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Canucks Autism Network Society

CLICK (a social photography program)

CLICK is a social photography program for teens aged 13-17 living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). While working with their peers, groups of ten teens with ADS will learn basic camera use, take pictures and explore social skills and friendship through their own photography. Each session, participants will have the opportunity to share their photos and discuss the subject matter of their work. The participants will also be expected to take photos with the group during each lesson as well as take photos during the week while they are not at CLICK. The program will end with a gallery show of everyone's work presented to a group of staff, family and friends. The program will be led by a fully qualified photography instructor and supported by Canucks Autism Network program staff.

Golden Eagles Berries - Work Placement

This is CAN's pilot paid work placement program and part of the Aging with Autism series. Our intention is to support the aging autism demographic through volunteer placement, job readiness coaching and supervised work placement. This initial program will be one week long where participants will be supervised and assessed by a Site Coordinator and 1:1 Workers both in the plant and in the fields. We anticipate the assessments will indicate that 50% of the participants will move on to finding work opportunities outside of CAN. We intend to use this as a model for other programs adjusted according to the community needs and local resources throughout BC.

Capilano University

It Takes a Partnership (ITAP)

This is an innovative initiative to develop a diploma level Community Leadership and Social Change Program for low income and vulnerable volunteers in collaboration with community and institutional partners. We are creating a pathway of opportunity; linking students’ lived experience of social exclusion, other training, and volunteer work experience to leadership and employment opportunities in the community. The teaching and partnership process will promote deep transformation in learners, partners and the community. The project will build on our community literacy partnerships and will expand the funding model developed for the Community Capacity Building (CCB) Program, ensuring that we continue to make this pathway accessible to all. This project is a profound expression of our University’s strategic focus as a Changemaker organization. It will firmly establish our Department’s role building in creating learning pathways in community development, linking those who are most excluded from post secondary education to an accredited program and meaningful employment in the sector.

Caravan Farm Theatre

Mr. Punch - an original play by Jacob Richmond for Caravan Farm Theatre

Caravan Farm Theatre is seeking Vancouver Foundation support for the commissioning, development, and production of a new play called Mr. Punch, to be performed in the summer of 2014 as part of our 2013-14 season. We wish to commission Victoria playwright, Jacob Richmond, and Vancouver composer, Steve Charles, to create the show. Caravan Artistic Director, Courtenay Dobbie, will direct the piece; Vicki Stroich, of Alberta Theatre Projects in Calgary, will dramaturge; and puppets will be created by Old Trout Puppet Workshop, also from Calgary. In commissioning and developing Mr. Punch, Caravan Farm Theatre has an opportunity to develop a creative relationship with one of British Columbia's most promising playwrights. Jacob Richmond is the Co-Artistic Director of Atomic Vaudeville in Victoria. He most recently wrote the critically acclaimed Ride the Cyclone that is presently touring Canada and has been optioned to run off-Broadway in New York. Mr. Punch will introduce Jacob's exciting work along with that of music composer, Steve Charles, to Caravan Farm Theatre audiences.

The Trail's End: Caravan Farm Theatre's 2011-12 Commissioning Project

Caravan Farm Theatre is seeking support for the commissioning, development, and production of a new play called The Trail’s End, taking place in 1933 small-town BC during the Great Depression. A poor young man and woman fall in love and share dreams of escaping their small-town existence. They begin to commit petty crimes and rise to fame as notorious bank robbers, offering the audience two thematic questions: to what lengths would you go to achieve your dreams? And, in the face of adversity, what is the price of freedom?

Caravan World Rhythms Society

Sufi Voices and Dance, from Azerbaijan to Iran & Canada

Caravan will present a week of activity around the visit of world-famous singers Alim Qasimov and his daughter Ferghana, from Azerbaijan. They perform traditional spiritual music heavily influenced by Sufi traditions. They are part of the Aga Khan Foundation's Cultural Trust, and recognized by UNESCO as a cultural treasure. Their visit will come on the heels of the Museum of Anthropology's exhibit of Middle-eastern art. We will host the Qasimovs during the week of September 24-29, and organize various activities around their visit, including: - Major concert at the Chan Centre on September 28 featuring the Qasimov group and a local Sufi music and dance group, led by Iranian musician Ali Razmi and Sufi dancer Raqib Burke. The concert will include new compositions by the group, and two pieces with the Qasimovs. - Film showing of 'WAJD', about sufi music and dance made by Vancouver-based film-makerof Syrian background: Amar Chebib. plus a post-film talk. - Two Lecture-demos by the performers at the Ismaili Centre in Burnaby, and at the MOA at UBC.

Carcross/Tagish First Nation

Sensitive Ecosystem Mapping & Holistic Land Use Planning

Carcross/Tagish First Nation (CTFN) is a Tlingit self-governing First Nation that began the process of Holistic Land Planning in 2012. An Environmental Scan began in December of 2012 with the goal of synthesizing all current, historical and relevant data. Nearing completion, the final steps include; sensitive ecosystem mapping, community engagement, implementation planning and finalization of the land use plan. Work will be conducted exclusively in the BC portion of the Traditional Territory (TT) addressing the habitat needs of identified species at risk through the development of a land use plan for the conservation and preservation of these valuable areas. The benefits of this project will extend beyond the Southern Lakes area; facilitating proactive ecosystem based planning and management, meeting the priorities of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation, the priorities and recommendations of the Southern Lakes Wildlife Coordinating Committee, planning and research priorities of Species at Risk Management Plans and will assist in the conservation and protection of critical habitat.

Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy

Families as Learning Leaders

Our goal is to increase vulnerable parent’s involvement and participation in their children's early literacy and education. Vulnerable parents’ voices are critical to understanding their needs, strengths, and barriers to engaging in their child’s learning, but are rarely heard in systems. This project will involve parents as both co-creators and recipients of improved approaches to family engagement in children’s learning. We will document and share parents' and practitioners knowledge to inform dialogue and action at the organizational, and network systems change scale, and ultimately reshape how schools, organizations & community networks engage with & involve vulnerable families. The project has originated through our ongoing work with vulnerable families, children, and adult learners, in partnership with existing community networks. We will work with parents and staff at early childhood & elementary schools to design and deliver a new model for engaging vulnerable families in their child’s learning. A social change lab approach will hold the voices of those affected at the centre, as parents, staff & kindergarten teachers will participate as equals in this iterative process to design, test, implement & learn from new family engagement models. The goal is to develop a model that can be embedded in the existing systems, will continue to hear the voices of parents as the model evolves, and be scaled through organizations and community networks that serve vulnerable families.

Carnegie Community Centre Association

Social Innovation Cohort: Our Community Vision for Mental Health

A grant to participate in a development process to explore ideas around utilizing the experiential knowledge of participants and includes two key components: community participatory research and a grassroots visioning process. Through the participatory research portion of the project we are seeking to contribute to a broadened understanding of the societal and social determinants of mental health, especially the issues and barriers specifically faced by low-income DTES resident with mental illness. This first phase has already started and we have been having regular weekly meetings to plan the research process. Building on research findings emerging from the first phase, our second objective is to co-create a shared community vision of mental health in the DTES. By engaging in practical community research and knowledge production, participants not only learn new skills but see themselves in a position of competence, as experts of their own health and wellbeing, while also obtaining valuable knowledge and information about the structures surrounding them. This approach will combine participation and knowledge to foster DTES residents confidence and leadership abilities to meaningfully participate in decision-making forums and processes, sustain broader community involvement, and work with related community groups to build consensus, strength and new relationships towards improving their own mental health as well as the wider health of their families and community.

Our Community Vision for Mental Health

The project is based on the recognition that housing is a primary and fundamental social determinant of mental health. It seeks to give low-income Downtown Eastside residents living with mental illness, trauma, and disability the power to contribute to—and seek knowledge about—their health by developing a new “residents first” approach to supportive housing provision and management. Their influence is integral to bettering social housing. We will facilitate spaces to draft and establish best practices and guidelines for meeting and decision-making. We observe an urgent need to work well in coalition, in good communication with other organizations, groups, networks, and services and we can contribute to their longevity. Part of our work will be to strengthen our community member's capacity to participate in decision-making structures. Through visual description, creative form, mapping, media we will address language barriers related to literacy and translation. We can influence the representation of our community. This work will advance our knowledge of supportive housing provision. Amplifying residents' voices and experience informed and grounded in the experience and needs of existing and future social housing residents. As a peer-led project, this plan will have at its core the fundamental belief that people living with mental illness, addictions, and poverty should be able to make basic decisions concerning the day-to-day activities in their lives and homes.

Implementing Our Vision from the Ground up

This project will work with Downtown Eastside residents to implement the Vision for Change they created over 2 years of consultations with 1200 residents. The Vision will be implemented by residents participating in city planning processes such as the Local Area Planning Process, reviews of official development, revitalization, hotel maintenance and housing plans and a social impact study of market development. Key action items in the Vision include getting more social housing in the Downtown Eastside, slowing gentrification, tackling systemic poverty, improving services and involving local residents in making decisions about their own community.

Carousel Theatre for Young People

The Wondrous Tales of Old Japan

In April 2014 Carousel Theatre for Young People (CTYP) will stage The Wondrous Tales of Old Japan by David Furumoto. We are increasingly aware of the diversity of our young audiences, and we feel a responsibility to reflect and honour that diversity. The Wondrous Tales represents our first step in this direction. The script explores the folklore of Japan through Kabuki, shadow puppetry and Japanese taiko drumming. Tales include: Momotaro: The Peach Boy, Urashimatoro: The Enchanted Fisherman, Yuki Onna: The Snow Woman, and Hanasaka Jiji: The Old Man That the Trees Bloom. The project will also provide the opportunity for our company to actively engage the Japanese community in Vancouver, seek out new partnerships, and foster new relationships. In addition, CTYP will offer community workshops in shadow puppetry, drumming and kabuki during the run as a means of educating and engaging our audiences.

Carrier Sekani Tribal Council

Dakelh Language Teacher/Elder in Residence at Aboriginal Choice School

The purpose of this project is to bring a Dakelh language teacher/elder-in-residence program to Carney Hill Elementary School, which will become the Prince George Aboriginal Choice School in September 2010. The elder will act as a culturally supportive person to the entire school population and teach the Dakelh language in an immersion style within the Strongstart classroom.

Carving on the Edge Festival Society

The Nuu-chah-nulth Living Archive Project

We propose to increase the number of people who participate in artistic and cultural offerings by creating a local cultural archive created by Nuu-chah-nulth people. We will gather a Working Group of community members already actively involved in Nuu-chah-nulth cultural knowledge, renewal, history, or art. This group will provide consultation to ensure we network with all of our existing resources and to ensure that the archive is accessible to the larger Nuu-chah-nulth community and is beneficial to wide range of community projects. They will guide the work of the Project Coordinator, Project Archivist and the team of Youth Archivists. Through the Carving on the Edge Festival we will feature guest speakers involved in community archival, museum or repatriation projects in order to stimulate a larger discussion in the west coast carving community. The end outcome will be a Nuu-chah-nulth Living Archive with information on the Nuu-chah-nulth collections held in many worldwide museums. This may include photographs, audio recordings, documents, and displays. Some resources may be flagged as culturally sensitive and will only be available within the Nuu-chah-nulth community and will be protected according to the protocols set out by the Living Archive Working Group. A permanent installation of the components of the Nuu-chah-nulth Living Archive that can be shared publicly and we will hosted yearly at the Carving on the Edge Festival.

Castlegar & District Community Services Society

Youth in Action

CDCSS seeks to offer service to youth between 12 -29 by providing the financial support to youth for community engagement in the West Kootenay region. The youth worker will work with Schools and Youth oriented organizations to identify youth These youth will be provided the financial means, and travel when available to participate. Youth Worker will also work with youth to educate the community, parents, youth and others on the benefits to community engagement, and the positive effect it will have on self-esteem, confidence, relationships, and leadership. This program will benefit the area as a whole. Working with youth on leadership and development, program development and opportunity (youth led events, workshops etc). Youth worker will work with the youth to develop projects ideas to ensure program is youth led: Assisting youth in skill building, self esteem, and confidence, as well as engagement in a community. Project will work with youth to create long lasting programming for the youth, and creative planning for the future. Project will focus of the needs of the youth.


Social Finance for Community Health and Well Being in British Columbia

Firstly we will compile a summary of existing research on impacts and models of place-based social finance in Canada and BC, and use that evidence to invite participation in and inform a "Learning Community" of practitioner and policy stakeholders in BC that will be convened over the lifetime of the project. Secondly we will support the implementation of two investment vehicles by the Vancouver Island Community Investment Cooperative that are currently in development. One is a Community Loan Fund in partnership with an Island based Credit Union that will invite contributions to a dedicated GIC the deposits in which will serve as collateral for loans to affordable rental housing, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and fisheries, First Nations economic development, and other local owned ethical enterprises that create social benefits and community impacts. The other vehicle is a securities regulated investment fund that is RRSP eligible that will be implemented in partnership with a Securities Registered Investment Management Company to support the same types of community benefits. Thirdly we will evaluate both the social and economic impact of the funds and use that information to inform stakeholders and the Learning Community and assist with dialogue with the BC Government, the media, the finance sector, the Securities Commission, and municipalities on enabling public policy needed to help a place-based retail social financing to grow to scale in BC.

Central Okanagan Naturalists Club

Fascieux Creek Restoration and Habitat Conservation

In 2010, Ecole KLO Middle School students discovered Western Painted turtle eggs in their long jump sandpit. In the 1980’s, the part of Fascieux Creek, which bisects school property, was diverted into a culvert and covered with concrete pads interrupting the flow of the stream and destroying the turtle and fish habitat. When the eggs were discovered, the sandpit was fenced to protect the turtles, however, recognizing that only the restoration of the creek would ensure the future of the turtles, the students decided to naturalize the creek and restore the terrestrial and aquatic habitats. In 2010-11, the students and Green Parent Committee engaged Golder Associates, an environmental consulting firm, to complete a conceptual design on an in-kind basis. In 2012, CONC agreed to provide volunteer labor, funding help and expertise on creek and habitat restoration. Golder will do the Natural Environment Development Permit Application process and Environmental Impact Assessment, the procurement of all permits and determining the resources necessary to complete the earthworks.

Centre for Community Based Research

Social Media Based Knowledge Hub: Facilitating Access to Knowledge

Building on the momentum of CU Expo 2008, held in Victoria, BC, CU Expo 2011 aims to highlight the use of creative methods of research to meet community needs and produce results that are important and useful to community members, academics, and policy makers. The conference, running from May 10-14, 2011 in Waterloo, Ontario, is expected to bring together 800 people from six continents. Many of the people who were present in Victoria in 2008 are expected to attend. However many more people in British Columbia and around the world are passionate about the power of community-based research to effect change, yet are unable to attend the conference in person. This project seeks to extend and enrich the conference experience both for those who attend the conference and for those who are unable to attend in person by using readily accessible social media tools including Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and web conferencing technology to create a Knowledge Hub. The Hub provides a participatory, interactive and inclusive way to share and discuss knowledge presented at CU Expo 2011.

Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources

Indigenous Watershed Initiatives and Co-Governance Arrangements:A British Columbia Systematic Review

CIER and the BC First Nations Fisheries Council (FNFC) are partnering to undertake a systematic review of indigenous watershed initiatives and co-governance arrangements to contribute to shaping the future of watershed planning and a new watershed governance regime in BC. As CIER and FNFC both work with First Nations, this idea originated from a conversation to understand and build BCFN capacity around watershed planning initiatives and co-governance arrangements. First Nations can play a critical role in the protection of water for fish and healthy aquatic ecosystems. The BC Water Sustainability Act (2014) has created an opportunity for watershed co-governance regime between the BC Government and BCFNs with their respective neighbours. This project serves to inform existing and future co-governance discussions by providing an accurate picture of the current needs and opportunities for BCFNs to advance a co-governance discussion with the Province and local governments. The FNFC intends to use this project to help build capacity for informed water decision-making among BCFNs to protect water for fish and healthy aquatic ecosystems. Through a series of activities, this initiative will identify BCFNs that are well placed and/or already interested in pursuing watershed planning and/or participating in co-governance discussions to share experiences, continue or start building relationships and/or further explore possible solutions/models for BC co-governance arrangements.

Ts’elxwéyeqw Tribe Watershed Planning Readiness Assessment

The Chilliwack River Watershed is home to the Ts’elxweyeqw Tribe (TT), who are Stó:lō: 'People of the River”. They have stewarded this area since time immemorial; this intimate connection is reflected in its name: ‘Chilliwack’ is the anglicised version of Ts’elxweyeqw. In partnership with CIER and The WaterWealth Project, the TT are seeking funds for a Watershed Planning Readiness Assessment, which is the critical first phase of an indigenous-led Watershed Plan. The Readiness Assessment will confirm community interest in watershed planning, identify key gaps and needs in community capacity, and build essential knowledge and understanding of the planning process. The results of the first phase are required to move forward with the second phase of developing a Watershed Plan as it will identify an appropriate process and determine scope. A Ts’elxweyeqw Watershed Plan could involve indigenous and non-indigenous partners and will be driven by/interwoven with indigenous values, approaches and knowledge.

Our Water - Our Future

The project, “Our Water – Our Future”: First Nation Youth Water Leaders Creating Change is a 2 year program to empower and enable Indigenous youth to assume positions of leadership on water issues by providing them with the tools to protect water, supporting them with access to network of existing dynamic, prominent water leaders, and inspiring them with water learning experiences. 16 you the from a First Nations in each of the 4 main watersheds of Canada (Pacific, Arctic, Atlantic and Hudson Bay) have been chosen. Each community will host a week-long water leadership training workshop. During and between the workshops, youth will design and implement (with CIER help) and share personal action plans to address local water challenges. We are seeking a Vancouver Foundation Community Grant to support our Pacific watershed workshop (workshop #2). The workshop will be located on the Similkameen River in Keremeos, BC and will involve understanding and exploring water issues that affect the Similkameen, Okanagan, and Columbia rivers and, ultimately the health of the Pacific watershed.

Centre For Integral Economics

SUN DRUM: First Nation Youth Media Pilot Project

The Sun Drum project (name developed by Cree Youth) -- Sun connects to original power, drum to the heartbeat -- features video storytelling and was born through conversations with First Nation elders, leaders and youth. Video is highly effective in oral cultures; it brings to the world the strength of culture present in First Nation communities and builds self-esteem. It is also our experience that video can create powerful links between stories of the ancestors through elders in a context that attracts and empowers youth as storytellers. This project will harness the depth of cultures to align with sustainability objectives, cultural preservation, skills building and will point to entrepreneurship and economic development. We will build 4 core capacities: 1/basics of storytelling, story boarding and interviewing and basic video skills 2/ social media to share and send positive messages about First Nations 3/clean energy, jobs and economic opportunities, linked to culture in context of climate change 4/ social entrepreneurship basics: problem, solution = business models

Cetus Research & Conservation Society

Towards the development of a marine mammal conservation and education program

Our mission is to protect the lives of whales living in or transiting through Johnstone & Georgia Straits while at the same time educating the public about their responsibilities while on the water. Through our programs Straitwatch and Robson Bight Wardens, we engage directly with the public, alerting them to their impact on whales and other marine mammals. We also intervene directly, diverting pleasure and fishing boats from, intentionally or not, harassing or endangering whales. Recreational boating along the BC coast is steadily increasing. This has created an almost untenable situation for the region's orcas and other cetaceans. Death and injury by propellers and abandoned fishing gear, endless noise, disruption of travelling pods and sleep lines, and the relentless invasion of their space has created an ever-more precarious existence for these animals, whose abilities to thrive or even exist are already under threat from over-fishing and climate change. In order to ensure these animals' ability to survive and prosper, it is crucial not only to continue our efforts to inform the public and protect the whales directly; we must also shift the paradigm through which we perceive our relationship with and responsibility to wildlife. Our intention is to broaden the spectrum of those responsible for the welfare and protection of whales from a small coterie of "experts" to the broader public as a whole.

Southern Vancouver Island Derelict Fishing Gear Removal Project

Derelict fishing gear has an unseen and devastating impact on the marine environment. Since 2002 the Northwest Straits Initiative's Derelict Fishing Gear Program, in Washington state, has removed over 4,000 ghost nets and 2,500 derelict crab pots from Puget Sound. In 2011 the Province of BC removed/disabled derelict crab pots and a seine net from North Pender Island, with a reported 1,799 dead and alive animals recovered. On the southern BC coast, there is currently no ongoing program to remove derelict fishing gear. Cetus Research and Conservation Society would like to become a leader for this work in southern BC waters, working with engaged participants - from fishermen to divers to beachgoers and citizen scientists. Living Oceans Society is developing a project to remove and safely dispose of derelict gear in northern Vancouver Island waters. Cetus will collaborate with Living Oceans Society to share the results of our research, our experiences and lessons learned, resulting in a cohesive approach to derelict fishing gear removal in the waters around Vancouver Island.

Check Your Head: The Youth Global Education Network

Youth Building a New Economy

The goal of this project is to engage young people in re-imagining our current economic system and to give them the tools to build it, while also strengthening their economic independence. To realize this goal, Check Your Head will deliver an economic justice leadership program, that builds on our successful model of peer-led youth engagement. Youth aged 17-24 will be trained as peer educators to reach to other youth through workshops, events and actions that foster socially innovative economic change. The project focus areas that will help to advance this social innovation are: 1) Making a living (skills development and employment opportunities for youth participating in the project); 2) Making most of the available resources (financial literacy, learning about informal and sharing economies, and the ways to utilize them for Metro Vancouver youth); 3) Creating a better economic system (contributing to systemic change through youth-led policy and advocacy). These areas are mutually reinforcing and will create a comprehensive multi-level effort that will make a difference for youth in Metro Vancouver. All project activities will create opportunities for youth to find solutions around these three broad areas. As with all our work, we will be using an anti-oppressive and intersectional framework, which recognizes that individuals face systemic discrimination and barriers based on class, race, gender and other factors that intersect in complex ways.