Awarded Grants

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Canadian Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC)

The School Gardens Project Outreach and Expansion

Experienced SPEC facilitators assist teachers in the implementation and maintenance of an organic vegetable garden on school grounds. They facilitate lessons both outdoors and in the classroom which train teachers in an innovative, project-based method of meeting curriculum expectations in science, health and many other areas. This solutions-focused project engages students in an enjoyable and memorable experience which fosters citizenship and volunteerism in partnership with the community. In 2009 the Vancouver Foundation supported the piloting of this project in 2 Vancouver schools. SPEC has supported its expansion to 5 additional schools including locations with high cultural diversity and socioeconomic barriers. In 2012-2013 SPEC seeks to conduct outreach throughout Vancouver to support schools seeking to begin similar projects through the finalizing of SPEC's manual, school-based assistance and Pro-D opportunities. It also seeks to expand upon the current waste reduction element of the project and connect students and the project increasingly with the surrounding community.

Food Secure Vancouver Study Phase 2

In 2008 the VFPC launched the Food Secure Vancouver Study to answer the question "How food secure is Vancouver in a changing world?" in terms of access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food, the structure and capacity of the food system, and the cultural, economic, social, and environmental needs of individuals and communities.The Food Secure Vancouver Study establishes an integrated and ongoing review, analysis, and reporting process that: Monitors the status of Vancouver's food security against our baseline definition; Informs citizens and decision-makers about the status of Vancouver's food security; Identifies priority actions for improving and maintaining the sustainability and security of all aspects of Vancouver's food system.In this project, we survey food security groups in Vancouver's neighbourhoods and inventory their activities and resources, and develop an information management system to gather and manage data, disseminate information about local food security initiatives and resources, and facilitate neighbourhood networking and collaboration.

CanAssist, University of Victoria

Expansion and Diversification of the TeenWork Employment Program

TeenWork is a unique social innovation. No other employment program in BC supports young people with disabilities while they are still in high school. The program was developed in 2009, when community partners identified the need for an employment service aimed at youth with disabilities. These youth were isolated and not acquiring important life skills associated with working. TeenWork helps level the playing field so youth with disabilities are able to reap the benefits of employment like their non-disabled peers. Job coaches provide individualized support to improve opportunities for employment among youth facing barriers and to continue this support during the transition to adulthood. TeenWork graduates eligible for government disability assistance tend not to access it because they have jobs that pay well and good benefits. Participants are optimistic about the future and their ability to be self-sufficient and contribute to their families and communities. Yet TeenWork only reaches 10% of youth in Greater Victoria who could benefit. Funding requested from the Vancouver Foundation would help expand the program in three critical ways: 1) improve program efficiencies and implement new fee-for-service opportunities to ensure ongoing sustainability; 2) diversify the participant population to include youth facing a wider range of barriers; and 3) work toward serving youth across BC by creating a training package that enables replication of the program in other regions.

Addendum to "Apps for Employment" (DSF12-0037)

CanAssist had initially proposed developing apps on the Apple platform in our 2012 request, targeting release on the Apple App Store at the conclusion of the project so that they are available to people with disabilities on a wider scale. This decision was made as support apps for the disability community traditionally have been overwhelmingly written for Apple devices. Through consultation with the Employment Apps Advisory Committee (clients, their job coaches and service providers), we have learned that device use among the target population accessing supported employment services is now more in line with the general population, with Android representing the majority of users. In fact, due to the lower cost of Android-based devices, these devices are now common for individuals with disabilities that may be living on a fixed or lower income. In order to maximize the accessibility of the apps created from this initiative, CanAssist would like to develop them on both Android and Apple platforms (and by extension, easing future versions for Blackberry or Windows Phone devices).

Apps for Employment

CanAssist proposes a two-year project, in partnership with community agencies, to create a suite of software tools that will help people with disabilities obtain and retain meaningful employment. In the first phase, CanAssist will tailor 2 of its existing software applications (apps) and develop 1 to 2 new apps and provide them to an initial group of clients. These clients, people with developmental disabilities, acquired cognitive challenges, ASD or FASD, will be identified by agency partners and, along with their job coaches, provide feedback to aid CanAssist in refining the apps. CanAssist will train job coaches and equip them to provide ongoing assistance to their clients. In the second phase, larger numbers of clients will use the apps in work-related activities. Surveys will be conducted to assess the apps’ effectiveness. Finally, the software and supporting materials will be made widely available online, providing a lasting legacy by establishing apps as a new best practice in employment-related support for those with disabilities.

Teen Work and Tech Work

The concept for TeenWork originated during discussions in 2008 among a group of partners, informally called the Greater Victoria Supported Teen Employment Consortium, the members of which provide a wide range of disability support services across Greater Victoria and the surrounding areas. CanAssist acted as the catalyst to bring this group together and continues to play the role of faciliatator and secretariat for all Consortium activities. The TeenWork program is a truly innovative pilot project designed to change the life path of young people with special needs by helping them find and retain part-time employment. A TeenWork staff member works with participating teens and their families, as well as local businesses, to prepare each youth for a part-time job and help them find work. A job coach then works with the teens as each develops new skills and becomes comfortable in his or her position.

TeenWork and TechWork

TeenWork and TechWork - To provide and promote meaningful and integrated employment and training opportunities, and/or related technological supports, for those with special needs.

Canuck Place Children's Hospice

Designing the System

Children with chronic, complex illness need a lot of care. They have many challenges in daily life, and their future is always uncertain. Their parents (and other family members) spend a significant fraction of their time caring for them, in hospital and at home. Navigating our health care system to get them the care they need is difficult and frustrating. We want to improve the health care system, specifically with these children in mind. We are gathering input from parents about their experiences and wishes for a better way to care for their children. We are then going to share this information with doctors and nurses who provide the care, and try to find ways to change the system.

Canucks Autism Network Society

Adapted Sports and Rec Expansion in Kamloops and Nanaimo for Children Living with Autism

With 1 in 68 children identified as being on the autism spectrum, the need for adapted sports and recreation programs is growing. This project aims to increase our program reach throughout the province by expanding into new, under-served communities where we do not currently have programs (Nanaimo and Kamloops). Additionally this project strives to increase community capacity through the delivery of autism specific sport and recreation training for our partners, by including their staff in our programs so they can gain hands on autism specific sport delivery experience, and developing a train the trainer model so our partners have the skills and tools to support individuals with autism in their existing community programs. Through this three year approach, we will move from hands on program delivery of adapted sports and recreation programs, to community centre staff being trained to deliver recreation programs for people living with autism through partnered program delivery to finally overseeing integrated sports and recreation programs that take place within the community.

"I CAN Volunteer" Program

The "I CAN Volunteer" program is designed to encourage participants' development of professional experience and employable skills, facilitating their transitions into the workforce. The program is designed to focus on problem solving, creative thinking, proficiency and leadership abilities. The program provides a series of workshops followed by a practical experience portion within our existing programs. The workshops are conducted with a view to progressive behavioural skills training, where the skills emphasized within each session build upon those developed in the preceding workshop. Each workshop is structured to facilitate skill development by breaking each lesson into individual components of instruction, modelling, testing, and constructive feedback. The practical experience portion grants participants the opportunity to internalize the skills emphasized within the workshops, and to gain practical work experience in a sports and recreation environment. Staff will work to tailor the program, both workshops and volunteer opportunities, to the specific needs of each participant.

CLICK (a social photography program)

CLICK is a social photography program for teens aged 13-17 living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). While working with their peers, groups of ten teens with ADS will learn basic camera use, take pictures and explore social skills and friendship through their own photography. Each session, participants will have the opportunity to share their photos and discuss the subject matter of their work. The participants will also be expected to take photos with the group during each lesson as well as take photos during the week while they are not at CLICK. The program will end with a gallery show of everyone's work presented to a group of staff, family and friends. The program will be led by a fully qualified photography instructor and supported by Canucks Autism Network program staff.

Golden Eagles Berries - Work Placement

This is CAN's pilot paid work placement program and part of the Aging with Autism series. Our intention is to support the aging autism demographic through volunteer placement, job readiness coaching and supervised work placement. This initial program will be one week long where participants will be supervised and assessed by a Site Coordinator and 1:1 Workers both in the plant and in the fields. We anticipate the assessments will indicate that 50% of the participants will move on to finding work opportunities outside of CAN. We intend to use this as a model for other programs adjusted according to the community needs and local resources throughout BC.

Capilano Review Contemporary Arts Society

Home Is Where The Art Is

Home Is Where the Art Is aims to address the social causes of mental illness and addiction by increasing social connection and fostering creative community. This project is located in non-profit supportive housing in the downtown eastside and consists of programming that links marginalized artists with hands-on art making, mentorship, supplies, as well as exhibition and publication opportunities for their work. We are changing the conversation about who is considered a contemporary artist. This work challenges stigma and stereotypes of low-income artists and those living with mental health and addictions diagnoses by amplifying relevant artistic practices.

Capilano University

It Takes a Partnership (ITAP)

This is an innovative initiative to develop a diploma level Community Leadership and Social Change Program for low income and vulnerable volunteers in collaboration with community and institutional partners. We are creating a pathway of opportunity; linking students’ lived experience of social exclusion, other training, and volunteer work experience to leadership and employment opportunities in the community. The teaching and partnership process will promote deep transformation in learners, partners and the community. The project will build on our community literacy partnerships and will expand the funding model developed for the Community Capacity Building (CCB) Program, ensuring that we continue to make this pathway accessible to all. This project is a profound expression of our University’s strategic focus as a Changemaker organization. It will firmly establish our Department’s role building in creating learning pathways in community development, linking those who are most excluded from post secondary education to an accredited program and meaningful employment in the sector.

Caravan Farm Theatre

Mr. Punch - an original play by Jacob Richmond for Caravan Farm Theatre

Caravan Farm Theatre is seeking Vancouver Foundation support for the commissioning, development, and production of a new play called Mr. Punch, to be performed in the summer of 2014 as part of our 2013-14 season. We wish to commission Victoria playwright, Jacob Richmond, and Vancouver composer, Steve Charles, to create the show. Caravan Artistic Director, Courtenay Dobbie, will direct the piece; Vicki Stroich, of Alberta Theatre Projects in Calgary, will dramaturge; and puppets will be created by Old Trout Puppet Workshop, also from Calgary. In commissioning and developing Mr. Punch, Caravan Farm Theatre has an opportunity to develop a creative relationship with one of British Columbia's most promising playwrights. Jacob Richmond is the Co-Artistic Director of Atomic Vaudeville in Victoria. He most recently wrote the critically acclaimed Ride the Cyclone that is presently touring Canada and has been optioned to run off-Broadway in New York. Mr. Punch will introduce Jacob's exciting work along with that of music composer, Steve Charles, to Caravan Farm Theatre audiences.

The Trail's End: Caravan Farm Theatre's 2011-12 Commissioning Project

Caravan Farm Theatre is seeking support for the commissioning, development, and production of a new play called The Trail’s End, taking place in 1933 small-town BC during the Great Depression. A poor young man and woman fall in love and share dreams of escaping their small-town existence. They begin to commit petty crimes and rise to fame as notorious bank robbers, offering the audience two thematic questions: to what lengths would you go to achieve your dreams? And, in the face of adversity, what is the price of freedom?

Caravan World Rhythms Society

Sufi Voices and Dance, from Azerbaijan to Iran & Canada

Caravan will present a week of activity around the visit of world-famous singers Alim Qasimov and his daughter Ferghana, from Azerbaijan. They perform traditional spiritual music heavily influenced by Sufi traditions. They are part of the Aga Khan Foundation's Cultural Trust, and recognized by UNESCO as a cultural treasure. Their visit will come on the heels of the Museum of Anthropology's exhibit of Middle-eastern art. We will host the Qasimovs during the week of September 24-29, and organize various activities around their visit, including: - Major concert at the Chan Centre on September 28 featuring the Qasimov group and a local Sufi music and dance group, led by Iranian musician Ali Razmi and Sufi dancer Raqib Burke. The concert will include new compositions by the group, and two pieces with the Qasimovs. - Film showing of 'WAJD', about sufi music and dance made by Vancouver-based film-makerof Syrian background: Amar Chebib. plus a post-film talk. - Two Lecture-demos by the performers at the Ismaili Centre in Burnaby, and at the MOA at UBC.

Carcross/Tagish First Nation

Sensitive Ecosystem Mapping & Holistic Land Use Planning

Carcross/Tagish First Nation (CTFN) is a Tlingit self-governing First Nation that began the process of Holistic Land Planning in 2012. An Environmental Scan began in December of 2012 with the goal of synthesizing all current, historical and relevant data. Nearing completion, the final steps include; sensitive ecosystem mapping, community engagement, implementation planning and finalization of the land use plan. Work will be conducted exclusively in the BC portion of the Traditional Territory (TT) addressing the habitat needs of identified species at risk through the development of a land use plan for the conservation and preservation of these valuable areas. The benefits of this project will extend beyond the Southern Lakes area; facilitating proactive ecosystem based planning and management, meeting the priorities of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation, the priorities and recommendations of the Southern Lakes Wildlife Coordinating Committee, planning and research priorities of Species at Risk Management Plans and will assist in the conservation and protection of critical habitat.

Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy Society

Thrive Williams Lake

This project brings together community stakeholders, existing networks, and people with lived experience to implement a community poverty reduction strategy. With an industry based economy, we have an economic environment with a lot of variability. We are also a regional centre providing government, health, education and other services to a large rural region. Poverty here is high, as is the cost of living in comparison with other communities our size. We have low levels of education and a gap between skills availability and economic opportunities. We will work together to identify opportunities to reduce the number of people who live in poverty, and the depth of poverty in our community.

Families as Learning Leaders

Our goal is to increase vulnerable parent’s involvement and participation in their children's early literacy and education. Vulnerable parents’ voices are critical to understanding their needs, strengths, and barriers to engaging in their child’s learning, but are rarely heard in systems. This project will involve parents as both co-creators and recipients of improved approaches to family engagement in children’s learning. We will document and share parents' and practitioners knowledge to inform dialogue and action at the organizational, and network systems change scale, and ultimately reshape how schools, organizations & community networks engage with & involve vulnerable families. The project has originated through our ongoing work with vulnerable families, children, and adult learners, in partnership with existing community networks. We will work with parents and staff at early childhood & elementary schools to design and deliver a new model for engaging vulnerable families in their child’s learning. A social change lab approach will hold the voices of those affected at the centre, as parents, staff & kindergarten teachers will participate as equals in this iterative process to design, test, implement & learn from new family engagement models. The goal is to develop a model that can be embedded in the existing systems, will continue to hear the voices of parents as the model evolves, and be scaled through organizations and community networks that serve vulnerable families.

Carnegie Community Centre Association

Social Innovation Cohort: Our Community Vision for Mental Health

A grant to participate in a development process to explore ideas around utilizing the experiential knowledge of participants and includes two key components: community participatory research and a grassroots visioning process. Through the participatory research portion of the project we are seeking to contribute to a broadened understanding of the societal and social determinants of mental health, especially the issues and barriers specifically faced by low-income DTES resident with mental illness. This first phase has already started and we have been having regular weekly meetings to plan the research process. Building on research findings emerging from the first phase, our second objective is to co-create a shared community vision of mental health in the DTES. By engaging in practical community research and knowledge production, participants not only learn new skills but see themselves in a position of competence, as experts of their own health and wellbeing, while also obtaining valuable knowledge and information about the structures surrounding them. This approach will combine participation and knowledge to foster DTES residents confidence and leadership abilities to meaningfully participate in decision-making forums and processes, sustain broader community involvement, and work with related community groups to build consensus, strength and new relationships towards improving their own mental health as well as the wider health of their families and community.

Our Community Vision for Mental Health

The project is based on the recognition that housing is a primary and fundamental social determinant of mental health. It seeks to give low-income Downtown Eastside residents living with mental illness, trauma, and disability the power to contribute to—and seek knowledge about—their health by developing a new “residents first” approach to supportive housing provision and management. Their influence is integral to bettering social housing. We will facilitate spaces to draft and establish best practices and guidelines for meeting and decision-making. We observe an urgent need to work well in coalition, in good communication with other organizations, groups, networks, and services and we can contribute to their longevity. Part of our work will be to strengthen our community member's capacity to participate in decision-making structures. Through visual description, creative form, mapping, media we will address language barriers related to literacy and translation. We can influence the representation of our community. This work will advance our knowledge of supportive housing provision. Amplifying residents' voices and experience informed and grounded in the experience and needs of existing and future social housing residents. As a peer-led project, this plan will have at its core the fundamental belief that people living with mental illness, addictions, and poverty should be able to make basic decisions concerning the day-to-day activities in their lives and homes.

Implementing Our Vision from the Ground up

This project will work with Downtown Eastside residents to implement the Vision for Change they created over 2 years of consultations with 1200 residents. The Vision will be implemented by residents participating in city planning processes such as the Local Area Planning Process, reviews of official development, revitalization, hotel maintenance and housing plans and a social impact study of market development. Key action items in the Vision include getting more social housing in the Downtown Eastside, slowing gentrification, tackling systemic poverty, improving services and involving local residents in making decisions about their own community.

Carousel Theatre for Young People

The Wondrous Tales of Old Japan

In April 2014 Carousel Theatre for Young People (CTYP) will stage The Wondrous Tales of Old Japan by David Furumoto. We are increasingly aware of the diversity of our young audiences, and we feel a responsibility to reflect and honour that diversity. The Wondrous Tales represents our first step in this direction. The script explores the folklore of Japan through Kabuki, shadow puppetry and Japanese taiko drumming. Tales include: Momotaro: The Peach Boy, Urashimatoro: The Enchanted Fisherman, Yuki Onna: The Snow Woman, and Hanasaka Jiji: The Old Man That the Trees Bloom. The project will also provide the opportunity for our company to actively engage the Japanese community in Vancouver, seek out new partnerships, and foster new relationships. In addition, CTYP will offer community workshops in shadow puppetry, drumming and kabuki during the run as a means of educating and engaging our audiences.

Carrier Sekani Family Services

Intra-agency Indigenous Engagement Project

We would like to propose an initiative aimed at hoping to learn new ways of creating meaningful engagement for Indigenous youth within our organization. We want to know how we can listen better and what conditions we need to create in order to hire Indigenous youth here at Carrier Sekani Family Services. We desire to foster young Indigenous leaders within our organization and create space for meaningful advancement. -- We would use the funding in order to reach out to neighbouring BC communities (Indigenous) and connect with youth and young adults as well as pay for them to come to Prince George to attend a forum to hear what they need to achieve the above-mentioned. We would create discussion groups, and a panel of young people to facilitate youth conversation about meaningful engagement.