Awarded Grants

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British Columbia Council for Families

Celebrating All Families: Building LGBTQ Inclusive Programs

The BC Council for Families, with an advisory committee of parents, community representatives and service providers, and working collaboratively LGBTQ organizations, will develop specialized educational resources for parent educators and others who work with parents, on the needs of same-sex parents and their children. Resources will focus on raising awareness of the potential for heterosexual bias in programming, and on approaches to make programs more welcoming and inclusive for LGBTQ-led families and children. Because of the need to reach practitioners in smaller centres around BC, the Council will investigate several dissemination models – creating a video and accompanying workbook that agencies can use to hold their own in-service discussions and trainings, and/or train the trainer workshops at conferences or by webinar. Project activities will include developing and disseminating tip sheets for family service practitioners, a podcast series of interviews with experts and parents exploring issues relevant to LGBTQ families as well as a training video and workbook.

My Tween and Me for Immigrant and Refugee Families

This parenting class helps parents build a strong relationship with their pre-teens, and gives them the confidence and skills to guide their children through the sometimes troubling teen years. This six-session program helps parents reduce the likelihood that their children will participate in illicit drug and alcohol use and other high-risk behaviours. Program leaders develop culturally appropriate programs for their specific community. The project will result in specialized training, mentoring and multi-language resources to enhance the delivery of the program to immigrant and refugee parents.

British Columbia Law Institute

Engaging People Living with Dementia in Decision-Making

The decision-making rights of people living with dementia are often not respected. Some people assume that if you have dementia you cannot understand information or make choices. Many people with dementia can make decisions, especially if they have support for their unique abilities. This project aims to: 1) Work with people with different kinds of disabilities to identify strategies that support them to be involved in decision-making; and 2) Create practical resources to teach health care stakeholders like doctors, nurses, long-term care facility staff, and family members how to support people living with dementia to participate as much as possible in the decisions that matter to them.

Engaging People Living with Dementia in Decision-making

The decision-making rights of people living with dementia are often violated. Some people assume that if you have dementia you cannot understand information or make choices. Hospitals and long-term care homes can be busy, noisy places where staff lack the time to explain options and support people to understand information and make decisions. The goal of this project is to: 1)work with people with different kinds of disabilities to identify strategies that support them to be involved in decision-making; and 2)develop a multi-year project to create resources for teaching staff how to support people living with dementia to participate as much as possible in decisions that impact their lives.

Older Womens Dialogue Project

In 2012 the CCEL began the Older Women's Dialogue Project, a 1-year project on the pressing legal and social policy issues impacting older women. Working with West Coast LEAF, we met with over 300 women and heard about their concerns and calls to action on issues. We also realized that some groups of women are particularly hard to reach, and require a different approach to consultation. The next phase of work involves: (1) Community-engaged research with older women who are particularly marginalized, isolated or vulnerable (focus groups and/or interviews) 150-225 women (2014); (2) Compilation, analysis of findings—including in plain language (2015); (3) Community-engaged legal tool development, involving 4 communities of older women, 60-100 women (current-December 2016), including: 1) Older women of the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre (Power of Women to Women group) (2) Richmond Women's Resource Centre's (Chinese grandmothers' group) (3) South Granville Senior's Centre (women with Spanish program) (4) A 4th group to be identified through consultations with marginalized women

Older Womens Dialogue Project Development Grant (Ms. Krista James/Ms. Kasari Govender)

In 2012 the CCEL received funding from the United Way Lower Mainland for the Older Women’s Dialogue Project, a 1-year project identifying the pressing law and social policy issues impacting older women. We started this work because while there has been much focus on seniors’ issues, there has been little consideration of how these issues may differently or disproportionately affect older women. After meeting with over 350 women we appreciate that some women are very marginalized and hard to reach, and that women want to do more than identify problems; they want to do something about them. The CCEL and West Coast LEAF are developing a project concept and further collaborations to continue this work involving older women. The project will involve: (1) Further community-engaged research—focus groups, interviews—aimed at reaching marginalized older women (e.g. Aboriginal women, women with disabilities) 100-200 women; (2) Compilation, analysis of findings—including plain language summary of work in multiple languages; (3) Community-engaged resource development, involving 2-4 different communities of older women (50-200 women).During the development phase we will identify strategies for connecting with especially marginalized older women, identify appropriate knowledge-sharing and dissemination strategies that respond to community-identified priorities, and work with 2-4 communities to develop project plans focused on the pressing law and policy issues they want to work on.

British Columbia Library Association

Education for Library Staff in Serving People with Disabilities

BCLA will contract with an individual who will create a toolkit that will provide the resources needed to present in-person and online courses on services to people with disabilities for library staff. The toolkit would include a list of topics of interest (based on the 2012 survey of library staff), a list of presenters, a list of training partners and what they can contribute to the training, and step-by-step instructions for organizing in-person workshops and for creating webinars and MOOCs. The developer will also produce one in-person workshop (in collaboration with BCLA’s Special Needs Interest Group, the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities [BCCPD] and Citizens for Accessible Neighbourhoods BC [CAN BC]) and one webinar (in collaboration with the Education Institute) as proof of concept. The toolkit will reside in an online repository currently being built by the Virtual Learning Commons (VLC – see #14 for further information) which will provide access to a wide audience from this virtual venue.

BC Books Online: Delivery of an eBook Collection to BC Libraries

The BC Books Online consortium aims to deliver a collection of BC published books in e-book format to every public, academic and school library in the province. In partnership with the Association of Book Publishers of BC, BC Books will hire staff to create marketing and information packages for the libraries, work with publishers and writers to develop terms of trade, and develop a program to sustain the project over time, ensuring access to the BC Books Online collection across the province and creating a significant literary legacy.

British Columbia Lions Society for Children with Disabilities

Exploring Disability Stigma and its Impacts on Inequalities in Education, Employment, Income, and Housing for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) in British Columbia.

Easter Seals BC/Yukon (ESBCY) wants to fundamentally re-evaluate their role in the lives of persons with disabilities (PWD). This includes an expanded mandate encompassing broader health determinants impacting PWD of all ages. As part of this re-development process, ESBCY will host a series of community gatherings to uncover the stigma of disability that underpins the major challenges facing PWD in BC (inequalities in education, employment, income, and housing). These events will be used to explore (and report on) the beliefs/attitudes, power dynamics, and policy implications of disability stigma, build an inclusive steering committee, and create a project plan that tackles this root cause.

British Columbia Lung Association

Radon Action in BC: Building Momentum

Radon gas is a naturally occurring radioactive gas, emanating from the ground and accumulating in buildings. Radon is a leading cause of lung cancer after smoking, killing about 3,360 Canadians a year. While many countries, provinces and states have radon programs, there is little radon awareness and action in British Columbia. The British Columbia Lung Association has started a program on Healthy Indoor Environments with a focus on radon. We want to raise public awareness of the issue, empower people to understand the issue and take action and to build a provincial radon action plan. Together we can eliminate high radon inside BC homes and workplaces and save lives.

British Columbia Museums Association

Decolonizing Board Systems, a Governance Training Toolkit

Museums have an important role to tell the stories of the diverse communities they represent, but systemic and institutional racism has meant that white leadership decides which stories are told and how to tell them. Decolonizing Board Systems, a Governance Training Toolkit is the first stage of BCMA's initiative to support museums in becoming spaces of diversity, equity, and inclusion. BCMA will survey institutions to identify key needs and barriers that will inform the development of a preliminary collection of resources on diverse governance. Survey findings and toolkit feedback will inform development of additional targeted resources for the larger arts, culture, and heritage sector.

British Columbia Schizophrenia Society

Reach Out Psychosis - multi level teachers toolkit

Demand for this project, from Provincial counsellors, teachers, mental health organizations, & aboriginal communities, has been generated due to total lack of a specific curriculum piece for teachers & educators within BC schools to improve understanding of early intervention & treatment of psychosis. Left undiagnosed students lose valuable education years affecting completion rates & their future lives. The project is needed to provide educators with a resource to be used as a curriculum piece in schools (also adapted for aboriginal communities) to raise awareness of early psychosis; identify & clear pathways to referral to early psychosis clinics; & provide ongoing support to teachers & students. The project is aimed at providing educators with the information & resources they need to educate teenagers & young adults as well as ongoing support to teachers & students. The Toolkit will be a complete, multi level resource package including 1-2 lesson plans, & ongoing 24-hour online support service for teachers and students. FREE to all BC schools & downloadable from website

British Columbia Self Advocacy Foundation

Breaking Down Barriers

ESATTA was contracted by the BC Self Advocacy Foundation(BCSAF) in 2011/12 to present their No More Barriers campaign to communities throughout BC to share their campaign video & website and host World Cafe style dialogues to find out the types of barriers experienced by self advocates in BC. All feedback was reviewed by self advocates and 5 common barriers were selected by self advocates to become the guidelines for their 2012 No More Barriers grants. The key barriers were: supported decision making(SDM), youth & self advocacy, health, housing and employment. ESATTA decided they would develop a workshop on: SDM, Health and Employment. We have made contact with School districts and agencies throughout BC and will be offering to present this workshop. We want to help community become more aware of youth & adults with disabilities and how they are an untapped workforce ready willing & able to be employed. We also want to talk to self advocates about ways to understand how to get help and support when making decisions and ways to keep healthy & be active members of the BC workforce.

Community Action Employment Plan - Self Advocacy Project

One of the objectives of the Community Action Employment Plan is that self advocates play a leadership role in changing public attitudes by: 1) Leading and delivering a presentation of why employment is important to them to a range of stakeholders, including government, unions, businesses, employers and families 2) Establishing a pool of self advocates in each region to act as consultants/resources to the Plan and related work. Provincial self advocate leaders convened in May 2013 to discuss options for collaborating with partners in the Community Action Employment Plan. They also discussed how self advocates could advance an employment agenda in BC. This proposal is a result of that meeting. The project is roughly divided into two phases. The first is to develop a presentation and toolbox to assist self advocates in promoting employment. The second phase is to begin building community partnership to support the planning of the local events in the three pilot regions and a workshop at the Inclusion BC Conference.

British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Violence Link – Protecting pets so domestic violence survivors can leave their abuser

Our project addresses the significant barrier that is created due to minimal pet friendly housing and resources for women fleeing domestic violence (DV). In many cases, women who cannot find safe housing for their pets will delay leaving an abusive home. In creating the Domestic Violence Foster Program, this will allow survivors of DV to have one less component to worry about and one less barrier to prevent them from leaving.

Cat Overpopulation Strategy

Cat Overpopulation Strategy

BC SPCA Strategic Plan 2014-2018

In 2013, the BC SPCA will undertake a comprehensive province-wide stakeholder and public consultation process to assist in the development and approval of a strategic plan for 2014 through 2018. Once approved, the new strategic plan will define the organization’s direction and prioritize programming and the allocation of resources for that five year period. The process will also include an evaluation of the BC SPCA’s current Mission, Vision and Charter, as well as the Guiding Principles and strategic objectives.

Improving the Welfare of Cats in BC SPCA Shelters

The BC SPCA operates on evidence-based programs that apply the outcomes of scientific research to improving the welfare of animals throughout BC. In our continued effort to maintain the highest levels of welfare possible, we will be converting ouo current cat cages into larger enclosures at 33 of our shelters. The latest animal welfare research by Dr. Kate Hurley, Director of Shelter Medicine at University of California Davis (UC Davis) and the North America leader in cat research, states that cats must have a minimum of 11 square feet per cage for optimum welfare. Current BC SPCA cages average only 5.5 feet. To improve this situation, we will be combining our current cages using cost effective method development by UC Davis. By installing a circular polyvinyl chloride (PVC) portal, two cages can be joined, transforming a single stainless steel cage into double compartment cage units that a cat can easily travel between.

Advocacy for an Improved Horse Welfare Code

Advocacy for an Improved Horse Welfare Code

British Columbia's Children's Hospital Foundation

Health Transitions for Youth in Care

Given the acute and lifelong health vulnerability for youth in care, it is vital to have the health sector as a leader in promoting health and wellness in this population. This project will improve connections between the health sector and youth transitioning out of care through participatory research with youth that will guide development of an interactive workshop, transition toolkit and health navigator program. The proposed project will use a grassroots, strength based, youth driven framework to improve long term health and wellness outcomes and reduce negative health outcomes. There are 2 phases. Phase 1 will contribute empirical data from youth transitioning from care.. Youth will participate in an interactive workshop followed by qualitative interviews over the course of 6 months as youth turn 19, to gather data about the health related barriers and facilitators available to youth. Results will inform further intervention development and dissemination in phase 2. Developed with youth and stakeholder input and input from phase 1, phase 2 involves information technology, so that youth all over BC will have access. It will also pilot a peer navigation program of youth paired with a health student (medical students, nursing students, etc) to assist with health related access to care. Health navigators will build health and wellness life skills including but not limited to access to family physician, blood work, prescriptions, and/or gym access.

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

Contributing to British Columbia’s Largest Social Policy Shift in Generations: Centre for Excellence: Inclusive Early Childhood Education

The Centre for Excellence addresses the need for accessible, affordable high quality child care and addresses fragmentation within multiple systems. Our goal is to create a positive life trajectory for all children in their early years. We believe there are few more meaningful endeavours than this. We have the will and collaborative relationships to create a Centre for Excellence that offers inclusive child care grounded in social, emotional and behavioural competence. We are committed to excellence and innovation. We aim to demonstrate how inclusive, universal practices can be a reality for all children and families in BC, and influence systems change by demonstrating research in practice.