigate the Home and Community Care System, as they engage with health professionals and support one another in accessing care. Participants will receive a session binder containing information specific to their region and information on provincial services and associations for seniors.

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District

Expanding the Influence of Regional Agricultural Support

The ACRD's Systems Change project sets out to develop a model for Regional Agricultural Support that better influences and informs Provincial frameworks, ensuring accommodation of the unique contextual realities of various geographical regions and producer populations. A review of the ACRD’s Agricultural Plan Implementation Project will highlight areas where we’ve succeeded in influencing Provincial systems. Engagement with other communities and research into other models of Regional agricultural support will help to identify shared values and narratives. Discussions with the Province will support renewed and impactful plans for agricultural support within the ACRD and elsewhere.

A Protocol for Collective Action: Steps towards an Airshed Management Plan for the Alberni Valley

This projects aims to improve air quality in the Alberni Valley. Air pollution is a complex problem that crosses political boundaries and involves everyone. The Alberni Valley is particularly vulnerable to air pollution due to its geography and climate. The Alberni Air Quality Society intends to partner with government bodies, organizations, and the local community to create and formalize a process by which to manage air quality. This will provide an overarching framework to address air pollution in all its forms, whether that be from backyard burning or industrial emissions. This collective action would reduce the human illness and the economic impacts that are associated with air pollut

Allan Brooks Nature Centre Society

Improving Okanagan Habitat Connectivity "Going from here to there"

Improving Okanagan Habitat Connectivity 'How do we get from here to there' is an educational outreach initiative that will provide the tools to understand and take action on the results and recommendations from the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy project and also to help the general public to understand why connected ecosystems and wildlife habitat corridors are an essential part of maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Okanagan region. Both the SOSCP and the OCCP are working on a Biodiversity Conservation Strategy for the Okanagan region. The strategy promotes a “big-picture” landscape view of the region and provides a framework for considering conservation options for entire ecosystems and watersheds that go beyond municipal or rural boundaries and includes all land-tenures. The project that we are presenting here forms part of the implementation of the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy.

Biodiversity Conservation Strategy (BCS) for the Okanagan Basin

To complete a biodiversity conservation strategy for the north and central Okanagan that will identify, preserve and restore important natural areas. It will provide a road map for coordinated efforts to manage land and water of ecological value and provide a template for land use decision-making for public agencies, local governments and conservation groups.

Alouette Home Start Society

Route 29: The Road Home

Imagine facing the transition from adolescence to adulthood while, at the same time, struggling just to survive because you don’t have a home. The 2011 Homeless Count found 29 homeless youth in Maple Ridge. Over three years, this project will find and improve youth access to housing and build connections and continuing relationships with youth aged 17 to 24. Each youth will be supported in their own unique journey to maturity and to becoming healthy, happy people, with a secure home and the capacity to keep it.

AMSSA Community Education Society of BC

Unsettling Practice for the Immigration Sector - Development

The transformation of the way in which the Immigration and Settlement Sector is approaching working relationships with Indigenous Peoples will stop the re-creation of historical, systemic patterns between settlers and First Nations. The complexities of a sector that exists to facilitate settlement into territories that are officially acknowledged as 'unceded' are being simplify or ignored in order to achieve fast results, taking us away from the goal of Reconciliation. By identifying and presenting specific and effective elements of disruption to that context, this project will provide viability to a set of general ideas we believe will trigger a process of transformation.

Amy Ferguson Institute

KHAOS, the opera

KHAOS is a re-imagining of the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone set in a contemporary world of climate change and looming global catastrophe. KHAOS asks the question, ‘What if Persephone were prevented from returning from the underworld to console her mother? Would Demeter’s continuing grief and despair end life on Earth as we know it?’ This is a request for funding of the premiere production and touring.

Animals in Science Policy Institute

Replacing animals in secondary school science education

A switch to non-animal methods in education is important for animal welfare, education, and student empowerment. This project aims to understand the cultural shift in secondary teaching required so that non-animal alternatives for dissection are more readily adopted. We plan to: 1) survey BC teachers to assess their perspectives on dissection, and identify obstacles to and opportunities for the adoption of non-animal alternatives; 2) poll the BC public to assess their views on dissection; and 3) hold an expert panel event that will bring together international experts on the issue of non-animal alternatives for dissection to identify novel strategies for creating cultural change in teaching

Replacing animals in secondary education: a path to building an ethical culture of science

The practice of dissection causes harm to millions of animals and is a barrier to building an ethical culture of science that respects animal life. Our project aims to influence a systemic and cultural shift in secondary teaching so that non-animal alternatives to dissection are used more often, and become the norm. We support pre- and in-service teachers with lesson plans and materials and encourage student leadership with our outreach activities. Using alternatives in early science education will influence future scientists to more readily consider and use non-animal methods. This shift will reduce the numbers of animals used in science and subjected to the related welfare harms.

Aquafit for All Association

What are the barriers and facilitators to providing inclusive aquatic activities for children with mental health challenges?

Studies have repeatedly shown that inclusive education improves the child's quality of life, health status, as well as income and employment outcomes, all of which are important social determinants of health for children, and contribute to their childhood experience and life trajectory. However, aquatic community programs for children with disabilities are often segregated so that children with mental health challenges are separated from peers. By having a deeper understanding of the barriers and facilitators to inclusive aquatic programming in the community, we can work with co-researchers and the broader community to expand inclusion practices to programs beyond aquatics.

Archway Community Services


• This project originated from: o Life Chats (LC)is a youth led peer support group and was developed through the HECC initiative to engage and connect youth with lived care experience (WLCE) to each other in Abbotsford. o Learned through LC that youth: • Were still not aware of the supports that they could access after 19 and wanted one on one information from other youth. • Benefitted from having something to do with their hands while connecting with each other. Crafts provided this outlet. • Wanted to make crafts that were marketable. HECC youth developed the following idea and were involved in all aspects of the proposal, including development of the budget. This new proposed project provides 1. Continuation and expansion of Life Chats including connection to resources 2. Research opportunity on social craft enterprise 3. Development of resource for youth leaders to start LC in their own area. a. Purpose: i. To build community within youth WLCE and develop young leaders. ii. To provide youth WLCE with helpful resources in their community. iii. To provide an opportunity to participate in building skills in craft making. iv. To learn about craft making as a social enterprise v. To facilitate youth connection to craft markets to feature their art vi. To share with other youth leaders in other communities how to create a Life Chats group.

Community Connections

In place of service delivery to youth who have aged out of care, we will increase readiness in the community to support these youth. A part-time staff will focus on: • Youth friendly landlord engagement • Youth friendly employer engagement • Community connections for youth We will build on existing landlord relationships by: • Establishing a youth friendly landlords group • Hosting regular landlord events • Promoting a tenant readiness program to landlords (i.e. ready to rent, existing Autumn House curriculum) We will partner with previously identified youth friendly employers to develop: • Employer & youth developed workshops, delivered at companies employing a high number of young people on: expectations for employees and a “how to communicate with young people” • Education & awareness for employers of challenges/barriers faced by young people • Completion of curriculum and workshops, with employer participation, for youth, to increase employment readiness We will support youth in building natural supports in the community through: • Creating a regular opportunity for young people & those who want to support them to spend time together • Developing a sponsor network: Former youth in care who are doing well, are interested in being “sponsors” for struggling youth. We will recruit more “sponsors” through our relationships with youth and the MCFD Youth Team • Using settings that youth are already comfortable with i.e. Abbotsford Youth Health Centre

The Bridge Canine Care Program

The idea for this project originated with Diane Benaroch wanting to open a doggie day care and employ people with developmental disabilities to work at the doggie day care. Diane was concerned about the training of the individuals and how that would work. Diane met with the staff from the EPIC program with Abbotsford Community Services in May of 2014 where it was decided that a training program should be developed first and foremost. Through this project, we are hoping to build a bridge between people with developmental disabilities, dog trainers, and dog owners. The participants in this project will learn how to care for and train dogs and through the interactions they have with people involved in the canine industry will build relationships and connections that will provide them with jobs, friends and mentors.

Supported Community Involvement for Dedicated Dads

This 18 month Pilot Project aims to give dads who require supervised access with their child, an opportunity to enter the community approximately once a week with a professional mentor. Learning the skills necessary to handle primary parenting responsibilities, whether on a part time or full time basis, would be the primary goal. Over the past year, upwards of 20 fathers have contacted Abby Dads about providing supervised visits for their family. Due to time and staff constraints, all we were able to offer them was attendance at one of our drop-ins. Many dads take a back seat when it comes to co-parenting, especially when they haven't had an effective role model for a healthy, involved father. When relationships dissolve, some dads have not grown the necessary skills to take over being the primary caregiver, whether it is for an evening, a weekend, or full time. This pilot project will aim to better equip fathers to fulfill the primary caregiver role. The target audience will be fathers who have been asked to have supervised visits and who do not have MCFD involvement.

Bridges to Adulthood

When youth in care turn 19, they lose the support they have been receiving from the Ministry and from other youth service providers. Due to the intensity of our caseloads, our ability to offer follow up services after youth age out of government care is limited. During two pilot projects, we were able to continue services beyond youths' 19th birthdays; some of the outcomes of these pilot projects include youth getting and staying out of drug and sex trades, reduced street-entrenchment and increased natural support for youth. Such outcomes inspired us to create the Bridges to Adulthood project. In this project, we will offer support to young adults (ages 18.5 to 20) through our adulthood preparation groups, young adults support groups and individualized outreach services. Our aim is to increase natural supports for these young adults by involving former foster parents, recruiting mentors, building a peer support network and possibly involve families. We also intend to increase youth and community engagement through focus groups and in advocating for relevant policy changes.

Arion Therapeutic Riding Association

Arion Occupational Development

During our two years serving individuals and their families with Special Needs in the Kelowna community, we have noted a gap in pre-vocational services for young adults. We have had numerous differently-abled individuals come to the farm to volunteer, but often they lack the skills and appropriate behaviours to work independently and follow through on assigned tasks. These are essential skills required for sustainable employment. These young adults need a structured program with individualized behaviour intervention to become successful candidates for work placement in our community. Our project, the Arion Occupational Development project, will focus on helping the young adult and youth living with disabilities who do not have access to funding to gain valuable employability skills, thereby increasing their employment opportunities. Our objective is to teach employability skills, appropriate workplace ethics and accepted employment behaviors to young adults with global developmental delay through work experience on the farm. Our goal is to successfully place each participant in an employment opportunity recognizing their individual needs and challenges.