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Vancouver Island University

The Recreation Prescription Project

In western industrialized society, child obesity is rising, sedentary pursuits are increasing, physical activity is decreasing and there is less contact with nature. For some youth, these factors combine with other disadvantages to create a trajectory of ill health. Nanaimo’s youth are especially vulnerable in comparison to BC overall; the Composite Index ranks Nanaimo 11 out of 77 BC Local Health Areas for youth aged 15-24 (BC Stats, 2013). Through the Convene process, we will work with participants, parents and schools to assess perceived benefits and challenges and inform the design of a study examining community-based interventions for youth health and wellbeing in Grade 5.

Expanding and sustaining Inside-Out, VIU’s prison exchange program

Inside-Out is a prison-based program that brings together incarcerated and traditional university students who study together as peers with the recognition that each has innate worth and a story to tell. The experience is impactful and profound, and an opportunity both for self-discovery and improved mutual understanding. The program helps inside students to re-integrate with the community and encourages aspirations for further education, while putting a human face on justice issues for outside students, making them more compassionate, informed and effective professionals in their chosen fields. Both groups are empowered to become agents of positive change for themselves and the community.

Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program

The “Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program" offers prison-based post-secondary academic courses to groups composed of both university students (hereinafter called outside learners) and incarcerated students (hereinafter called inside learners) who learn together. Founded in 1997 in Philadelphia by one university professor inspired by one incarcerated man, the program is based on the simple hypothesis that incarcerated men and women and college/university learners might mutually benefit from studying together as peers. Together, they build classroom communities based on dialogue, collaboration and serious, shared inquiry. The Inside-Out Program places a human face on justice issues while giving both inside and outside learners a powerful academic and experiential learning opportunity, grounded in a philosophy recognizing that each human being has innate worth and a story to tell. Expansion of Inside-Out into Canada offers the chance to implement and evaluate the program’s impact in a country with a different population and systems. VIU will be among the first five universities in Canada, and the second Criminology department, to offer Inside-Out, building on the successful experiences of over 140 US universities and colleges.

Prevention and Preservation

This project aims to revitalize First Nations cultural practices and preserve cultural knowledge in a digital medium while increasing community research capacity. Aboriginal youth will document the knowledge of their elders on issues related to health, lifestyle and community history, and transmit this knowledge to other youth. The project will enhance intergenerational knowledge-sharing and connection to community while promoting healthy lifestyles. It will also enhance the capacity of youth to engage in digital media, create digital stories, and develop facilitation and research skills. The project’s long-term goal is to reduce the disproportionate number of individuals in First Nations communities suffering from diabetes and other chronic diseases.

Vancouver Island University Foundation

Physical Literacy Development Grant (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Paige Fisher, Vancouver Island University, and Mr. Drew Cooper, PacificSport - Vancouver Island)

Complications from our sedentary lifestyles are seen as the main culprit behind this life expectancy decline. Too much screen time, an unfounded culture of fear that deem it unsafe to allow our children to play outdoors unsupervised and the absence of the simple acts of walking or riding one's bike to school are just some of the contributing issues. However it is the loss of elementary school physical education specialists that is probably the most significant factor in this demise. As a result, the fundamental skills necessary to be able to fully participate in physical activity are seen to be lacking in a growing number of children and young adults to the point where their physical health is in jeopardy. For many children, the lack of fundamental skills makes even basic physical activities an unpleasant experience thereby contributing to an even more sedentary society and putting increased pressure on an already burgeoning health care system. Just as literacy and numeracy are deemed essential tools for success in the 21st century, there are fractions within the health, education, and recreation sectors who maintain that enhancing a community's appreciation for physical literacy is essential to stem the advancing obesity epidemic.

Vancouver Maritime Museum


In Lured, visitors explore all aspects of the sea and its eternal draw. It steps into the life of those who are lured to the sea for their livelihood and touches on the economic and social impact on Vancouver - a port city. Lured will be presented as two unique, but complimentary exhibits, each with different components and elements yet linked through the individual works of three artists and their interpretation of common themes. The underlying themes include: globalization and economics - who works on the cargo ships in our harbour and who provides seafarer's social safety net. The artists, Allan Sekula , Stan Douglas and Uriel Orlow, are renowned both locally and internationally. Using the artists existing work, and tying into the museum's multidimensional objects and archival materials, the exhibit will look at the evolution of container shipping and its profound impact socially and economically on the city of Vancouver. We are pleased to have Vancouver based artist Stan Douglas participate in this unique project.

Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra Society

Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra Main Subscription Concerts 2015-2016 Season

The VMO is dedicated to the artistic, personal and professional development of outstanding young musicians. We create opportunities for talented young musicians to perform with the mentorship of seasoned professionals in front of live audiences. These are opportunities these young gifted musicians may not have otherwise had. We see the untapped potential in people caught between being professional musicians and music students. Many of these young musicians need a stepping-stone to embark on their professional musical career, and that’s what we do. Development Opportunities The VMO provides: mentorship of experienced professional musicians via live, public performances, instructional seminars, classes and workshops led by experts within the music profession. In the past eleven years, the VMO has helped launch the careers of many young talents who are now performing with renowned musical organizations around the world. As a testimonial to the success of the VMO, many of our alumni have continued their involvement with the organization by becoming a VMO mentor. We will provide additional sectional, master class and rehearsal prior to each concert. There are three different ways that we are able to equip our students towards a better musical knowledge and understanding of classical works. With the added sectional, master class and rehearsal, we are stressing a stronger focus towards mentorship between our young musicians and sectional-leaders.

Vancouver Moving Theatre Society

Weaving Reconciliation

The TR Commission calls for Canadians to grapple with Canada’s history of colonization in a process guided by principles of respect, reciprocity, mutual recognition, shared responsibility. WR speaks to Native communities vitally interested in seeing their experiences on stage; settler/immigrants vitally interested in learning about Aboriginal presence, history, concerns; and Canadians seeking to participate in reconciliation process. People will witness: • Original, innovative local art informed by Indigenous cultural practices and impact of 500 years of colonization; • Re-balancing of power relations between Indigenous/non-indigenous artists; • Native-led cultural resurgence in Canada

Black Strathcona Interactive Project

Black Strathcona is an innovative, interactive new media project celebrating Vancouver's vibrant black community that flourished in the East End neighbourhood of Strathcona (1920's -1970's). The project will consist of ten to twelve short video stories, highlighting the rich and cultural heritage of the community. The video stories will be presented by professionals and combines storytelling with rarely seen archival photographs and brings to life aspects of the community's history in the location it occurred. The project provides two access opportunities: 1) by a standard website where users can take a virtual tour of the culture, history, and personalities from anywhere in the world, and, 2) by using a mobile device such as a smart phone, anyone can access the rapidly downloadable 'mobile' site. The mobile website displays a map of the Strathcona neighbourhood with markers depicting the locations of the video stories. Viewers scan the QR codes that downloads 'a' video story onto their device. eg. Springfield Stories, Username: guest Password: letmein2011

The V6A Project - A Downtown Eastside Community Art Resource

Using stories and images of individual theatre projects, Vancouver Moving Theatre Society aims to raise the profile of the Downtown Eastside as an artistically complex, culturally rich community. They will create a 40-page illustrated booklet featuring seven watershed productions from 2002 to 2010, as well as a visual exhibit, website and a PowerPoint presentation. The booklet will be distributed to community partners, educational institutions, funding bodies, elected officials and Canadian colleagues.

Vancouver Native Health Society

Innovating a Primary Healthcare System to Reduce Structural Violence

The social innovation of this project is the inclusion of Indigenous Elders in genuine partnership with primary care providers in urban clinic environments. Although this sounds simple, genuine partnership with Indigenous Elders necessitates tackling the systemic challenges of discordant values and epistemologies, that underlie the perpetuation of structural violence and associated lack of infrastructure and resources for Indigenous health services. Although this process has already begun at VNHS, there are still significant system challenges that need to be addressed. VNHS's attempt to address systemic challenges will include creating more opportunities for Elders, primary care providers, community members, and administrators to engage in meaningful dialogue. The dialogue will focus on establishing a clear set of shared health system values and identifying and addressing causes of structural violence. Resources can then be used to draft a shared clinic mission statement, and collaboratively seek solutions to systemic barriers such as inadequate space for ceremony within the clinic. We also aim to foster increased opportunities for meaningful participation by patients, community members, clinic staff and physicians in Elder-led ceremonies, which we have identified as a key cultural process with strong potential to diminish power inequalities.

Vancouver Native Housing Society

The Orwell Mural Project

A team of urban Aboriginal artists in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside will work together on a mural for the large west wall of the newly renovated Orwell Hotel. The project will be developed collaboratively by engaging input from the urban Aboriginal community in the Downtown Eastside. Estimated at 6,000 square feet, this prominent six-story wall mural will create a significant landmark statement based on themes that reflect renewal and positive directions in the community.

Vancouver Opera Association

Stickboy: a new chamber opera on the bullying cycle

In the Fall of 2014, VOA will commission a new chamber opera on the impact of bullying on youth: Stickboy. With a libretto penned by acclaimed Canadian spoken word artist Shane Koyczan and a score by celebrated BC composer Jordan Nobles, this 90-minute chamber opera will be adapted from Koyczan's 2008 novel chronicling his personal experiences as both a victim and perpetrator of childhood bullying. Workshops of this piece will showcase the Opera's second roster of Young Artists Program participants in principal roles. Following the completion of this phase, Stickboy will see its fully-staged and orchestrated premiere at the Vancouver Playhouse on October 23rd, 2014. It will serve as VOA's second 2014-15 mainstage offering. Supported by a substantial educational program, and utilizing the guidance of an expert advisory committee, Stickboy will subsequently be adapted and toured by way of VOA's 2014-15 Vancouver Opera In Schools (VOIS) program - thereby furthering the life of this commission and expanding its reach to nearly 50,000 province-wide.

VOIS New Production Creation: 'Hansel & Gretel'

For the 2011/12 Vancouver Opera In Schools (VOIS) touring season, Vancouver Opera plans on creating a new production of the classic fairy tale opera Hansel and Gretel. This would include an adaptation of the full length opera to a 45-minute opera in English, a new transportable set and new costumes. In 40 years VOIS has brought opera to over 1.6 million children.

Young Artists Program (YAP) Development

This project focuses on researching and developing the Young Artists Program, which will launch in 2011. The mission of this program is to engage, enrich, mentor and train rising young Canadian opera artists. This program will bridge formal academic educational programs and the professional world in a supportive and encouraging environment. Artists will train in a formalized setting with industry leaders through master classes, one-on-one coaching and performance opportunities.

Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue VOKRA

Application & Website Enhancement Project

VOKRA has a custom application and integrated website. This application manages cat intake, foster home management, cat medical care, and adoptions. We have identified a number of enhancements to support our expanding rescue operation’s processes and procedures - such as foster self-service data entry, automated medical treatment reminders, and better search capabilities for adoption matches. Our website ( , which is integrated with the application, needs an overhaul to provide a “fresh face” for VOKRA. This is part of an ongoing strategy to update our brand identity. We would also like to address some useability issues of our current website structure. We are hoping that these improvements will make our site more attractive, drive up the number of cats adopted, increase donations and help us fulfill our mandate of helping the homeless cats and kittens of the Lower Mainland.

Vancouver Out On Screen Film & Video Society

Out In Schools - Indigenous Perspectives of Gender and Sexuality

The BC education system lacks adequate representation for LGBT2Q+ Indigenous people. This lack of representation is pervasive, present in curricula and staffing throughout BC. Additionally, BC curricula lack an intersectional understanding of the disproportionate effects of colonialism on Indigenous and queer people. This has led to the further marginalization of Indigenous and Two-Spirit people within the education system and in broader communities. We aim to change this by providing all levels of the education system with the policy, expert, curriculum resources, and support to create an educational experience where Two-Spirit people are fully and complexly seen and able to thrive.

LGBT2Q+-inclusive education through effective policy creation and implementation

We will begin to scale our program by adding capacity within our team and conducting an environmental scan of the provincial education system, including an analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats that might impact our goals. We will identify both potential champions and laggards at the provincial, district, and school levels, and undertake targeted outreach to build relationships with these key stakeholders. Simultaneously, we will work with others to build political and administrative support at the provincial and district levels for SOGI policy and implementation, as well as the valuable training that Out in Schools provides. With the support of our champions, we will strategically participate in professional development days for teachers and support staff, equipping them with the tools and knowledge necessary to communicate change within their schools. While we currently reach teachers and support staff incidentally as part of our presentations within schools, scaling up will allow us to implement our program more strategically and at the network level across school districts. As we are working to encourage policy and curriculum improvements at the provincial and district levels, we will concurrently support new champions for these changes at the school level by strategically focusing the location of our presentations on districts that have not yet implemented SOGI policies and that we have assessed to have the greatest possibility for change.

Celebrate Queer Vancouver

Celebrate Queer Vancouver will present a multidisciplinary body-of-work Out On Screen commissioned from 18 celebrated Canadian artists and upward of 250 community participants that speaks to the valuable contributions queer people have made to Vancouver’s history and identity. This current request augments funds already received and is directed towards extraordinary production and presentation activities, specifically, those activities outside of our Festival dates.

Vancouver Poetry House Society

The Spoken Word Marquee Series

When Shane Koyczan performed at the 2010 Winter Olympic opening ceremonies, it heralded a new era for spoken word poetry. Koyczan honed his poetic craft as a six-time member of the Vancouver Poetry Slam team. His meteoric rise began with the opportunities he found through Vancouver Poetry House. The current need is to raise the profile of talented local spoken word artists and to highlight voices from underrepresented communities. The Spoken Word Marquee Series at VIPF would showcase established and emerging spoken word artists alongside each other. We plan to program 4-6 events as part of this Marquee Series including: a musical-literary collaboration with Shane Koyczan, Dan Mangan, and The Fugitives; a Dub Poetry partnership between the Black Dot Roots & Culture Collective (BeDRoCC) and two-time Juno award-winning poet Lillian Allen; Hip Hop Poetry featuring Beat Nation, Zaccheus Jackson, and CR Avery; and Queer Stories featuring Ivan Coyote and Tara Hardy. These shows celebrate today's premier spoken word poets and bring forward the next generation.

Vancouver Society for Early Music

G.F. Handel's "Theodora"

This project consists of three concert performances of Handel's baroque oratorio 'Theodora'. The artistic forces involved include the Pacific Baroque Orchestra (28 players), five vocal soloists and the Vancouver Cantata Singers (36 singers), all led by music director Alexander Weimann. Featuring some of the composer's most glorious music, this tragic work depicts the self-sacrificial love between a Christian virgin and a Roman imperial bodyguard. It serves as a timeless parable of spiritual resistance to tyranny and an indictment of religious persecution, topics that still resonate with audiences today. These performances will employ roughly 50 Vancouver-based professional performers out of a total of 70.

Vancouver Society of Children's Centres

Moving Forward on Quality in Child Care

VSOCC and our 9 project advisory members wish to convene key child care sector, research, policy and funding representatives to address the gap in a quality assurance assessment/monitoring approach that supports the implementation of BC's Early Learning Framework (ELF)and effectively measures service quality in the child care context. This convening project will: *identify, recruit and support the participation of stakeholders in project forums and working groups *undertake a systematic and comprehensive review of assessment research literature and tools currently available in Canada and internationally that best align with ELF *examine international resources such as the OECD's Quality Tool Box and the European Commission's Quality Targets in Services for Young Children *create the research framework and a detailed proposal for developing and piloting a child care quality assurance approach based on ELF *determine the lead agency for the next phase of the work *seek financial support from community and government funders for the next phase

Vancouver Summer Festival Society

Ancient Cultures / New Sounds - a major concert in MusicFest Vancouver 2013

Ancient Cultures / New Sounds is a major project planned for MusicFest Vancouver 2013 (August 9 - 18). Under the curatorial direction of Persian-trained instrumentalist and vocalist Amir Koushkani, this contemporary music collaboration will see Canadian world music ensemble Safa welcome several performers including Azerbaijani singer Alim Qasimov to create and perform new compositions and improvisations performed on instruments from the Arabian, Iranian, and Turkish traditions. The focal point will be a MusicFest Vancouver BMO Main Stage public concert in the stunning acoustics of the Chan Centre at UBC. It will also include a free educational lecture/demonstration within MusicFest Vancouver's Inside the Music series. As part of MusicFest Vancouver and supported by the Chan Centre, this project will receive extensive media coverage both with the complete festival and in targeted outreach marketing to specific cultural and artistic communities.The venue is beside the Museum of Anthropology, which will be exhibiting contemporary art works from the same region.

Supernatural Noir - a new music theatre piece

Supernatural Noir is a dark, but comic tale, sung from beginning to end. It will be performed in lyric opera style – with a nod to the golden age of old-time radio dramas. The score, composed by Vancouver’s Cameron Wilson, is an original blend of jazz and classical music with a 1940s retro feel. The libretto is by Kico Gonzalez-Risso, a Vancouver writer/director who has written successful projects for MusicFest Vancouver. The project is a collaboration with Fugue Theatre commissioning and raising funds, and MusicFest overseeing the presentation.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

VSO's New Chapter: Connecting People, Connecting Cultures

The VSO will create, experiment, produce, and disseminate 10 high-profile cultural events over the next three years chosen for topical and cultural relevancy that challenge the assumption that cultural institutions are discretionary resources for selected members of society. The adaptive power inherent in cultural institutions when they envision themselves as a civic asset will be tested via projects that focus on a broad spectrum of ages, ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, employing exceptional artistic talents to demonstrate the potential of social inclusion. We believe this deep and broad initiative to connect people and cultures will transform not only VSO’s current and future practice, but by sharing our findings, will transform the practice of similarly motivated institutions. VSO’s New Chapter focuses on three areas for their collective ability to foster change: 1. First Nations: Creation of a 3-year partnership of reconciliation beginning with First Nations Artist-in-Residence: Marion Newman, and ending with a multi-faceted First Nations-sourced commission to be performed in Vancouver, B.C. and Victoria, B.C. 2. Community Engagement: The “Beat of the Drum” commission will create music for all abilities; integrating deaf and disabled communities with all music lovers and genres collaborating with world-renown deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie. 3. Gender Balance and Equality: Virtuosic female talent give voice to stories of our past, present, and future.