Grants

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Victoria Brain Injury Society

Survivor, Supporter, Success!

The "Survivor, Supporter, Success!" program provides volunteer and employment training and mentorship to brain injury survivors. A large percentage of survivors are unable to return to their previous professions post-injury and must find gainful employment or volunteer opportunities in an environment that works with their disabilities. This program aims to rehabilitate and retrain survivors so they are able to volunteer or re-enter the workforce. Participants complete a peer support training course which enables them to become certified peer support volunteers. They develop transferable skills, including active learning and listening, problem solving, critical thinking, social perceptiveness, time management and communication skills. Once in their position as peer supporters, they support other survivors during their rehabilitation. This mutually beneficial program enhances the capacity and self-confidence of the peer supporters and is utilized as a stepping stone to paid employment, while also providing recent survivors with educated, understanding peer mentors.
$28,236.00
2013

Survivor, Supporter, Success!

The “Survivor, Supporter, Success!” program provides volunteer and employment training and mentorship to brain injury survivors. A large percentage of survivors are unable to return to their previous professions post-injury and must find gainful employment or volunteer opportunities in an environment that works with their disabilities. This program aims to rehabilitate and retrain survivors so they are able to volunteer or re-enter the workforce. Participants complete a peer support training course which enables them to become certified peer support volunteers. They develop transferable skills, including active learning and listening, problem solving, critical thinking, social perceptiveness, time management and communication skills. Once in their position as peer supporters, they support other survivors during their rehabilitation. This mutually beneficial program enhances the capacity and self-confidence of the peer supporters and is utilized as a stepping stone to paid employment, while providing recent survivors with educated, understanding peer mentors.
$26,505.00
2012

Survivor, Supporter, Success!

At VBIS a Peer Supporter is available Monday-Thursday in our community room. This volunteer, who has experienced a brain injury themselves, is trained to support new members and facilitate group conversations. They pass on useful coping techniques, share their experiences with other survivors of brain injury and their families and refer survivors to useful community resources. We have found peer support to be an extremely useful way to help survivors deal with the devastating repercussions of brain injury. It is critical that we offer Peer Supporters appropriate training and support to maximize their effectiveness and the value they receive from their mentorship role. “Survivor, Supporter, Success!” is a Peer Support training program that educates and trains brain injury survivors on how to mentor and support their peers. This mutually beneficial program will enhance the capacity, skills and self-confidence of our Peer Supporters and can be utilized as a stepping stone to paid employment, while also providing recent survivors with mentors to support them with their recovery.
$10,000.00
2011

Victoria Child Abuse Prevention & Counselling Centre

Extending the Reach of Child & Youth Advocacy Centres to all BC Children

Child abuse and sexual assault against children transcends gender, race, education, family structure and socioeconomic class. It can happen to any child, and does so everyday in BC. How we respond determines whether children heal, or whether trauma follows them for the rest of their lives. Child and Youth Advocacy Centres are proven models that maximize the effectiveness of services already in place, but are difficult to access following a traumatic event. CYAC's provide a single location where police, social workers,and victim services workers work together to determine how best to help children in need. This project will extend the reach of CYAC's to more BC communities and children.
$300,000.00
2019

Victoria Child Advocacy Centre

This project will influence Systemic Change towards the Broad Outcome of "supporting children/youth to improve their health and wellbeing" by addressing the following social determinants of health: 1. Social Support Networks: project strengthens support networks that help child abuse victims; strategies to solve problems and deal with adversity, manage crises and life circumstances 2. Social Environment: service co- location is a community response sharing resources for victims seeking to regain trust, family functioning and healing and reduce effects of abuse and violence 3. Coping Skills: promotes resiliency, self care, safety planning, crises management, positive child & family development 4. Healthy Child Development: supports secure attachments in families; educates caregivers The project builds upon capacity of children and youth to articulate their experience and police and forensic examiners to collect critical evidence in safe,supportive environments in the child's best interest. It reduces barriers and is a model of multistakeholder involvement (police, health, mental health) and contributes to a safe/caring community and expedites evidence collection - that has been found to result in fewer trials, increased convictions and less trauma for families.
$24,000.00
2016

Victoria Community Food Hub Society Victoria Community Food Hub Society

Good Food Shift: addressing food insecurity through creating healthy food environments

The social challenge we are addressing is community health and wellbeing related to food insecurity. Food insecurity is up from 12% to 14% in the CRD in the last five years. Currently children and families in need are mainly served through downtown food banks. The Good Food Network is working with public institutions like schools, health and recreation centers, and community food hubs to find better ways to build healthy food environments (policy and programs) with connections, resources and access to food where families live, learn and play. With the Food Rescue project as a new lever, we can make the Good Food Shift now distributing 1 million pounds of fresh foods to community settings.
$165,000.00
2017

Neighbourhood Food Hubs and Networks Development Project

Through the Regional Food Systems Collective Impact process over 300 leaders from diverse sectors have been involved in determining key strategies to align policy, resources and efforts to address food insecurity. Cross cutting two impact areas (Food Access and Food Literacy) is the identified strategy of developing neighbourhood and community place based food hubs and networks that can coordinate programs and services to increase food literacy and access to healthy food (Neighbourhood Food Hubs and Networks Strategy). A Working Group of key leading agencies has been developed, and a roundtable of over 35 agencies and local government was held May 3, 2016 at Victoria City Hall to discuss how to reassemble neighbourhood based organizations, schools and public programming and infrastructure. The Working Group was directed to work with key community and public institution players to build relationships, review best practices, discuss the strategy and implications for policy programming and public infrastructure, and develop pilot focus neighbourhood initiatives. The WG will also use "what is working" already (Saanich Neighbourhood Place and the Vancouver Food Networks) to help inform our development pathway. The next year will be focused on gathering these best practices, what agencies need to do differently, what resources need to be generated, what health and local government policy may need to shift to support this approach- to inform our plan and pathway forward.
$10,000.00
2016

Victoria Conservatory of Music

Youth Engagement in remote BC communities through fiddle music

The VCM’s “Youth engagement in remote BC communities through fiddle music” will provide cultural and artistic offerings, especially for families living in communities affected by wildfires and floods. Providing fun and creative community-based folk music through Old-Time Dance Bands give youth focus and purpose, improving their well-being and self-confidence. It also provides them with a community of like-minded peers to connect with and share their experiences, both good and bad, through learning and performing traditional Canadian folk music. Connecting people in a positive way within these communities is essential given the challenges they face in the aftermath of disasters.
$50,000.00
2018

Victoria Cool Aid Society

Housing, Health & Well-Being Through Indigenous Cultural Community

In Greater Victoria, and throughout Canada, homelessness is a condition which afflicts the Aboriginal population disproportionately -- although First Nations comprise only 4.1% of the local population, 20-30% of the people Cool Aid serves in shelters identify as Indigenous. But they are under served. To improve Cool Aid's housing, healthcare and support services for Indigenous clients, we have partnered with the Victoria Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness to appropriately house and support more chronically homeless Indigenous people, develop cultural learning materials and training for staff (300 employees), and share the materials and results locally, provincially and nationally.
$192,000.00
2017

Community Casual Labour Pool

The "Community Casual Labour Pool" project matches individuals looking for short-term work placements with local employers, generating income and opportunity for people with disabilities.
$46,470.00
2012

Community Casual Labour Pool

The "Community Casual Labour Pool" project matches individuals looking for short-term work placements with local employers, generating income and opportunity for people with disabilities.
$44,640.00
2011

Community Casual Labour Pool

This project runs the Community Casual Labour Pool where individuals looking for short-term work are placed with local employers.
$43,000.00
2010

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

Newcomer Youth Ambassador Program

The Newcomer Youth Ambassador Project consists of three components providing the selected youth the chance to gain experience and develop their leadership skills within their peer groups, in the formal workplace, as well as in the broader community. The Youth Ambassador would be a paid position responsible to form and lead a youth advisory committee with other immigrant and refugee youth participants, who together would inform and advise VIRCS Staff on the challenges they are facing, their needs, desires, and how youth programming can better address these. The Youth Ambassador would then take a leadership role in the official development and facilitation of these programs and services, with assistance from Enable Program staff. The second component is a mentorship program with a member of the VIRCS board of directors. This opportunity would allow the youth to sit on the board for an in depth learning experience about non-profit governance, while also being supported by a board member in advocating for matters as they pertain to newcomer youth. The third component is community outreach and networking, where the Youth Ambassador would sit on the City of Victoria's Youth Council to advocate for social justice issues that pertain to immigrant/refugee youth specifically. They would also network with other youth groups and youth councils to stay informed about best practices and to learn from and support one another; including offering workshops and collaborating on events.
$39,044.00
2018

Youth Strides Summer Camp

$10,000.00
2017

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

Leaders Now

In the next 4-years, 210 Indigenous youth will pass through VIDEA's Indigenous Internship, Shared Wisdom, and youth-led reconciliation projects. This represents an unprecedented opportunity to build Indigenous Board leadership. Leaders Now develops on VIDEA's work in each of these projects, engaging Indigenous participants to: 1. Create a leadership development project that meaningfully responds to their own needs as emerging Indigenous leaders; 2. Explore the challenges that Indigenous youth face from their perspective in accessing, and thriving in Board roles; 3. Create, implement, evaluate, and refine with Indigenous youth, innovative tools that help them to better understand the role they can play in Board governance and decolonisation and that build their own Board knowledge, governance and leadership skills. 4. Create resources for VIDEA (and others) to use with Indigenous youth on an ongoing basis; 5. As appropriate, support participating youth to identify and take up Board roles and explore the role they can play in mentoring and encouraging peers into Board roles. Leaders Now will also explore the impact that funding relationships and mechanisms have on an organisations ability to decolonise organisational governance practices identifying opportunities for change; promote to other organisations the advantages of integrating Indigenous youth into their Boards; widely distribute new knowledge and tools to other organisations, youth, and funders.
$50,000.00
2018

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 Native Friendship Centre

Victoria Native Friendship Centre's Siem Lelum - a systems and policy change model

The pressing issue of affordable housing for off-reserve Indigenous people and those moving off reserve living in an urban setting, is being addressed by the Victoria Native Friendship Centre in its owned/operated 41-unit social housing village Siem Lelum or "Respected House" (Salish). Siem Lelum addresses housing in a more holistic and Indigenous view of community, that includes a community room and kitchen, with culturally-based programs designed by and for residents. From a social innovation lens, this model of culturally-supportive, affordable housing could impact government policies for urban Indigenous people and be used as a successful model for inclusive, stable housing in BC.
$275,000.00
2018

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

Transforming Justice, Healing Communities: Creating Alternative Responses to Sexualized Violence

In Victoria many survivors of sexualized violence, especially those that are marginalized, are not receiving the justice they need from the criminal justice system& are experiencing re-traumatization. Transformative justice (TJ) offers community-informed alternatives for healing & accountability centering relationship building, safety, & skills to prevent & respond to sexualized violence. VSAC will develop a plan to address this growing community need with key partnerships/frameworks for community-specific transformative justice. In meaningful consultation with 12 local stakeholders, VSAC will identify current trends, gaps, & supports in implementing TJ processes in marginalized communities.
$19,140.00
2020

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

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