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Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria

Youth Employment Development for the Capital Region

This is a Youth Employment Development Initiative to prototype and test best practices and models we have identified in other places in Canada to create effective labour market pathways for young people who are disadvantaged. We have conducted research for the Enterprising Non Profit Program and the BC Centre for Employment Excellence on models in other jurisdictions of employment development systems inclusive of "employment social enterprises" to create pathways for young people to sustainable livelihoods. We discovered that there are best practices in engaging and promoting employer partnerships with community training agencies that are market based and entrepreneurial We are proposing to adapt and test these models in our own region which currently lacks infrastructure for youth employment development. We also intend to engage a larger group of stakeholders in BC in a learning community on our experiences and lessons learned to inform practices in other regions, through our partnerships with the Canadian Community Economic Development Network and the BC Centre for Employment Excellence. We will have a strong evaluation component to test impacts on income, skills and educational attainment, and employment to share with policy and program stakeholders to embrace more innovative and effective public policy. We will test this model in growth sectors of the economy that also have sustainability impacts, like the resource recycling and renewable energy sectors.

Pathways From Poverty - Community Action Plan on Poverty

In 2012, the Community Social Planning Council (CSPC) led a process that developed an Action Plan on Poverty (CAPP) to address the need for coordinated responses for poverty prevention and reduction in the Capital Region. Community stakeholders identified two priority areas within our Action Plan that currently lack the appropriate infrastructure in our region to provide “pathways out of poverty”. These two pathways are financial literacy, and social enterprises that offer training opportunities for low-income residents to experience greater economic self-sufficiency. To facilitate the expansion of these pathways, we are leading the development of a community strategy for financial literacy for the Capital Region and exploring innovative ways to support the creation of social and training enterprises with community partners. We are seeking funding for projects that contribute towards these pathways, with an overall theme of creating opportunities for economic empowerment of people with low incomes and barriers to employment.

Building Resilient Neighbourhoods

In 2012,we fostered neighbourhood resilience and action on social, economic and environmental sustainability in the CRD with Transition Victoria, supported by the Vancouver Foundation and Smart Planning for Communities. More than 200 residents from neighbourhood, business, and local government organizations participated in a series of training sessions to develop skills, resources and strategies to strengthen community resilience. Our recent webinar for local gvnts was oversubscribed within hours, demonstrating strong appetite for this project. Evaluation by participants was overwhelmingly positive and has resulted in the design of a 2nd phase of the initiative. The Resilient Neighbourhoods project works with neighbours and citizens to strengthen characteristics of resilience in ways that support neighbourhood connection today and strengthen capacity to respond to challenges in the future. It supports action by working with community groups, businesses, citizens, community organizations and institutions to develop community action on local resilience, community cohesion and wellbeing

Food Shift: Building a Sustainable Food System for BC's Capital Region

This project will develop an implementation strategy for the regional food security plan, and initiate two major demonstration projects in municipally-supported agriculture. It will provide both an enabling policy environment for a sustainable food and agriculture system in the Capital Region, and support two practical initiatives in rural and urban-rural interface settings. The project is supported by municipalities that will create new supports, infrastructure, learning, land leases, marketing and community garden opportunities. It will also share learning and models with others working on similar issues and promote an integrated, multi-stakeholder hub for future work.

Building Community Cohesion in BC's Capital Region

This demonstration project will support social innovation across a range of community groups concerned with poverty and social inclusion in neighbourhoods facing socio-economic challenges across the Capital Region. A learning community of active citizens and practitioners will share results, document lessons learned, and influence policy to enable asset based community development. Using concrete initiatives in community development, community groups on the West Shore will address the impacts of rapid population growth and development on their neighbourhoods convened by the Community Council and the West Shore Chamber of Commerce thru a Health Communities Council. Neighbourhood groups in Esquimalt and Victoria will also be convened to implement their own initiatives in community revitalization to address poverty and social inclusion. The project will culminate in a learning event for community activists, practitioners, government, private sector and other stakeholders, to create an ongoing agenda for community-based poverty reduction and social inclusion.

Community-Based Research Centre Society

Life Course and Gay Men's Health: Implications for Policy and Programs (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Terry Trussler, Research Director, Community Based reearch centre Society, and Ms. Jody Jollimore, Program Manager, Health Initiatives for Men).

How is health affected by social inequities experienced over the life span of gay and bisexual men? We will undertake a mixed methods study of Gay Generations - the impact of intergenerational experiences with prejudice, discrimination and social change - also the theme of a large sample survey in 2014. This will be a life course study: examining how historical events and geographic locations shape varied experiences among gay age cohorts that result in varied health issues and needs. The survey will be programmed for longitudinal research to track participant health outcomes in future years. The idea has emerged through CBRC and HIM's engagement with gay youth and HIV prevention. Prior research noted that young men of today experience greater social acceptance but also greater homophobic violence than previous generations (Ferlatte et al. 2013). The study will examine this paradox to learn how health outcomes may be affected. The project will engage organizations province wide in the BC Gay Men's Health Summit and Knowledge Exchange activities coordinated through CBRC and HIM's websites. Knowledge about intergenerational differences will contribute to greater understanding of how to work with various age groups of gay and bisexual men – anticipating their value differences and needs. A young investigator team, composed of young people between ages 18-26, will be trained and integrated into all phases of the research. Results to be delivered in presentations at community events, conferences and popular reports. Research Team members: Dr. Rick Marchand, Co-researcher, Mr. Travis Salway Hottes, Co-researcher, Mr. David Le, Co-researcher, and Mr. Olivier Ferlatte, Co-researcher.

Mapping the Intersects of Determinants and Development in Young Gay Men (Dr. Terry Trussler)

CBRC and HIM in cooperation with a network of collaborating agencies will develop and conduct the first Determinants Survey of gay men in BC in order to investigate how health determinants affect young gay men (YGM) ages 18 to 26 – a critical transition on the road to gay adulthood. According to the most recent HIV surveillance study conducted in Vancouver (Moore et al. 2010), 1 in 5 (20%) local gay youths will likely have an HIV infection by the time they reach 30 if current conditions continue. We wish to investigate how social factors have determined this outcome. A Young Investigators Team will receive operational training in all aspects of survey research including question development, sample recruitment and statistical analysis. The research activities will be nested within the day to day life of HIM, a community health organization offering counseling and STI testing services. The baseline data gained from this research will help inform future community level programs and social policy. This research would represent a breakthrough in knowledge development for gay men’s health.

Comox Valley Art Gallery

Youth Media Project

The Youth Media Project seeks to empower marginalized youth, through group-based media production practices, to become active citizens in affecting community change. Through this pilot project – a partnership between the Comox Valley Art Gallery and the Wachiay Friendship Centre – ten youth will receive training in digital video, animation and web design, and will engage with key community leaders in discussions surrounding justice, cultural heritage, activism and community participation. Youth will then create video, animation and/or web-based projects that express unique visions of ‘change’ within the Valley. These works will be exhibited and celebrated at a community-wide event, at which participants will be invited to speak to their creative philosophies and processes. The works will be compiled onto a DVD that will be distributed to key leaders and community groups within the Comox Valley, and exhibited online for broad dissemination. The project is designed to engage participants and the public in a change-dialogue surrounding the future of the Comox Valley.

Comox Valley Project Watershed Society

Protecting and Restoring the Courtenay River Estuary

The Estuary Working Group (EWG), representing 13 environmental organisations is currently working on eelgrass and habitat restoration, carbon sequestration research, a National Historic Status bid, and yearly awareness campaigns. The EWG has participated with the Comox Valley Regional District in revising a Courtenay River Estuary Management Plan, originally created in 2000 but never implemented. The revised plan needs the support of local municipalities. They were invited to take part in revising the plan but declined to do so. We propose to create an interactive animated 3D map of the estuary to illustrate changes over time, the problems that need to be addressed and present various scenarios for resolving these challenges. The complexity and interconnectedness of the estuary’s ecosystems, examples of economic development compatible with a healthy functioning estuary, and potential social and recreational benefits will be highlighted. In creating the map we intend to engage local officials, planners, and other stakeholders in data gathering and visioning a desired future estuary.

Comox Valley Transition Society

'Healthy Masculinity'/'Taking Flight'

Our proposed project is two-fold. The 'Healthy Masculinity' component will include identification of best practices with boys, and focus groups in schools or community settings. The groups will be lead by experienced male leaders, and will explore masculinity and boys' unique needs and challenges. The boys will be invited to be part of an advisory committee to help develop curriculum for pilot groups in the second year of the project. A key aspect of this project is youth engagement. We will encourage the boys to take an active role to best meet their needs. The other component of our project is 'Taking Flight'. This 12 session group will serve young women who are aging out of foster care, moving out on their own, have limited healthy support networks, are at risk of relationship violence, and who are at risk for homelessness or living in poverty. The focus will be on successfully navigating the challenges of transition to adulthood such as access to affordable services, life skills (employment skills, housing, etc.), and maintaining healthy relationships and support networks.

BeSafe: Girls Group Year Three Enhancement

This is an educational life skills and support group for girls ages 11 to 15 that fosters empowerment and appreciation of diversity and encourages girls to make a difference. Groups are led by adult facilitators and older teen girls who have completed peer facilitation training, which is an important feature of the program. The weekly two-hour groups are interactive and include activities such as art, journaling and crafts, role playing and discussion. They want to expand, creating three more groups at high schools, including one for girls ages 15 to 17.

Compagnie Vision Selective Arts Society

Creation of 'DVOTE: Lust, Madness and Mayhem'

Noam Gagnon's creative impulse is to delve into personal experiences to create transcendent performances. This has drawn him to collaborate with Nova Bhattacharya, a highly regarded Toronto-based dance artist trained in classical Indian dance. It may seem the two artists from different cultural and dance backgrounds have little in common, but their independent work reveals a shared fascination with the autobiographical. 'DVOTE: Lust, Madness and Mayhem' is their shared investigation into themes of devotion, submission, sexuality and spirituality. Playing with the twinned notions of voyeurism and exhibitionism, DVOTE is an intimate journey that blurs the traditional lines of performance and confessional. DVOTE exposes the continuum of submission and control that begins with the socially sanctioned relationship between performer and audience, and ends somewhere between master and slave. Conflating the opposing ideas of public performance and intensely private experiences of sexuality and spirituality, the work hopes to expose personal taboos and challenge current social discourse.

Company Erasga Dance Society

MigARTion: Art and Migrants towards a Critical and Creative Empathy in Collaborative Art Making

This project aspires to contribute to the contemporary Philippine global diasporic artistry, activism and community through an intergenerational, interdisciplinary, intercultural, cross-aestehtics and transcultural engagement. Filipino and Filipino-Canadian artists, migrant group, independent artists and professional arts companies will collaborate to build a new practice and discourse on migration in Canada through art. Issues like family separation, cultural trauma, and settler colonialism are explored through this process. Migrant stories and perspectives are foregrounded through arts-based methodology grounded from a decolonizing creation process.

Shifting Geography

Shifting Geography is the dance creation of Co.ERASGA for its 2013-14 season to be presented to Vancouver audiences. This is a new creative project to be created by sharing resources and a vision to build a co-creation between two points of reference, Bonn and Vancouver. This collaboration will see Artistic Director Alvin Erasga Tolentino partner with choreographer Rafaele Giovanola, Artistic Director of Bonn, Germany's COCOONDANCE in a full length collaborative dance work. Using Vancouver and Bonn as the two homes of this dance project, Tolentino and Giovanola will reflect the geographic points of the two cities, continents and environments that influence signify and shape their visions of the body in motion. Research, creation and theatre residencies, production and final performances will take place in Vancouver and Bonn. Referencing the body, the impetus of Shifting Geography is to map, describe and write about the body through movement and dance, to free the body's inner story, marking its relation to time and the varied characteristics it presents in space and place.


Colonial is a full evening work of contemporary dance based on life in a colonized society and the effects on the individual, choreographed by Alvin Erasga Tolentino, with creative partners; Dennis Gupa, Theatre Director and Dramaturge; Filipino Video Artist Ted Armitanio and two senior Filipino pioneering choreographers, Denisa Reyes and Agnes Locsin. Their expertise will help facilitate and strengthen the company's growth to incorporate and open further interpretive techniques through other media such as theatre, interviews and dialogue. The project has the support of PETA and UPLB in the Philippines, MAI in Montreal and the Roundhouse in Vancouver, the creative process will be opened up to the local dance communities and general public through a series of open rehearsals and unique workshops. The opportunity to learn more about Filipino culture and history through dance is a rare prospect and one that will have a great impact on the partners involved as well as the significant Filipino community of Canada.

Shadow Machine

Shadow Machine is a fusion of dance, video, audio, photography and interactive technologies that juxtaposes Vancouver’s industrial development in the early 20th century with the post-industrial modern age. Central to Shadow Machine are the workers, machinery and people who have built Vancouver’s past and present. This event will feature live performances by new-media artists Carol Sawyer, Peter Courtemanche and Ken Gregory, as well as dancer Alvin Tolentino and a dozen others performing his choreography. Partners include W2 Media Arts Centre and the Roundhouse. The premiere is planned for October 2010.

Connec Tra Society

Are Disability Benefits in B.C. a Barrier to Employment?

Are disability benefits and the security they provide for people with disabilities serving to deter those very same people from searching for work? Additionally, what would happen if people with disabilities were allowed to retain their full benefits while working and earning income? ConnecTra Society, in cooperation with researchers at the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia, proposes that the Government of British Columbia test the possibility that the benefits it currently pays monthly and annually to people with disabilities, in fact, pose a barrier to employment for a percentage of recipients – perhaps even a majority. This two-part research project proposes first to test the attitudes of people with disabilities with respect to work and receipt of benefits and, second, to test what happens when people with disabilities, currently receiving social assistance over the course of a full year, are able to seek employment without losing their benefits. Please see the attached proposal for greater detail.

Tetra Ability Opportunity TAO Project

The Tetra Ability Opportunities (TAO) project is an initiative of the ConnecTra Society, in partnership with the Tetra Society of North America, two charitable organizations that deliver support programs for people with significant physical disabilities. Tetra volunteer Brian Johnson suggested the idea that the new Tetra Workshop, created in partnership with iCord and located in the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre, could be adapted and opportunities explored, so that people with varying levels of disability (up to and including high quadriplegia) can be trained to use the workshop's tools and equipment. Together, Tetra and ConnecTra have developed a project that will assess the viability of training people with disabilities to learn to cut, drill, sand, paint, etc. Participants will learn these skills while working to create items that have been pre-selected as needing a range of tools, skills and levels of physical ability, including jigsaw puzzles, bird feeders, flower pot holders and wooden toys.

Contemporary Art Gallery Society of British Columbia

BMFH Artist-in-Residence: Artists Collaborating in Community

CAG uses the BMFH as a studio to incubate socially-engaged participatory projects in Vancouver, programs strategically identified as missing in the cultural provision of the city. From this site we develop multi-year community-focused residency initiatives. Hosting up to twelve Canadian/international artists in collaboration with and as mentors to local groups, organizations and communities over a three year period, this hub connects with diverse audiences such as youth, families and the under-privileged. Each artist is invited to undertake research and outreach toward new production in consideration of resonant urban issues and local histories, often self-identified by community participants, generating platforms where art is a catalyst for local exchange and dialogue among a range of voices and perspectives. BMFH enables us to work with communities and artists sitting outside of conventional gallery contexts, representing, and encompassing a differing set of concerns, scale, timeframe and approach than typical exhibition making. Furthermore it challenges notions of the artist as auteur, instead considering community-based participation and social activism as a methodology for production, thus allowing artists to set a structure but audience determines content. This format of urban residency is unique to and innovative in Canada, institutionally not happening elsewhere. CAG proposes to develop this program through implementing a series of public projects through to mid-2019.

Following A Line

Following A Line refers to “following a line of investigation.” This exhibition presents an international roster of artists whose work began in the archives, library, or from statistical data. The artistic investigations do not lead to certain answers, but are more about the way information is conveyed. For example, Los Angeles artist Paul Sietsema recreated pictures of pre-colonial artifacts such as a fishing net, cape, ceramics and coins in his studio, filming his remakes in a pseudo-anthropological manner.

Cortes Island Museum and Archives Society

Expansion of Archive & Artifact Collection Rooms

The proposed project will expand the size of the existing Museum, by constructing a West Wing with 2 new rooms adding 240 square feet. This project addresses the infrastructure challenges of working in an old building with very limited space, by creating a purpose-built space to house our growing Artifact & Archive Collections in proper climate controlled rooms, a public archives research room, a workroom for creating exhibits. At the moment, our ability to expand our successful Public Education & Archives Programs is constrained by space limitations to house and access the Archive & Artifact Collections. These collections provide materials for these growing programs; which in turn influence our revenues, as some of the programs raise funds for museum development. To ensure financial sustainability, the CIMAS board has made the building expansion a priority.

Naming and Claiming: the Creation of Bute Inlet

This installation will depict the geography, ethnography, ecology and pre-history of Bute Inlet, a coastal fjord rich with resources. A large-scale double-sided map will depict First Nation and settler sites, while other maps will display the history and the economy. Photos, archival photographs, text and artifacts will combine to give viewers a greater understanding and appreciation of this wilderness and its history.

Courthouse Libraries BC BC Family Justice Innovation Lab

British Columbia Family Justice Innovation Lab

BC’s family justice system has traditionally focused on judicial decision-making and an adversarial approach to disputes. Too often it negatively affects the physical and mental health of adults and children. Despite myriads of reports, the system has failed to change itself sufficiently to address this reality. We are seeking funding for the BC Family Justice Innovation Lab, initiated by a group of reform-minded justice system leaders in 2014. Its goal is to improve the well-being of BC children and families experiencing separation and divorce. Its core approach is experimental (developing and evaluating scalable prototypes), systemic (defining the system from the perspective of families) and participatory (engaging cross-sector organizations and system users). The first three initiatives under the Lab's umbrella focus on providing families with viable and affordable collaborative approaches to resolution of their problems outside of court: 1. Northern Navigator project (collaboration of a local community social service organization, mediators and the judiciary) assesses the needs of family litigants and refer them to mediation before court 2. Collaborative Practice Pro Bono project provides free interdisciplinary collaborative practice services to families 3. Family Mediation Sliding Scale project offers affordable mediation services. The Lab will generate systemic learning through developmental evaluation and nurture scaleable prototypes.

Cowichan Community Land Trust Society

The Great Big Bee Garden Challenge

This project begins to restore areas of networked native bee habitat by planting significant areas of a broad range of nectar and pollen producing native plant species, heritage herbaceous perennials and cover crop forages in a number of connected areas. Many of these are species are traditional first peoples food plants that have been pollinated by our 200 species of native bee pollinators for 10,000's of years and thus a key to sustained food security for coastal first peoples. These plants provide realistic quantities of nectar and pollen for native pollinators and restores a very necessary biodiversity in order to meet the nutritional requirements of pollinators for sustained enhanced immune response to current and future environmental stressors. We are organized to accomplish this through timely community education, participation and engagement of all age groups in diverse venues in both urban and rural landscapes in the Cowichan Valley following the guidelines and coaching from organizations such as the very successful Xerces Society of Invertebrate Conservation.

Friends of Cowichan Creeks Project

The Friends of Cowichan Creeks Project will initiate streamkeeping and ecological restoration efforts on six urban creeks in the Cowichan Valley. Consultants from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans will help prescribe restoration plans, and the organization will implement these plans with the help of volunteers. They will also offer four Streamkeeper courses and two riparian restoration workshops for members of the public.