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Clayoquot Biosphere Trust Society

Sustainability Studies Curriculum Development

The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust is excited to develop curriculum for an upper-level, elective course entitled Sustainability Studies to be offered in our region. The aim of the course is build environmental awareness and leadership in high school students through innovative education. Sustainability Studies content will be relevant to students. Clayoquot Sound provides an ideal setting to introduce youth to a wide variety of perspectives, enabling in-depth and holistic investigations essential to understanding environmental issues. The region is also fortunate to host many local experts, from First Nations elders to scientists, who will be invited to work with the students. The course will focus on the connection between people and their environment, with units on topics such as sustainable development, ecosystem-based management and civic engagement. The content will be developed through a collaborative process with input from students and teachers. As a regularly offered elective, the course will create an ongoing structure for youth engagement and hands-on learning.

Clements Centre

Lunch on Clements

Our goal is to create a social enterprise from a provincially funded program for adults with developmental disabilities. The Lunch on Clements (LOC) program has been operating for over 20 years. It features a large commercial kitchen and a licensed cafeteria/restaurant. 15 people attend every day from 9-3. They participate in community activities and cook in the kitchen. The program produces meat pies, sausage rolls, cookies, quiches, Nanaimo bars and other squares for retail sale and offers a limited catering menu. Currently participation in the program is voluntary. It is considered a training kitchen. The participants receive no financial compensation. In the kitchen they learn cooking skills and other general life skills (e.g. budgeting, grocery shopping, social skills). They also participate in community activities as the cooking only takes up a portion of each day. Sales profits go back into the program and help fund activities and community outings. On an annual basis the program has gross sales of approximately $40,000. This is with no marketing or sales promotion or branded packaging. Our plan is to re-create the program as a social enterprise that employs adults with developmental disabilities. We will conduct a marketing campaign, re-brand the business, and create a separate business entity (co-op). We will start paying minimum wage to everyone who works for the co-op. A comprehensive business plan and third party feasibility study have been completed.

Coast Foundation Society (1974)

Let's Get Cooking

Coast Mental Health has approached Inner City Youth and Vancouver Community College to form a partnership which would develop and present an educational cooking program for street and at risk of homelessness youth with mental illness. Vancouver Community College will design a cooking program especially for this population and their learning needs. Beginning in January 2013, Let’s Get Cooking will develop the youths’ food preparation and technical cooking skills and enhance their confidence and social skills. It will be a low barrier program so that the youth with mental illness can participate when they are able. Inner City Youth and Coast Mental Health social workers and psychiatrists will work with the youth to encourage their participation, support them in their recovery and in developing acceptable work behaviors. The youth with mental illness will be supported by the Coast Coordinator and Peers (people with lived experience of mental illness) to succeed in the college course, to seek employment, and to move from the street or transitional housing to permanent housing.

Coast Mental Health Foundation

Low Barrier Employment for People with Mental Illness

For the past 30 years, Coast Mental Health has operated supported employment programs for people with severe mental illness. We have observed the difficulty people with severe mental illness have in returning to work due to the symptoms of their illness, their medication and their lack of confidence. Coast has seen that opportunities to work need to have structured expectations but offer the client flexibility, time to practice good work skills and to become accustomed to working. In 2009,Coast had the opportunity to develop a new low barrier employment program, the” Street Cleaning Crew” with funding from the City of Vancouver. The project hires and trains people with mental illness in skills required to clean community sidewalks, gutters and alleys of refuse and debris. The workers are supported by Peer Support Workers and supervised on the job by project staff until they regain their independent work skills. Once they reach that point the clients are encourage to find other paid employment if that is appropriate for their health.

College of New Caledonia

Vanderhoof Youth Centre

The Youth Centre is an unexpected outcome of the Vanderhoof Diversity Project’s Neighbourhood Space (NS). Youth started frequenting the space and in 2011, as requested by members of the community, CNC pursued funding to formalize the Youth Centre. Several of the youth who frequent the centre have extremely high needs and little to no formal support. There are equal amounts of First Nations and non First Nations that use the NS. It is a very diverse atmosphere - youth at risk form a large part of the cross section. Our funding request is to hire a part time Youth Development Coordinator (YDC) to assist the existing Youth Support Worker (YSW) and to assist with covering other admin costs (see budget). The YSW, also a part time position, provides a social or holistic support role for youth as well as being responsible for various administrative functions leaving little time to expand youth programming. In order to fill the gap of much needed program development and coordination, the new YDC’s role will be to work with the youth to develop programs, training, and activities for youth.

College of the Rockies

Food Sustainability

This pilot project taught eight families how to grow, harvest and prepare vegetables. Now over 50 families want to participate. A group of senior citizens have agreed to share their knowledge about growing and preserving foods. The program aims to improve mental and physical health in marginalized groups while connecting the community to agriculture. Participants will learn soil preparation, seeding, nurturing, harvesting, preservation and preparation skills while interacting with other citizens in a caring, safe environment.

Collingwood Neighbourhood House Society

Health and Safety Beyond the Margins: Scaling and Expanding the Living in Community Model

The project will apply LIC’s meta-framework to create coherent regional and provincial approaches to sex work to reduce the violence sex workers experience and create communities that are healthy and safe for everyone. We will build relationships with organizations who play key roles in supporting sex work health and safety across BC, including police, municipalities, nonprofits and health authorities. Using our successful Curriculum for Change training in addition to new multimedia tools, we will educate these stakeholders about the impacts of stigma and unpack the cultural constraints that keep barriers in place for sex workers. We will then build a provincial network of stakeholders that will identify best practices to increase sex work safety through policy level change and reduction of systemic bias against sex workers. This dialogue will lead to a 2017 provincial conference. This network will then take leadership in coordinating regional approaches and implementing best practices within their organizations and local communities. Scaling our work is critical because many of the systemic changes that are necessary do not rest at the organizational or local level but require consistent, collaborative and regional or provincial approaches. Scaling will also allow this work to ultimately be embedded in policy that is sustainable over time. Moreover, the marginalization of sex workers necessitates a cultural change where sex workers are seen as equal members of society.

Expanding Curriculum for Change to Lower Mainland Municipalities

In 2011-2013, Living in Community (LIC) developed and delivered a Vancouver Foundation funded sex work sensitivity curriculum that addressed the gap in awareness, knowledge and skills for front-line service providers in Vancouver - service providers who do not always know how to effectively respond to the unique needs of sex workers nor address the impacts of sex work and sexual exploitation on neighborhoods. In this project, LIC will build on the successful public education initiative we have created. We will expand the training to key stakeholders in neighboring municipalities that are ready for action and education. Training will be provided to municipal government, law enforcement, business, health and social service providers and residents. We hope that education on sex work and sexual exploitation issues will also encourage neighbouring municipalities to adopt Living in Community’s model of community development strategies in regard to issues related to sex work and sexual exploitation as recommended by the Missing Women’s Commission of Inquiry Report.

Renfrew -Collingwood: Intercultural Circles of Connection and Engagement

To work with outreach connectors in the neighbourhood (which has been a successful approach in first engaging marginalized groups)to expand their capacity to work interculturally and bridge relations between peer-based groups, resulting in a more unified, interconnected, engaged neighbourhood. The project structure includes four intersecting circles that will ripple out to achieve collective connections, engagement and inter-relational impacts. Connectors Circle: Peer-based connectors will be linked to share and broaden intercultural practice and expand their relations outside their peer groups.Community Partners Circle: Interconnected neighbourhood partners will learn, adjust policy and practice to encourage intercultural connections. Communications Circle: Diverse citizens and neighbourhood workers will develop communication tools and share stories and strategies to support the intercultural connections. Knowledge Exchange Circle: conducts evaluations, shares theory and practices, delivers capacity building activities to help evolve diverse interactions and engagement.

SAFE (Sex work Awareness for Everyone) in Collingwood and Beyond

Our project will further address the health and safety needs of sex trade workers (STWs) working along the Kingsway stroll and will build on the success of the SAFE in Collingwood Outreach Program. We will expand outreach to include the Kingsway stroll between Boundary and Fraser Street where a need has been identified. We will develop and pilot a telephone counselling support service as there are currently no support services for STWs in Vancouver outside of the Downtown Eastside (DTES). We will also work with the East Van. youth clinic to pilot this service as most of the women working along Kingsway are youth. We will explore with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and the BC Centre for Disease Control the provision of accessible street-level health services. We will work with and support another neighbourhood in addressing the health and safety of STWs, businesses and residents in their neighbourhood. SAFE developed tools, resources and a successful community development approach. The SAFE Steering Committee members are committed to sharing their experience and learnings.

Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Network Hub

While NFNs successfully work at the neighbourhood level, there is an identified need for NFNs to scale up their efforts for higher levels of influence. Networks now formally collaborate through a city-wide working group — the foundation for the hub —where they continue to expand on best practices, mentor new NFNs, and undertake joint projects. The recent 'Sustainability on the Table' (attached) report presents recommendations for Vancouver’s NFNs to build Network capacity and sustainability in order to move NFNs forward in their intent to create city-wide food systems change and increasing levels of food security among marginalized populations. We are therefore seeking resources to help NFNs follow through on several of the report’s recommendations in the following priority areas over a three year period. 1. Increase supports to participate in various policy tables, committees and engagement processes 2. Develop city-wide NFNs communications 3. Build a business case for NFN development and funding 4. Support workshops and professional development opportunities

Renfrew-Collingwood Intercultural Neighbourhood Development:Connecting Diversity

The project is designed to increase intercultural capacity of workers and organizations in the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood and elsewhere. This need was identified by planning processes in the neighbourhood and similar interests expressed through the Vancouver Foundation, and BC Government Non Profit Initiative (GNPI). Steered by a diverse intercultural team of citizens and sectors from Renfrew-Collingwood and informed by related initiatives, a team of volunteers will be trained, coached and mentored to disseminate the unique Renfrew -Collingwood intercultural developmental case study(captured in written books, papers, film, and digital stories) using social media, dialogues, presentations and workshops. This capacity building approach will benefit the local neighbourhood and places in BC. It allows deeper reflection, assists in creating an approach for neighbourhood strategy and infastructure development, increases intercultural connectors and resource people, mobilizes intercultural actions through citizen engagement and creates vital signs to monitor advancements.

Living In Community: Public education and sensitization training about sex work & sexual exploitation

This project will develop and deliver public education and training about sex work, sexual exploitation, increasing sex workers’ health and safety, and ways to address neighbourhood impact. It will also develop and offer training to service providers who interact with sex workers, including paramedics, police and mental health workers. Public education dialogues will raise awareness of sex work and prevent sexual exploitation. As Aboriginal, immigrant and ethnic minority women are over-represented in sex work, cultural competence will also be addressed. This project aims to increase the sense of belonging and inclusion for all community members.

Columbia Basin Environmental Education

Columbia Basin Environmental Education Leadership Clinic

In 2013, CBEEN partnered with the National Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM) to develop a National Environmental Education Leadership Clinic. This partnership engaged EECOM’s expertise in facilitation and developed CBEEN’s capacity to host future Leadership Clinics. Late in 2013, CBEEN and EECOM attended a Leadership Clinic hosted by the Alberta Council for Environmental Education (ACEE) which is seen as the leader in facilitating this type of regional event in Canada. The response to the National Leadership Clinic was extremely high, 88 educators vying for 32 spots. As a result, CBEEN has highlighted this opportunity in its most recent strategic plan, and would like to host a series of three annual regional Columbia Basin Environmental Education Leadership Clinics from 2015-2017. In order to make this happen, we have partnered with local organizations such as the six school districts in our region, Parks Canada and Wildsight. Each Clinic would engage 8 teams of 4 educators from across the region.

Columbia Valley Arts Council

Steamboat Mountain Music Festival

This year our music festival dates are July 6 & 7, 2013. We are adding an additional day this year due to overwhelming interest in our festival. The festival starts on Saturday at noon with 50 minute acts and then while our stage crew gets ready for the next act we will have a 'tweener' (comprised of youth and older aspiring amateur musicians) entertain the crowds. This schedule will run alld day Saturday until 10 pm and continue on Sunday from noon to four. On Sunday morning we will be offering two music workshops for free to the attendees, a chance to meet some of the musicans and learn about a specific part of music. In the afternoon we are planning a kids festival with two musical acts and various activities to entertain children, young and young at heart. For the duration of the festival we will have food vendors as well as other vedors selling their wares. We will be partnering with The Edgewater Recreation Society, The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #199, The Rocky Mountain School District #6, business and non-profit organizations in our area.

Columbia Valley Community Foundation

Columbia Valley Non-profit Capacity Building Program

Local non-profits are often best positioned to respond to communities, however, in rural settings they face a number of challenges. Small populations face common issues and challenges but have few human resources to deliver programs and projects. In order to be effective, they must be more efficient. The Columbia Valley Community Foundation wants to develop a strategy to build the capacity they need. Ongoing support may allow them to react faster and more effectively to needs; communicate, collaborate, and celebrate success together; equip passionate people within organizations with the tools they need to serve their communities, and help to fill gaps when community members move on.

Communica: Dialogue and Resolution Services Society


To redevelop our existing school-based programs into one program for developing conflict management & communication skills for elementary schools with an emphasis on cultural inclusion and competency for the whole school community. This program is based on extensive targeted, thematic research in anti-bullying, conflict management education, and programming for newcomer children. It will include expansion of existing curriculum to include grades K-5 (currently aimed at grades 3 & 4), development of materials for families and school staff, development and inclusion of formative and summative evaluations and training for facilitators. We will work in partnership with at least one pilot school and will maintain our strong relationship with School District 61 leadership. We will move away from a 'pull out' model for working with newcomers and towards a more diversity-inclusive group model. There will be a strong emphasis on the links between thinking and behaviour.

Communitas Supportive Care Society

Customized self-employment:Micro Social Enterprise for persons with a disability

The project will create a comprehensive approach to provide dynamic business supports to assist entrepreneurs with disabilities to build up viable businesses until they have established themselves firmly in the community. This approach will support entrepreneurs from beginning to end of the business establishment process. Steps include: Orientation - complete an asset assessment which looks at individual's suitability, needs, interests,abilities and community supports. Viability - provides preliminary research of various market conditions to select the most suitable business opportunity that match person's abilities. Business planning - builds on viability research to create a detailed strategy to launch a successful business. Start-Up - implementation of the business plan; may include registering the business, enroll in WorkBC Customized Self Employment Program, developing marketing materials, acquiring financing, materials, equipment inventory, training, etc. On-going Support and Fade-out - Development of community natural support network, enabling paid supports to fade out.

Community Arts Council of Prince George

Northern Indigenous Artists' Collective - Youth Arts Administrator

In November 2017, the Community Arts Council of Prince George & District ("CAC") was awarded a Field of Interest Develop grant to support the steering committee of the newly formed Northern Indigenous Artists' Collective ("NIAC"), an unincorporated group, comprised of Indigenous artists, nested within the CAC. NIAC has worked hard over the past months to forge a pathway to become the first non-governmental Indigenous Arts Council in British Columbia. Some of the accomplishments of the group include having a public launch, holding workshops, creating communications platforms, creating a work / meeting space, circulating calls-to-artists for Indigenous arts initiatives, and advising the CAC on Truth and Reconciliation actions. The work of the NIAC under the auspices of the Field of Interest grant continue through the Fall of 2018. In a very short time, this new group has positioned itself as a strong voice for Indigenous Artists in Northern Interior BC. The next initiative is to hire a youth in paid employment position in a new role of "Indigenous Arts Administrator". This new role will mentor with the CAC Executive Director and the NIAC steering committee members. Activities that will occur with this new position and mentorship will include being a staff resource to local Indigenous artists seeking professional development / funding / marketing resources, helping to guide the group towards non-profit status, and helping with the coordination of a major arts event in June.

Supporting Northern Indigenous Artists

Indigenous artists in the Northern Interior of BC do not have access to professional development, marketing services, exhibition and performance spaces, and funding and arts-related employment opportunities, that are available to their non-Indigenous counterparts. The Community Arts Council of Prince George & District has begun the work to understand how we can forge an authentic and autonomous entity that will accomplish this. To date we have helped to support a group of Indigenous artists form the "Northern Indigenous Artists' Collective" who are continuing to advise us with the end goal of creating an Indigenous Arts Support Office, staffed with a full-time Indigenous Arts Administrator.

Community Arts Council Of The Saanich Peninsula

ArtSea Festival

The objective of the Festival is to enhance the reputation of Sidney and the Peninsula as a cultural destination and encourage further community involvement in the arts, and attract visitors to the Saanich Peninsula over the Festival period by building on the success of the Sidney Fine Art Show and the Fall Studio Tour which attracts many thousands of people into Sidney and the Peninsula. In addition to the Art Show and Studio Tour, the Festival provides opportunites for the community and visitors to more broadly enjoy all forms of art. The work of artists from film, creative writing and performing arts, as well as visual artists will be showcased in a variety of venues.

Community Arts Council of Vancouver


WePress is social enterprise community makerspace that would provide access to equipment and training for DTES residents and organizations for artistic development and capacity building. This innovative space will blend older technology such as the W2 (Woodwards) Reynolds letterpress and an industrial sewing machine with the newer technology of 3D printing. 3D printing can be used to print replacement parts for machines in the makerspace as well as being used to print out type plates for the letterpress that can be used for new printing projects, including many other creative projects with shared technologies. We also have a large historic collection of both English & Chinese typefaces that were saved from the Woodwards shop and the Ho Sung Hing Print Shop. A group of stakeholders including Community Arts Council of Vancouver (CACV), Ho Sun Hing Project Community, Gallery Gachet, Vancouver Letterpress League and several independent artists have been collaborating to create and develop a safe, accessible, affordable makerspace in the Downtown Eastside. Our goal is to have the space become self-sustainable through grassroots participation and social enterprise. The space will welcome diverse populations, including those marginalized by class, sexuality, gender, race, culture, disability, mental health, and addictions. Our collective experience working with wide demographics of oppressed and marginalized people has given us the skills needed to create this accessible space.

Community Arts Fund Cultural Development Worker - Downtown Eastside, Phase 2.

The Community Arts Council of Vancouver (CACV) is establishing a Community Arts Fund (CAF) with the Downtown Eastside as the community of first priority. The Fund will support community organizations that bring professional and non-professional artists together to generate artistic activities and works of art reflective of the people, cultures, and history of the Downtown Eastside. This application is for Foundation support for one component of the CAF, the engagement of a Community Arts Cultural Development Worker for phase 2. The job entails organizing the Council’s new Downtown Eastside Community Arts Program Committee and the local funding program including criteria and support to community organizations (while the financial reserve for the Fund is being accumulated over the next several years the Council is intentionally raising short term dollars that enable small amounts of money to be provided annually now. This builds credibility for the fund and provides experience in the fund granting process).

Community Connections

Girls Move Mountains

Girls Move Mountains is a collaborative project with community partners in Revelstoke. The goal is to engage girls who are entering the critical transition period into adolescence which is a significant time of change physiologically, psychologically, and socially. While many girls are able to make the transition successfully there are also many who struggle with the transition and frequently find themselves in conflict with authorities, missing school, engaging in high risk behaviors, and in general disconnected from the community. Grounded in research on girls development, the Project will support girls capacity for self-confidence, physical and emotional resilience, healthy relationships, positive body image, and regular physical activity. Informed by ideas from adventure-based and experiential learning the girls will meet weekly throughout the school. The weekly activities will facilitated by professionally trained staff and trained Youth Mentors.

Community Connections Society of Southeast B.C.

Community Capacity Building Project for Children and Youth with Autism

Phase 1: Regional Resource Library The resource library will contain equipment, curriculum and training materials to be used in home, school and centre-based treatment programs. The library will contain training materials, curriculum materials, general information books and videos, Occupational Therapy Equipment, Behaviour Intervention Equipment and kits and Speech and Language Equipment. Phase 2: Regional Training This phase will provide community information sessions that will orient families, agencies, professionals and paraprofessionals to the resources available in the resource library and provide training to parents and paraprofessionals on the use of some of the curriculum materials available in the library.