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Touchstone Theatre Society

The Best Laid Plans

Touchstone Theatre proposes to adapt into musical theatre form Terry Fallis' award-winning novel 'The Best Laid Plans' (CBC Canada Reads 2011, Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour), one of Canada's most popular and successful works of fiction in recent years. A creative and producing partnership with Patrick Street Productions, the book is by one of the country's hottest playwrights, Vern Thiessen, with music and lyrics by the outrageously gifted local team of Benjamin Elliott and Anton Lipovetsky. The finished work will be a mid-sized musical for nine actor/singers and a small ensemble of musicians. Ideally suited to musical adaptation, the novel's characters are big and the stakes are high, but it is deeply honest -- wildly entertaining with serious undercurrents. Touchstone and PSP, drawing on their combined expertise in musical theatre and Touchstone's in new play development, are ushering the piece through an extensive development process in preparation for its world premiere in the fall of 2015 at the Cultch Historic Theatre, which will undoubtedly draw national attention.

Flying Start

Flying Start takes a promising script by a playwright who has not yet been professionally produced from draft form to the stage over a two-year cycle. The first year focuses on script development, dramaturgy and workshops with professional actors. The second culminates in a theatrical production. They seek funding for three years to increase the effectiveness, public profile and sustainability of this program. Year 1 funds will strengthen production values for the premiere of Sally Stubbs’ haunting morality play Herr Beckmann’s People, which has already garnered national attention and awards.

Town of Gibsons


The Ignite Program proposes a structured three-year project that will connect diverse individuals, organizations and communities, surface their ideas and visions, generate collaborative groups of community volunteers to activate them and build a network of support to sustain these solutions over the long-term. Focused on a specific theme each year (food security, affordable housing/childcare and senior support), the program aims to catalyze, build and nurture a network of community-driven initiatives that brings individuals and communities from diverse age-groups, income-levels, locations and back-grounds together to present specific solutions to local challenges. With its three-year phased approach, Ignite will build an inspiring network of community-driven initiatives populated by a diverse cross-section of individuals and communities to sustain the program over the long term.

Treaty 8 Tribal Association

First Nations Site C Leadership Summit

The Treaty 8 First Nations (Doig River, West Moberly, Prophet River, and Halfway River) are proposing to host a gathering on Sep. 16-17 at the Fort St. John Curling Club that places emphasis on BC, AB, and NWT First Nation leaders within the Peace River watershed, Peace-Athabasca and Mackenzie Deltas. Environmental groups and non-government organizations will also be invited. The purpose of this 1.5 day Summit is to further support and acknowledge participants common relationships and unique dependence on the water flows of the Peace River. The cumulative impacts associated with the past and future hydroelectric developments on the Peace River are the core issues that will summon everyone to share stories, network and foster relationships, mount common strategies and messaging, and build a strong alliance. Activities will include an inventory of the human capital within the participants’ organizations, their assets, and inputs into future action and education plans. Keynote speakers on energy policies/climate change and a field trip to the proposed Site C dam location.

Tsawout SNEPENEKS Cultural Society

Building Community through Digital Story (BCDS)

Building on a successful pilot project - where participants worked through the composition of story, collected photo & video to support their stories, & explored creative ways to enhance story using technology & multi-media equipment and software– this new Building Community through Digital Story (BCDS) project puts the development & power of storytelling in the hands of our community and youth, and offers educational and professional-level training. Upon completion participants will receive a certificate of completion. Through a partnership with Royal Roads University and with in-kind support from additional partners, Tsawout's Snepeneks Cultural Society is building opportunities in education by offering this multidisciplinary course that will provide: 1) Opportunities for youth and elders to work together in the preservation of language and culture, 2) opportunities for an exchange of skills and knowledge, youth using media, and elders and traditional knowledge, and 3) Opportunities to re-engage youth in education, , cultural practices, community events, and training.

Tsay Keh Dene First Nations

Biomimicry in BC

Biomimicry, which involves learning from and emulating nature’s forms, processes, and ecosystems to design solutions to human challenges, offers a path towards sustainability. We need, however, to overcome attitudes that seek to control nature, polarized debates on economic security versus environmental protection, power imbalances between those with knowledge about nature and those who would use the knowledge to design solutions, and institutional inertia. The project will define biomimicry champions and partnerships that can deliver innovative education and pilot projects in BC to build momentum for biomimicry as a foundation for creative problem-solving.

Integrating Climate Change into Cross-Cultural Decision-Making Processes

Natural resource decision-making needs to better reflect the impacts and uncertainty posed by a changing climate, including reconciling how climate change challenges the culturally different approaches to decision-making taken by Tsay Keh Dene (TKDN), government agencies and industry proponents. The uncertainty is destabilizing systems, which creates an opening for redesigning decision-making processes. TKDN has launched a community-based climate monitoring program. This project will align with the monitoring program to explore how both scientific and traditional knowledge can be consistently used by all decision-makers to ensure a strong, climate-conscious future for TKDN.

Tsleil-Waututh First Nation

Determining Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s role in water quality monitoring and stormwater management in Burrard Inlet

Burrard Inlet’s water quality suffers from stormwater-based pollution and uncoordinated water quality monitoring. As the People of the Inlet and stewards of their territory, Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN) takes a holistic approach to the management, protection and recovery of Burrard Inlet. TWN has led science and stewardship projects, and has worked to break down the silos between other jurisdictions charged with water quality management. Our Develop process will lead to a project plan for leadership on water quality monitoring coordination and improved stormwater management through: 1) clarifying TWN’s goals and role, and 2) convening influential institutions to envision a new approach.

Coast Salish Cultural Network

The Coast Salish Cultural Network and the Kwikwetlem Colloquium is a social innovation project aimed at honoring and revitalizing Coast Salish cultural and artistic practices across Metro Vancouver through networking, showcasing, programming, and economic development. This is a year-long multi-stakeholder initiative which will address the widespread unawareness that exists in this region regarding both its ongoing history of colonialism and its amnesia toward the rich cultural heritage that remains rooted in this region, that of the Coast Salish Peoples.

Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society

Creating Culturally Safe Workplaces for Indigenous Workers in the Social Care Sector

Over 52% of the children in youth in MCFD care are Aboriginal yet only 5% of MCFD’s 4200 staff are of Aboriginal heritage. Similar disparities exist in community agencies. However, research suggests that life outcomes are improved when Aboriginal children and families are served by staff who share cultural knowledge and experience, and who integrate cultural perspectives and teachings into their practice and care. This project will assist MCFD and community-based child, youth and family-serving agencies to address significant human resources and organizational issues that are compromising the capacity to deliver effective services and care to Aboriginal children, youth and families, i.e. recruitment, retention and practice challenges that are amplified within culturally unsafe workplaces. Specifically, the proposed project will complement cultural agility work that is currently underway in MCFD and through FCSSBC's Leadership 2020 initiative to: 1. Engage Aboriginal staff within MCFD and community agencies to better understand current state, key recruitment and retention factors and qualities of culturally safe workplaces 2. Convene staff, organizational, community and thought leaders in an 'innovation lab' to co-design an Aboriginal Organizational Development strategy and practices to enhance cultural safety 3. Share stories, emerging knowledge and practices to inspire organizations to address barriers and build cultural safety for clients/staff

TTS Theatre Terrific Society

I Love Mondays

I Love Mondays

Mrs. Miller's Diary

Mrs. Miller's Diary - a full scale professional production that will employ 9 diversely abled actors each paid at union scale, along with technically experienced theatre professional for a series of developmental workshops and a two week performance run in a professional Vancouver Theatre.

Turning Point Ensemble

Ahakista-Air India Flight 182

Turning Point Ensemble is a co-producer of Ahakista – Air India Flight 182, a new opera commissioned by the Banff Centre for the Arts, Cork Midsummer Festival (Ireland), and the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. As the story of Air India Flight 182 begins in Vancouver, stops in Toronto, and tragically explodes over Ireland, this opera weaves together local, national and global threads to tell a human story of our time.

Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge Society

Improve Donation Process

We depend almost entirely on the support of donors, purchasers and members for operating funds. We need to be able to respond in an accurate, timely manner to all requests, donations and orders to ensure that our supporters will continue to support us in the future. At present, the process of receiving, processing, and providing the tax receipt, documents and orders necessary for all forms of donor interaction is labor intensive, and inefficient with a single transaction passing through as many as 4 sets of hands before completion. We have progressed from manual tax receipts to using a comprehensive donation software program to record donor information and publish tax receipts but there are still too many steps in the process. Sales orders must still be manually recorded. We now need to: - Purchase 'point-of-sale' equipment and software to reduce receipt of funds and issue of tax/sales receipts to a single transaction. - Add software to our website to enable our visitors to donate on-line and receive their tax receipt by email. - Update website to make it user friendly.

Barn #1 Enhancement Project

To add a covered overhang roof to Barn #1 which will provide a weather protected area for the resident donkeys and enhance their opportunity for increased comfort during inclement weather.

Two Rivers Gallery

MakerLab Youth Immersion

MakerLab Youth Immersion will work with the local organizations to recruit twelve youth ages 15-20 each spring, with at least 50% of the participants self-identified as Aboriginal. Over the course of each year-long project youth will learn through a combination of Mentor-led modules and self-directed learning. MakerLab Youth Immersion teaches cultural competencies, introducing youth to Northwest Coast design, carving, wood turning, and metalsmithing, as well as new media which they cannot access in their high schools: laser cutting and 3D printing. Unlike in the education system, Mentors will work with small groups of students, ensuring that individuals get the attention they need to help them thrive. Youth will learn through multi-generational sharing with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Mentors. These connections will help shape these individuals as they make important decisions regarding their education and careers. Modules will include three weeks of instruction in traditional and new technologies, including training on MakerLab equipment, followed by self-guided exploration in an area determined by each individual. Unlike the formal education system, this is self-directed learning with the youth in the driver’s seat. Finally, youth will exhibit their creations alongside their Mentors, demonstrating not only the flow of knowledge from Mentor to youth, but the influence of the youth on their Mentors.

UBC - BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

Through our own eyes – Disclosure, Stigma and Criminalization of HIV in British Columbia

Canada stands out globally in its assertive approach to the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure. The emphasis on criminal law in regulating HIV non-disclosure continues despite increasing evidence that the criminal law is an ineffective tool to prevent HIV transmissions. While frequently represented as a law that ‘protects’ women, to date there is limited understanding of how this law uniquely shapes the lived-experiences of women living with HIV/AIDS (WLWH) and the severe stigmatization they face. To gain a better understanding of the gendered impact of this law, we propose a group-based participatory photovoice project, where WLWH in a group setting collaborate to depict how the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure shapes the negotiation of intimate relationships, HIV disclosure, HIV-related stigma and access to care. At the end of the project, together with the photovoice participants and with our community partner Positive Women’s Network (PWN), we will organize a public exhibition of the photographs and stories that WLWH generate. The proposed project follows up on key research and advocacy priorities that were identified by WLWH, academics, AIDS support organizations, clinicians, and legal experts at a Roundtable event organized by the Gender and Sexual Health Initiative (GSHI) in collaboration with PWN and the Canadian HIV Legal Network in October, 2015.

A novel approach to innercity drug scenes: A participatory peer program utilizing community-mindness

Inner-city drug scenes are typically tackled with repression and eviction. Since drug cultures can only be modified but not eradicated, the effects of repressive measures are frequently counterproductive to the pursued goal: Individually and socially adverse phenomena related to the scene including violence, crime, ill health, and socio-economic marginalization tend to be aggravated and the scene to turn fragmented and underground. The latter implies that the subculture becomes even less accessible for external intervention and control. The fundamentally novel and pioneering aspect of this project is to explicitly utilize rather than destroy the social structure of the scene by assessing and promoting subcultural community-minded norms and behaviors. Subcultural community-mindedness can be fostered from the sides of all involved including drug intervention, prevention, and policy, police, criminal justice, health care, and education. The project focusses on participatory peer intervention, which lies within the domain of drug intervention and employs elements of community psychology. The project is novel also insofar, as that members of the drug scene themselves will be involved centrally, as well as the community, in which the drug scene is located. Thus, the social status of drug users, who frequently encounter stigmatization and exclusion due to their illicit involvement, can be strengthened and general health, social security, and a communal spirit within the community.

UBC - Department of Family Practice

Safe and Sound?: A documentary film on refugee health and access to primary care in Metro Vancouver

In 2007, more than twenty thousand refugees came to Canada. In Vancouver, Bridge Medical Clinic addresses their short-term health needs; however, refugees have difficulty accessing regular primary care providers in the community. “Safe and Sound?” is a documentary film featuring stories of Vancouver refugees at various stages of transition to life in Canada. Targeting an audience of medical trainees and healthcare providers, it will investigate barriers to medical care, exposing the challenges and strengths of refugees pertaining to primary care access.

Reproductive Health Pregnancy Series

The Reproductive Health Pregnancy Series is part of an ongoing project initiated in 2006 by Community Health Initiative by University Students (CHIUS), with the goal of improving the health of pregnant street youth. Young expectant mothers living in the Downtown East Side are recruited to participate in 4 interactive workshops to learn about pregnancy related health issues. The first workshop covers pre-pregnancy health, including health care options, proper nutrition, and the risks of substance use. The second workshop focuses on what to expect during labour and delivery. The third workshop focuses on health issues after a pregnancy, including breastfeeding, post-partum depression, and how to obtain proper long-term health care. The last workshop covers contraception, and will finish off with a relaxed arts and crafts activity. After completing the workshops, participants will receive a Superstore gift card and a baby starter kit. Through this project, we hope to influence pregnant youth to seek proper health care, and initiate a healthy start for their babies.

UBC - Department of Medicine Department of Medicine

Addiction treatment engagement among youth: Community-researcher-practice partnerships

In Greater Vancouver, youth (14 to 26 years of age) who engage in higher intensity drug use are vulnerable to numerous harms. Addiction treatment remains a cornerstone of addressing these harms. However, we continue to experience difficulties connecting youth with addiction treatment in our setting, even when services are available. A more in depth understanding of both the challenges and opportunities that shape youth’s access to a rapidly evolving landscape of addiction treatment in Greater Vancouver is urgently needed. Addressing this knowledge gap is particularly salient for vulnerable subpopulations of youth who use drugs, including street involved youth, gender variant and sexually diverse youth, and Indigenous youth. The aim of the proposed activities is to catalyze a new program of qualitative and ethnographic research that explores youth’s engagement with addiction treatment, care and recovery in Greater Vancouver, both across time, and across institutional settings. The goal of this new program of research is to inform and advocate for innovative addiction treatment services for youth in our setting. We request financial support in order to: 1. Host two planning meetings with local knowledge users, community stakeholders and members of the research team in Vancouver 2. Conduct exploratory interviews with local youth who engage in higher intensity drug use and local addiction care providers 3. Develop and submit a research funding proposal

Exploring Access to Health Information in Surrey's South Asian Community (Co-Lead Researchers: Dr. Kendall Ho and Mr. Paul Bains)

The proposed project addresses the question: What support do members of Surreys South Asian (SA) community need in order to use eHealth tools to manage and prevent chronic diseases? In BC, the SA community has higher than average rates of chronic diseases[1]. CINS and the eHSO have worked with the SA community to reduce health disparities by supporting chronic disease management (CDM) and prevention. The interCultural Online Health Project (iCON), an eHSO community outreach program led by Drs. Ho and Cheema, has conducted research on patient engagement, information needs, and CDM in BCs SA communities since 2008. Information from community participants suggests that eHealth literacy is an area in need of development[2]. Health literacy can be defined as the set of skills required to use eHealth to its full potential. Technical proficiency, language ability, and media literacy are among the components of eHealth literacy[3]. iCONs research also indicates that the SA community views eHealth as a valuable opportunity to optimize CDM through online resources, apps, and other technologies. eHealth also has potential to promote uptake of clinical prevention services, such as screening programs. Partnering with an extensive community network, we will develop capacity and infrastructure within Surrey's SA community to generate a deeper understanding of factors affecting the use of eHealth. Findings will inform future initiatives to support eHealth-enabled CDM and prevention. Research Team: Drs. Victoria Lee, Helen Lauscher, Ms. Sunita Kapoor, Dr. Arun Garg, and Mr. Jay Bains

UBC - Department of Political Science

Summer Institute for Future Legislators (SIFL)

This project will support the ongoing development of an education program for people who are interested in participating in elected civic roles at all levels of government.

UBC - Department of Psychiatry

The Bipolar Youth Action Project (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Erin Michalak, Associate Professor, UBC, and Ms. Andrea Paquette, Executive Director, Bipolar Disorder Society of British Columbia)

Bipolar disorder (BD) is a serious mental illness characterized by extremes of mood. As onset typically occurs in young adulthood, youth with BD are a target group for early intervention and support. There is good evidence that 'self-management' strategies can positively impact health and quality of life in adults with BD. What is missing from a research perspective, however, is knowledge about effective wellness strategies for youth with BD (i.e., the focus of this application). Evidence collected 'on the ground' also indicates that this area is a community priority; this project was catalysed by the dissatisfaction voiced by youth with BD in BC themselves. In our 'Bipolar Youth Action Project', two organisations - a research group specialising in community-engaged BD research and a BD-specific community group on Vancouver Island - will unite to fill this knowledge gap. Youth with BD will be integral to every stage of the research. For example, two youth are members of the research team, and we have already performed a youth consultation on the project methods, established a nascent 'youth action group' and identified key community collaborators. These steps demonstrate both our commitment to authentic and sustainable community engagement and the passion of the youth themselves for this endeavour. Knowledge gained will inform the development of appropriate resources to support youth self-management, leading to enhanced capacity for self-care in this vulnerable community. Reaearch Team members: Dr. Joanna Cheek, Co-Investigator, Mr. Joseph Haverty, Youth Leader, Ms. Jessica Megan Williamson, Youth Leader, and Dr. Wei-Yi Song, Co-Investigator

UBC - Department of Psychology

Building Intergenerational Communities: Motivators and Barriers for Older Adults (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Christiane Hoppmann, Assistant Professor, UBC and Ms. Sandra Petrozzi, Manager of Family and Seniors Programs, Kitsilano Neighbourhood House).

The proposed project takes an innovative approach to combat loneliness and promote healthy aging by capitalizing on the potential of community-based intergenerational programming for providing social engagement opportunities. Facilitated by a Vancouver Foundation-funded development grant, we were able to demonstrate the broad health benefits of intergenerational programming. Furthermore, feedback from local seniors demonstrates that they are very keen to engage in volunteering that involves children. However, there seems to be a distinct gap between what seniors are already doing (volunteer activities involving peers) and what they would like to do (activities involving children). In this new, community-based research project, we would therefore like to build on the activities from the development grant and gain deeper insights into the motivations, facilitators, and obstacles to intergenerational volunteering to bridge this gap and help seniors become more socially engaged. Hence, with older adults as key partners, we aim to better understand the motivations for volunteering through participatory research using iPad minis while at the same time empowering seniors to learn new technological skills. We will then use the knowledge gained to develop feasible, evidence-based implementation strategies for intergenerational programming that reflect the needs and diversity of older adults in a local context leading to healthier, happier, and more engaged seniors in our community. Research Team members: Dr. Atiya Mahmood, Co-Researcher and Photo Voice training, Dr. Peter Graf, Co-Researcher, and Ms. Charito Gailing, Stakeholder.