Grants

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Victoria Disability Resource Centre

A GPS to Meaningful Employment for Persons with Disabilities

We want to create a continuum of sevices that will resutl in concrete systemic change and facilitate the employability of persons with disabilities. An individualized, non-prescriptive approach will encompass the entire process of reaching sustainable employment. This model will begin with a comprehensive person centred planning process that addresses barriers the individual encounters. Clients will be provided with a facilitated strategic planning process. Then the client will be matched with a mentor who will support them towards their employability goal. Secondarily, the VDRC has a history of facilitating disability awareness training with various stakeholders. However, this training has not been designed specifically with a focus on employment issues. We intend to modify this training to increase employers' awareness of and comfort level with addressing disability issues. Following the training, we will develop a workplace based mentorship program so that there is cross learning between the employer and person(s) with disabilities. Also, to follow on the work developed with employers by the Community Council's Quality of Life Challenge, we would develop a community based employer network interested in addressing systemic issues related to disability.
$100,000.00
2012

A GPS to Meaningful Employment Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities

We want to create a continuum of sevices that will resutl in concrete systemic change and facilitate the employability of persons with disabilities. An individualized, non-prescriptive approach will encompass the entire process of reaching sustainable employment. This model will begin with a comprehensive person centred planning process that addresses barriers the individual encounters. Clients will be provided with a facilitated strategic planning process. Then the client will be matched with a mentor who will support them towards their employability goal. Secondarily, the VDRC has a history of facilitating disability awareness training with various stakeholders. However, this training has not been designed specifically with a focus on employment issues. We intend to modify this training to increase employers' awareness of and comfort level with addressing disability issues. Following the training, we will develop a workplace based mentorship program so that there is cross learning between the employer and person(s) with disabilities. Also, to follow on the work developed with employers by the Community Council's Quality of Life Challenge, we would develop a community based employer network interested in addressing systemic issues related to disability.
$100,000.00
2011

Victoria Humane Society

First Nations Animal Management Clinic Project

To effectively deal with dog overpopulation, an Animal Management Program must be established and implemented to gain control of the issue as well as educate, empower, and challenge the community to incorporate Bylaws and regulations in pet ownership. The VHS will work with three First Nations to provide the following services over a minimum period of three years to eradicate the issue of dog overpopulation: • Wellness exams that will include basic inoculations and deworming as well as other medical services that may be required • Sterilization and micro chip implants for sterilized animals • Workshops regarding animal welfare including the advantages of spaying and neutering new animals in the future • Round up and removal of unwanted or unowned dogs that will be transported to Victoria where they will be fostered and put up for adoption This socially innovative project will influence systemic change by: 1. Addressing the issue of unwanted companion animals by preventing the birth of unwanted litters. 2. Serving as a model for communities of all sizes and geographic areas. 3. Adopting a community directed approach to the issue rather than a hard policy approach that would likely be ineffective. 4. Using outreach and education components to change ongoing behaviour towards companion animals while addressing systemic issues regarding animal overpopulation. 5. Using a collaborative approach bringing together animal rescue agencies, First Nations and veterinarians.
$140,000.00
2016

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre

Multicultural Environmental Education Program (MEEP) Transition Phase

In 2008, VIRCS became the first immigrant service agency in Canada to incorporate environmental education into its operations by creating the Multicultural Environmental Education Program (MEEP). MEEP functions by linking newcomers to community environmental programs and services which both engage newcomers in environmentalism and add cultural diversity to the work of environmental agencies. The ultimate objective is to promote a more inclusive and multicultural environmental movement. The initial funding structure of MEEP provided an adequate budget for the program development over a two-year period. The two-year period resulted in a well-developed program with a great public profile; however, funding for a full-time coordinator is no longer sustainable and we will no longer be able to retain a coordinator come late-March. To overcome these challenges we propose to create a sustainable program by interweaving environmentalism into the entire operations of VIRCS rather than continuing to run MEEP as an autonomous program.
$5,000.00
2011

Victoria International Development Education Association

From the Heart: Enter into the Journey of Reconciliation

This is an arts-based civic engagement project designed to give non-Indigenous Canadians a way to become personally involved in the work of reconciliation with Aboriginal people. It's inspired by Dr. Paulette Regan's bestselling book, Unsettling the Settler Within: Indian Residential Schools, Truth- telling and Reconciliation in Canada. Our approach is to leverage the power of the arts to activate a constructive public conversation about this relationship. We will partner skilled teachers/trainers with a culturally diverse group of youth, adults and seniors to work through a facilitated process of engaging with preconceptions about First Nations in Canada. Then, in collaboration with professional theatre artists, the group will create scenes, stories, songs and art expressing what, for them, shifted perceptions of what they thought they knew. The wider public dialogue begins when audiences attend an Immersion Theatre production where they will encounter the groups' mini performances along a journey through an astonishingly beautiful indoor labyrinth all during the summer of 2013.
$15,000.00
2012

Victoria Philharmonic Choir Society

Performance of JS Bach's St. John Passion

It is a major mandate of the Victoria Philharmonic Choir (VPC) to perform choral works to the highest possible standard with choir with the help of professional orchestra and vocal soloists. There is a sophisticated audience for this type of music in Victoria and we are frequently rewarded with sell-out concerts e.g. the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610(June 2013), Bach's B minor Mass(June 2012) and Bach's two-orchestra St. Matthew Passion(2010 and 2011). Continuing this tradition we intend to perform Bach's St. John Passion in the First Metropolitan Church in Victoria. Approximately 100 players and singers will be on stage. The event date of April 4 2015 is extremely appropriate being Holy Saturday the day between Good Friday and Easter Day. The first performance of the Passion was 291 years ago on Good Friday, April 7, 1724 in Leipzig Bach's first Easter there. The St. John setting is the oldest of Bach's Passions, and has been described as more expressive, immediate and unbridled than the St. Matthew. This work will attract lovers of sacred and baroque music.
$9,000.00
2014

A workshop on & performance of Monteverdi's "Vespers" in March & June 2013

The idea for doing large scale choral works like Monteverdi's 'Vespers' arose because very few of them are put on in Victoria. It is a major mandate of the Victoria Philharmonic Choir (VPC) to fill that need. We do so for the sophisticated audience for this type of music in Victoria and are rewarded with sell-out concerts. We typically have almost 100 players on stage for such works as the B minor Mass (June 2012) and the two-orchestra St. Matthew Passion of JS Bach in 2010 and 2011. Upcoming is Handel's dramatic Oratorio 'Israel in Egypt' in October 2012. Continuing this tradition we intend to perform the 1610 “Vespers” by Monteverdi. It will be performed on June 15 2013 in St. Andrews Cathedral in Victoria with vocal soloists and a professional union orchestra. This work sums up the best of what music had to offer four hundred years ago. In preparation for the 'Vespers' we plan a choral workshop in March 2013 on the music of Monteverdi. This will rehearse the VPC for the concert, and give invited singers a chance to improve their skills.
$7,500.00
2012

Victoria Sexual Assault Centre Society

Integrating Trans Inclusion with Vancouver Island Service Providers

Through our own Trans Inclusion process, we have learned valuable lessons that we firmly believe would benefit other anti-violence organizations, and ultimately trans people beyond Victoria BC. We have also made connections with an amazing group of trans people who have co-developed and delivered trans inclusion workshops across Victoria to community organizations and Island health. We propose to focus trans inclusion primarily on other sexual assault centres and transition houses. We will use our curriculum, share resources and lessons learned to help other anti-violence organizations through their own trans inclusion process, and we will also employ a “hub and spoke” model of Trans Integration. In other words, VSAC will act as a “hub” of knowledge and information pertaining to becoming trans-inclusive, while other organizations will act as the “spokes”. Once other organizations have made sufficient change and put into practice their trans inclusion process, we will also show them how to be their own hub. To date, no other organization is doing trans inclusion work on this scale or using this model in the anti-violence sector. Further, Trans Inclusion with a Sexualized/Intimate Partner Violence lens is not being done elsewhere. Finally, this project will provide education developed and delivered by Trans people; create short-term employment and lifetime skills for trans people across Vancouver Island; and keep organizations accountable to trans community.
$134,998.00
2016

Transgender Accessibility to Sexual Assault Services

Originally a women-serving agency, we now understand that gender-based violence exists, and is more prevalent, beyond the gender binary of male and female. We have made the commitment to become a women and trans*-inclusive agency after a series of events over the past 2 years including: - feedback from board, staff and clients that current practices were exclusionary for trans* survivors; - training for staff and board to increase awareness about specific challenges trans* survivors can face; - a full day staff/board retreat to discuss commitment in making this change; - a community consultation with trans* people and their allies on what makes service provision feel safe and welcoming for gender variant people. Through our proposed project, we will: 1) engage the community through consultations and the formation of an advisory board; 2) makes changes to policies, procedures, services, signage, staff and volunteer training; 3) document and share learning with others and offer training to our community partners (police, crown, hospitals, other social service agencies)
$120,000.00
2013

Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre Society

Moms and Mentors: Building Healthy Attachment

The project provides mentoring for at-risk, isolated pregnant and parenting teens and other vulnerable single mothers in Greater Victoria. The goal is to foster healthy pregnancies, and strengthen their parenting and coping skills. Moms are matched for a year with volunteer mentors, experienced mothers who understand the challenges of being single parents and can provide support in nurturing, resourceful and non-judgmental ways. Monthly group activities with on-site child care will provide educational and networking opportunities.
$40,000.00
2010

Victoria Symphony Society

Lest We Forget

In the mud and rain of a Great War battlefield, 20-year-old piper James Cleland Richardson rallied his troops to battle. Composer Tobin Stokes will write a dramatic work for the Victoria Symphony that contrasts the vastness of an orchestra with the solitary dedication of a solo bagpipe player, telling the story of a piper whose music inspired the troops, moments before his death. The loss of Richardson - who received the Victoria Cross posthumously - only minutes after the victory, is a poignant reminder of the horrors and losses of the Great War. This story of astounding bravery offers us a glimpse into wartime life and human sacrifice. Commemoration the 100th anniversary of the onset of WW1, this work will be part of a community wide collaboration bringing diverse arts and culture organizations such as the Canadian Scottish Regiment, the Royal Canadian Navy, the Royal BC Museum, the BC Maritime Museum and others. With exhibits, presentation, lectures and art, the Victoria Symphony will be a key community leader in this commemoration project.
$20,000.00
2013

Victoria Women's Transition House

Stepping Stones for Families: Ready to Rent

The Stepping Stones Steering Committee of 11 agencies developed a program for families who cannot find, keep and/or maintain housing. Many of these families have poor housing references and are not accepted into even the most basic of housing units. This program offers a 12-hour course called Ready to Rent that prepares families to be good tenants and provides support for up to six months to the families. They are seeking funding to stabilize the program, which started a year and a half ago, and also to develop a business plan, do a cost-benefit analysis and create a strong governance model.
$70,000.00
2010

Village of Queen Charlotte

Humpback Whale Sculpture

This public art project will be a life-size, copper clad sculpture of the first third of a breaching Humpback Whale, over five meters tall. It will be constructed by Lon Sharp, the local artist who also created the giant ten meter coho salmon sculpture in neighboring Sandspit. It will be constructed using a yellow and red cedar framework, along with polyethylene tubing and will be sheathed in copper. The base will be cast concrete and steel, with stainless steel structural reinforcement and support for the long pectoral fin. This fin will likely be a magnet for climbing children, so structural integrity is as important as artistic excellence and community engagement. The sculpture will be installed in the middle of the Visitor Centre's interpretive garden, which is situated in the village's downtown core, adjacent to the gathering place we call 'Spirit Square'. Queen Charlotte's recently completed one km.long waterfront sea walk starts a few meters north of the sculpture site and continues south through Spirit Square, and then west along the waterfront.
$20,000.00
2014

Village of Salmo

Renovation and Upgrades to Youth Centre

This project involves renovating the existing Youth Centre space and creating a new and expanded space for the youth. This will create a distinct and separate place for them to hold their Youth Leadership Program, Youth Drop In, Teen Fitness classes and run the Movie Cinema. Included in the project are the creation of a new commercial kitchen where Youth will have their weekly Supper Nights as well as host the concession for the 'Youth Run Movie Cinema'. The creation of this new kitchen will also allow the Youth Leadership to create goods to sell at Youth Program fundraising events.
$34,300.00
2013

Virsa - Sikh Alliance Against Youth Viol

Junior Leadership

Our Junior Leadership program promotes self-esteem, self-worth and enables youth to envision and actualize their own potential. This program is a new project based approach to reach these students as the previous after school homework help mentorship program we were running was no longer appealing to these students. As an elementary school-based program, each individual Junior Leadership program caters to the students' and schools' needs. This program is a project based program that will allow youth to tap into their leadership skills while taking ownership and a leadership role on multiple projects. These projects will then be a means for the students to fundraise towards a charity of their choice. This program is designed to allow youth to experience the fulfillment of community involvement as their projects will benefit community organizations and allow them to see how an individual can truly make a difference.
$8,000.00
2010

Volunteer Victoria

Stage Based Solutions for Volunteers Aging In Place

To meet the gaps generated by shifting demographics Volunteer Victoria will need significantly more information, strategies, and tools to support one, two, or all of the following groups: a. senior volunteers aging out of their current volunteer positions, b. agencies relying on large numbers of senior volunteers aging in place and/or staging out of volunteering, and c. organizations that serve seniors to become more efficient and innovative in how they use, train, and recruit and retain volunteers The process involves: Forming an advisory committee made up of seniors and senior serving agencies Developing and implementing a methodology and system to collect data from a minimum of 500 seniors and 250 local organizations Designing research questions and formats for gathering information and reviewing the landscape Identifying potential partners who share a vision to serve seniors more effectively Reviewing the data and making recommendations with the advisory group Assessing the development phase Working with partners to articulate a shared vision and preferred outcomes moving forward Developing a 3 to 5 year program plan that involves multiple stakeholders groups and seniors in a scaleable model
$10,000.00
2015

Watari Research Association

Youth Housing Collaboratory

The Youth Health & Housing Collaboratory is an initiative currently funded by Fostering Change. The Collaboratory's goal is to generate positive change and improve the experience of vulnerable/marginalized youth with complex needs who seek and access housing and related health services in Vancouver. It brings partners together to work better and differently to meet youth health, social, and housing needs. The Collaboratory has achieved several goals since its inception: 1.Establishing a Collaboratory problem solving group – to implement collectively arrived at solutions based on collectively arrived at processes 2.Engaging stakeholders to collaboratively identify and action initial improvements within the continuum of housing and related services for youth 16-24. 3. Securing commitment for sustainable collective process that will be able to support ongoing implementation of new solutions in the realm of youth access to housing. The purpose of next phase is to: Implement/test/assess impact of ‘probes’ (i.e. small, doable but significant systems and practice changes) that have been informed by the youth and service provider engagement work to date. To improve services and the experience of youth who are dealing with multiple challenges. Continue to engage youth to help identify most promising ‘probes’ and next iterations/ideas. Work together to extend/amplify/spread probes into practice and system. Continue learn,share knowledge and build a community of practice.
$50,000.00
2016

Eastside Integrated Youth Outreach Team

The Eastside Integrated Youth Team(EIYT) will provide outreach to youth in the Downtown Eastside six days weekly with the addition of two new members.The focus will be early intervention with youth under 19 who come into the community.The roles of these positions will include engagement, assessment, referral and follow-up with youth and the team of service providers/family that support them.Using the existing Hard Target Table as a point of entry, youth workers with EIYT will leverage their relationships with adult outreach teams, hotel staff and community members to identify new youth and intentionally engage with them to develop exit strategies.Existing connections with the youth serving system including MCFD, youth addictions, mental health, police and primary health care will allow youth workers to design and implement individualized case management response to each youth. The intention of these positions is to work effectively with a smaller number of youth as opposed to provide the broader outreach of general street outreach. One worker will have a psych nursing background.
$90,000.00
2013

Transition to Independence Program - TIP II

$70,000.00
2012

Latin American Families: Kitchen Connections

Newcomer families arrive with hopes and wishes for a bright future in Canada. They are provided with information regarding the process of immigration but left to understand the process of integration on their own. The Latin American Families Kitchen Connections Project will focus on groups of 10 newcomer moms and their children under 6, providing a safe welcoming space weekly to enjoy a meal, meet peers experiencing similar struggles and recieve education from the Canadian systems that will most affect their ability to succeed in Canadian culture. This 12 week group will be co-faciliatated by community service professionals and a peer mom, providing a meal to gather around, childcare for the children and curriculum reflecting keeping families healthy and informed. Areas of focus include: stages of child development, the school system, sexual health/harm reduction, communication, stress management, child protection legislation.
$2,888.00
2011

Watershed Watch Salmon Society

Connected Waters: Reconnecting lower Fraser Valley waterways for healthy salmon and communities

This project aims to upgrade water flow and flood risk management of local waterways to better account for social/ecological values like wild salmon, clean water, and natural beauty. It will change: Basic routines: Landowners and municipalities will use fish-friendlier flood control systems, improving habitat quality and fish abundance, while maintaining flood control and agricultural functionality. Socially, restored ecological connectivity will improve community enjoyment and recreation. Resource flows: Restoration of ecological connectivity within the lower Fraser floodplain will become a higher priority in federal, provincial, and municipal flood management studies and spending. Authority flows: Federal laws (e.g. Fisheries & Navigation Protection Acts) and provincial laws (e.g. Water Sustainability Act) meant to protect salmon, water, and community access will be better applied to these formerly high-value habitats that are now primarily governed by BC’s Diking Act. First Nations’ rights and title may also be applied. Beliefs: Citizens will increasingly view these degraded waterways as vibrant sources of community enjoyment. Improvements to our initial target waterways—along with regional, provincial, and federal policy improvements—should create a systemic “ripple effect” across the region as more citizens, stewardship groups, First Nations, and municipalities see that changing the status quo in flood management is possible on their local waterways.
$196,981.00
2016

WCRA

PGE Historical Exhibition

The Pacific Great Eastern Railway is British Columbia's own railway, and is responsible for establishing many British Columbia industries and the communities that grew around them. It is a unique story about how a railway 'from nowhere to nowhere' (North Vancouver to Whytecliff and Squamish to Quesnel) was created in 1912 to 1915, and actually survived and ultimately prospered. This story has never been told in any sort of permanent exhibition. The project proposed here will develop and install such a permanent exhibition in the Mac Norris Station (which was designed by the PGE in 1915 and then built at our West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish). With the centennial of Squamish next year, the timing is ideal to permanently capture this history for all. The project consists of story research and writing, professional design and production, and installation of storyboard and video exhibition. The exhibition will serve the entire Squamish community and will also be seen by the more than 60,000 visitors and school groups who visit the Heritage Park each year from Metro Vancouver.
$7,500.00
2013

Wen Wei Dance Society

New work by Wen Wei Dance

In his new full-length dance for seven performers (including Wang), Wen Wei Wang explores the human quest for connection. Wang intends to compose a new work that impacts more personally and emotionally on the observer, one that depends on the direct communication of emotions from the body. It is a return to the body to capture the purity, quality and power of movement. In examining the body’s intrinsic abilities and limits, and the emotions that are hidden within it, the deeply personal is relayed between performer and audience.
$15,000.00
2011

West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation

Climate Law in our Hands

What if climate impacted communities could demand accountability from the fossil fuel industry? BC is uniquely placed to force a conversation about industry responsibility for climate change and its costs. We will foster legal and community action aimed at demanding accountability from fossil fuel companies, ultimately leading to a local government class action against fossil fuel companies. By focusing on harm suffered by BC communities, we can hold Chevron, Exxon and similar companies responsible for the impact of their global share of emissions. Public demands for accountability and especially a lawsuit will both require and result in broader public education and discussion. Convincing local governments to take such action will require British Columbians to understand and support fossil fuel industry accountability. The success of litigation depends on a broad societal shift in understanding the role of the fossil fuel industry in causing climate change. We will undertake provincial coordination, support and networking between groups seeking to promote public discussion of the harm caused to their communities by the fossil fuel industry and the potential for litigation, including providing legal educational materials;* and provide submissions and assistance to local governments that might act as plaintiffs in a class action. *Any tasks involving activities considered political by the CRA will be carried out to a large extent by our sister organization, WCELA
$225,000.00
2016

Protecting the Communities and Ecosystems of the Salish Sea

Zoom online meeting software Meeting the challenge of climate change impacts like sea level rise has created an opportunity to deepen regional collaboration and improve environmental management and protection in the Salish Sea. A scientific report commissioned by West Coast in 2014 from the Fisheries Centre at UBC presents the “business case” to protect our coastal ecosystems, and documents case studies from other coastal areas around the world showing how coastal “green” infrastructure has effectively managed the impacts of extreme weather events. However, the effectiveness of green infrastructure measures is relatively limited if only implemented in a single municipality, and planning and implementation at a regional scale is necessary, which is what we will facilitate through this project. Our own legal research and analysis to date has helped identify examples of mechanisms and structures that would be effective in planning, co-managing, monitoring and enforcing environmental protection at a regional scale using an integrated approach, and there is willingness among key actors for regional collaboration.
$30,000.00
2014

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