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UBC - Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

Letters: Michael Morris and Concrete Poetry

Letters: Michael Morris and Concrete Poetry examines paintings, sculpture, photography and film produced by Morris in 1968/1969 around the time he organized an important exhibition of concrete poetry at the UBC Fine Arts Gallery in 1969. The exhibition will include concrete poetry from the Belkin’s collection of approximately 2,000 items (including ephemera, prints, posters, broadsheets, objects, books and catalogues), as well as works borrowed from public and private collections. The exhibition recognizes Morris’ immense contribution to the development of Vancouver as a global contemporary art city.

UBC - Museum of Anthropology

Claiming Space: Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth

The exhibit will explore how urban Aboriginal youth aged 15 - 24 engage with and transform their own traditions and urban youth culture through contemporary art work, multi-media, film, fashion, music, and performance. A 'video' wall, a new medium or digital 'canvas' will also be developed for youth to display their artwork. The exhibit's primary focus is on Vancouver, a major meeting space for urban Aboriginal youth. The exhibit looks at the unique ways that they are claiming space for themselves, their relationship to the city and their response to current social, cultural and political issues like Idle No More. It will also highlight the role of social media in connecting urban Aboriginal youth and creating spaces for them to tell their own stories. A blog is therefore integral to the project and will play a play a key role in getting the word out and in project evaluation. The exhibit includes an off-site contemporary installation at the Urban Native Youth Association per attached support letter.

UBC - Office of Research Services

Supportive Movement

This project aims to leverage physical activity to improve the quality of life for pregnant and parenting women on the DTES. Through participatory action research, we will create, implement, and evaluate trauma and violence informed physical activity programming and resources to address community identified barriers and develop practical tools for organizations to enhance programs and experiences for women. Addressing individual and systemic changes may support this population in being physically active, create greater social cohesion in the DTES, and improve health and overall quality of life for pregnant and parenting women and their children.

APPlying Mobility: Supporting Physical Activity for Marginalized Pregnant and Parenting Women

In order to address physical inactivity for marginalized pregnant and parenting women, we will need to gather further information, meet with key stakeholders, including service providers and women from the community, in order to solidify a prototype of a social innovation. The researchers agreed that the development of a physical activity and healthy living app to reach highly marginalized pregnant women should be strongly considered. We will determine how app development can be approached to best meet the needs of this particular community. Further the content, accessibility, and deliverability of such a resource will be assessed. The following plans/questions, which were discussed with Sheway, a community organization on the DTES, will guide the development process to address physical inactivity with pregnant and parenting women who are marginalized by poverty, racism, substance use, and trauma: 1. Conduct a community review of resources/programs that focus on physical activity for pregnant and parenting women on the DTES. 2. Establish relevant community partnerships for research and development 3. Assess current health and physical activity behaviours of women in the community 4. Determine what participants identify as barriers/facilitators of physical activity 5. Determine what community members identify as culturally safe and trauma and violence-informed physical activity 6. Determine what participants need to feel supported in being physically active

Fair Play 4 Children and Families in Vancouver's Inner City

To better understand this social issue and identify community priorities and goals, we propose a development project aimed at exploring community members’ and key stakeholders’ perspectives on the challenges children and families living in Vancouver’s DTES experience in relation to play and potential actions for enhancing meaningful play opportunities. This process will include: 1. An experienced community engagement coordinator and project assistant will initiate sensitive and respectful engagement of a broad, intersectoral group of stakeholders and community members. The specifics will be shaped by community dynamics and identified needs, but may include a variety of community workshops/gatherings aimed at facilitating an inclusive process for identifying community priorities, creating an action plan to address the various social and structural determinants currently hindering meaningful play in this community, and organizing a community action group that will work to enact the identified plan. 2. Part-time employment of two community member co-leads (possibly youth who have an expressed interest in developing advocacy skills) will build community capacity for facilitating community engagement activities. 3. A summary report outlining community-driven priorities and action plan.

Promoting access to care for women affected by intimate partner violence in the Downtown Eastside

The research project will test an innovative trauma informed outreach intervention to promote access to support services among highly isolated and vulnerable women experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV) in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). Our team’s earlier research identified many women experienced limited access to anti-violence and other health and social services necessary to prevent IPV and reduce its deleterious effects (e.g., poverty, homelessness, HIV, mental illness). Although supports exist barriers remain due to isolation, control by partners, knowledge gaps about services, and negative care encounters in formal clinical settings. Outreach activities are needed to connect support workers with women in ways that are non-harmful or re-traumatizing. This reflects a growing body of international inter-disciplinary research calling for trauma-informed care and services for vulnerable populations. Other research with women experiencing IPV demonstrated trauma-informed outreach facilitated access and uptake of services with direct health and wellbeing benefits. Through a participatory action research (PAR) approach involving researchers, health and social service leaders/staff and women experiencing IPV we will build on the capacity of current services to learn if and how integrating a trauma informed approach to outreach services facilitates women’s connections with health and social services and improves service coordination to address the populations’ needs.

Improving employment outcomes for youth with mental illness in British Columbia

In BC, mental illness affects 1 in 4 young adults aged 15-24 years. At this stage, youth are typically completing school and/or skills training, and laying the foundation for a stable future. For youth with mental illness, challenges at school, home, and community are compounded by stigma and fragmented resources, resulting in low graduation rates, high unemployment, and poor health outcomes. Locally, the YMCA and Granville Youth Health Centre (GYHC) identified gaps in how youth with mental illness develop job skills and enter employment. They partnered to deliver an innovative program called Y-BEAT to provide employment support for this group. UBC has partnered with the YMCA and GYHC to test the effectiveness of Y-BEAT. The 16-week Y-BEAT program offers health, social, and employment skills education, including supported job placement. It differs from other employment programs because it enables youth to concurrently achieve their employment goals while successfully self-managing their illness. GYHC offers integrated health and social services. The YMCA’s employment programs served 139 youth last year, of which 31% identified mental illness as the primary barrier to obtaining work. Y-BEAT brings together these existing services and will be offered 4 to 5 times/year over the next 3 years. In collaboration with the Y, GYHC, and participating youth, our project will measure health, social, and employment outcomes of youth, summarize lessons, and disseminate findings broadly.

Generation Squeeze Public Engagement Strategy

The social and economic inequalities facing children, youth and families today are grounded in a generational inequity. As younger Canadians finish school, begin careers and start homes and families, they are squeezed by lower wages, higher costs, less time and a deteriorating environment, even though our economy produces more wealth than ever before. While governments use this economic wealth to adapt policy for others, including our aging population, they continue down a path that leaves less and less for younger generations. To address this inequity we need a collective voice with the political clout required to reduce the squeeze. That's why we plan to build an organization like CARP (formerly Canadian Association of Retired Persons) that is driven by and speaks up for younger Canada, and is self-sustaining. While we are generating interest across the country, this grant will specifically facilitate Engagement Organizing in BC, reflecting our commitment to including younger generations in creating A Canada That Works for All Generations.

The Youth Injection Prevention YIP Project (Dr. Jane Buxton)

This project will disseminate the results of ten focus groups (FGs) and fifteen interviews with 60 street-involved youth aged 15-24 years in Metro Vancouver region, Nov 2009-March 2010. The FGs/interviews explored resiliency factors from the youth’s perspective, services available to reduce harms from drug use and perceived barriers to accessing these services. A team of 6 youth participated as co-researchers providing input into script design, co-facilitating FGs, performing data analysis and presenting at National conferences and local partnership meetings. These youth will continue to be involved in this project 1) Conduct 5 interactive community workshops (one in each health authority) to present the findings of the previous study to the local youth. These workshops will be led by one member of the YIP youth team, a research coordinator and a local youth from the respective health authority. 2) Feedback from youth participants at the workshops will be used to compare/contrast issues and experiences of local youth in their communities with those identified by Metro-Vancouver youth. 3) Create a DVD showing the process of youth engagement and empowerment. 4) Create a website, on-line forum and face book. 5) Produce a community friendly summary report and fact sheet re findings in Metro Vancouver and similarities and differences in other regions. The report will also be individualized for each community we visit so they can obtain some information specific to their needs.

UBC - Okanagan

A community ­based intervention to support belonging among the S. S. Indian­-Canadian diaspora

Project background/need: The idea for this project arose from prior research in the South Similkameen (SS) focused on understanding the experiences of belonging and mental well-being among Indian­ Canadian residents. During this pilot work, we interviewed and consulted with local residents and stakeholders. Key barriers to belonging and wellbeing that Indian-Canadians reported included 1. limited participation in local decision-making; 2. challenges in accessing culturally-appropriate services and; 3. multi-generational tensions hindering community and familial bonding. Potential knowledge/ action: Our project aim is to develop a collaborative planning strategy to launch a community-­based intervention that can address these issues and support a greater sense of belonging and wellbeing among the S.S. Indian-­Canadian diaspora. Jointly with local Indian-Canadian residents and other community partners, we will work to: 1. develop consensus on a priority area that can build a sense of belonging and wellbeing; 2. map out skills and strengths that can help us develop a strategy to address this priority area and; 3. build capacity among local residents to implement and evaluate such an intervention. These activities can change social systems by changing "basic routines" (e.g. decision­ making processes) and beliefs (e.g. assuming services can be 'one size fits all') enabling us to address root causes of exclusion and poor mental health affecting rural immigrant populations.

An Action Plan for Sustainability of TCARE: Building Health-Care Navigation

This new project, adapted from the innovative nurse-led navigator TCARE project funded by Vancouver Foundation in 2013-2014, will now sustain a volunteer model for care. The purpose of this project is to pilot the use of trained volunteers who are partnered with a nurse mentor, to provide navigation services for older adults living in rural communities with life-limiting chronic illness. These rural, older adults often live isolated in the community with little knowledge of, or access to, vital services. The navigation concept is an innovative model for addressing their needs, and there are now a set of navigation competencies to guide this new role. After receiving specialized training, volunteers will provide navigation services to frail, rural, older adults for one year. In their navigation role, they will: advocate for the patient and family; facilitate connections with the community; coordinate access to services and resources; and facilitate active engagement. A comprehensive evaluation of the feasibility and acceptability of the volunteer navigator role will be conducted.

Palliative Care without Borders: Trail/Castlegar Augmented Response (TCARE) Project

Dying, when complicated by uncontrolled symptoms and without the benefit of specialized palliative resources, is traumatic for all involved and leaves a collective community memory. Local community members and care providers in the regions of Trail and Castlegar have identified a critical need for a community-based team approach to respond to the significant challenges that exist in providing high quality, cohesive rural palliative care. UBC Okanagan School of Nursing faculty member, and Canada Research Chair, Dr. Barb Pesut, along with community health nurse, bereavement counselor, and Trail Hospice Society board member Brenda Hooper, are currently engaged in building connections with local health and palliative care professionals and volunteers so as to provide an integrating link for patients and families to community resources. This multi-sector team will work to create a sustainable model of care that will provide coordinated and accessible end-of-life support, impacting the quality of care, and ultimately the quality of life, for dying individuals and their families.

Aboriginal Mentorship Program

Some Aboriginal students face challenges when returning to their communities. Both communities and students often feel that students’ new skills and knowledge were not developed through an indigenous lens. This project identifies and mitigates breakdown points, and helps students share what they’ve learned with their community. Using a structured, three-month mentorship model, students develop, deliver, manage and evaluate a community development program while building relationships with their community.

UBC - School of Population & Public Health

Supporting the Achievement of Health Goals with Formerly Incarcerated Men

The John Howard Society of Canada (JHSC) and UBCs Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education (CCPHE) share a deep commitment to improving the health of previously incarcerated individuals. Incarcerated populations suffer vast health inequities compared with the general Canadian population, and 90% of incarcerated individuals are male. This community-based participatory research project aims to answer the question: what are the facilitators and barriers to achieving health and successful reintegration for men leaving federal correctional institutions in BC? All members of the project advisory committee (PAC), including academic, community, and individuals with lived incarceration experience, will work together in the design, execution, analysis, and sharing of research findings. This participatory project will build employment and educational capacity among individuals with incarceration experience, thus addressing a known barrier to reintegration. In the longer-term, this project has the potential to: enhance understanding of the health trajectories for men as they leave prison; create new knowledge that will enhance the current body of academic health literature; facilitate the development of health recommendations and resources for prison-specific organizations regarding what additional services they might facilitate for their clients; and, develop policy recommendations for Correctional Services Canada (CSC) regarding their health discharge planning procedures.

UBC - The Collaborating Centre for Prison Health

Growing Great Kids Out of Homelessness

Children experiencing homelessness have poorer outcomes when compared to other children, their mothers often struggle with social isolation, and there is a strong link to entering the child welfare system. Growing Great Kids Out of Homelessness will address this issue and seek to influence system change by creating a collaborative, multi-sectoral, peer-led participatory research project. Through the opportunity to experience themselves as co-creators of safe, supportive environments, homeless women and children can restore their health and well-being in an environment of dignity that offers women increased agency and engagement with others, while keeping families intact.

Trauma at the Root: Exploring Paths to Healing with Formerly Incarcerated Men

The majority of incarcerated men have experienced trauma in their lives. These trauma experiences are often at the root of substance use, mental illness, and/or violence that lead to involvement in the criminal justice system and can also negatively impact men’s ability to reintegrate into the community. However, there has been little done to explore how to support men in healing from trauma. This project will engage formerly incarcerated men in participatory health research to explore ways to improve trauma supports for both currently and formerly incarcerated men. The findings can be used develop trauma-informed approaches and influence policies and programming from the ground up.

UBC Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP)

Community partnerships to foster wellbeing of children and families in the Kootenay Columbia Region

The early years are optimal for investing in the future of our society, as early experiences are critical for brain development, lifelong learning, and wellbeing. BC data show that 1-in-3 children are vulnerable at school entry. To change this, we need to enhance our capacities to locally identify families’ and children’s needs and provide supports to families with young children early. This partnership project implements a universal early child development data platform in the Kootenay Columbia Region, to connect families to existing support systems, and to inform community-level decision making, strategic planning, and resource allocation in the local early years sector.

Early Years Community Development Institute (EYCDI)

This project is designed to connect and strengthen professionals working in Early Years Community Development (EYCD) across British Columbia and Alberta. It will enhance the infrastructure towards a stronger, more sustainable and community-driven early child development system in our province. Seed funding has allowed for the development of a web-based platform for the Institute, which has markedly increased interest among EYCD professionals, and has grown the volunteer provincial advisory group that is providing leadership to the Institute. The website ( was successfully launched last fall, a series of training webinars have been held, a province-wide contact database has been created, and a twice monthly newsletter is circulated. This proposed project will maintain and grow this work to further embed the EYCDI at the local level. A part-time coordinator will be hired to manage the core operations of the Institute. Work will also be completed on a module-based certification program for EYCD professionals and pilot training sessions will be held.

Early Years Community Developers (EYCD) Institute

The overall aim of the Early Years Community Development (EYCD) Institute will be to build a better, more sustainable and community driven system for the early years in B.C. by creating mechanisms to strengthen the practice of EYCD professionals. The ultimate impact and evidence of a stronger early childhood system will be reflected in improved measures of child development outcomes and community capacity. This is the initial phase of the project. This phase is designed to build the capacity and competency of EYCD Professionals through: •Linking existing EYCD professionals in B.C. through a variety of opportunities for learning, resource sharing, practice-based research and peer mentorship. •Developing and then implementing a program of professional development to include on line as well as face to face sessions. This program will focus on identifying the core competencies of EYCD and establishing flexible approaches for content delivery. . Developing and maintaining a website to host EYCD professional development and networking opportunities.

Umbrella Multicultural Health Co-op

Patient Driven Health Care

Using UMHCs cooperative community health centre (CCHC) model to address the health gaps faced by vulnerable populations (in this case immigrants and refugees) is an innovation that will create scalable change at many levels of the system. Institutional: Approach the MoH as partners working towards the same goal of delivery of quality, cost effective healthcare. After building relationships, our communications will be in alignment with MoH interests; mirroring their language, indicators and metrics, we will adapt how we collect and present data to reflect MoH priorities. With MoH input, we will demonstrate the efficacy of the CCHC with the objective to influence allocation of resources to this type of community led initiative. Organizational: We will work with Health Authorities in building similar relationships and common goals as they implement MoH funding decisions. Network: We will engage co-op and CHC organizing bodies in flipping the routine us vs. them style of advocacy plaguing the relationship between the BC health system and community led health initiatives. Individual: As a young organization, our approach will involve building our capacity in member engagement and public relations, leaving a lasting impact at an individual level as skills developed and systems implemented will be ongoing. With so many barriers to system access, we look forward to a change in ambition as this vulnerable population engages in decision making around their health care.

Umoja Operation Compassion Society of BC

Reaching out to African Immigrant and Refugee Families and Youth

Umoja's Literacy and Life-Skills program that has been running successfully for three years. The program has been designed to address the specific needs of immigrants and refugees from war-torn countries. Our most recent survey indicates that 100% of the participants are satisfied with the program and have reported that the program has met their literacy and life skills needs and has helped them adapt to their new country. So far more than 100 immigrants have participated in the program. Our intention is to continue to offer this vital program and also extend it to the youth. The project has two components to it: (A) The Literacy: English reading, writing, conversation and numeracy. For the youth, we will add the homework assistance component. Participants will attend Literacy/homework program 3 times a week from 4:30-6:30pm. (B) Life Skills: Once a week 6-8pm the project will build Canadian life and leadership skills to integrate successfully into the society through workshops, speakers and out trips.

UNIT/PITT Projects

A Plan for Artist-Run Culture in Vulnerable Communities

We wish to address artists' and cultural workers' complicity in the artwashing and culturewashing of urban development which causes or precipitates harm to the low-income communities whose presence we have benefited from for decades. We wish to develop an alternative plan for artist-run culture, especially addressing Chinatown and the DTES, and use the development of this plan to forge stronger community bonds, creating webs of support between artist-run culture and community self-advocacy. This represents a shift in our thinking, as a type of organization which has valued artistic autonomy above all else, to one which wants to construct a strong social praxis for art.

I Will Survive

I Will Survive is the working title for a series of five works commissioned from emerging artists, including three works commissioned from emerging First Nations artists, to be presented in the fall of 2012 and early 2013. Patterned after our previous commissioning project, Ill Repute, it will be jointly curated by UNIT/PITT director Keith Higgins and artist, curator and community organizer Cease Wyss. Where the previous project drew on the history of the communities of practice, political and social phenomena, and subcultures which intersected with the Helen Pitt Gallery during its 36-year history, the proposed project explores the future of these communities and practices. By envisioning a future, emerging artists and their emerging discourses will take a role in how that future is shaped.

United Chinese Community Enrichment Services Society (S.U.C.C.E.S.S.)

Stories of Our Ancestors: Intergenerational Trauma Among Chinese-Canadian Families

The traumatic narratives of Chinese immigration to Canada and its impact on future generations are mostly unknown. The silence of these migration experiences may be related to surviving collective trauma. Understanding the stigma, shame and fear of Chinese-Canadians who migrated to escape persecution, imprisonment and torture will assist Canadian health care providers to develop strategies to understand and treat pre- and post-migration trauma. Intergenerational trauma is an important construct for understanding the mental health of survivors and their families. We know that individuals and families who have suffered through significant collective traumas are unlikely to obtain professional support. Likewise, Chinese-Canadians underutilize mental health services and there is significant shame and stigma with regards to mental illness in this population. As intergenerational trauma among Chinese people is unexplored in the literature, the social innovation idea is to create a dialogue between older generations and younger generations to work across the divide of silence to bring understanding to family members by breaking the silence of the past. Once the social implications are understood we will be able to devise health care strategies to reduce the stigma and shame of seeking mental health care within this population. As intergenerational trauma is considered to be a broad social determinant of health, it has implications for education, employment, and general well-being.

United Players of Vancouver

Side-drape replacement project

The original drapery & tracks in the theatre (Jericho Arts Centre) were acquired second-hand, prior to 2000. Age has caused a decline in the flame retardant capability of these drapes so they no longer meet the requirements in the British Columbia Fire Code and present a safety risk. Many years of use has also resulted in stains, tears and a general shabby appearance. The old tracks are also damaged and need replacement. The fabric has deteriorated beyond the point that it can be cleaned & re-treated with flame retardants. We raised money and replaced the Main Traveller, Legs, Valance and Lobby drapes in 2008, but had insufficient funds to replace all drapes. If the requested funds are granted, we would be able to complete the project by replacing all the drapes on both sides of the theatre and at the exit doors. New drapes will make the theatre safer by bringing us into compliance with the British Columbia Fire Code flame retardant standards. They will also give a more professional appearance to the theatre.