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British Columbia's Women's Hospital and Health Centre Foundation

Changing Perceptions: Reimagining Sexual Assault to Better Support Survivors

In BC (2014) there were ~70,000 self-reported incidents of sexual assault (SA). In contrast only 2,341 SA were reported to police in the same year. Victim-blaming contributes to a culture where SA survivors’ credibility is undermined, evidenced by a reluctance to disclose or report to authorities. Low conviction rates and well-publicized SA case rulings reinforce public perceptions that minimize the severity of SA. Systemic re-victimization compounds survivors’ trauma and creates barriers that reduce willingness to disclose and access support services. Never has public awareness about SA in Canada been so high, creating an opportunity for changes in both public attitude and policy. The social innovation this research project will explore is how to stimulate a shift in the public discourse around SA toward less victim-blaming and more trauma-informed responses across multiple systems (health, justice and education). BCW and EVA BC will work with survivors, community-based organizations, and SA response systems, to investigate how power holders influence public perceptions of SA and how public perceptions of SA influence survivors’ willingness to disclose and access support. Knowledge generated from this project will facilitate safer environments for survivors to disclose and access support services and improve trauma-informed responses to SA across multiple sectors in BC.

Why Midwifery Care? Women exploring access to high quality maternity care (Dr. Saraswathi Vedam/Ms. Ganga Jolicoeur)

In 2012 the BC government allocated funds to expand admissions to UBC Midwifery and to build sustainable rural midwifery services. These policy changes were driven by maternity care provider shortages, and supported by the documented efficacy, patient satisfaction, and cost-effectiveness of midwifery care. However, utilization of midwives is not equally distributed across the BC population. It appears that patient experience, public awareness, and regional availability are all factors that may affect demand and access to midwifery care. Research Team: Ruth E. Martin-Misener, Family Physician/UBC; Catriona Hippman, UBC/BC Women's Hospital; Kathrin Stoll, UBC; Laura Schummers, Research Consultant; Nora Timmerman, UBC; Kelly Murphy, UBC; Dana Thordarson, Psychology The objectives for this project emerged from two community consultations. Some midwifery patients reported enthusiasm for shared decision-making; others felt stigmatized when their choices were perceived to be in conflict with the community standard of care. As a result interest in midwifery care may be modulated by family and professional attitudes. Community midwives and rural women described populations that could benefit from but were currently underserved by midwives, and suspected that multiple barriers to access exist for vulnerable women. Hence, our multi-stakeholder team (patients, community service leaders and researchers) proposes that the overarching goal of our study is to identify factors that affect women's access to the full spectrum of maternity care options. Findings will inform a knowledge translation plan aimed at improving access to high quality maternity services, particularly among underserved and vulnerable women.

Exploring Marginalized Women's Physical Activity and Inactivity in BC - Development Phase

BC Women’s is requesting seed funding to support, in partnership with Promotion Plus (PPlus), BCCEWH's development of a community-based research (CBR) and knowledge exchange project on the social determinants of physical activity and inactivity for marginalized women in BC. The need for this project developed from previous research, knowledge syntheses, interventions, and policy dialogues conducted by BCCEWH and PPlus, all of which identified the need for community-engaged explorations of how to improve marginalized women’s opportunities for physical activity and health promotion. This pilot project focuses on a series of community consultation processes to inform the development of a more comprehensive proposal. During this development stage, our goals are to: 1) establish a Provincial Advisory Committee (PAC), 2) identify three diverse communities as sites for Participatory Action Research (PAR) projects, and 3) formulate a Community of Practice (CoP) inclusive of diverse women, service providers, policy-makers, and researchers interested in ongoing province-wide knowledge development, mutual learning, and action. These activities will provide the necessary groundwork and relationship building with community-based stakeholders across BC to inform the submission of a full research proposal and undertake a more robust community-based participatory research project.

Burnaby Art Gallery Association

Chronicles of Form and Place: Works on Paper by Takao Tanabe

The Tanabe exhibition, publication and online resource will be a lasting contribution to the art historical record, especially in the context of an important Canadian artist continuing to produce work in Canada. Tanabe’s unusual dexterity in a variety of media will make the touring show of some 75 drawings, watercolours and collages reflect key themes and conceptual shifts the artist has been engaged with during his career.

Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion

Kudos Prototyping Project

The Kudos Prototype Project will test and spread an informal learning & badging platform. Persons with a developmental disability will be matched to a pipeline of surprising learning experiences in the community, and receive credentials for their acquired know-how by means of a badging system (not unlike what is used in virtual games and social media). Experiences will be pulled together within multiple content streams around a passion (e.g hip-hop), a skill (e.g fixing things), a craft (e.g mechanics) or a discipline (e.g urban studies) - and provided by employers and community organizations via short taster sessions and mini projects. The platform will be co-created with persons with disabilities, their families, and local business owners. The idea for Kudos comes from 3-months of ethnographic work in a social housing complex in Burnaby. Whilst supported persons had access to day programmes and employment services, few activities widened and deepened interests, built bridging social networks, or leveraged those connections to shape meaningful, ongoing roles.

Burnaby Community Connections Society

Bridging the Employment Gap for Burnaby’s Working Poor

Almost 10% of Burnaby residents experience working poverty and rates are rising. Meanwhile, Burnaby businesses are experiencing a labour shortage and struggling with unfilled job vacancies. Bridging the Employment Gap will test two projects to (a) build the capacity of under- or precariously workers; and (b) help businesses with living wage employment opportunities improve their human resource practices in order to attract, recruit and retain those who struggle with chronic under-employment. This projects will be supported by and will inform a Steering Committee of system representatives from business government and the employment sector to generate innovative approaches to system change.

System Navigation for Burnaby’s Working Poor

10% of Burnaby residents are working but still living in poverty. They are struggling with low wages, under-employment and a high cost of living. The patchwork of available programs are hard to access and aren’t enough to help them break the cycle of poverty. To empower people with low incomes to change their lives, this project will test a supportive self-advocacy approach, including training on navigating the system, coaching on employment and housing, a community of practice, peer-to-peer mentoring, transportation assistance and temporary housing if needed. To promote system change, a Steering Committee composed of system representatives will share and act on the learnings.

Homes for All: Building Communities, Building Homes

This project will mobilize community support for a continuum of housing and associated services, bringing together groups including the City of Burnaby, the provincial and federal governments and the Burnaby Board of Trade to collaborate on addressing affordable housing and homelessness. A full-time coordinator will build community support and the relationships needed to achieve a common vision and commitment to address this urgent social issue.

Burnaby Seniors Outreach Services Society


The ManTalk project aims to reduce social isolation and expand a faltering support network for the most vulnerable of the oldest-old population in our community, men who are not able to independently change their own situations. Facilitated group activities which include education, discussion and emotional support will be established in community and residential venues designed to foster new social connections and encourage meaningful activity.

Burns Lake Band

Children are our Future

This new playground for the Little Angels Daycare will create a safe, fenced area which will contain various play equipment which meets safety standards and designed for ages 3 and under. Playgrounds provide crucial and vital opportunities for children to play. Research has proven that there is a link between play and brain development, motor-skills, and social capabilities. All learning—emotional, social, motor and cognitive—is accelerated, facilitated, and fueled by the pleasure of play. Age appropriate playgrounds promote different types of play that are vital for a child’s cognitive, emotional, physical, and social development Research shows that children with poorly developed motor-skills by age five will likely never develop efficient motor-skills, outdoor play seems to be an important way to help with these skills. Playgrounds offer infants and toddlers a base for simple motor and exercise play to provide an environment to help develop these skills. Most importantly playgrounds have no racial boundaries and can help reduce racial tension in communities, large or small.

C4C Canada/ Canada C4C

Disrupting digital news media in B.C. to reconnect the public in dialogue

Journalism is an essential part of the social fabric that unites communities. However, news media has been in steep decline over the past decade, as players Google and Facebook disrupted journalism. The good news about news: we believe the social and market conditions are now present to harness the digital disruption of journalism to transform the industry for positive community impact. Based on learnings from two years of successful partnering on research and prototyping at a project level, C4C Canada and Discourse Media propose to test whether our innovative community-driven journalism model can change the system that digital journalism currently operates in within British Columbia.

Campbell River & District Association

Scan Now

ScanNow will be offering a document scanning services. Where business can drop off documents to be scanned into electronic format, assured of confidentiality of all documents. The entire process is the customer drops of documents to be scanned into digital format(Computer Files). When the documents are scanned, the client would pick up the original documents and a DVD or USB with the scanned document files. Files would be made content searchable, organized in folders with matching equivalent paper folder directory names and file names. We are also able to offer an add-on service for Skyline Productions Shredding service, offering the client to scan documents to digital format before shredding. Skyline Productions has a large pool of established business clients which ScanNow could provide an attractive add on service.

Campbell River & District Museum & Archives Society

Our Culture and History Go Mobile

The Grand Foyer of the Museum overlooks Discovery Passage, a waterway rich in First Nations and marine history, coastal lifestyles, unique landmarks and natural features. It highlights Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuuchalnulth and Coast Salish cultures as well as logging, fishing and coastal life styles. This project will place a user-activated, large screen kiosk, akin to an ‘IPod on wheels’ in the foyer. It will offer layers of interpretation with interview clips, slide shows, video clips, narration and images, both archival and current, grouped by thematic icons. Custom programming would allow for easy updating and adding of content or images.

Campbell River Beacon Club

Computer Training

The project for which the Campbell River Beacon Club is asking funding is to offer weekly computer classes in house to the membership at no cost to the participants. Members will learn how to access the Internet and the services it offers, including on line mental health peer communities and mental health related websites (e.g. Mood Disorders Association of BC, Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Schizophrenia Society), job search sites and educational opportunities. Weekly sessions will include training for Windows and related Microsoft Office programs (e.g. Word, Excel, Access, Power Point and Publisher). They will learn how to use email, from setting up an account, to attaching documents to using proper etiquette. As more businesses are using social media to promote themselves, the project will also include sessions about Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. They will also learn how to safely navigate the Web, being made aware of predators and scams.

Canadian Animal Assistance Team

Strategic Communications & Marketing for the Canadian Animal Assistance Team

The expansion of our marketing strategy would include: - Improvements to the current web site content and functionality to ensure a current and compelling experience for members and those being introduced to the organization for the first time. The website serves as CAAT's online hub, for education, information sharing and fundraising during periods inbetween signature events. - Expansion of our social media presence to more effectively share what our organization is doing and to support and create opportunities for dirent connections with our followers, with clear, simple calls to action to get involved in the work of CAAT by joining missions or through financial or in-kind donations. - Expansion of our education and awareness materials (pamphlets, posters, and wallet cards) and increase distribution of that material.

Northwest British Columbia Animal Health Project

The Canadian Animal Assistance Team (CAAT) began work in the Northwest BC corridor in June of 2011.CAAT held a ten day animal health care project in the village of Burns Lake, BC.The team sterilized 250 dogs and cats and vaccinated and health-checked approximately 350 animals during that project. The team was able to participate in a Community Coalition for Animal Welfare Roundtable meeting.The Northwest BC Animal Welfare Initiative was founded.In May/June 2013,the communities of Nadleh/Stellequo First Nations and Kitwanga First Nations were provided an animal health care project, along with a return visit to Burns Lake. 293 sterilization surgeries and 589 vaccinations/dewormings were completed.In 2014 CAAT will be returning to provide another project serving two communities along this corridor.The project is supported by an ongoing education (the long term solution) program and the development(with local community animal welfare groups)of ongoing spay/neuter programs to ensure the spay/neuter proportion stays above the 70% threshold that has been shown necessary for long term impact

Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives

Better Understanding Precarious Work in BC

With significant transformations underway in BC’s labour market, we are concerned about the growth of precarious work and how it contributes to existing inequality and economic insecurity. This data-driven, policy-focused research and engagement project is the first step to better understanding the extent of precarious work across the province and the characteristics of workers and communities most affected. The project will build new partnerships with social policy experts and community-based groups, as we work together to study and raise awareness about employment precarity, and design effective solutions that target the root causes of the problem, not only its most visible symptoms.

Building Equity: Creating New Affordable Housing in Metro Vancouver through Progressive Property Taxation

Metro Vancouver needs a “big bang” plan to build and finance new dedicated affordable housing, with a focus on the rental market. Recent efforts at the federal, provincial and municipal levels are welcome but have not been sufficient to address the affordability crisis. In this project we (1) evaluate recent government housing affordability initiatives, and (2) consider how new affordable housing can be financed out of the windfall gains to homeowners from rising housing prices. This is central to Vancouver’s economic vitality, to building a more inclusive city, and to ensuring greater equity and opportunities for people who live and work in the region.

Getting it right: structuring, implementing & evaluating an effective poverty-reduction plan for BC

Thousands of British Columbians experience poverty and struggle to care for their children, participate in their communities and fulfill their aspirations. Our 2008 report, A Poverty Reduction Plan for BC, identified the key elements of an effective public policy strategy to significantly reduce and eventually eliminate poverty. We seek to build on this work and meaningfully engage with BC’s new government as they launch a basic income pilot and develop a poverty reduction plan. A well-designed, transparent and accountable strategy that targets the root causes of poverty has the potential to be game-changing and greatly improve the health and well-being of communities across the province.

Strengthening Youth and Community Engagement in Poverty Reduction

The proposed project is an innovative and sustainable 3-year plan to reconnect with communities across the province through expanding our outreach and community engagement activities, and strengthening our youth engagement and youth leadership initiatives. Regardless of the outcome of the upcoming provincial election, we will need to re-establish the call for a bold and comprehensive poverty reduction plan and we aim to do this through meaningful community engagement in order to strengthen existing relationships and form new ones. This will revitalize the poverty reduction plan as a community-driven call to action. We will continue to provide support for youth in low-income families and their allies to be a driving force in this call. We will provide mentorship and resources to high-school youth to be involved in the Coalition's outreach strategy and community engagement so that youth ideas and perspectives are always at the heart of what we do, and support them in taking leadership roles in organizing in their schools and communities to raise awareness about the issues of poverty.

Water, the Environment and Economy and BC's Liquefied Natural Gas Plans

The provincial government says that big increases in natural gas production will boost employment and GDP, and can eliminate the provincial debt and channel billions of dollars more into healthcare programs. But how realistic are the government's economic projections? What would such an upswing mean for critical resources such as water? What does this strategy mean for BC’s GHG emission targets? And what might the alternatives to a strategy based on massive increases in gas-drilling and gas exports be? This project would bring much-needed focus to these questions by: conducting a full “cradle-to-grave” analysis of an expanded natural gas industry's impacts on freshwater resources; analysing and critiquing the economic assumptions underlying current export plans; proposing an alternative, made-in-BC gas plan that strategically uses our natural gas endowment to transition to a clean energy future; and providing a template for meaningful pre-development planning of gas projects so that the needs of First Nations and rural communities directly affected by gas developments are met.

Addressing Inequities at the Intersection of Health and Climate Change (Co-lead researchers: Marc Lee, CCPA; Tim Takaro, SFU

This proposal is for a $10,000 development grant to explore how health, equity and climate change can be addressed in an integrated way that benefits vulnerable populations and communities. Since 2009, CCPA has been leading, in partnership with the University of British Columbia, a major academic-community research and engagement collaboration called the Climate Justice Project: Paths to an Equitable and Sustainable BC Economy (CJP). This proposed research project emerged out of a growing interest from multiple CJP partners to explore the potential for climate change mitigation and adaption strategies to also address determinants of health and health inequities. While a lot of research recognizes healthy environments and a healthy climate are important determinants of health, a more fulsome look at how climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies impact health inequities is needed. We are proposing to use this development grant to accomplish three broad goals: i) conduct preliminary research and review of existing, BC-specific, policy links between climate justice and health; ii) build capacities for collaboration and connectedness within and across diverse communities and sectors such as social justice, health, environmental and academic sectors and (iii) define specific research questions to be explored further in a collaborative community based research project. Reserach Team Member: Kerri Klien, Provincial Facilitator

Building Climate Justice Education in British Columbia

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), through its Climate Justice Project (CJP), will develop an education strategy to share current research findings about climate change and inequality with schools and the broader public. Since 2009, the CJP has generated a body of research that explores such areas as transportation policy, food security, resource and forestry policy, employment and green jobs, energy policy and carbon pricing strategies in the BC context and through an equity lens. This research serves as building blocks of an integrated and equitable climate strategy, and a bold vision of how BC can move forward in a zero-emissions future. This project is an engagement and education strategy that will translate the CJP's findings and research into educational materials that can be used by teachers and schools, along with community groups and other popular education efforts, with a focus on curriculum resources and professional development for teachers. This project will enhance young peoples' understanding of salient issues around climate change and climate action.

Engaging Families, Children, and Youth for Poverty Reduction in BC

The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition aims to create a comprehensive poverty reduction plan with legislated targets and timelines. To do this, a community organizer will engage BC families, children, and youth affected by poverty. The Coalition will also launch a social media campaign, and engage with municipal decision makers about the need for a provincial strategy to reduce poverty. The Coalition will maintain a Secretariat (housed at Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) that will coordinate its work and support the Poverty Reduction Campaign.

Tapping Into New Ideas - Promoting Sound Water Management in BC

This project will address key tools needed to better manage provincial water resources and to ensure their conservation. Two water policy briefs will be produced: one outlining a new framework for water use reporting (British Columbians do not have access to anything approaching a usable, publicly accessible database on water allocations and usage) and the other outlining a framework for ensuring that large industrial users of water pay adequately for the water they use, thus ensuring conservation and industry innovation.