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Organization Name Program Name Funding Year Grantee And/Or Hosted Organization Vital Signs Issue Population Type Description
Alzheimer Society of British Columbia Dementia Education Initiative for the Greater Victoria Area 2013 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Seniors Project staff will deliver 50 dementia education sessions to over 650 participants in the Greater Victoria area throughout the year. Participants will include people diagnosed in the early stages of Alzheimers disease or another dementia, family caregivers, friends of people with dementia and other adults interested in maintaining a healthy brain. Dementia education helps families maintain their quality of life, build an understanding of what lies ahead, develop skills and confidence to navigate and cope with the challenges of the difficult journey, and to connect with community resources and others in similar situations.
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Arbutus Singers Music Education Society Gaining Efficiencies Through New Partnerships 2013 Grantee Arts & Culture Children, Youth The Arbutus Singers Music Education Society and the Viva Youth Choirs are partnering to find new ways to meet their mutual program objectives in this feasibility project. Each organization has unique history and characteristics but they will seek ways to merge their endeavours to provide choral singing opportunities for 300 children and youth. The project will provide a base for developing partnerships to help reduce costs, share governance and administration of programs, and diversify approaches to developing revenues. A joint concert involving both organizations will be piloted as well.
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Artemis Place Society Artemis Childcare for Young Mothers 2013 Grantee Getting Started Children, Youth Artemis Childcare Centre has been successfully providing care to hundreds of infants and toddlers of teenage mothers since 1989. The Centre provides a holistic, compassionate and nurturing community where girls can enjoy success, develop resiliency, and get help with social and emotional issues while continuing with their schooling. The child care centre gives a nurturing start to the children of teen moms, models care-giving skills and supports each mom in her parenting. Research shows that quality early childcare is inextricably linked to the resilience in the children of teen mothers, and foundational to future cognitive and emotional health.
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Artemis Place Society Sponsoring Childcare for Vulnerable Babies 2014 Grantee Getting Started Children, Youth Artemis Place is an independent alternative school for teenage girls faced with obstacles such anxiety, foster care, poverty, and trauma. Half of the school’s students have children. The school has an onsite daycare where nurturing, responsive parenting skills are modeled. The school’s most vulnerable mothers can’t commit to full time attendance and are not eligible for a childcare subsidy. Funding requested would sponsor two flexible childcare spaces to support these young families with the goal that the mothers will eventually attend the program full time.
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Artemis Place Society Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Inclusion Workshop Materials 2016 Grantee Safety Youth The project goal is to build awareness and understanding of gender, sexuality and human rights issues to support trans and gender non-conforming inclusion in all programming and language at Artemis Place. Using a multiple modality approach the workshop materials emanate from lived experiences via existing video and include Indigenous perspectives, (currently non-existing). Student consultation and input in the project development ensures age-appropriate, and youth relevant materials. The project would be piloted, evaluated and refined at Artemis Place, benefiting all students, their children and staff. On completion, the final product would be made available to the broader communities via onmyplanet.ca.
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Ballet Victoria Society Tea for Tutu Expansion 2013 Grantee and Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Seniors, Youth Ballet Victoria is seeking funding to build capacity for its Tea For Tutu program and further increase cultural exposure for up to 700 beneficiaries. The project will provide seniors and youth (who have mobility and financial access issues) with access to four community performances. The events also include social time, and mingling with artists and technicians. The funding would help support a volunteer coordinator/ production assistant to plan the events, conduct outreach to agencies and seniors residences, and forge partnerships to make the program sustainable.
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Ballet Victoria Society AttenDance – Reaching out to seniors living in isolation 2014 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Seniors The AttenDance program is a companion to Tea for Tutu. Its objective is to specifically target seniors living in isolation and in need of social interaction. The majority of seniors who attend Tea for Tutu are from assisted living facilities. However, many seniors still live in private residences with no staff to see to their needs and organize activities. Many have lost their spouses, are living alone, and have health problems. The AttenDance program will contact those seniors, with the help of partner organizations like James Bay New Horizons, and will offer them social activities such as cooking and computer classes culminating with a chance to see a free ballet performance at a Tea for Tutu event.
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Ballet Victoria Society Funds for production technical support 2017 Grantee and Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Seniors, Youth Ballet Victoria is seeking support to update its stage lighting with six LED theatre lights, and purchase a professional video camera and laptop computer with software to run sound, projections and lights for all performances. The lighting equipment will provide an enhanced viewing experience for audiences, in particular for seniors and public schools. A professional video camera to record performances and a laptop for editing, rendering and storing video archival material will provide Ballet Victoria’s Dance School with added educational capacity to train its students.
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BC Families in Transition Society Dispute Resolution and Parenting Coordination 2013 Grantee Health & Wellness Adults This project will promote parents’ use of dispute resolution to resolve family conflict, in accordance with the processes outlined in the new Family Law Act. Through a combined mediation and parenting coordination model, integrated with existing services, this project will achieve the Act’s purpose in reducing parents’ use of the courts. BC Families in Transition will add family mediation services that complement those of the Family Justice Centre, individualized parenting coordination services, and communication workshops to low-income families.
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Belfry Theatre Society Home is a Beautiful Word 2013 Grantee and Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Adults Playwright and journalist Joel Bernbaum will create a piece of verbatim theatre on the issue of homelessness in Victoria. Verbatim theatre refers to the process of constructing a play using dialogue drawn from interviews conducted with members of a community. This new work, titled “Home is a Beautiful Word”, has been in development for the past two years. It will be produced for a two-week run on the Belfry Mainstage in January 2014. This unique production will include voices not usually heard – in the theatre, or elsewhere – and will bring many sides of the homelessness discussion to the stage.
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Belfry Theatre Society The New Incubator Project 2014 Grantee and Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Adults The New Incubator Project is a means of delivering support, mentorship, and professional development to theatre companies and artists interested in developing new work and exploring new areas of theatrical creation. In an isolated community, this is an essential means of encouraging artistic growth for professional artists, both established and emerging. This is a two-year project involving three independent companies or individual artists. Each will be developing a new theatre piece or exploring new theatrical practices. At least one of the projects will be presented during the Belfry’s SPARK Festival. The New Incubator Project is a major redesign and expansion of a program that has been part of the Belfry Theatre since 2003.
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Belfry Theatre Society Indigenous Artists & Arts Administrators Project 2017 Grantee and Hosted Organization Arts & Culture First Nations In partnership with Full Circle: First Nations Performance, the Belfry Theatre seeks funding to support graduates of the First Nations Aboriginal Ensemble to join the Belfry as paid associates. Associates will gain experience and receive mentorship in areas of interest, whether that be performance, design, construction or administration. Funding would also support a Cultural Liaison position, to be filled by an Indigenous artist or administrator, to help guide the integration of associates and Belfry staff, and the weaving together of Indigenous practices and colonial ways of making theatre.
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British Columbia Lions Society for Children with Disabilities Easter Seals Camp Shawnigan 2013 Grantee Sport & Recreation Children, Youth This support would assist youth to attend a one week sleep-over summer camp session, for children six to 18 years who have a cognitive and/or physical disability. All activities are designed to build confidence, independence and peer-to-peer interaction in a recreational environment. Campers will participate in activities including: scaling a climbing wall, water sports, canoeing, wheelchair sports and leadership training. The six weeks of Easter Seals Camp Shawnigan provide unique opportunities for up to 300 children with disabilities to share ideas and learn team-building skills, and for alumni to return as community leaders.
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British Columbia Lions Society for Children with Disabilities Easter Seals Camp Shawnigan 2016 2015 Grantee Health & Wellness Children, Youth Easter Seals Camp Shawnigan provides week-long, sleep-over summer camp sessions on Vancouver Island for over 300 youth with cognitive and/or physical disabilities, ages six to 18. All activities are designed to build confidence, independence and peer-to-peer interaction in a recreational environment. Campers are encouraged to participate in activities such as climbing walls, water sports, canoeing, wheelchair sports and leadership training. Easter Seals Camp Shawnigan provides a unique opportunity for individuals with disabilities to share ideas, learn team-building skills and become strong community leaders.
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Broadmead Care Society Live It Up: Making Nigel and Harriet House More Like Home 2013 Grantee and Hosted Organization Housing Disabled, Adults This project would enable adults with disabilities using manual wheelchairs to get out into their immediate neighbourhood and into the community. Many residents who use manual wheelchairs must use wheelchair-equipped buses to travel even just a few blocks. Funds will be used to expand the outreach and inclusive programming to add more staff and volunteers, subsidize field trip fees and offer time on an attendant-controlled power wheelchair so residents can go for walks in their neighbourhood and attend otherwise inaccessible community events.
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Broadmead Care Society Engaging Minds and Souls – Creative Arts at Broadmead Care 2016 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Disabled, Adults Broadmead Care’s Creative Arts program provides meaningful artistic activity to over 350 residents annually at the Veterans Memorial Lodge at Broadmead and at Nigel House. Program instructors are trained to use specialized tools and methods that encourage creativity and limitless ability, regardless of a resident’s cognitive, emotional or physical ability. Funding is requested to support the salaries of Creative Arts instructors who continually adapt this program for the unique and individual needs of its participants. Through art, this program creates opportunities for connection to self and community and is an essential part of Broadmead Care’s comprehensive care planning.
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Broadmead Care Society Improving Health & Wellness through Spiritual Care When Grieving 2017 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Disabled, Adults, Seniors The Wellness and Spiritual Care program at Broadmead Care plays a vital role in the lives of veterans, seniors, adults with disabilities, their families, staff and volunteers. With an increase in the average age of admissions into the Broadmead Care facilities, there is also a rise in the number of deaths. In 2016, Broadmead Care had a total of 106 deaths and, from January through July 2017, 74 deaths. The need for grief counselling, support and education has increased, placing a greater demand on care staff. It is the organization’s goal to increase program services to support more individuals across multiple sites.
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Camosun College – Financial Aid & Awards Creating Bridges to Community 2013 Grantee Learning Children There is one-third the number of child care seats available for the number of children under five years of age in the Capital Regional District. Many child care workers leave the profession early in their careers. Camosun Early Learning and Care faculty will facilitate workshops with former students who were hired in 15 local community early childhood centres. Through these workshops, the graduates will update their knowledge and skills, and recognize the value of their work, contributing to the improvement of their programs and staff retention. This will lead to increased capacity of the early childhood education system to enable more child care spaces to be maintained in our region.
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Camosun College Foundation A Network Analysis of Literacy Services in the GVA 2017 Grantee Learning Adults, Youth, Children, Seniors Camosun College participates in the Greater Victoria Alliance for Literacy, a collaborative to coordinate literacy service delivery in the region. The Alliance seeks to increase the number of people accessing and committing to literacy services to improve their social and economic opportunities. Funding would support a Coordinator position to create and support working groups; liaise with the literacy network to understand needs, identify opportunities as well as build relationships and trust; and provide recommendations to help optimize the literacy system so that it reduces barriers and stigma, increases access to services, and improves assessment and evaluation.
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Canadian Mental Health Association Victoria Branch Youth Mental Health Skills Program 2013 Grantee Health & Wellness Youth, Adults The local team at Canadian Mental Health Association Victoria will provide skills to manage and support distress, anxiety, or anger and reduce bullying through education and facilitator training in three programs: Living Life to the Full for young persons; a coping skills program for their parents; and Mental Health First Aid for adults who work with youth. These evidence-based programs, based on cognitive behavioral therapy and a proven offering in Scotland, will target 40 youth, 20 parents and 40 youth service providers in a series of workshops, with follow-up support referrals.
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Canadian National Institute for the Blind First Steps for Seniors 2013 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Seniors, Disabled The white cane is used by many blind or partially-sighted people. It is primarily a mobility tool and an identifier of sight issues to others. As part of their orientation and mobility vision rehabilitation services, the local CNIB offers a new client their first white cane and training at no cost. It is often their first step towards independence and mobility. Support would provide 100 white canes to seniors across Victoria in 2014. When clients receive their white cane and training through certified CNIB instructors, they are more likely to function more independently.
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Canadian National Institute for the Blind Ensuring Accessibility for British Columbians with Vision Loss 2014 Grantee Standard of Living Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors, Disabled Many Canadians with vision loss are excluded from social and economic opportunities. 65 percent of working-age adults with vision loss are unemployed and 50 percent earn less than $20,000 per year. Only 45 percent of blind or partially sighted Canadian children graduate high school (compared to 90 percent of sighted kids). To tackle these challenges, CNIB Specialists will conduct assessments and make recommendations for customized assistive technology based on individual needs. The project will expand the stock of existing devices such as DAISY players, screen readers, and screen and video magnifiers to reduce the growing wait list for these technologies. It aims to encourage independence by giving those with vision loss the tools to function with freedom and confidence in day-to-day life.
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Canadian National Institute for the Blind Ensuring Accessibility for British Columbians Living with Vision Loss 2016 Grantee Standard of Living Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors, Disabled Canada is both prosperous and technologically advanced yet many Canadians living with vision loss are excluded from social and economic opportunities. There is a lack of skills training and support resulting in unemployment for 65% of working age adults with vision loss and 50% earning less than $20,000 per year. CNIB’s project, Ensuring Accessibility for British Columbians Living with Vision Loss, delivers assistive technology, training and vital Post Vision Loss Rehabilitation Therapy. This project seeks to eliminate the equipment wait list, meet the demand for services and instill the skills and confidences required to gain employment, stay active and live independently.
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Capital Region Prostate Centre New Strategies for Post-Treatment Care of Prostate Cancer Patients 2013 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Adults Prostate Cancer is one of the most curable of the cancers, having as high as a 90% survival rate when the disease is caught and treated early. The more challenging side of cancer survival is the oftentimes low quality of life men experience post-treatment. With men living longer, a significant number of survivors are facing a new reality regarding life post-treatment, which can manifest as isolation/depression, low physical activity, and low sexual desire and functioning. Many survivors and their loved ones are suffering in silence. The Prostate Centre is dedicated to helping survivors though community-based counselling & web-based technology.
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Capital Region Prostate Centre Know Your PSA – Vulnerable Populations Screening & Health Literacy 2017 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Adults The Island Prostate Centre provides men and their families with prostate health information, education and counselling. The Centre offers free programs, supports and public screening events, where men can learn about their health and access a free Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test. Early PSA screening (a simple blood test) is vital to early diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer, which affects one in eight men. As vulnerable populations are not often present at public screening events, funding is requested to provide screening and health promotion on site at Victoria Cool Aid Society locations.
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Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria Visual Art Display Equipment 2013 Grantee Arts & Culture Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria focuses on building community through arts and culture. This proposal will purchase 20 display easels to enhance their social enterprise of loaning equipment to arts, culture and community organizations. Loans are made for a modest rental fee to recover administrative costs and supplement income. Demand for this equipment has increased. Support will help expand the capacity for arts, culture and community organizations to deliver information and showcase artwork inexpensively without incurring capital costs or duplicating inventory.
Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria Music Program for Marginalized People 2017 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Adults, Seniors, Disabled The Victoria Arts Council is requesting funding to expand the Music for Marginalized People program, an interactive, healing arts program for people marginalized by illness, disability, poverty or advanced age. The program includes singing and instrumental music, complemented by intermittent sessions of theatre, puppetry, and dance, and provides participants with opportunities for learning, self-expression, mental stimulation, enjoyment, socialization, and improved physical and mental health. The goal of the program is to address the challenges of isolation and marginalization experienced by vulnerable populations.
Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria Youth Program Quality Initiative (YPQI) 2013 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Youth High quality programs have been shown to have direct, positive benefits at all levels of an organization and produce more engaged, resilient youth. The YPQI is a continuous quality improvement initiative that supports youth serving agencies in Greater Victoria to assess, plan and improve the level of staffing and program quality. In order to build local capacity and develop regional sustainability, there is a need to train local facilitators and coaches to work with youth serving organizations over the next 5+ years. The impact of this work will be amplified year over year. In 2014, 24 organizations + 100 staff trained in YPQI = 1,200 youth engaged.
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Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria Youth Program Quality Initiative: Building Long-Term Program Sustainability 2015 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Youth The Youth Program Quality Initiative (YPQI) provides ongoing support to youth workers and organizations serving youth with a quality improvement process that involves training, coaching and peer-to-peer learning and networking. It works with over 20 organizations and more than 100 youth workers. By supporting youth programming that emphasizes meaningful youth engagement, the YPQI increases the resiliency of our community’s youth and improves protective factors for youth mental health. This project aims to develop and implement steps identified in the initiative’s long-term development plan to make the YPQI sustainable by September 2016; these will be developed and applied in parallel to the regular YPQI program.
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Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria Building housing stability: sheltering renters in the capital region 2017 Grantee Housing Adults This project will contribute vital knowledge about the various factors that leave tenants vulnerable to housing instability in the Capital Region, including municipal and provincial policy, aging housing stock, low vacancy rates, and high cost of rent. It will also illuminate some of the impacts of rental housing instability on the region and its communities. Using a community-based research methodology, the project will produce tools and recommendations to support housing stability and help inform evidence-based decision-making in our region.
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Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association Stable Management Vocational Development Program 2013 Grantee and Hosted Organization Learning Youth, Adults, Disabled This project will expand the Stable Management Vocational Development Program which uses the environmental practices, and educational possibilities of stable management to create real-world employment opportunities for people with disabilities in our community. It uses the established therapeutic environment of horsemanship to develop employment skills based in the equestrian/agricultural industry which are transferable to many other employment possibilities. Essential work experience is gained through volunteer roles.
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Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association Program Funding – 2018 2017 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Children, Youth, Adults, Disabled The Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association provides three unique therapeutic horseback riding programs for children and adults with physical, cognitive and social challenges. The Early Intervention Program aids in the physical and cognitive development of at-risk children ages 3 to 5 years; the Adaptive Riding Program helps meet physical and occupational therapy goals, provides safe and effective recreation and increases individuals’ overall well-being; and the Stable Management Program builds on the Adaptive Riding Program, incorporating stable management practices to develop personal responsibility, behavioral regulation, and time management skills. Funding would support over 90 students to participate in these programs.
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Cridge Centre for the Family The Cridge Financial Literacy Program for Youth 2013 Grantee Standard of Living Youth, Adults The project will support a coordinator of this program that will give 10 teen girls and young women (aged 16 to 24) in Cridge programs the opportunity to become financially literate in knowledge and practice. Participants will complete a five-week financial literacy course specially adapted for youth. Project staff will implement their learning by developing spending plans and goal focused savings plans and provide coaching for twelve months. The skills to manage their money to support themselves and their children will result in more stable, secure lives.
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Cridge Centre for the Family The Cridge Brain Injury Employment Program 2015 Grantee Standard of Living Adults, Disabled The Cridge Centre for the Family’s Brain Injury Services have provided support to survivors of brain injury for over 20 years. Without support, survivors are at risk of homelessness, as they often have to relearn basic living and work skills. Job skills training is provided for up to 36 survivors each year, which enables them to be self-sufficient members of the community. Funds will support a pilot offering survivors who have been trained in kitchen and food skills an opportunity to work as cooks at a local school’s hot breakfast program, both increasing food security for the students and employing survivors in a supportive environment.
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Crisis Intervention and Public Information Society of Greater Victoria dba NEED2 Filling Gaps – Building Service Capacity to Support Area Youth 2013 Grantee Safety Youth There is an acute need to develop supportive options for children and youth struggling with mental health issues, including broad prevention initiatives to foster good mental health, and safe, immediate, accessible, youth-friendly services to help young people in crisis. NEED2’s services – in school suicide prevention education and on-line support – save young lives. Increasing protective factors and mitigating risk of suicide or self-injury, these services depend on well trained and supported volunteers. This project will assist NEED2 in maintaining its service reach of more than 3,000 young people annually and extending it to an additional 500.
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Crisis Intervention and Public Information Society of Greater Victoria (NEED2) NEED2 2016 2015 Grantee Health & Wellness Youth The online emotional and crisis support provided through the chat and text service at youthspace.ca reaches youth under 30 years of age when other services are unavailable. Research shows the online medium allows increased accessibility and disclosure around issues involving shame and blame, specifically suicide, self-injury, anxiety, depression and sexuality, compared to face-to-face and phone support. This project will ensure youth across Vancouver Island continue to have access to this invaluable service. Leveraging the skill of well-trained youth volunteers, this project provides support that decreases risk, increases positive coping skills, and serves as a portal to life-saving intervention.
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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Program Victoria Youth Accessibility Initiative 2013 Grantee and Hosted Organization Belonging & Engagement Youth The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in BC has over 5,000 youth enrolled in its Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards as independents or as a part of a group led by community volunteers. The Award is celebrating its 50th year in 2013. Youth that achieve this Award receive High School credits, challenge themselves in community service, adventurous journeys, and in skills and physical recreation. There are youth in our community who face barriers to taking the Award, especially in the adventurous journey aspect. This initiative will give bursaries to groups hosting up to 100 local youth the opportunity to challenge themselves, contribute and be recognized for their achievements.
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Garry Oak Ecosystem Recovery Team Society Back to Our Roots 2013 Grantee Environment Adults, Children, Youth, Seniors This project will engage residents of the Capital Regional District in the recovery of endangered Garry Oak ecosystem species by promoting and facilitating the use of native plants in residential gardening and pilot a certification process to recognize landowners who take those steps. The increasing popularity of gardening and awareness of the uniqueness of Garry Oak ecosystems and their centrality to the Greater Victoria region’s identity will engage the public in conservation of these nearly 100 species at risk of extinction. This project will address local barriers to native plant gardening and will facilitate the launch of the Back to Our Roots certification program, popular in Portland, to motivate involvement and achieve targets.
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Garry Oak Ecosystem Recovery Team Society Back to Our Roots Gardening for Nature Project 2016 Grantee Environment Adults, Children, Youth, Seniors The Back to Our Roots Gardening for Nature Project engages residents in Environment by creating buffers around, and habitat patches between, parks that have endangered ecosystems and rare species. Expert botanists will mentor landowners as they develop “naturescaping” projects that use native plants and benefit wildlife, especially birds and pollinator insects. Participants are supported with on-site guidance and extensive printed and on-line resource materials. Stewardship agreements and a tiered certification component foster commitment and require participants to use environmentally-responsible gardening practices. The project also encourages volunteer involvement in park stewardship and recruitment of neighbours to the project.
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Georgia Strait Alliance Creating the Clean Marine Capital of BC 2013 Grantee Environment Adults, Children, Youth, Seniors Through the Clean Marine BC voluntary eco-accreditation program, Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA) collaborates to minimize impacts to the shoreline and marine environment from recreational boating – discharge of sewage and grey water, fuel spills, use of toxic paints/products, and disruptions to wildlife. With only 7 of 50 Capital Regional District marinas currently participating, GSA will concentrate efforts here, increasing access to healthy shores and public awareness of this vital issue, with the long-term goal of Victoria as Clean Marine Capital of BC. Partnering with PlasticShore, GSA and marinas will also help to transform marine and tsunami debris into recycled products.
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Georgia Strait Alliance Protected Bluespace – a National Marine Conservation Area for Southern Georgia Strait 2015 Grantee Environment Adults, Children, Youth, Seniors Through the Protected Bluespace project, Georgia Strait Alliance and the Saanich Inlet Protection Society will partner in collaboration with other local non-profits to achieve the long-standing goal of establishing a National Marine Conservation Area (NMCA) in the Southern Georgia Strait. Through information gathering, education, outreach and garnering support from influencers and opinion leaders, project leaders will urge federal and provincial decision-makers to move forward on declaring the NMCA. Once established, the NMCA will provide a management plan to ensure conservation of marine habitats, species and water quality in balance with ecologically sustainable use of marine resources.
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Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness Society Extending the Reach of the Greater Victoria Street Survival Guide 2013 Grantee Housing Youth, Adults, Seniors, Disabled, First Nations This project will ensure that more vulnerable people who are homeless or living in extreme poverty have access to a copy of the waterproof, durable Greater Victoria Street Survival Guide. It will be updated, revised and reprinted twice in 2014, ensuring that this field-tested resource will remain up-to-date and relevant to the lives of those experiencing homelessness. The Guide will touch the lives of thousands of individuals accessing services at over 80 resources in downtown Victoria, Sidney, Langford, Saanich and elsewhere.
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Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness Society Extending the Reach of the Greater Victoria Street Survival Guide 2014 Grantee Health & Wellness Youth, Adults, Seniors, Disabled, First Nations This project will ensure that all vulnerable people who are homeless or living in extreme poverty have access to the waterproof, durable Greater Victoria Street Survival Guide. Through this project the Street Survival Guide will be updated, revised, and reprinted twice in 2015. This project will ensure an existing, proven resource will remain up-to-date and relevant to the lives of those experiencing homelessness. This project will touch the lives of thousands of individuals across the region, including individuals accessing services at over 80 resources in downtown Victoria, Sidney, Langford, Saanich, and elsewhere.
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Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness Society Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness 2015 Grantee Health & Wellness First Nations, Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors, Disabled The Coalition needs to bring a First Nations voice to address Aboriginal housing and homelessness. This is important because more than 30% of those experiencing homelessness in the region come from an indigenous background. Unfortunately, the Coalition has lacked both the expertise and knowledge to develop culturally appropriate solutions. The Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness will have that expertise along with an Island-wide mandate. This is important because a substantive proportion of the aboriginal population experiencing homelessness in Victoria represent are from the three Vancouver Island tribal groups.
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Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness Society Peer Housing Support Project 2016 Grantee Housing Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors, Disabled, First Nations The Peer Housing Support Project is a community-driven project to bring those transitioning from homelessness to housing together with experiential peer supporters. These supporters assist in navigating available resources and promote successful transition to long-term housing. The next step of the project is to hire two part-time Peer Coordinators in order to support the continued engagement of people with lived experience of homelessness in guiding, shaping and developing the peer program development process. Peer Coordinators will also support the work of developing collaborative partnerships with agencies and people with lived experience, and develop a program framework and training manual.
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Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness Society Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness: Strategic Plan Priorities 2016 Grantee Housing First Nations, Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors, Disabled In 2015, the Greater Victoria Point in Time Count identified that 36.2% of those experiencing homelessness were of Aboriginal ancestry. The Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness (ACEH) brings leadership and expertise to define problems and solutions through an Indigenous lens and to address Aboriginal housing and homelessness. The ACEH has developed a five-year Strategic Plan and Protocol Agreement to be adopted at its first AGM in October 2016. Funding requested will support the continued development of the ACEH in the implementation of the Strategic Plan priorities targeted to shelter/housing, governance/policy/resources, support services, and community relations.
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Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness Society Strengthening Connections 2017 Grantee Housing First Nations, Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors, Disabled Aboriginal people are over-represented in the homelessness population, accounting for 32.6% of Victoria’s homeless population. The Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness (ACEH) brings leadership and expertise to address Aboriginal housing and homelessness and define the problems and solutions through an Indigenous lens. The ACEH is governed by Indigenous people with representation from various Indigenous organizations and the three Tribal Groups on the Island. Funds are requested to achieve goals outlined in the Action Plan in the areas of shelter, housing and homes; governance, policy and resources; community relations; and support services, as well as organize an Indigenous Housing Symposium.
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Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness Society Addressing Youth Homelessness through a Prevention Framework 2017 Grantee Housing Youth This project is a cross-sectoral collective impact initiative addressing youth homelessness through a prevention framework. It will support a range of activities under the purview of the Youth Task Force with a focus on early intervention. Specifically, this project will support the region in piloting a school-based youth at-risk identification and assessment tool that will connect youth at-risk to appropriate school-based, community-based or clinical support services. This will reduce the numbers of youth experiencing homelessness and the duration of a youth homelessness episode, and will enhance the functioning of the region-wide homelessness servicing system from the perspective of youth.
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Greater Victoria Volunteer Society (Volunteer Victoria) Youth on Boards Project 2013 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Youth This project will increase the number of youth volunteers (aged 19 to 35) who are recruited, trained, matched and effectively engaged in decision-making roles on non-profit boards so they can help shape the future of Greater Victoria. Experienced board members are retiring in greater numbers and, as more non-profits emerge, organizations face increasing challenges recruiting and retaining board members. Goals are to place 40 first-time board members, build training and support systems, and share best practices, tools, and resources with 25 organizations, especially arts groups which have requested this support.
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Greater Victoria Volunteer Society (Volunteer Victoria) Youth Program Quality Initiative – Coaching for Better Youth Outcomes 2014 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Youth, Adults The Youth Program Quality Initiative supports local organizations through an evidence-based quality improvement process. Staff of youth-serving organizations participate in training and observe other staff delivering programs, looking for evidence of documented best practices in youth programming. Staff then come together as a team to agree on how they apply best practice, and are coached to identify quality improvement goals for their organization. Volunteer Victoria will support the YPQI to achieve those goals and also offer a set of professional development workshops focused on the skills needed to make the improvements identified. The YPQI expects to train over 150 youth workers from up to 25 organizations, with programs impacting up to 1,200 youth per year for the next two years.
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Greater Victoria Volunteer Society (Volunteer Victoria) All On Board: Building Capacity, Strengthening Knowledge 2015 Grantee Learning Adults, Seniors All on Board is a new training initiative to help more than 500 volunteers from small- and mediumsized nonprofit organizations across Greater Victoria engage more effectively in board work. The program aims to increase volunteers’ knowledge of emerging requirements and best practices in board governance and help them build capacity and reduce risk as board members and as leaders of community-based organizations. Many of the new accountability requirements in the 2015 BC Society Act will take effect in the Fall of 2016. This program helps volunteers better understand their roles and responsibilities and plan their actions to remain compliant with the legislation.
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Greater Victoria Volunteer Society (Volunteer Victoria) Teenage Volunteers: Expanding Belonging and Learning through Community Engagement 2017 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Youth Youth under 16 years are often challenged to find meaningful volunteer positions outside of the school Environment. Recent changes to the career education curriculum will exacerbate this challenge for up to 4,000 youth living in the Capital Region, as Grade 9 students will be required to focus on the career value of volunteering, and the role of community in career planning. Funding will help Volunteer Victoria identify and test new and sustainable volunteering opportunities for youth aged 14-16; reduce barriers to younger youth engagement; collect knowledge, tools, and best practices from volunteer coordinators serving youth; and create new age-appropriate materials.
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Home is Where We Live – Lifecycles Project Society Growing Community Food Security Networks 2013 Grantee Standard of Living Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors What good is spinach if I dont know how to use it? This multi-partner project led by LifeCycles will link food gleaning programs and agencies who distribute gathered food to vulnerable populations and integrate 39,000 lbs. of rescued fruit, 10 distribution agencies, 350 volunteers and leaders, and reach over 1,000 clients who will have better access to fresh foods. Clients will learn how to utilize local produce through food skills workshops. The Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiative Roundtable will host six roundtables to expand community food networks in the core capability areas identified by the Food Security Road Map produced this spring.
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Home is Where We Live – LifeCycles Project Society Fresh and Local: Networks Supply Exploratory Project 2014 Grantee Environment Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors Research conducted by LifeCycles shows that the backyard orchards across the Capital Region could provide upwards of 100,000 pounds of fruit to our communities. ‘Fresh and Local’ is a multi-partner project led by LifeCycles to add this fruit into our local food system through donations to vulnerable populations and sales to existing markets and networks. Together with CRFAIR, LifeCycles will expand and streamline systems to increase harvest and redistribute local food; build a business plan and partnerships to ensure ongoing operational funding for the program; and develop aggregation and distribution models to connect gleaning programs and local farmers to the Healthy Food in Schools Network and FoodShare.
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Home is Where We Live – LifeCycles Project Society Food Skills Empowerment Project 2015 Grantee Health & Wellness Youth, Adults The Food Skills Empowerment Project will enable the research for and coordination of a service referral and delivery system to fill the gap in food literacy education within LifeCycles’ networks, reaching 5000 people. Building on 21 years of organizational experience, this system matches experienced food literacy educators with community need. LifeCycles will pilot three new food literacy workshop series aimed at local food businesses, emergency food providers, and schools. The project will increase regional impact, support neighbourhood food hub development, and increase involvement of schools, businesses, and individuals, while building food security, local economy, selfreliance, creativity, teamwork, and greater wellbeing.
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Home is Where We Live – LifeCycles Project Society Rescuing Abundance in the Urban Orchard 2017 Grantee Environment Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors Lifecycles’ Fruit Tree Project imagines the urban orchard as a place where abundance is created together. Each year, hundreds of volunteers harvest tens of thousands of pounds of fruit from backyard trees in the Capital Region. Fruit is shared among homeowners, volunteers, food banks and community organizations. LifeCycles is requesting funding to expand its capacity by developing an online scheduling system and to review project practices to eliminate current bottlenecks. Expanded capacity would allow LifeCycles to better meet community need by increasing the volume of fruit picked from 60,000lbs to 100,000lbs per year.
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Horticulture Centre of the Pacific Siem Lelum Community Garden Project 2013 Grantee and Hosted Organization Environment First Nations, Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors This project is an integral and therapeutic component of the Siem Lelum affordable housing complex for dozens of families drawn from the Aboriginal community. The HCP will help residents construct, prepare, plant and nurture a garden filled with numerous food products, including traditional First Nations plants, while teaching them the skills needed to independently maintain and manage the garden. Residents will benefit by engaging in their community, creating a sense of belonging, and embarking on a journey towards healing and sustainability.
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Hulitan Family and Community Services Society Service Improvement: Journeys of the Heart 2013 Grantee Getting Started First Nations, Children The funding will allow the Journeys of the Heart preschool cultural literacy program to enhance its service delivery mode to aboriginal families by adding a home support coordinator who will provide support outside of the classroom. Goals are to decrease the high rates of Ministry involvement with First Nations children and increase access to early assessment for children with special needs within Greater Victoria.
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Island Deaf & Hard of Hearing Centre Association Enhancing Community Capacity for Employment Opportunities 2013 Grantee and Hosted Organization Standard of Living Adults, Seniors, Disabled This project is designed to improve accessibility to local job markets for greater economic inclusion of vulnerable people with hearing loss. The focus of a new Job Developer position will be to research and contact 250 Island businesses to develop relationships, provide education and understanding of the abilities of the Centre’s client base that then lead to appropriate employment opportunities. Over the next two years, the goal is to help secure employment for 20 to 40 individuals – those who currently have multiple barriers to employment.
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Island Deaf & Hard of Hearing Centre Association Youth Transition Services 2014 Grantee and Hosted Organization Belonging & Engagement Youth, Disabled Funding provided will be used to develop long term services for Deaf and hard of hearing youth ages 15 to 20 years. Once students leave the support systems of residential or local schools, continued education or training opportunities or employment can be challenging, stressful, and often overwhelming for youth and their families. Providing support early in this transition will equip youth with coping strategies and life skills, building peer and community supports and strategies for communication in the hearing world. Guidance and support will assist with education, career, and lifestyle choices. Connection with other Deaf and hard of hearing youth and adults as role models will develop inclusion, reducing the potential for isolation and give them the best chance for independence.
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Island Deaf & Hard of Hearing Centre Association Sound of Change Initiative 2017 Grantee and Hosted Organization Belonging & Engagement Adults, Seniors, Disabled Hearing loss is the most common sensory deficit in North America and has become a severe social and health problem. Especially in the elderly, hearing loss can significantly impact everyday life, causing loneliness and isolation. IDHHC has established the Sound of Change Initiative to provide free refurbished hearing aids to vulnerable and at-risk populations, especially low-income seniors and adults. This initiative will remove barriers to accessing hearing supports and provide a full range of services to vulnerable persons with hearing loss, including technical aids, family supports, aural rehabilitation, communication assistance, and employment supports.
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James Bay Health & Community Services Society (James Bay Community Project) Foot Care for Seniors 2013 Grantee Health & Wellness Seniors, Disabled The James Bay Community Project Society will partner with Capital City Volunteers to provide simple and complex foot care to approximately 200 low-income seniors in the City of Victoria over a two-year period. Making this service easily available will help increase the health and well-being of low-income seniors. It will also help to prevent and reduce the negative impacts of the development of serious health challenges (e.g. foot ulcers due to diabetes) and assist seniors to retain their mobility, quality of life, and ability to participate in community activities.
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James Bay Health & Community Services Society (James Bay Community Project) Exploring the need for childcare 2016 Grantee Getting Started Children There is a lack of affordable and high quality childcare spaces for families in Victoria. This project will research best practices and the viability of setting up childcare, including start up costs, staffing requirements, pricing models, and comparison with services that are currently available. High-quality childcare benefits children and families: when children get a good start in life, their development is supported. In addition, it can support families to return to work, benefiting physical and mental health. Well-run childcare directly meets the needs of the local community.
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John Howard Society of Victoria Feeding Ourselves and Others Garden 2013 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Adults, Disabled In 2012 The John Howard Society initiated a therapeutic community garden for people with mental illness or addiction issues — heavy users of public services, many having committed offences. Supported by VIHAs community outreach teams,the Victoria Integrated Court sub-committee, and donors and volunteers, a very successful community garden was started at Seven Oaks in the Blenkinsop Valley. In this project, more than 30 participants and community volunteers aim to establish a larger therapeutic and income generating garden in 2014 and beyond. Through phase two and by documenting its program, it will be an integrated approach that will be a model that other at-risk groups can learn from and emulate.
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John Howard Society of Victoria Feeding Ourselves and Others Community Garden Project 2015 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Adults, Disabled Feeding Ourselves and Others is a therapeutic organic garden project supporting individuals facing mental health, addictions, poverty, housing instability and related issues. Some individuals are completing community work service through Victoria Integrated Court, and all participants earn a stipend for their hours worked in the garden. This project successfully integrates therapeutic gardening with income generation through market sales, which improves lives and contributes to local food security. Participants report benefits such as learning new gardening skills, feeling more stabilized, improving their mental and physical health, enjoying an increased sense of community, making new friends, and experiencing economic improvement and increased employability.
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John Howard Society of Victoria Feeding Ourselves and Others Therapeutic Community Garden Project 2017 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Adults, Disabled Feeding Ourselves and Others is a unique therapeutic garden project located in the Blenkinsop Valley that provides important support, stabilization, and community building to some of the region’s most disadvantaged citizens, including persons with mental health and/or addictions issues and individuals doing court-mandated community service work. In 2016, the project engaged 64 participants and 23 community volunteers, which was over four times the number of people involved in 2012. As an organic food-producing social enterprise, the project also sold over $7,000 worth of produce to the community.
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KidSport Canada – Victoria Chapter KidSport – PISE After School Fun 2013 Grantee and Hosted Organization Sport & Recreation Children, Youth KidSport has partnered with the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence to augment existing after-school programming at two sites in Esquimalt and central Victoria. By coaching youth leaders twice a week on ways to increase physical literacy programming, this project will benefit 80 children. Research shows some immigrant and Aboriginal children have lower rates of physical activity and sports team involvement. Utilizing a train the trainer model, KidSport and its partners would teach and mentor staff about the basics of running, jumping, throwing, catching and other gross motor skills. By becoming more active after school, kids involved in these two project sites will decrease their screen time as part of the evaluation goals.
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KidSport Canada – Victoria Chapter So ALL Kids Can Play Sport Registration 2017 Grantee and Hosted Organization Sports & Recreation Children, Youth This sport registration program provides local children in financial need the opportunity to play organized sport alongside their peers and under the supervision of qualified coaches and positive adult role models. This organization works with over 200 sport organizations to cover registration fees and provide kids living in poverty with the chance to get in the game and benefit from lessons about teamwork, work ethic, fair play, and leadership. Involving kids in sport and physical activity is a powerful preventative measure to combat isolation, current trends of childhood obesity, as well as related long-term health consequences.
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Learning Disabilities Association of BC – South Vancouver Island Reading Writing & Academic Skills Program 2013 Grantee and Hosted Organization Learning Children, Youth, Disabled This project would foster the capacity of children with learning and behavioural challenges. While each child requires individualized programming, this comprehensive program includes educating each child about their unique learning strengths in a safe, developmentally-appropriate environment in the Westshore or in central Victoria. Children receive one-on-one support or attend small groups to develop an understanding of how they learn and what strategies work. Instruction based on best practices and current research guide staff to ensure children achieve their learning goals.
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LTA The Land Trust Alliance of British Columbia Land Trust Marketing in CRD 2013 Grantee Environment Adults, Seniors This project will be a means to promote and communicate a positive public perception of land trusts, increased voluntarism, increased philanthropy through financial donations, covenants and land donations and a collective understanding of the breadth and impact of land trusts in the region. The communications program will engage and encourage participation by the public in the long-term conservation of land in the Capital Regional District and be a template for other organizations.
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Mustard Seed Street Church Centralized Food Storage and Distribution 2013 Grantee Standard of Living Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors This collaborative project will result in a feasibility study to explore the creation of a centralized food hub, food donation centre, distribution network, and a referral system for the community seeking food resources. Goals are to increase the efficiency for multiple soup kitchens and food banks to streamline services for those in need, those donating and those providing emergency food services. Over 25 agencies are currently providing services for approximately 19,000 persons a year. Economies of scale will be achieved.
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Mustard Seed Street Church Food Share Network – Action Plan Implementation 2014 Grantee Health & Wellness Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors This project proposes to implement the action plan of the Greater Victoria Food Share Network (FSN), a developing network made up of diverse non-profits committed to the “provision of healthy and nutritious food access, with dignity and respect, while supporting communities to self-sufficiency.” The Mustard Seed is requesting funding in 2015 to implement the sixth objective of this action plan by creating a coordinated intake system between food banks. The project will track food-insecure communities in the CRD, eliminate duplication of efforts, and coordinate needs assessments between agencies to “path” clients to specific social service programs.
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Mustard Seed Street Church Food Share Network – Action Plan Implementation Phase 2 2015 Grantee Health & Wellness Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors Over the past year, the Food Share Network (FSN) has made significant progress on its Action Plan outlining collaborative initiatives to address food insecurity and poverty in the Capital Regional District, which has integrated programs between non-profits, outlined outcomes and indicators of success, and established shared client metrics. Further, the several pilot projects have been successful in achieving their intended outcomes. Phase 2 will see the continuation of the administration of the FSN and the expansion of the Neighbourhood Food Delivery Program from seven agencies to 12, the operation of the distribution online portal and the farm gleaning pilot.
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Mustard Seed Street Church Mustard Seed Street Church- Connecting People and Food 2016 Grantee Standard of Living Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The Connecting People and Food Project will expand on three key activities to reach food insecure populations: a farm gleaning project, in partnership with LifeCycles; the Neighbourhood Hamper Delivery Program; and the GiveFoodGetFood website, supporting food distribution to 32 agencies working with vulnerable communities. Funding is requested to support the continued partnership with the farm gleaning project, which provided the Mustard Seed with 11,549 pounds of locally-grown produce last year; to expand the Neighbourhood Hamper Delivery Program from nine to 12 agencies; and to increase the number of agencies using the GiveFoodGetFood.ca website.
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Our Place Society Community Engagement Program Coordinator 2013 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Adults, Seniors, First Nations, Disabled Our Place provides a sense of hope and belonging to Greater Victoria’s most vulnerable citizens. Funding for this pilot project will enable a coordinator to assess needs and identify community resources for program enhancement and foster new partnerships with organizations, volunteers and professionals. Outcomes will include increased referrals to agencies offering employment, education, health and wellness, skills development and arts and culture resources.
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Our Place Society Volunteer Coordinator for Family Members 2014 Grantee and Hosted Organization Belonging & Engagement Adults, Seniors, First Nations, Disabled Our Place will be extending hours into the evenings and weekends, an increase from 55 to 92 operational hours that will create many new opportunities for volunteers. Our Place currently has over 380 weekly volunteers, 25% of whom are ‘family members’ (the term for people who access services). Hiring a Volunteer Coordinator to focus on recruiting, retaining, and supporting family member volunteers will impact the organization’s ability to transform vulnerable people’s lives. Dedicated staff support to help family members volunteering and struggling with such challenges as mental and physical health, addiction, and illiteracy will assist in better outcomes and provide skills for future employment, which is crucial to enable transitional journeys out of poverty.
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Our Place Society Securing Food for Greater Victoria’s Most Vulnerable Citizens 2016 Grantee and Hosted Organization Standard of Living Adults, Seniors, First Nations, Disabled Our Place is the largest meal provider for the Capital Region’s most vulnerable citizens. The program has grown to serving 1,800 meals per day (50% increase over four years). To ensure safe storage of an increasing volume of perishable food donations arriving daily to meet increased demand, refurbishment and expansion of the refrigeration system is required. Funding is requested to purchase an additional walk-in cooler and refurbish the existing walk-in cooler system. Hundreds rely on Our Place for their nutritional needs, and refrigeration is critical in continuing to provide food security for this vulnerable population.
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Our Place Society Empowering Employment 2017 Grantee and Hosted Organization Economy Adults, Seniors, First Nations, Disabled This program supports homeless and vulnerable adults to enter the workforce through providing a combination of skills training, job placements and mental health supports. It supports adults over a long time period, through every stage of work readiness, harnessing all five senses in learning and popular education principles. The program is comprehensive, from pre-employment skills to employer support and follow-up. Empowering Employment is an innovative program that uses a delivery model specifically tailored to the unique community needs, replicating a successful model piloted in Winnipeg that builds networks with employers to help homeless adults earn a living income.
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Pacific Centre Family Services Association Skookum Cafe Youth Program 2013 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Youth The Skookum Cafe will house a program supporting vulnerable youth in our community. It offers youth the opportunity to raise their self-esteem and confidence, learn skills, acquire knowledge, build relationships and gain experience in an empowering and supportive setting by running a healthy cafe in the West Shore Family Centre. Three cohorts will be offered training and experience in a range of skills in areas such as food safe, retail business management, barista and interpersonal skills as well as personal support and assistance with navigating other social service systems as required.
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Pandora Arts Collective Society Well-being From Studio to Community 2013 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Youth, Adults, Seniors, Disabled This project will produce twice weekly inter-generational facilitated studio art sessions (in two half-year cycles) focused on supporting individuals from age 14 to senior who are struggling with mental health issues and any others who would find a regular, safe, understanding and creative community important to their well-being. This project will benefit 40 to 50 individuals over the year with 12 to 20 individuals per week participating in any single studio day. It will also offer two participant / community outreach experiences (exhibitions and workshops) that together will affect more than 450 community members.
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Pandora Arts Collective Society Wellbeing – From Studio to Community 2015 Grantee Health & Wellness Youth, Adults, Seniors, Disabled This project will offer twice weekly intergenerational facilitated studio art sessions in two half-year cycles focused on supporting individuals from age 14 to seniors struggling with mental health issues and any others who would find a regular, safe, understanding and creative community importa to their wellbeing. The project will affect 60 to 75 individuals over the year with ten to 20 individuals per week participating in any single studio day. Several workshops and exhibitions will be included as part of the program.
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Pandora Arts Collective Society Wellbeing – From Studio to Community 2017 Grantee Health & Wellness Youth, Adults, Seniors, Disabled This project will offer twice weekly facilitated studio art sessions, focused on supporting adults struggling with mental health issues and any others who would find a regular, safe, understanding, and creative community important to their well-being. The project will affect 75 to 100 individuals over the year with 10 to 20 individuals participating in any single session. It will also offer several participant and community outreach experiences (exhibitions and workshops) that together will impact more than 300 community members.
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PEERS Victoria Resource Society The Weekly: Drop in at PEERS 2013 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Adults Reaching up to 75 individuals per annum, PEERS Victoria Resources Society will offer a weekly peer-led drop-in group focusing on a range of health and well-being topics and social engagement activities for sex workers. The project will leverage complementary in-kind community resources including volunteer supports and collaborative relationships with other service providers and local businesses. Peer-led drop-in groups are recognized as a primary intervention for sex workers as a stigmatized group. This small pilot project will be evaluated by clients and community partners and used as a basis for a more extensive daytime drop-in program.
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PEERS Victoria Resources Society The Dinner Group: Fostering Peer Education and Community Networking 2015 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Adults This project builds on a pilot over the past year and will support two underserved sex worker subpopulations, males and indoor-based escorts, to gather monthly for dinner and a guest presentation. Guest presenters for the pilot included the Victoria Police Department, lawyers, a financial/tax specialist, a physician and sexual health educator, and members of municipal and federal governments. The Dinner Group benefits clients by providing for peer education and increased leadership capacity, and also benefits community by educating the public about the needs of diverse populations of sex workers. This project allows PEERS to expand its program reach.
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PEERS Victoria Resources Society Peers Dinner Group Program – Culture, Education and Social Networking 2017 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Adults, First Nations This project is targeted at two sub-populations served by Peers Victoria: Indigenous sex workers and indoor agency escorts. Each service population will be invited to take part in a monthly dinner group at Peers, which will consist of a community meal, guest speaker, and group discussion. The dinner group model aims to reach under-served populations who have particular needs that cannot be met through generalized programming at Peers. Group participants will meet with a range of community members and cultural leaders through the program, while also building community support and alliances and combating stigma and discrimination.
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Peninsula Streams Society Volunteer Mobilization and Support Project 2013 Grantee Environment Adults Annually, the Peninsula Streams Society works with over 100 adult volunteers who contribute upwards of 2,000 hours on numerous stream and habitat restoration projects and environmental education programs on the Saanich Peninsula whose residents and the environment benefit from these immensely valuable contributions of time, skill and knowledge. Funding will enable the Society to improve its volunteer engagement program, which will result in more satisfied and engaged volunteers with greater volunteer retention, more opportunities for volunteers within the Society, more efficient use of staff time in organizing and evaluating volunteer contributions, and improved project and program support for environmental restoration work.
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Peninsula Streams Society Environmental Education Project 2014 Grantee Environment Children, Youth Peninsula Streams Society (PSS) will continue to deliver its environmental education programs for grades 3 and 6 students and develop a new high school program. PSS has delivered its grades 3 and 6 programs annually since 2006 and 2009, respectively, to all School District 63 schools (and some in School District 61). In 2015, the Society hopes to expand these two programs into SD61 and will work with teachers and community members to develop and deliver a pilot grade 9 program. In this way, educational content will be delivered to students three times over their school career. Currently, every year over 1,000 students learn about increasingly complex concepts of environmental stewardship such as water conservation, pollution prevention, volunteerism, and hands-on ecological and stream/riparian restoration.
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Peninsula Streams Society Environmental Education Project 2015 Grantee Learning Children, Youth Peninsula Streams Society (PSS) will continue to deliver its annual environmental education programs to more than 1,250 grade three and grade six students in School Districts 63 and 61, and expand these programs into additional schools. In addition, PSS will work with teachers and community members to develop and deliver a pilot grade five program. With programs in all three grades, PSS will engage students in educational experiences at least three times over their elementary and middle school careers. Students at more than 13 schools participate annually in these programs, in which they learn about concepts of Environment and engage in hands-on ecological restoration and other stewardship activities.
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Peninsula Streams Society ‘Creating Young Stewards’ Environmental Education Project 2016 Grantee Environment Children, Youth Peninsula Streams Society delivers three annual environmental education programs to 1450 students at more than 13 schools on the Saanich Peninsula. These programs, “Watershed and Salmon Life-cycle” (Grades 2/3), “Connecting Kids to Nature” (Grade 5), and “Creatures of Habitat” (Grades 6/7), engage students in hands-on, place-based learning at their schools and nearby green spaces. In this way, Peninsula Streams Society engages students in educational experiences at least three times over the students’ elementary and middle school careers. Students learn concepts of Environment from local experts and engage in ecological restoration and stewardship activities.
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Peninsula Streams Society Creating Young Stewards’ Environment Education Program 2017 Grantee Environment Children, Youth Peninsula Streams Society delivers three annual Environment education programs to 1450 students in more than 13 Saanich Peninsula schools. Funding would support three programs: “Watershed and Salmon Life-cycle” (Gr. 2/3), “Connecting Kids to Nature” (Gr. 5) and “Creatures of Habitat” (Gr. 6/7), all of which engage students in hands-on, place-based learning at their schools and nearby green spaces. Students learn concepts of Environment sustainability from local experts and engage in ecological restoration and stewardship activities. Through these programs, Peninsula Streams Society engages students in educational experiences at least three times over the students’ elementary and middle school years.
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Powell River Association for Community Living Building Community Building Connections 2013 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Adults, Disabled Powell River is launching an initiative to increase local capacity to support inclusion for adults who have a developmental disability, to participate in a new program to build a personal network. Staff hope to increase awareness and engagement in creating a community where everyone belongs while also supporting the initial costs in building a network through designing and piloting a wrap-around program. Outcomes include a local bursary program and a structured program for network development that adults can register in after high school.
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Inclusion Powell River Society K-Lumet Pilot Project 2017 Grantee Economy Adults, Disabled Inclusion Powell River Society is partnering with K-Lumet, a social enterprise and employment-training program for people with disabilities. The social enterprise produces a quick-burning fire starter made from 100% recycled materials. K-Lumet seeks to employ people with all levels of ability, with a focus on employing individuals with developmental disabilities who are otherwise unemployed.
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Project Literacy Victoria Community Literacy Outreach Program 2013 Grantee Learning Youth, Adults, Disabled This project will provide free literacy, computer, employability and other essential skills training to over 275 of the most marginalized citizens in the Greater Victoria Region. These individuals are poor, homeless, and/or facing multiple challenges in their lives. Literacy outreach is delivered where participants already go: within community partner social agencies, shelters, the Wilkinson Road prison, and on the streets. It offers participants the chance to strengthen certain literacy skill sets which, in turn, can positively impact their employment situation, housing/shelter, and health, as well as reduce social isolation.
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Project Literacy Victoria Literacy Victoria 2015 Grantee Learning Children, Youth, Adults After a six-month closure due to financial issues, Literacy Victoria (LV) has restarted operations on a smaller, more focused scale. This project is designed to support the work required to re-establish LV on a strong foundation with a clear vision and solid plan for ensuring a healthy and sustainable organization. Key tasks include implementing and adapting the strategic plan; ensuring the LV vision for the region is practical and sustainable with adequate staff and space; and establishing a strong and realistic financial plan.
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Project Literacy Victoria Literacy Victoria/READ – Better Together! An integration project 2016 Grantee Learning Children, Youth, Adults Since the 1980s, Literacy Victoria and the READ Society have been serving children, youth and adults with various literacy needs in Greater Victoria. Requested funding will support a merger between these two organizations, who believe that merging will allow for more effective and efficient service provision. Integrated administration expenses will allow Literacy Victoria and the READ Society to apply more funds directly to literacy services. Acquiring help with literacy will become easier and more fluid for some of Victoria’s most disadvantaged citizens.
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Victoria Literacy Connection Society Noisy Kids Expansion and Story Studio Collaboration 2017 Grantee Learning Children This project will support children with literacy issues through the expansion of the Noisy Kids Reading Club after school program from 7 to 14 schools in Greater Victoria. Further, a partnership with Story Studio Writing Society will allow children to learn the basics of story construction and produce their own comic books and adventure stories through group and individual work. Story Studio will instruct the Noisy Kids teachers on narrative facilitation and follow up with the children throughout 2018. Children will be presented with their own individual Story Studio printed books.
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Ptarmigan Music and Theatre Society Bridging Generations and Communities Musically 2013 Grantee Arts & Culture Children, First Nations Ptarmigan will deliver an artists-in-the-school music program in three schools: Quadra, Wsanec First Nations, and Pender Island, with the goal of supplementing local music programs for under-privileged children. The artists will not deliver curriculum material, however, they will support teachers by providing instruction to the students in instrument playing and singing techniques. Ptarmigan also intends to help each school create a musical instrument bank and recruit community seniors to coach the children on instrument techniques.
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Ptarmigan Music and Theatre Society Strength Within Arts Workshops 2015 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Adults, Seniors, Disabled Ptarmigan intends to expand its successful Strength Within program to Victoria. Working with local community partners, Ptarmigan will create interactive, educational art programs for people marginalized by illness, disability, poverty and advanced age using music, theatre, dance, filmmaking and the visual arts. Ptarmigan aims to provide inspirational and healing art programs that encourage learning, self-expression, enjoyment, socialization, and improve physical and mental health for participants. This project will support underserved populations so that they can realize their artistic and creative capabilities.
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Ptarmigan Music and Theatre Society Strength Within: Arts for Healing and Engagement 2016 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Adults, Seniors, Disabled Working with community partners, Ptarmigan Music and Theatre Society will coordinate interactive artistic workshops designed for individuals who are living with physical or mental health challenges and experiencing isolation, homelessness, and poverty. This project will bring inspirational and healing arts workshops to Victoria’s most vulnerable citizens, allowing them opportunities for learning, self-expression, enjoyment, community connection, and improved physical and mental health. It will increase the range of artistic and creative activities that exist for underserved populations in Victoria, and will allow vulnerable members of our community to live healthier, happier and more engaged lives.
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Ptarmigan Music and Theatre Society Once Upon an Island: Building Community Through Storytelling 2017 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Seniors This project will address growing concerns about seniors’ isolation through a seniors’ storytelling project that unites the Pender Island community through intergenerational engagement in storytelling. Funding will allow Ptarmigan to coordinate a series of inclusive gatherings with community partners, where seniors’ stories are told through song, music and spoken word, a night of storytelling on stage, stories filmed and shared online, and a series of senior-led community storytelling workshops for all ages. The project aims to empower seniors to share their stories and life experiences, thus creating intergenerational friendships, social connection and a lasting sense of identity and meaning.
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Saanich Volunteer Services Society High Impact One-on-one Community Volunteer Recruitment 2013 Grantee and Hosted Organization Transportation Seniors, Disabled The Direct Volunteer Services Committee is a collaboration of six local senior serving agencies to mobilize volunteers in this “High Impact One-on-One Community Volunteer Recruitment” project that will provide seniors with increased access to supported transportation. The collaboration is among Beacon Community Services, James Bay Community Project, Saanich Volunteer Services, Oak Bay Volunteer Services, Capital City Volunteer Services and Esquimalt Volunteer Services and will involve the Juan de Fuca Seniors Centre as well.
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Saanich Volunteer Services Society Macular Degeneration Peer Support Group 2015 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Seniors, Disabled Saanich Volunteer Services Society’s Macular Degeneration Peer Support Group provides an opportunity for seniors who have this irreversible condition to come together to share challenges, learn coping strategies, and avoid isolation. SVSS is uniquely positioned to identify isolated seniors experiencing vision loss, coordinate transportation to the group meetings, and direct family and caregivers to additional sources of support. The program facilitates discussion around stigma, grief and anger as well as transition and acceptance. The peer support group connects participants to each other and to community resources in an effort to encourage healthy adaptations, continued independent living, and increased community involvement.
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Scouts Canada – Cascadia Council Camp Barnard Dock Upgrades 2013 Grantee Sport & Recreation Youth, Disabled This project will extend the swimming and canoe launching dock at Youngs Lake – home of Camp Barnard. Modifications will add a second enclosed swim area and two fixed walkways linking the shore and docks. The renovations will permit safe access to docks and allow use of the swim area by more than one youth group at the same time. The upgrades will allow mobility-challenged campers and their aides to access water activities suited to their abilities. The dock will also be widened on one finger to allow a canoe or kayak program to run alongside a swimming or other waterfront program. The renovated dock area is needed for an upcoming jamboree of 2,400 Scouts and leaders from across Canada.
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SeaChange Marine Conservation Society Returning the Blue Grouse to Tod Inlet 2013 Grantee Environment Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors, First Nations Funding of this project will help restore terrestrial, near-shore and marine habitats within Tod Inlet, an area of great significance to local Saanich First Nations. The site has been damaged by historical limestone mining and will not fully recover from these impacts unless there is long-term engagement by local communities. Part of this recovery work will entail removing invasive plants, restoring fish habitats and eelgrass, and adding suitable beach material to near-shore areas. Community events and a restoration forum will disseminate lessons learned from this pilot project throughout the Capital Regional District.
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SeaChange Marine Conservation Society The Restoration of S?ID?E? Shores 2015 Grantee Environment Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors, First Nations SeaChange is planning a beach enhancement project in Tod Inlet that will demonstrate to thousands of park visitors the advantages of an erosion control strategy for low wave-energy shores. Funding is requested for the third planning phase of the project that will include the following: developing a project design and work plan; engaging with BC Parks, the Tsartlip Nation, coastal engineers and other project partners; and presenting the project to the public. The beach enhancement project will provide for an increase in marine biodiversity on a degraded shore affected by historical cement manufacturing, with the goal of restoring areas traditionally harvested for food by the Saanich First Nations.
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Seniors Serving Seniors Association of British Columbia Seniors Information Outreach 2013 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Seniors, Disabled The Seniors Information Outreach team needs support in providing training workshops for targeted community networks and their key individuals who link with seniors. The goal is to provide networks with a greater capacity to inform and connect seniors to appropriate services. A minimum of ten networks will receive a presentation on Services for seniors in the Capital Region and how to access them. Telephone Line volunteers who have in-depth knowledge and expertise on seniors services will provide referrals and ongoing support to the trainees.
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Shared Space Salt Spring Society Community Shared Space Project 2013 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Adults Shared Space will provide affordable, accessible shared space to non-profit organizations on Salt Spring Island to optimize resources, encourage cooperation through partnerships and create community capacity through connections. There are 12 organizations involved in this project. The business plan is completed. Major fundraising was launched to purchase the target property, and construction and renovation for the planned opening in 2015. This project will enable the Society to take the next steps to build this essential community hub.
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Shoreline Community School Association GEM Girls Empowerment Mission 2013 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Children, Youth The GEM program empowers at-risk females from 10 to14 years old by strengthening their positive self-concepts through participation in experiential activities after school. An estimated total of 185 girls will have opportunities to learn about themselves and their potential through participation in a variety of physical activities, introspective and skill development tasks in relation to healthy living — physically, mentally and socially. They will participate in service projects around their community giving them the opportunity to support food sustainability and build community connectedness while developing environmental stewardship and empathy.
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Shoreline Community School Association Shoreline Youth Empowerment Programs 2015 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Children, Youth Funding is requested for Shoreline’s Youth Empowerment Programs, including its Girls Empowerment Mission that engages at-risk females ages ten to 14 by strengthening self-esteem and self-confidence through participation in experiential activities. These include physical, introspective, skill development and leadership activities. Most of the leadership activities will encourage community participation and the girls’ involvement in community initiatives such as Resilient Neighbourhoods and environment and sustainable food projects. Funding is also requested for Shoreline’s After- School Club and Nights Alive, co-ed youth programs that provide a safe, supervised environment for students to participate in after school sports and recreational and leadership activities.
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Sooke Family Resource Society Prenatal Education and Outreach 2013 Grantee Getting Started Children, Youth, Adult This project will provide pregnancy education, pre-natal and post-natal support, and outreach to the greater Sooke community through locally accessible group and individual services offered at low to no cost. The pre-natal courses and outreach services will enhance social connections for parents and increase their awareness of community resources. Parent support workers across the region will be offered seats in a train the trainer workshop on LAPS (Literacy and Parenting Skills) that has proven success across Canada.
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Sooke Family Resource Society Prenatal Education and Outreach Program 2015 Grantee Getting Started Children, Youth, Adult The Prenatal Education and Outreach Program provides pregnancy education, prenatal and postnatal support, and outreach to the greater Sooke community through local, accessible group and individual services. The program serves 50 to 75 pregnant women annually through four prenatal courses and over 250 one-on-one outreach sessions. The courses and services provide participants with the opportunity to gain knowledge and confidence, increase their awareness of community resources, and develop a shared sense of community identity. The overall goal of this program is to support the health and wellbeing of new babies and their families in the community.
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Sooke Family Resource Society Prenatal Education and Outreach Program 2017 Grantee Getting Started Children, Youth, Adult The Sooke Family Resource Society’s Prenatal Program provides pregnancy education, prenatal/postnatal support, and outreach through locally-accessible group and individual services for families from Sooke to Port Renfrew. The goal of the program is to support the overall health and well-being of new babies and their families. Participants gain prenatal/postnatal knowledge and confidence, increase protective factors for themselves and their baby, become more aware of community resources, and develop a shared sense of community. The program serves 30-65 pregnant women each year through 3-4 prenatal courses and over 250 one-to-one outreach sessions.
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SWOVA Community Development & Research Society Peace Kids 2013 Grantee Health & Wellness Children This promising new anti-bullying initiative will engage students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 in the Southern Gulf Islands in skill-building social and emotional learning. This project will assist them in developing a tangible exploration of peace in the family, at school, within themselves, and in future relationships. From 13 years of research, SWOVA knows that younger children are positively affected when they receive preventive peace-building education and skill support, with stronger, longer lasting and more formative effects on their well-being, health and peaceful relating to others.
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SWOVA Community Development & Research Society Youth Preventing Family Violence 2014 Grantee Safety Children, Youth, Adults Family and domestic violence takes a heavy toll on our communities. Under the Youth Preventing Family Violence initiative, SWOVA will bring together the talents, resources, and skills of motivated young people to address and prevent family violence on Salt Spring Island and the Southern Gulf Islands. A network of youth leaders will receive training to help recognize signs of abuse; work with an advisory committee to create a more coordinated risk assessment and safety planning strategy; support best practices to keep women and children safe; and host workshops for peers to address family violence. With partner organizations, youth leaders also will host a week-long awareness campaign. The initiative will raise awareness, change attitudes, enhance gender equality, and mobilize community efforts, all with the aim of preventing family violence.
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SWOVA Community Development & Research Society Peace Kids 2016 Grantee Health & Wellness Children Peace Kids is an evidence-based violence prevention program for students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 (aged 9 to 11 years) living in the Southern Gulf Islands. Students are engaged in skill-building workshops that promote social and emotional learning (SEL) and critical thinking about social responsibility. The program assists young people to address issues such as bullying, conflict, personal violence and teaches them how to have healthy and respectful relationships.
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Theatre SKAM Association My Memorys Not So Good 2013 Grantee Arts & Culture Children, Youth, Adults Theatre SKAM will create and preview a new play that highlights the life of the late Joan Mans (1925-2010), a former Victoria resident who attended hundreds of Victoria arts events and volunteered for many Victoria organizations. Using video and audio that Joan co-created before she died, My Memory’s Not So Good features recordings of Joan, three live professional actors, 24 young children, and 24 youth dancers, who all work to tell of Joan’s world-wide travels, to share her witticisms and philosophies, and to (re)introduce live audiences to one of Victoria’s most memorable personalities.
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Theatre SKAM Association Theatre SKAM’s “Runaway” (Premiere) 2014 Grantee Arts & Culture Youth Theatre SKAM has commissioned emerging playwright Mika Laulainen to complete a full-length draft of her new work “Runaway,” which began as a 10-minute play at SKAM’s annual festival Bike Ride. The company will continue on to develop, rehearse and premiere this new work of Canadian theatre, targeted at the underserved demographic of 13- to 19-year-olds. The creative talent involved includes a range of young professionals, from performers to designers to technical support, who will be provided a professional production opportunity with all the resources that requires.
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Theatre SKAM Association Shop Talk 2015 Grantee Arts & Culture Adults Shop Talkis a live theatre performance that examines sexual politics in the workplace. Created by Theatre SKAM, the performance takes place in an actual carpentry shop where the audience watches the action of the play unfold amid the construction of a set for an opera. The plot focuses on Sarah, a carpenter, who faces the challenge of working in a male dominated workplace. The production employs 27 people, features a female director and an all-female design and production team, and showcases a 15-member cast.
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Theatre SKAM Association Fashion Machine 100 2017 Grantee Arts & Culture Youth, Newcomers This project is a collaboration between Theatre SKAM, the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria, the Royal BC Museum and The Makehouse sewing studio. It will engage 100 youth from diverse backgrounds over one month and connect them with professional artists in the fields of theatre, textiles, and photography. Participants will build skills in sewing, performance, and media and learn about impacts and opportunities in the fashion industry. The project culminates in a public showing where 25 audience members have their outfits re-made into wearable works of art. The project expands upon SKAM’s successful show “Fashion Machine”, which has toured internationally.
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Threshold Housing Society Youth Housing – The Vital Difference 2013 Grantee and Hosted Organization Housing Youth The fastest growing segment of the homeless population nationally is between the ages of 16 to 24. Research shows that the Victoria region has a high population of youth at risk of becoming homeless given the high rates of rents and cost of living coupled with the lack of employment opportunities. This project is a long-term transitional program that will add 10 more safe and affordable housing units to the stressed region to guide at-risk youth toward productive adulthood.The project finds safe units for youth while helping them to navigate access to mental health counselling, rental training and other programs.
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Threshold Housing Society Safe Housing For Youth (SHY Program) 2015 Grantee and Hosted Organization Housing Youth The Safe Housing for Youth Program is a transitional housing program for youth ages 18 to 22 who are at risk of becoming homeless. Through the program, staff search out “youth-friendly” landlords, set up youth safely in rental accommodation, and provide support for transitional planning. Youth are also involved in an intense life-skill program to ensure they become self-supporting and selfreliant, and participate in school completion or other day programs. Their aim is to move toward their goals, while the aim of Threshold is to provide a safe environment for at-risk youth to achieve those goals. Threshold mentors youth from being “at-risk” to being “at promise.”
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Threshold Housing Society Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness by Housing At-Risk Youth 2016 Grantee and Hosted Organization Housing Youth Threshold Housing Society is committed to creating a safe and stable home environment for Victoria’s vulnerable youth. Threshold received 117 applications last year but only had the capacity to house 30 at-risk youth at any one time. Given the growing need and urgency to prevent at-risk youth from falling into adult homelessness, Threshold has leased an ideal property for youth housing, opening its doors in September 2016. This new building will house up to eight more youth in a transitional setting. It will also be the central location for Threshold’s life-skills and transitional planning programs.
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Threshold Housing Society Life Foundations for Youth at Risk of Homelessness 2017 Grantee and Hosted Organization Housing Youth The goal of the Life Foundations program is to provide at-risk youth with life skills that will prepare them for tenancy and other aspects of life. While transitionally housed, the youth build self-reliance so they can exit homelessness and avoid re-entry as adults. The basis of Life Foundations is to build practical skills and to ensure consistent engagement. The program’s engagement component ultimately builds the capacity of youth to become contributing members of the community. Four activities are at the core of the program: Ready to Rent, grief management, financial literacy, and anxiety management through creative engagement.
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Victoria Brain Injury Society Coping Strategies 2013 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Adults, Seniors, Disabled This program empowers brain injury survivors to develop healthy coping strategies as they deal with challenging aspects of their injury including memory loss, sensory overload, depression, social anxiety and isolation. This project will create a supportive environment where brain injury survivors learn to navigate and utilize local services, function safely in stressful and demanding environments and create networks of support that will allow them to become more self-reliant and to function as active members of their community.
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Victoria Brain Injury Society Support Survivors 2016 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Adults, Seniors, Disabled Supporting Survivors will expand the support that Victoria Brain Injury Society (VBIS) provides to brain injury survivors, helping them transition from hospital to home and supporting them to take part in their community. It will provide intake services at VBIS and Victoria General Hospital to ensure that survivors understand supports available to them in the community, thus reducing anxiety about leaving the hospital. The project will also support recruitment and training of volunteers and provide 12 workshops, where various cross-sectoral partners will provide information about additional services available in the community.
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Victoria Conservatory of Music Childrens Outreach/Music Library Expansion 2013 Grantee and Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Children This project will expand the current VCM Music Library into a community-wide music library/resource centre accessible to all. In collaboration with School District 61, the project will open doors to the District’s extensive Choral Octavo collection. Both organizations’ annotated collections of scores will be available for loan to community groups. As well, VCM will launch a new free children’s Musical Story Time on-site in the VCM Library and at more than 40 satellite locations throughout Greater Victoria.
Founded in 1964, the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) has earned an outstanding reputation for quality in education, performance and music therapy. As a music school for the whole community, the VCM welcomes students of all ages and musical abilities, and teaches in all musical genres including classical, contemporary and music technology. Each year, over 4,500 students take part in an extensive array of disciplines including woodwinds, brass, percussion, keyboard, strings, voice, jazz, theory and composition, and programs such as music therapy, teacher training, early children’s music and children’s outreach programs, and Summer Music Academies. In addition, the VCM offers a two-year performance-oriented post-secondary diploma program in partnership with Camosun College. As a registered charity, the VCM relies on vital financial support to fund 35% of overall operating revenue to enrich the community with accessible music education and performance.
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Victoria Conservatory of Music Getting Started – Early Childhood Music Outreach 2015 Grantee and Hosted Organization Getting Started Children This project will expand the current VCM Music Library into a community-wide music library/resource centre accessible to all. In collaboration with School District 61, the project will open doors to the District’s extensive Choral Octavo collection. Both organizations’ annotated collections of scores will be available for loan to community groups. As well, VCM will launch a new free children’s Musical Story Time on-site in the VCM Library and at more than 40 satellite locations throughout Greater Victoria.
Founded in 1964, the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) has earned an outstanding reputation for quality in education, performance and music therapy. As a music school for the whole community, the VCM welcomes students of all ages and musical abilities, and teaches in all musical genres including classical, contemporary and music technology. Each year, over 4,500 students take part in an extensive array of disciplines including woodwinds, brass, percussion, keyboard, strings, voice, jazz, theory and composition, and programs such as music therapy, teacher training, early children’s music and children’s outreach programs, and Summer Music Academies. In addition, the VCM offers a two-year performance-oriented post-secondary diploma program in partnership with Camosun College. As a registered charity, the VCM relies on vital financial support to fund 35% of overall operating revenue to enrich the community with accessible music education and performance.
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Victoria Conservatory of Music Getting Started – Early Childhood Music Education Outreach 2017 Grantee and Hosted Organization Getting Started Children This project will expand the current VCM Music Library into a community-wide music library/resource centre accessible to all. In collaboration with School District 61, the project will open doors to the District’s extensive Choral Octavo collection. Both organizations’ annotated collections of scores will be available for loan to community groups. As well, VCM will launch a new free children’s Musical Story Time on-site in the VCM Library and at more than 40 satellite locations throughout Greater Victoria.
Founded in 1964, the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) has earned an outstanding reputation for quality in education, performance and music therapy. As a music school for the whole community, the VCM welcomes students of all ages and musical abilities, and teaches in all musical genres including classical, contemporary and music technology. Each year, over 4,500 students take part in an extensive array of disciplines including woodwinds, brass, percussion, keyboard, strings, voice, jazz, theory and composition, and programs such as music therapy, teacher training, early children’s music and children’s outreach programs, and Summer Music Academies. In addition, the VCM offers a two-year performance-oriented post-secondary diploma program in partnership with Camosun College. As a registered charity, the VCM relies on vital financial support to fund 35% of overall operating revenue to enrich the community with accessible music education and performance.
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Victoria Epilepsy & Parkinsons Centre Society Teaching Awareness Through Puppetry 2013 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Children, Disabled Now operating under the name Headway, the Centre proposes to develop and implement a Teaching Awareness Through Puppetry program for children who live with labels and differences, such as having epilepsy or diabetes or being labelled with letters like FASD. Partnerships with other organizations in Victoria that have similar mandates to assist in the healthy development of children will be established to deliver and provide resources for the program. A team of volunteer puppeteers will be trained to deliver specially-written skits to children involved in community groups.
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Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre Society Play it Fair! Victoria 2013 Grantee and Hosted Organization Sport & Recreation Children, Youth, Newcomers, Disabled Play it Fair! teaches community organizations to promote children’s healthy development and participation in recreation programming through value-based physically active games. Thirty-five staff will be trained to use PIF activities to address exclusion and bullying and to equip up to 500 children with peaceful conflict resolution and cooperative problem solving. Up to 20 new and existing partners will use this approach to build physical, social, cognitive and emotional competencies to reinforce self-esteem and to encourage all children to participate in physical recreation activities by creating an inclusive and accepting atmosphere.
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Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre Society Welcome Gardens! 2014 Grantee and Hosted Organization Belonging & Engagement Adults, Seniors, Newcomers, Disabled Welcome Gardens! pairs 30 newcomers (immigrants and refugees) with 30 elders willing to share their garden space and horticultural knowledge. With the onset of age-related physical limitations, elders’ gardens often go fallow, resulting in a sense of loss, a decrease in healthy organic food, increased isolation, and reduced physical activity. Many newcomers are from gardening and farming cultures. New to Victoria and with limited access to garden plots, newcomer families lose out on food and friendships that stem from gardening. Welcome Gardens! is designed to cultivate intercultural understanding, intergenerational friendships, and a sense of feeling valued. Expected outcomes include the exchange of horticultural knowledge, expanded food literacy learning opportunities, improved food security for participants, increased intergenerational and intercultural engagement, and decreased isolation.
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Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre Society Welcome Gardens! 2017 Grantee and Hosted Organization Belonging & Engagement Youth, Adults, Seniors, Newcomers, Disabled This project promotes and facilitates the exchange and preservation of diverse horticultural knowledge and skills, enhances newcomers’ access to local food production resources, and supports the establishment of a culturally-diverse local food network. It is distinct in that it combines food production and social connection objectives to directly address food security for newcomers. The 130 participants from 16 countries range in age from 10 to 76 years. Participants increase their food literacy and share food cultures while realizing opportunities for social connection.
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Victoria Marine Rescue Society Kids Dont Float Program 2013 Grantee Safety Children, Youth The Kids Don’t Float program aims to reduce preventable marine fatalities and to encourage marine safety by providing public outreach talks by uniformed rescue officers to youth community groups and free use of personal flotation devices (PFDs) for children and teens. The PFDs and lifejackets will be located at four public swimming areas where they hang on hooks on large boards with colourful graphics that draw attention to safety and dire consequences if not used.
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Victoria Native Friendship Centre duk?wa?amas _ are you watching? in Kwakwala 2013 Grantee Standard of Living First Nations Dukwalamas in Kwakwala, the language of the Kwakwakawakw Nation of Vancouver Island translates into “are you watching.” Dukwalamas provides the platform for a culturally-based program to improve health and wellness in our urban Aboriginal Community. The legacy of colonial impact on Aboriginal Peoples in Canada continues to be evidenced through a disproportionate percentage of diabetes and related illnesses. This project will provide education, nutritional counselling, and traditional food sourcing in local areas and from a new greenhouse. Cooking and literacy skills will be enhanced through an intergenerational Indigenous Circle utilizing the wisdom and knowledge of Aboriginal Elders.
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Victoria Native Friendship Centre Community Food Educator to support the Food Rescue Project 2016 Grantee Standard of Living First Nations, Seniors, Disabled Funding will support a Community Food Educator to work with First Nations, people with disabilities and low-income seniors to prepare and distribute perishable food donated through the Food Rescue project. The Food Rescue project provides fresh, nutritious food recovered from grocery stores to participants of the Food Share Network, a collaboration of over 40 non-profit agencies working to improve food access in the region. The Community Food Educator will be on-site at six of the participating agencies when food is delivered. The project will support 500 food-insecure people to create meals, develop recipes and receive mentoring about healthy eating.
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Victoria Native Friendship Centre Youth Leadership Program Traditional Food Security, Harvesting and Cooking Program 2017 Grantee Health & Wellness Youth, First Nations This program is the hub to many urban Aboriginal/Indigenous youth in Greater Victoria. Food security programming focuses on cultural teachings with a strong emphasis on harvesting and preparing traditional foods. By engaging in traditional harvesting practices specific to Indigenous food systems, knowledge, and revitalization, youth develop understanding of cultural food security practices, which, in turn, supports their families and community to be more independent of urban food sources. Funding will support the Community Kitchen as well as cooking classes and workshops that teach harvesting and preparation of traditional foods and traditional medicines.
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Victoria Restorative Justice Society
(Restorative Justice Victoria)
Volunteer Capacity Building 2013 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors This project will significantly increase the abilities of the Society’s 40+ volunteer caseworkers so they can better assist more than 250 clients (offenders and victims of crime). With additional skills, knowledge and resources the volunteers will be able to accept the more complex files that the Society is currently having to turn away, better assess the needs of clients, divert cases from the court system, support clients as they navigate services, and more effectively resolve the confusion and harm that result from crime. This project will entail advanced training in facilitation and mentoring and will be available to volunteers from this and other Restorative Justice agencies.
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Victoria Restorative Justice Society
(Restorative Justice Victoria)
Advanced Volunteer Skills Training 2015 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors Through this project, bi-monthly skill enhancement workshops will be offered for over 70 volunteers and staff from local Restorative Justice Victoria agencies to help advance caseworker abilities and foster volunteer engagement. Two years ago, funding from the Victoria Foundation provided advanced training by a local mediator. The proposed workshops move outside the realm of mediation to allow caseworkers to adeptly navigate recurring themes in referred cases (for example, mental illness, serious crimes, clients in crisis, and youth disengagement). These workshops will allow Restorative Justice to offer a more holistic approach to promoting belonging and social cohesion in personal and community relationships.
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Victoria Restorative Justice Society
(Restorative Justice Victoria)
Strengthening Caseworker and Staff Capacity 2017 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The first element of this project will enhance the capacity of the organization’s two staff and 70+ volunteer caseworkers through five skill-building workshops delivered by respected practitioners. Restorative justice practitioners from across Vancouver Island will also be invited to participate. Workshops will focus on cultural sensitivity, difficult/challenging/complex client behaviour and needs, and a new restorative practices model. The second element extends a new staff position, the Complex Case Manager, which the BC government funded in 2016-2017. Funding will help the organization meet the need for, and continue the success of, this valuable position, which increases support for clients and volunteers.
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Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre (1UP) The Lighthouse Parent 2013 Grantee and Hosted Organization Getting Started Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors For over 34 years, the Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre Society has been providing single parents, caregivers and children opportunities for learning and growth through their resources and services. The Lighthouse Parent series of courses integrates information from research in attachment and brain development with personal exploration and skills application to provide parents with resources to understand their child’s unique needs at each developmental stage. Attendance will build the responsive trusting parent-child attachment relationships that are now known to be associated with positive mental and physical health outcomes in the present and in later life as well.
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Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre (1UP) Resiliency Stream: Building Healthy Single Parent Families 2015 Grantee and Hosted Organization Standard of Living Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors Resiliency Stream courses develop the innate capacity of low-income, isolated single parents to care for themselves and their children and to develop self-reliance, self-esteem and effective life skills that result in healthier and more resilient children, families, and communities. Directly addressing many of the single parents’ struggles, 15 courses six to eight weeks long and 12 workshops will be offered in 2016. These courses and workshops will allow over 150 parents to gain the education and confidence they need to move themselves and their families from a position of vulnerability to a position of personal and economic prosperity and inclusion.
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Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre (1UP) Resiliency Stream: Building Strong and Healthy Single Parent Families 2017 Grantee and Hosted Organization Standard of Living Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors Resiliency Stream parenting and life skills courses improve the capacity of low income, isolated, and vulnerable single parents to care for themselves and their children, resulting in healthier and more resilient children, families, and communities. Funding is requested for the delivery of 24, four to eight week, strength-based, practical and peer-supported parenting and life skills courses to over 100 single parents. Single parents will gain confidence, self-efficacy and practical tools to empower them to move themselves and their children from a position of vulnerability to one of greater economic and family stability and resilience.
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Victoria Symphony Society Piper Richardsons Bagpipes/Great War Commemoration 2013 Grantee and Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Adults In the mud and rain of a Great War battlefield, 20 year old Piper Richardson rallied his troops to battle. Victoria composer, Tobin Stokes, will write a dramatic work that contrasts the vastness of an orchestra with the solitary dedication of a solo bagpipe player and will tell the story of a piper whose music inspired the troops, moments before his death. This commission, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War, will be performed at the Bay Street Armoury as part of a community-wide collaboration led by the Victoria Symphony joining the military, arts and cultural institutions of Victoria.
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Victoria Symphony Society Rink Cycle II 2015 Grantee and Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Youth, Adults, First Nations In February 2007, the Victoria Symphony joined with School District 61 in producing the Rink Cycle, an event in which hundreds of music students joined with the Symphony in a performance at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. For Rink Cycle II: Canada and the Future, the Symphony will build on the previous work with new repertoire; an expanded group of schools; more involvement for students who sing; a movement component for students who are not specifically studying music; a collaboration with First Nations schoolchildren and performing artists; and a commissioned work using traditional First Nations music, themes and stories.
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Victoria Youth Empowerment Society Youth Mental Health Training Initiative 2013 Grantee Health & Wellness Youth This collaborative initiative will provide three distinct training opportunities for 50 workers from youth-serving agencies in the Capital Regional District. These training opportunities include: Mental Health First Aid, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills and Self-Harming Behaviours. The project will significantly increase the capacity of the community to respond to approximately 500 youth with mental health concerns. Youth and families will receive more timely access to assessment and appropriate referrals based on a better understanding of client needs and available services.
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Young Parents Support Network Family Respite and Outreach Program 2013 Grantee Learning Children, Youth, Adults Outreach will support up to 300 young families living with complex risk, including poverty, family violence, substance use and trauma. YPSN will offer drop-in respite and child care for vulnerable families. It will pilot off-site delivery of support services for young parents at risk and link them to agencies within their neighbourhoods.
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Young Parents Support Network Prenatal to Postsecondary Collective Impact Initiative 2014 Grantee Standard of Living Children, Youth, Adults The Prenatal to Postsecondary (P2P) Collective Impact initiative is committed to an intelligent, collaborative, evidence-based redesign of the current approach to supporting young people from before birth through the transition to adulthood. Activities will be based on the collective impact approach, and include a community-wide convening event in early 2015; steering committee coordination; multi-sectorial partnership development; alignment of activities with other local initiatives; development of a shared measurement system; developmental evaluation; and identification of a backbone organization. Through identification of population-level outcomes and multi-sectorial engagement around mutually reinforcing activities to achieve these outcomes, P2P will then be positioned to create lasting transformative change.
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Young Parents Support Network Building Connections with Young Parent Families 2016 Grantee Getting Started Children, Youth, Adults The Building Connections program will build on current programs to meet the needs of marginalized young parent families who do not attend regular parenting programs offered in the community. In 2015, 85 young parents and 137 children participated in this program, which provides a healthy meal, childcare, and group and one-to-one parenting interventions. Funding is requested to build on the program’s success by responding to requests to offer it in other young parent serving organizations. The program will reduce duplication of services while providing parenting education that meets the specific needs of this vulnerable population.
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Access to Media Education Society Digital Forage: Wisdom Harvest 2014 Grantee Environment Youth, First Nations Digital Forage is an intergenerational digital storytelling program that uses technology to bridge generations and to preserve essential knowledge held by local elders. Through a series of school workshops and field trips, elders will share knowledge of wild food foraging, while artists will share skills in photography, digital storytelling and new media production. Coming full circle, youth will share their emerging digital knowledge with their elders and families on SalishHarvest.com, an interactive website that celebrates wild foods and medicines in the Salish Sea. The project’s primary benefits are to provide 24 Galiano students with a chance to increase awareness of wild food foraging and habitat restoration, and to connect with local artists and elders in the creation of 48 place-based digital short stories.
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Action Committee of People with Disabilities Society ACPD Disability Advocacy Program 2014 Grantee Standard of Living Adults, Seniors, Disabled Funding will provide advocacy services for people with disabilities, helping them to navigate provincial and federal application and appeal processes to ensure income security, health care, and the ancillary benefits they are entitled to under legislation. Transitioning from the BC welfare rate of $610 to $906 on Persons with Disability (PWD) status is an enormous jump in equity for someone on low income. Gaining PWD status also saves on clients’ expenditures, as they would be eligible for medical care, medical equipment, free public transportation, subsidized housing, discounted recreational passes, free prescriptions, and more. Most of the Action Committee’s clients are in desperate need of both money and housing.
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Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Diversity Volunteer Training Project – Growing Opportunities for Diversity in Age & Ethnicity 2014 Grantee and Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Youth, Adults, Seniors Volunteers are mobilized throughout the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s (AGGV) programs. Key findings of research by a student employed by AGGV in 2014 indicate that although existing volunteers are strongly committed, the AGGV could be encouraging more diversity in age and ethnicity, both in its volunteer base and in how programs are offered. Achieving this goal would involve providing training in diversity sensitivity to Gallery staff and volunteers. The research also indicates that the current method of managing volunteers is antiquated and non-responsive. In 2015, the AGGV would like to undertake a project which would grow volunteering opportunities that reflect a diversity of age and ethnicity and introduce a new system for managing volunteers.
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Arthritis Society – BC & Yukon Division Arthritis Education Programs and Forums for the Greater Victoria Area 2014 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Adults, Seniors, Disabled Program staff or highly trained volunteers will deliver 50 free programs (28 educational programs, 12 forums featuring medical specialists, and other presentations and displays) throughout the Greater Victoria area to an estimated total of 2,059 participants. Participants include people who are newly diagnosed or are living with one of the over 100 forms of arthritis, as well as family, caregivers, friends and other adults interested in learning more about these diseases. Research shows that understanding the disease and being pro-active in self-care are key factors in maintaining quality of life. Participants learn about accessing community resources and advances in research, and connect with others facing the same challenges.
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Arthritis Society – BC & Yukon Division The Arthritis Society Education for Greater Victoria 2016 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Adults, Seniors, Disabled Through this project, The Arthritis Society will help people live well while creating a future without arthritis by providing free education and vital support. Participants will learn new tips, tricks and tools for better self-management, develop effective communication skills to better engage with their health team, and receive timely access to community resources. In the Capital Region, the Society will present roughly 70 educational opportunities, including a six-part workshop series, health fair participation, and specialist-led forums.
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Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Victoria Capital Region Focus Mentoring 2014 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Children, Youth Focus Mentoring is a program for children and youth who have been referred to Big Brothers Big Sisters because they need additional and sustained support in their lives to help manage and overcome significant disadvantages. They live in families that are struggling to cope with mental-health challenges and are requesting a mentor through the Community Mentoring Program. Focus is intended to increase supports to families within BBBS’s target group that live with mental illness and are challenged in parenting and family wellness. It provides relevant training to mentors so that they are better equipped to manage relationships that accommodate the needs of youth, lessen social stigma by focusing on resiliency, and offer the potential of intense long-lasting personal relationships necessary for change and child well-being.
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Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Victoria Capital Region Teen Mentoring 2016 Grantee and Hosted Organization Belonging & Engagement Children, Youth Teen Mentoring connects vulnerable elementary school students, deemed to potentially benefit from a mentoring relationship, with trained teen mentors. The program creates an opportunity for young students to have access to role models who support their social development. Schools identify children who are struggling socially and teen mentors meet with them on a weekly basis, sharing skills and experiences. Teens grow from the experience; they are engaged in their community and develop a deeper understanding for marginalized groups. Teen mentoring increases opportunities for community involvement while providing valuable supports to vulnerable children.
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Blue Bridge Theatre Society Lighting Up The Village 2014 Grantee Arts & Culture Adults, Seniors The Lighting Up The Village is part of a larger initiative of Blue Bridge Theatre to transform the once-derelict Roxy Theatre in Victoria’s Quadra Village into a cultural hub for neighbourhood activity and a resource center for multiple arts organizations for many years to come. This project will follow on the phase one upgrade of the theatre from 50 amp stage power service to 200 amp service. Funding requested for 2015 will be used to complete the upgrade by purchasing a state of the art lighting console and a communication system that will facilitate front-of-house and backstage communication during performances.
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Boys & Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria Boys & Girls Club Literacy/Numeracy Program 2014 Grantee and Hosted Organization Learning Children This project will provide mentoring specific to building skills in literacy and numeracy to the elementary school children in need of extra support, identified by Boys & Girls Club staff in cooperation with teachers and school counsellors. These children may or may not be members of Boys & Girls Club Community Clubs (Esquimalt, VicWest, Langford, Colwood, Central Saanich); however, the program will be offered to children in elementary schools in those areas.
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Boys & Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria Strengthening Foundations for Seven Generations 2016 Grantee and Hosted Organization Learning Youth, First Nations Raising the Grade is an interactive education program that allows youth to get homework help, meet new people, increase digital literacy and explore future options. The proposed expansion of this project includes adding a tutoring program for up to 30 Aboriginal youth attending Stelly’s Secondary School and running a literacy program at Bayside Middle School for up to eight Aboriginal youth. The agency wishes to remove financial barriers for high school students to access tutors, who will help them not only stay in school but achieve greater success with the ultimate goal of moving on to post-secondary education or training.
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Bridges for Women Society Bridges for Women & Peers Capacity-Building Collaboration Project 2014 Grantee and Hosted Organization Economy Adult This project focuses on the development of capacity for Bridges for Women Society, and in turn, for PEERS Victoria Resource Society. Bridges is partnering with PEERS on a pilot self-employment program based on the Bridges model. The organization aims to increase its efficiency in terms of using up-to-date systems–specifically, client management systems to improve its ability to best serve its clients. This pilot project would allow PEERS and Bridges staff to use a remotely accessible client data system for shared clients. This system could help Bridges collaborate more effectively with PEERS and other partners for shared clients in the future.
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Bridges for Women Society Bridges Self-Employment Program 2017 Grantee and Hosted Organization Economy Adult The Bridges Self-Employment Program is an innovative entrepreneurial skills training program for women survivors of abuse in the Greater Victoria area. The aim is to grow the personal skills of participating women to identify and overcome the impact of violence, abuse, and trauma on employment, as well as provide entrepreneurial skills to develop and operate an economically-viable small business. This program seeks to contribute to, and nurture, local community economic development by elevating and integrating women from poverty or near poverty into successful, sustainable self-employment.
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British Columbia Childhood Cancer Parents’ Association 2015 Pediatric Oncology Family Support Program 2014 Grantee Health & Wellness Children, Youth, Adults The BCCPA Vancouver Island Chapter provides access to an expanded level of services and support specifically for Island-based families who have children with cancer and blood disorders. When families are stretched to their limit, the BCCPA’s programs help children and their parents navigate their experience during transition back to the home; help to reduce their feelings of stress and isolation; and get access to the supportive resources they need in their community. The Family Support Program in Victoria provides targeted, caring services for local families who have a child with cancer. Program activities include on-site support during treatment, family support initiatives, individual support and program referrals, and emergency assistance.
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British Columbia Childhood Cancer Parents’ Association Finding the New Normal: Helping Children and Youth with Cancer 2015 Grantee Health & Wellness Children, Youth, Adults BCCCPA aims to provide Vancouver Island children with cancer with a path to finding their “new normal” after diagnosis. Medical care is only one aspect of dealing with childhood cancer. When ball games are replaced by transfusions and when the hospital replaces summer camp, children and their families need positive ways to cope and find meaning in a journey that can often leave them isolated and traumatized. Peer support; specialized recreation; practical assistance for extraordinary expenses and individual help for families are proven practices that improve children’s well being and contribute to positive health outcomes.
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Burnside Gorge Community Association Youth Self Sufficiency 2014 Grantee Getting Started Youth The Burnside Gorge Community Association’s Youth Self Sufficiency (YSS) Program supports youth who are in foster care, on Youth Agreements, or entirely without supports as they transition into adulthood. Working with youth aged 17-19, for up to three years, YSS takes an asset based approach encompassing the following areas: housing, employment, education, relationship and trust building, life skills, identity and emotional healing. Working one on one with Youth Advisors, participants assess their needs, identify goals, and develop action plans to meet those goals. Youth Advisors support youth to become self-reliant as they “age out” of care. Youth learn how to make smart, healthy decisions and access the skills and tools (such as housing readiness and spending plans) necessary for a successful future.
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Burnside Gorge Community Association Youth Self Sufficiency (YSS) 2016 Grantee Getting Started Youth The Youth Self Sufficiency (YSS) program supports youth in foster care, living independently under a Youth Agreement, or without supports as they transition into adulthood. Working with youth aged 17-19 for up to three years, YSS provides support in the areas of housing, employment, education, relationship and trust building, life skills, identity, and emotional healing. Funding is requested to support and expand the program, adding an outreach component to target youth unable to participate in YSS due to mental health concerns or other barriers. Youth Advisors will support these youth as they stabilize and develop program readiness.
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Canadian Diabetes Association Walk and Talk An Activity Based Program for Diabetes Self-Management and Prevention 2014 Grantee Health & Wellness Adults, Seniors ”Walk and Talk” is a free ten-week program that teaches the principles of diabetes self-management for those living with or at risk of diabetes. Participants meet weekly to learn new skills from professionals such as dietitians, podiatrists, diabetes educators and fitness instructors. The one-hour sessions include a group walk with peers and the guest speaker. Participants receive weekly wellness resources to add to their toolkit and work towards completing a 3 or 5-kilometre walk. The program empowers people to self-manage their diabetes, creates a supportive environment for individuals to engage in physical activity, and provides access to experts in a positive, proactive setting.
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Canadian Diabetes Association Walk and Talk An Activity Based Program for Diabetes Self-Management and Prevention 2015 Grantee Health & Wellness Adults, Seniors Walk and Talk is a free eight-week Canadian Diabetes Association program that teaches the principles of diabetes self-management for those living with or at risk of diabetes, and their caregivers. Participants meet weekly to learn and gain new skills from professionals such as dietitians, podiatrists, diabetes educators and fitness instructors. The 1.5 hour sessions include a group walk where they can further engage with each other and the guest speaker. Participants receive weekly wellness tools and resources to add to their self-management toolkit. Walk and Talk empowers people to self-manage their diabetes in a supportive, peer oriented environment.
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Canadian Diabetes Association Walk and Talk: Next Steps 2016 Grantee Health & Wellness Adults, Seniors In a 10-minute office visit, doctors are unable to effectively and efficiently address every need of their patients who have diabetes and other chronic conditions. The current 8-week “Walk & Talk” program helps to address this gap by providing further education on prevention, self-management, and complications in a supportive environment. In partnership with local physicians and patient participants, “Walk and Talk: Next Steps” will involve a formal evaluation of the existing program. The goal is to gather informative data to demonstrate the value and economic implications of early intervention and better self?management, to build greater capacity and help more people.
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Canadian Light Music Society Palm Court Light Orchestra 2015 Concerts 2014 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Adults, Seniors The project will provide financial support for concerts by the Palm Court Light Orchestra at the UVic University Centre in Victoria, the Charlie White Theatre in Sidney, and the Cowichan Theatre in Duncan. The Orchestra, now in its 28th year, concentrates on a musical style known as “palm court,” which is essentially light orchestral music. It presents rarely performed music from the pre-WW II era. In 2015, it will present concerts entitled “Valentine Diva,” “Around the World in 80 Days,” and “On the Road to Mandalay.” The palm court audience, which is 90 percent seniors, enjoys the particular music and appreciates the daytime concerts and reasonable ticket prices. The concerts are both educational and creative and are also part of building community.
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Canadian Light Music Society Palm Court Light Orchestra 30th Anniversary Season 2016 Grantee Arts & Culture Adults, Seniors The Palm Court Light Orchestra is entering its 30th anniversary season. The Orchestra wishes to present two afternoon concerts in Oak Bay and Sidney, celebrating the Orchestra’s achievements and acknowledging its seniors audience, some of whom were present at its first concert in 1987. It is the only professional orchestra in Canada performing palm court music, a genre of light orchestral music originating in the early part of the 20th century and part of Victoria’s arts and cultural scene until the early 1950s.
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Canadian Red Cross Society – Western Zone Eliminating Wait Times for Equipment Loans at the Victoria Red Cross HELP Depot 2014 Grantee Health & Wellness Adults, Seniors, Disabled Funding will be used to purchase an industrial medical equipment disinfection machine (called a Hubscrub) that will double the speed with which the Victoria Red Cross HELP Depot can sanitize returned equipment and make it available for re-loan. With the Victoria senior demographic increasing, the demand for free, by-donation loans of basic mobility and home safety equipment (e.g. walkers, wheelchairs, bath chairs) and advanced equipment (e.g. hospital beds, patient lifts, electric wheelchairs) is set to double in the coming decades. An additional Hubscrub will immediately reduce current client wait times for specialized equipment that will keep seniors comfortable and safe as they convalesce in the home.
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Canadian Red Cross Society – Western Zone HELP: Keeping Victoria Seniors Safe as They Recover At Home 2016 Grantee Health & Wellness Adults, Seniors, Disabled Funding will purchase basic mobility and home safety equipment, including wheelchairs and walkers, which will be available for free or by-donation loan from the Red Cross HELP Office in Victoria. Funding will also purchase hundreds of replacement parts in the coming year. This project will allow the Red Cross to meet the current service levels (roughly 14,000 pieces of equipment annually) that will keep all residents comfortable and safe in their homes as they recover from illness or surgery.
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Capital Mental Health Association Restful Creations 2014 Grantee Health & Wellness Adults, Seniors, Disabled Funding will contribute to the Greater Victoria community by providing services to Alzheimer’s/dementia clients and their caregivers to support them to remain in their homes. This project will provide caregivers with respite, freeing them for self-care activities each Saturday for 4 hours. In addition, clients will be offered art and music therapy, a nutritional lunch, exercise, and activities. A qualified worker will ensure their safety and security. This is a one-year pilot program with an implementation date of January 2015, which coincides with Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.
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Capital Mental Health Association Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) 2016 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Youth, Adults In their recovery from mental illness, young adults 19-30 years of age face significant barriers not addressed by traditional interventions. Chief among these are developing and maintaining a supportive social network and a sense of belonging. PEERS is a sixteen-week, evidence-based program developed by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson that can be used by young adults recovering from mental illness to improve social skills and interaction with peers. Clients and their social coach (a friend or family member) participate in separate, concurrent groups. Areas addressed include dating, conversation, peer pressure, electronic communication, bullying/teasing, good sportsmanship, and having appropriate get-togethers with friends.
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CCPA – Canadian Heritage Arts Society Capacity and Sustainability 2015 2014 Grantee and Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Youth, Adults, Seniors This project will build capacity for the Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) to ensure its sustainability. CCPA is in need of a new facility to house its operations, offer its educational programming and create a sense of community with Greater Victoria residents. The first step is to establish a good annual giving program with strong donor relationships and effective data management that will create the platform for a future capital campaign. Funding for this project will support hiring a full-time Development Officer to implement the donor and fundraising program during 2015.
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Community Arts Council Of The Saanich Peninsula Sidney Fine Art Show 2015 Capacity Building Project 2014 Grantee Arts & Culture Adults, Seniors The Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula (CACSP) has managed the Sidney Fine Art Show for the past 11 years. This world-class juried art show, which is open to artists in all media, receives approximately 6,000 visitors each year. The Show has been administered entirely by volunteers, with over 300 involved annually. Since its inception in 2003, the show has continued to grow and improve. Funds shall be used to support existing staff, strengthen volunteer leadership, and undertake activities related to financial and strategic planning and capacity building.
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Crisis Intervention and Public Information Society of Greater Victoria (NEED2) Youth Suicide Prevention Program-from Distress to De-Stress 2014 Grantee Health & Wellness Youth The overarching goal of NEED2’s Youth Suicide Prevention Program is to prevent youth suicide by helping youth successfully negotiate periods of crisis, and providing suicide and mental health awareness education and online emotional support. The program addresses a gap in mental health support services and presents strategies for healthier coping strategies. Through funding for this program, NEED2 will increase its capacity to respond to youth on-line, more youth will have tools for reducing stress and coping positively, and youth will have somewhere to go for emotional and crisis support when other services are not available (evenings, weekends).
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Dance Victoria Society Strategic Planning 2014 Grantee and Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Youth, Adults, Seniors Dance Victoria, currently in a period of significant transition and renewal, seeks to engage an outside consultant to assist staff and board in updating the current strategic plan with special attention given to financial planning and management in the short, medium, and long term.
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Dance Victoria Society (Dance Victoria) South Vancouver Island Dance Archives Assistant 2015 Grantee and Hosted Organization Learning Adults, Seniors Dance Victoria will contract an Archives Assistant to work with the South Vancouver Island Dance Archives. Established in 2011, the Dance Archives has an active volunteer committee that meets weekly to receive, catalogue and properly house photographs, news clippings, house programs and other materials donated from the community. Working with the volunteer committee, the Archives Assistant’s main duties will include cataloguing materials, developing summaries for each collection, and assisting with the development of displays and exhibits for installations. Exhibits will be showcased at the Royal Theatre and at Dance Victoria’s studios.
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Dance Victoria Society Dancers of Damelahamid Outreach 2017 Grantee and Hosted Organization Arts & Culture First Nations Dance Victoria will host several outreach initiatives in tandem with its January 2018 performance of Dancers of Damelahamid at the McPherson Playhouse. Ticket subsidies will support local First Nations communities to attend the performance, while an exhibition titled “By Invitation Only: Dance, Confederation and Reconciliation” will be on display during and after the performance, and accompanied by a presentation from its co-curators. The Artistic Director of Dancers of Damelahamid will also host a free dance workshop, open to the public.
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Downtown Blanshard Advisory Committee Quadra Village Girls Program 2014 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Children, Youth The Quadra Village Girls Program is designed to serve youth ages 9 to 19 in the Quadra-Hillside community who are at risk, have multiple barriers, and are in need of extra support. The program hosts two weekly girls groups (ages 9-13 and ages 14-19) focused on mental health education, safety and recreation activities. The program provides youth with a safe environment in which to build self-worth, connect to the community, and form relationships with each other while learning about healthy living and accessing ongoing support from the professional staff team.
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Downtown Blanshard Advisory Committee Recreational Engagement Program 2016 Grantee Sports & Recreation Children, Youth The Recreational Engagement Program (REP) engages youth 10-18 years of age in the Hillside/Quadra neighbourhoods and surrounding area in recreational activities. The REP will give youth who are living in poverty an opportunity to play sports, learn new skills, and receive emotional support. Quadra Village Community Centre will host two weekly recreational activities such as soccer, dodge-ball, floor hockey and other activities that youth have shown interest in. The REP’s outreach worker will work with youth to provide emotional support, break down barriers to activities, and ensure safety for all youth in the program.
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Evergreen Uncover Your Creeks 2014 Grantee Environment Youth, Adults The Uncover Your Creeks program promotes holistic management of freshwater ecosystems by engaging volunteers in monthly stewardship events in the ecologically sensitive Tod Creek watershed. Pressures from residential development, food production, and recreation threaten the integrity of the Creek, the pristine Maltby Lake, and the watershed as a whole. Through this program, Evergreen and its local partners, including the Friends of Tod Creek Watershed and the District of Saanich, will train volunteer stewards to restore the riparian zone; identify threats to watershed health by collecting water quality data; and coordinate bi-annual water science workshops to engage volunteers, partners, and community members in dialogue about pertinent local issues.
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Friends Uniting for Nature Society FUN Society Camps 2014 Grantee Environment Children, Youth Through community funded support, the FUN Society has provided environmental education, peer support, and outdoor activity to one third of its “FUN Camps” campers since 2008. Continued funding helps ensure that children and youth from low-income and at-risk backgrounds are free to attend without any artificial barriers. This initiative, and “FUN Champs”, FUN Society’s awards-based social change program, provide financial support and mentorship to local children and youth to help them turn their dreams of creating a better, more sustainable world into reality.
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Galiano Club Galiano Club Community Food Program – Food for Thought 2014 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Seniors The Galiano Community Food Program’s ”Food for Thought” project would provide island seniors with opportunities for regular nutritious meals with others, socializing, and discussion on subjects of interest. The project would be open to island residents of all ages at the request of Galiano seniors who prefer intergenerational gatherings. The project also would make economical meals available for purchase to take home. A 2010 island assessment indicated the need for a meals program and the local nurse has reported that there are a large number of independent elders whose nutrition is diminishing. Volunteers would experience meaningful involvement in community activities, which is a significant contributor to health and volunteer motivation.
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Galiano Club From the Kitchen to the Community 2016 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors This integrated community food program reaches a large percentage of Galiano Island’s population through Soup and Bread lunches, Games Nights accompanied by meals, and school lunches. The requested funding would increase the frequency of Soup and Bread luncheons and school lunches from semi-monthly to weekly. Funding would also provide an opportunity to see if these initiatives can be self-sustaining. Many people in the community rely upon these meals and corresponding opportunities for social interaction. As volunteers are the essential component in the success of these initiatives, this request would also invest in the development and support of program volunteers.
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Galiano Conservancy Association Galiano Community Food Forest – Phase 1 2014 Grantee Environment Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The Galiano Community Food Forest Project addresses a pressing need for greater food security on Galiano Island, in the Capital Region and beyond. The project will create a permaculture food and medicinal forest – a locally adapted, sustainable, and high-yielding system that will contribute to and inspire resilient alternatives to conventional agriculture. Modeled on the local ecosystem, the food forest will minimize the inputs of labour, water, and nutrients required to produce nutrient dense food, while contributing to ecological health and resilience. It will operate as a social enterprise and provide an ongoing community asset. The food forest location at the Galiano Conservancy’s Learning Centre will ensure its legacy as a living model, providing an important hands-on educational resource for our community and region.
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Galiano Conservancy Association Galiano Community Food Forest: Growing Ecological and Social Sustainability 2016 Grantee Environment Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors Designed, built and planted in 2015, the Galiano Community Food Forest is now a thriving community asset. Along with providing access to land and locally-produced organic food, the Food Forest has begun to serve as a living classroom for educational groups and workshop participants. The next phase of this project will improve ecological and social sustainability by developing and maintaining the Food Forest with new elements such as a honeybee hive and watering system. Further, the Galiano Conservancy Association will continue to develop this novel social enterprise through educational, culinary and academic partnerships.
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Galiano Conservancy Association Food for the Future Project 2017 Grantee Environment Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The Galiano Community Food Forest is a model of climate change-resilient local food production that can be applied anywhere on the BC coast. The Galiano Conservancy will share its experience through the delivery of Food Forest workshops and training to local community members and regional groups interested in learning about, and replicating, this permaculture model. Further, an on-site nursery will begin producing food forest seeds and starts, making these plants available to the greater community. Nursery sales along with the launch of “Forest Garden Teas” will contribute to the financial sustainability of the Community Food Forest.
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Garth Homer Society LifeStreams Learning – Pilot Phase 2014 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Youth, Adults, Disabled LifeStreams Learning is a comprehensive, multi-year post-secondary learning program for young adults with developmental disabilities. It begins with a formal assessment of each individual’s specific learning needs and follows with an individual learning plan of three to five years for each student. The plans will include services already delivered at Garth Homer, combined in an integrated, learner-focused approach, including digital learning, arts learning, literacy and numeracy, and employment readiness coaching. The program will maximize each person’s opportunities for community inclusion and employment. Phase one of LifeStreams Learning saw the completion of an online learning tool and database. In phase two, the program will be piloted with the first learners to establish an online credential for participants. Four words summarize LifeStreams’ objectives: capability, confidence, choice, inclusion.
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Garth Homer Society Supported Self-Employment (SSE) 2015 Grantee Standard of Living Youth, Adults, Disabled Through the development of micro-enterprises based on individual interests, the Supported Self- Employment Program (SSE) provides young adults with developmental disabilities and autism with a new path to inclusion, belonging, and work. It is addressed to individuals with moderate support needs who have the cognitive capacity for employment but lack the social and emotional skills. This is a group that is currently largely unsupported through normal funding channels. SSE will help them build skills and gain the confidence that comes through ongoing community engagement and, ultimately, be successful in a regular employment position.
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Garth Homer Society LifeStreams Learning 2017 Grantee Learning Youth, Adults, Disabled LifeStreams Learning is an ongoing pilot educational program for young adults with cognitive disabilities. It gives learners individualized academic, literacy, and numeracy learning, and vocational and life skills development, with the aim of building capacity and opportunities for inclusion, independence, and employment. The program utilizes an innovative learning management database to create a unique instructional regime for each learner through an iterative process of discovery, learning engagement, and confidence building. In the year ahead, the program will grow its current roster of 20 learners to 50, through fully integrating with Garth Homer’s Employment and Community Inclusion services.
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Greater Victoria Citizens Counselling Centre Adult Counselling 2014 Grantee Health & Wellness Adults, Seniors The Citizens’ Counselling Centre will provide short-term and affordable individual, couples, and group counselling to 1,200 adult residents of Greater Victoria, with all counselling offered by volunteers who are trained and supervised through the Centre. The organization will select, train, and supervise 18 to 20 volunteers in a 10-month training program (200 hours). It will also develop and conduct a 15-session Couples Counselling Training program for up to 18 graduate volunteer counsellors from Citizens’ Counselling and from Esquimalt Neighbourhood House. Timely and appropriate short-term emotional support can help prevent or mitigate family breakdown, the effects of mental disorders, suicide, and violence against others.
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Greater Victoria Citizens Counselling Centre Volunteer Counsellor Training 2017 Grantee Health & Wellness Adults, Seniors This organization provides short-term, affordable counselling to 1200 adult residents annually. With funding, Citizens’ will select, train, and supervise 36 volunteers in two concurrent 10 month training programs of 200 hours each. They will also develop and conduct a four month Couples Counselling Training program for 16 graduate volunteer counselors. Timely and appropriate short-term emotional support for issues including depression, stress/anxiety/panic attacks, anger, grief and loss, self-esteem, relationships and communication, abuse, and addiction helps prevent family breakdown and exacerbation of mental disorders, suicide, and violence against others. It provides stability and support for clients in difficult, sometimes overwhelming, situations.
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Greater Victoria Eldercare Foundation Embrace Aging Through Arts & Community 2014 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Seniors Funding would allow long-term care residents to be a part of a community-based art program for a period of one year. The program is designed to improve the emotional, cognitive, and overall health and well-being of residents through providing art-based activities and projects with instructional support and community access. To ensure accessibility and cost-effectiveness as well as to provide opportunities for meaningful experiences that connect residents to the community, the program will be offered both at the Aberdeen Hospital and the Cedar Hill Arts Centre. A program highlight will be exhibitions of the residents’ work, to which the public will be invited.
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Greater Victoria Eldercare Foundation Resilient Buildings and Streets 2016 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Seniors Resilient Buildings and Streets strengthens neighbour-to-neighbour connections and relationships that lead to sharing of resources and skills as well as cooperation around common neighbourhood interests or concerns. The program provides orientations, a toolkit of diverse activities, peer mentors, networking, and small grants. This expansion from the 2012-2015 pilot phase will focus on building a Partners Table as a community of practice for neighbour-to-neighbour connectivity, and designing and distributing an expanded toolkit with guidance on emergency preparedness, intergenerational relationships and supports, community safety, and engagement in apartments and condominiums (vertical streets). The program will also be expanded across Greater Victoria.
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Greater Victoria Public Library Adaptive Toy Lending Collection 2014 Grantee and Hosted Organization Learning Children Every child deserves to experience the joy of play. Children learn essential skills through play, and toys can enrich and facilitate their play. Greater Victoria Public Library’s adaptive toy lending collection will provide families with young children who have cognitive, physical, sensory, or communicative challenges with the opportunity to borrow adaptive toys at no cost. Selected toys will promote a variety of skills, including auditory, visual, tactile, gross motor, fine motor, eye-hand coordination, communication, language, and cognitive skills. The adaptive toy lending library will give parents and caregivers new ideas and props for stimulating play and will help enrich the quality of life for all children in our community.
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Green Teams of Canada Greater Victoria Green Team 2014 Grantee Environment Youth, Adults, Seniors The Green Teams of Canada is an environmental volunteer organization that restores habitat in parks and connects volunteers to nature. From August 2015 to July 2016, the Greater Victoria Green Team, a newly created group, will run 60 activities in the Capital Regional District, working closely with experts who have backgrounds in ecology, conservation biology, and urban forestry. Activities will include removal of invasive plants, planting of native plants and trees, and litter removal. Among the project’s objectives are conserving, restoring, and enhancing ecosystems; providing hands-on stewardship opportunities; raising awareness of parks and local food systems; connecting volunteers to existing stewardship groups; and cultivating a community of like-minded individuals.
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Green Teams of Canada Innovative Hands-on Environmental Education and Eco-restoration Volunteering in Greater Victoria 2016 Grantee Environment Youth, Adults, Seniors The Greater Victoria Green Team (GVGT) will organize 60 hands-on environmental education and restoration volunteer activities across the Capital Regional District, engaging 1200 community members including 200 youth and at-risk youth. In 2015, the GVGT collaborated with 46 environmental/stewardship groups and municipalities, engaged 1466 volunteers (3,282 volunteer hours) and restored 10,200 square metres of habitat in 45 natural areas. The GVGT will build on their successful volunteer model by implementing a leadership workshop and offering new youth-focussed learning activities, including building nest boxes, mason bee houses, and bat boxes.
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Growing Young Farmers Society Grower Educator Training 2014 Grantee Health & Wellness Children, Youth Funding will contribute to providing a community-based training certificate for individuals who wish to become Certified Organic Grower Educators for the Growing Young Farmers Society (GYFS) within the CRD. The modeling of the certificate will be based on the proven successes of the GYFS’s Mr. Organic. Graduates from the program will be qualified as Grower Educators to provide hands-on teaching to children of all ages and abilities. The program will be taught primarily outdoors at private or public institutions such as schools, community gardens, and recreation facilities. This program offers a proactive way to disseminate information about food insecurity and how to address it in the most sustainable and progressive ways.
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Habitat Acquisition Trust Community Conservation Project 2014 Grantee and Hosted Organization Environment Adults The Community Conservation Program permanently conserves natural areas through legal agreements and brings Victoria’s conservation community together to collaborate on environment issues. With funding, Habitat Acquisition Trust will work with 3 land owners and other conservation partners to permanently protect 24 hectares (57 acres) of natural area through conservation covenants. HAT will also bring together conservation stakeholders from around the region to introduce new tools to help local governments and environmental organizations plan conservation actions in the Coastal Douglas-fir Zone.
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Habitat Acquisition Trust Community Conservation Program 2016 Grantee and Hosted Organization Environment Adults The Community Conservation Program permanently conserves natural areas through legal land agreements, community restoration, and stewardship activities. Habitat Acquisition Trust will work with landowners, dedicated volunteers and conservation partners to permanently protect and restore 25 hectares of natural areas that host rare and endangered species and ecosystems. This program will also bring together Victoria’s conservation community to collaborate and create positive outcomes for local environmental issues. Diverse interest groups from around the region will participate in workshops and speaker sessions to discuss innovative conservation planning tools and help to coordinate conservation strategies among local governments and environmental organizations.
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InspireHealth Society InspireHealth Bursary Program 2014 Grantee Health & Wellness Adults, Seniors InspireHealth has developed a unique evidence-based patient-centered program of integrative cancer care. The program focuses on transforming the fear and anxiety associated with a cancer diagnosis into empowering self-care and greater levels of health and personal responsibility. The InspireHealth Bursary Program supports membership for individuals with financial barriers and includes the creation of a self-management health plan, a fitness assessment, a visit with a clinical counselor, opportunities for follow-up clinical visits, and ongoing classes and information sessions to motivate and maintain healing and wellbeing.
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InspireHealth Society InspireHealth’s Supportive Cancer Care Programs & Classes 2016 Grantee Health & Wellness Adults, Seniors InspireHealth offers a unique evidence-based approach to patient-centered supportive cancer care. The program focuses on transforming the fear and anxiety associated with a cancer diagnosis into empowering self-care and greater levels of health and personal responsibility. Physicians, nutritionists, exercise therapists, and clinical counsellors work with patients to optimize the body’s healing potential and integrate healthful nutrition, appropriate exercise, and emotional/immune support. In February 2015, with the support of the Victoria Foundation, InspireHealth was able to remove the membership fee and provide supportive cancer care services free of charge. Funding is requested to expand the program by increasing membership.
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Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria Elder Knowledge: Growing Food Close to Home 2014 Grantee and Hosted Organization Belonging & Engagement Adults, Seniors, Newcomers Elders Knowledge: Growing Food Close to Home will bring together 60 diverse and multi-ethnic seniors and 40 non-seniors to increase community and personal connections through a year-long gardening project. Seniors will share cultural and traditional knowledge of food and food production through hands-on, non-language-based activities and workshops, encouraging respect and appreciation for different cultures. The cultural safe space created through this project will increase immigrant newcomer seniors’ inclusion, self-confidence, and participation in community, and the project will create multi-generational community.
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Intrepid Theatre Company Society Curtain Call! An Equipment upgrade for the Intrepid Theatre Club 2014 Grantee Arts & Culture Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The Intrepid Theatre Club, an accessible and extremely popular 50-seat theatre and emerging artist resource centre in downtown Victoria, inherited its decades-old hand-me-down curtains and technical gear from its big sister, the Metro Studio. Home to the Uno Fest, The You Show, and workshops, rehearsals, events, and performances by community groups year-round, it is necessary to upgrade the soft goods (black curtains, white “cyc” projection surface) projection and technical equipment. This will reduce costly emergency rentals and repairs and make the theatre clean and presentable for the thousands of artists and audience members who rely on the space to share the experience of live theatre.
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Intrepid Theatre Company Society SPOTLIGHT CENTRE!: Equipment and package upgrade for the Metro Studio 2016 Grantee Arts & Culture Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The Metro Studio is a busy 175-seat live venue that is the only performance space of its size in Victoria. Over the last 10 years, it has gone from a gymnasium fitted with used equipment, to an increasingly state-of-the-art space able to meet the needs of the community it serves. To package the Metro as a completely professional space, it requires new soft-goods (black curtains, white ‘cyc’ projection surface), a follow spot, and a venue calendar software update. The upgrade will better serve the 500 community and cultural productions and 50,000 audience members who rely on the space each year.
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Island Health Improving Health and Care through Clinical Research Opportunities 2014 Grantee Health & Wellness Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors Island Health’s Clinical Trials Unit seeks to improve care by expanding the number of studies and treatment options available to patients and their families in the Victoria area. Participating in clinical research enhances care and satisfaction for patients, and improves practice by finding more effective ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases. Many of the trials conducted at Island Health test new drugs or combinations, which must be stored at controlled temperatures to preserve integrity and stability. However, the existing equipment can only support trials that require drugs to be stored at room temperature; with upgraded equipment, the Clinical Trials Unit will be better able to serve the critical needs and clinical interests of the community and of researchers by offering expanded research opportunities.
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Island Pathways Walking Map and Festival 2014 Grantee Health & Wellness Adults, Seniors Island Pathways will create the first walking map of all the public pathways and trails on Salt Spring Island. A Walking Festival will be held in June in celebration of the new walking map. All participants will get a newly created map of the public walks and hikes on the island. The Walking Festival and map aim to promote active transportation and inspire more people to go walking, get fit, and have fun. It will also showcase the island and celebrate Salt Spring’s green, vibrant, creative community.
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Island Sexual Health Society Breaking Down Barriers-Reaching Young People at Risk 2014 Grantee Health & Wellness Youth Island Sexual Health’s Outreach Education Program provides a preventative approach towards healthy sexual decision-making. ISH works to ensure youth have the skills to practice healthy sexuality; however, youth who are not in school face additional challenges associated with high-risk behaviour. Currently, ISH provides an outreach program for at-risk youth that promotes responsible decisions about sexual health. ISH has new opportunities to provide a more comprehensive outreach program, including the development of additional skill-based curriculum and the implementation of the Compassionate Contraceptive Assistance Program (CCAP). Through the CCAP, selected contraceptives can be obtained at no cost for patients who would not otherwise be able to afford them, which allows ISH to expand its program delivery to low-income youth who are at risk for unintended pregnancies.
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Island Sexual Health Society Breaking Down Barriers: Educating and Empowering at risk Youth 2016 Grantee Health & Wellness Youth Island Sexual Health Society’s Education Program supports a preventative and comprehensive approach towards healthy sexual decision-making and choice. As advocates in the community, the Society works to strengthen the components necessary to ensure that children, youth, parents and members of diverse community groups have the skills essential for learning, promoting, and practicing positive and healthy sexuality. In response to identified need, funding will support expanded programming to meet the unique needs of male-identified participants, a population that has traditionally been absent from sexual health programming and care.
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KidCareCanada Society KidCareCanada Learning Guide 2014 Grantee Learning Children, Adults KidCareCanada creates trustworthy videos that teach the critical importance of early nurture for infants, their families, and the communities they live in. In Greater Victoria, the videos are widely used by educators working with low-income, teen, aboriginal, newcomer and other potentially at-risk parents and caregivers. Funding will enable KidCareCanada to develop and pilot a Learning Guide for the Born to Communicate video series to help parents engage in learning that is relevant and meaningful. This Learning Guide will be developed with partners to highlight key messages and provide guiding questions and additional resources. The project will offer a template for the development of future Learning Guides.
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Leadership Victoria Society Collaboration Lab: Learning and Practice for Systems Change 2014 Grantee and Hosted Organization Standard of Living Adults A joint initiative of Leadership Victoria and the Coaches Group, the Collaboration Lab will develop leadership and collaborative skills needed for non-profit organizations to engage in collaborative work addressing population-level issues. Much of this work within the Capital Regional District (CRD) focuses on standard of living. This proposal includes three components: the design, delivery and evaluation of workshops developing skills in governance, change theory, collaboration, communications, and engagement; research and development of case-studies highlighting resource factors that support and deter collaborative work; and coaching and learning labs across the non-profit sector. At the end of the project, non-profit staff, leaders, and governance members in the CRD will be better able to identify issues and to design collaborative relationships and mechanisms focused on systems change.
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Leadership Victoria Society Deepening Our Roots: Renewing the Community Leadership Development Program 2016 Grantee and Hosted Organization Belonging & Engagement Adults For 16 years, Leadership Victoria has offered its flagship Community Leadership Development Program (CLDP) to emerging leaders throughout Greater Victoria. Attracting 20-24 participants per year from private, government, and non-profit sectors, the CLDP employs a powerful pedagogical blend of theoretical and applied learning, culminating in team Community Action Projects to benefit local charities. The CLDP has evolved organically, as research in community leadership has expanded and learner needs have changed. Leadership Victoria will apply current learning in pedagogy, leadership, impact measurement and evaluation to implement a system for ongoing program renewal.
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Mayne Island Conservancy Society Nature Discovery and Stewardship Project 2014 Grantee and Hosted Organization Environment Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The Mayne Island Conservancy Society, Gulf Islands Center for Ecological Learning, and Galiano Conservancy Association have invested countless hours in developing and delivering environmental education over the past 15 years. The cumulative wealth of knowledge that has resulted can be found in the heads of staff and volunteers, trapped on hard drives, and buried within filing cabinets. Partners will collaboratively collect and refine this knowledge and make it accessible to current and future environmental educators. Outcomes will include an activities manual (ring-bound living document) and an interactive website where partners can upload field-tested lesson plans and continuously share education resources. Regional partner use will be encouraged and enabled through a colloquium and workshop.
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Mayne Island Conservancy Society Priority Ecosystems Restoration Project 2016 Grantee and Hosted Organization Environment Adults The Mayne Island Conservancy Society will restore sensitive ecosystems of conservation priority on Mayne Island, including at Edith Point, Crane Point, Henderson Hill, Beechwood Drive and Mt. Parke. Working across property boundaries will allow for the formation of continuous restoration sites based on best practices and ecological integrity rather than property ownership. This is essential for managing invasive species from a re-introduction and seed spread perspective, and for creating all habitat features necessary for the survival of native species. This project contributes to the goals outlined in the 2015 Coastal Douglas Fir Conservation Strategy.
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Octa Collective Society (artsREACH) artsREACH Visual Arts and Dance Workshops 2014 Grantee Arts & Culture Children, Youth artsREACH Visual Arts and Dance Workshops are offered free of charge to schools in the CRD, with a higher than average proportion of students from lower-income families participating. Students from kindergarten to grade 7 have the opportunity to work with professional artists and dancers to explore their creativity and self-expression through visual art and choreography. In the Visual Arts workshops, children engage in printmaking, collage, drawing and painting. In Dance, they are introduced to Jazz and Hip Hop techniques and movement. Working on their own and in groups, students develop self-confidence and build their communication and collaboration skills. Funding this project will contribute towards the goal of delivering 170 workshops during 2015, reaching over 3,500 children.
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Octa Collective Society (artsREACH) artsREACH In-School Program 2015 Grantee Arts & Culture Children, Youth The artsREACH In-School Program provides free 90-minute workshops in visual arts, theatre, and dance through public schools that serve the highest populations of low-income families in the Capital Regional District. Workshops are offered to grade K-5 classes selected by school principals. Taught by professional artists, artsREACH workshops foster imaginative play, encourage individual creativity, and promote teamwork. Teachers learn new skills and techniques by observing artsREACH artistinstructors and all materials are provided free of charge. The program’s goal is to deliver 200 workshops (100 visual arts, 75 dance and 25 theatre) to over 20 schools during the 2015/16 term, a 23 percent increase over 2014/15.
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Octa Collective Society (artsREACH) artsREACH In-School Program 2016 Grantee Arts & Culture Children, Youth The artsREACH In-School Program provides free 90-minute workshops in visual arts, dance, and theatre through public schools serving the highest populations of low-income families in the region. Workshops are offered to Kindergarten through Grade Five classes selected by school principals. Taught by professional artists, artsREACH fosters imaginative play, encourages individual creativity, and promotes collaborative teamwork. Classroom teachers learn new skills and techniques by observing artsREACH artist-instructors. Instruction and all materials are provided free of charge. The artsREACH program aims to deliver 225 workshops to 3000 children in 20 schools from January to June 2017.
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Octa Collective Society (artsREACH) artsREACH In-School Program 2017 Grantee Arts & Culture Children, Youth The artsREACH In-School program provides free 90-minute workshops in visual arts, dance, and theatre in public schools that serve the highest populations of low-income families in the Capital Region. Workshops are offered to kindergarten to grade 5 classes selected by school principals. Taught by professional artists, artsREACH fosters imaginative play, encourages individual creativity, and promotes collaborative teamwork. Classroom teachers learn new skills and techniques by observing artsREACH artist-instructors. Instruction and all materials are provided free of charge. The organization aims to deliver 263 workshops to over 20 schools during the 2017/2018 term: 128 Visual Arts, 100 Dance, and 35 Theatre.
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The Other Guys Theatre Company Society For Pete’s Sake 2014 Grantee Arts & Culture Adults, Seniors It could be argued that no artist maintained the belief in the power of song toward social awareness more than Pete Seeger. The Other Guys Theatre’s new work, For Pete’s Sake, is intended as a tribute to musician Pete Seeger and an opportunity for audiences to gather and experience the power of music to unite a group of strangers. This new work will premiere in Victoria in January 2015, capturing the life, times, and music of an iconic folk singer. Participation. That’s what’s going to save the human race – Pete Seeger.
The Other Guys Theatre Company Society Creating Legends: BC In Song 2015 Grantee Health & Wellness Adults, Seniors Director/Composer Ross Desprez and Musical Director/Composer Tobin Stokes, both from The Other Guys Theatre, composed 22 original songs and created a theatrical piece that includes West Coast events transformed from historical moments into folk legends. The original compositions will be performed by five of Victoria’s finest actors and musicians against a backdrop of multimedia archival imagery sourced from the Royal BC Museum and Archives.Creating Legends: BC in Songwill premiere in Victoria in 2016, in partnership with the RBCM. The goal is take this play on tour to BC communities in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary.Director/Composer Ross Desprez and Musical Director/Composer Tobin Stokes, both from The Other Guys Theatre, composed 22 original songs and created a theatrical piece that includes West Coast events transformed from historical moments into folk legends. The original compositions will be performed by five of Victoria’s finest actors and musicians against a backdrop of multimedia archival imagery sourced from the Royal BC Museum and Archives.Creating Legends: BC in Songwill premiere in Victoria in 2016, in partnership with the RBCM. The goal is take this play on tour to BC communities in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary.Director/Composer Ross Desprez and Musical Director/Composer Tobin Stokes, both from The Other Guys Theatre, composed 22 original songs and created a theatrical piece that includes West Coast events transformed from historical moments into folk legends. The original compositions will be performed by five of Victoria’s finest actors and musicians against a backdrop of multimedia archival imagery sourced from the Royal BC Museum and Archives.Creating Legends: BC in Songwill premiere in Victoria in 2016, in partnership with the RBCM. The goal is take this play on tour to BC communities in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary.Director/Composer Ross Desprez and Musical Director/Composer Tobin Stokes, both from The Other Guys Theatre, composed 22 original songs and created a theatrical piece that includes West Coast events transformed from historical moments into folk legends. The original compositions will be performed by five of Victoria’s finest actors and musicians against a backdrop of multimedia archival imagery sourced from the Royal BC Museum and Archives.Creating Legends: BC in Songwill premiere in Victoria in 2016, in partnership with the RBCM. The goal is take this play on tour to BC communities in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary.Director/Composer Ross Desprez and Musical Director/Composer Tobin Stokes, both from The Other Guys Theatre, composed 22 original songs and created a theatrical piece that includes West Coast events transformed from historical moments into folk legends. The original compositions will be performed by five of Victoria’s finest actors and musicians against a backdrop of multimedia archival imagery sourced from the Royal BC Museum and Archives.Creating Legends: BC in Songwill premiere in Victoria in 2016, in partnership with the RBCM. The goal is take this play on tour to BC communities in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary.Director/Composer Ross Desprez and Musical Director/Composer Tobin Stokes, both from The Other Guys Theatre, composed 22 original songs and created a theatrical piece that includes West Coast events transformed from historical moments into folk legends. The original compositions will be performed by five of Victoria’s finest actors and musicians against a backdrop of multimedia archival imagery sourced from the Royal BC Museum and Archives.Creating Legends: BC in Songwill premiere in Victoria in 2016, in partnership with the RBCM. The goal is take this play on tour to BC communities in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary.Director/Composer Ross Desprez and Musical Director/Composer Tobin Stokes, both from The Other Guys Theatre, composed 22 original songs and created a theatrical piece that includes West Coast events transformed from historical moments into folk legends. The original compositions will be performed by five of Victoria’s finest actors and musicians against a backdrop of multimedia archival imagery sourced from the Royal BC Museum and Archives.Creating Legends: BC in Songwill premiere in Victoria in 2016, in partnership with the RBCM. The goal is take this play on tour to BC communities in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary.Director/Composer Ross Desprez and Musical Director/Composer Tobin Stokes, both from The Other Guys Theatre, composed 22 original songs and created a theatrical piece that includes West Coast events transformed from historical moments into folk legends. The original compositions will be performed by five of Victoria’s finest actors and musicians against a backdrop of multimedia archival imagery sourced from the Royal BC Museum and Archives.Creating Legends: BC in Songwill premiere in Victoria in 2016, in partnership with the RBCM. The goal is take this play on tour to BC communities in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary.Director/Composer Ross Desprez and Musical Director/Composer Tobin Stokes, both from The Other Guys Theatre, composed 22 original songs and created a theatrical piece that includes West Coast events transformed from historical moments into folk legends. The original compositions will be performed by five of Victoria’s finest actors and musicians against a backdrop of multimedia archival imagery sourced from the Royal BC Museum and Archives.Creating Legends: BC in Songwill premiere in Victoria in 2016, in partnership with the RBCM. The goal is take this play on tour to BC communities in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary.Director/Composer Ross Desprez and Musical Director/Composer Tobin Stokes, both from The Other Guys Theatre, composed 22 original songs and created a theatrical piece that includes West Coast events transformed from historical moments into folk legends. The original compositions will be performed by five of Victoria’s finest actors and musicians against a backdrop of multimedia archival imagery sourced from the Royal BC Museum and Archives.Creating Legends: BC in Songwill premiere in Victoria in 2016, in partnership with the RBCM. The goal is take this play on tour to BC communities in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary.Director/Composer Ross Desprez and Musical Director/Composer Tobin Stokes, both from The Other Guys Theatre, composed 22 original songs and created a theatrical piece that includes West Coast events transformed from historical moments into folk legends. The original compositions will be performed by five of Victoria’s finest actors and musicians against a backdrop of multimedia archival imagery sourced from the Royal BC Museum and Archives.Creating Legends: BC in Songwill premiere in Victoria in 2016, in partnership with the RBCM. The goal is take this play on tour to BC communities in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary.Director/Composer Ross Desprez and Musical Director/Composer Tobin Stokes, both from The Other Guys Theatre, composed 22 original songs and created a theatrical piece that includes West Coast events transformed from historical moments into folk legends. The original compositions will be performed by five of Victoria’s finest actors and musicians against a backdrop of multimedia archival imagery sourced from the Royal BC Museum and Archives.Creating Legends: BC in Songwill premiere in Victoria in 2016, in partnership with the RBCM. The goal is take this play on tour to BC communities in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary.Director/Composer Ross Desprez and Musical Director/Composer Tobin Stokes, both from The Other Guys Theatre, composed 22 original songs and created a theatrical piece that includes West Coast events transformed from historical moments into folk legends. The original compositions will be performed by five of Victoria’s finest actors and musicians against a backdrop of multimedia archival imagery sourced from the Royal BC Museum and Archives.Creating Legends: BC in Songwill premiere in Victoria in 2016, in partnership with the RBCM. The goal is take this play on tour to BC communities in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary.Director/Composer Ross Desprez and Musical Director/Composer Tobin Stokes, both from The Other Guys Theatre, composed 22 original songs and created a theatrical piece that includes West Coast events transformed from historical moments into folk legends. The original compositions will be performed by five of Victoria’s finest actors and musicians against a backdrop of multimedia archival imagery sourced from the Royal BC Museum and Archives.Creating Legends: BC in Songwill premiere in Victoria in 2016, in partnership with the RBCM. The goal is take this play on tour to BC communities in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary.Director/Composer Ross Desprez and Musical Director/Composer Tobin Stokes, both from The Other Guys Theatre, composed 22 original songs and created a theatrical piece that includes West Coast events transformed from historical moments into folk legends. The original compositions will be performed by five of Victoria’s finest actors and musicians against a backdrop of multimedia archival imagery sourced from the Royal BC Museum and Archives.Creating Legends: BC in Songwill premiere in Victoria in 2016, in partnership with the RBCM. The goal is take this play on tour to BC communities in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary.
The Other Guys Theatre Company Society Rattenbury. A chamber opera by Tobin Stokes. 2016 Grantee Arts & Culture Adults, Seniors In collaboration with Pacific Opera Victoria, the Other Guys Theatre Company will premiere Tobin Stokes’ “Rattenbury”, an opera based on the life and death of the infamous British Columbian architect Francis Rattenbury. Stokes uses a local legendary character to tell a story that speaks to the universal themes of lost youth and ambition. The title role will be sung by internationally-acclaimed tenor, Richard Margison, with Kathleen Brett as his mistress, Alma. Maestro Arthur Arnold, the Conductor of the Moscow Symphony, will conduct the premiere.
Pacific Peoples’ Partnership State of the Pacific – Pacific Peoples’ Partnership 40th Anniversary Conference and Festival 2014 Grantee and Hosted Organization Belonging & Engagement First Nations Pacific Peoples’ Partnership is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015. Project funding will contribute to a dynamic week of events to be held in September 2015 in the Greater Victoria region. Over 600 people are expected to take part in the Pacific Networking Conference, a One Wave Festival, cultural exchanges and regional tours. Public events will include concerts, performances, presentations, panels, and more on the subject of the state of the Pacific. The program will connect diverse communities to discuss holistic concerns around Environment, human rights, cultural strength, health, globalization and socio-economics. A special edition of the publication Tok Blong Pasifik will be created from the proceedings and select events will be digitized to ensure wide distribution.
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Pacific Training Centre for the Blind Society Blind People in Charge 2014 Grantee Standard of Living Adults, Disabled Through this program, classes will be offered two times a week to blind adults in Victoria and Nanaimo. Blind facilitators serve as role models, teaching blindness-specific and employment-readiness skills such as Braille, adaptive technology, cooking, and independent travel. Using an empowering experiential style of learning in which blind people learn to problem solve and take charge of their own lives, the program features confidence-building activities and a positive blindness philosophy. Such training is a required first step before blind people can lead fully independent lives and has a proven track record of creating successful outcomes. It will connect participants with resources for career-path planning and offer job-shadowing or internship opportunities with local businesses and community groups to aid in finding employment.
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Pacific Training Centre for the Blind Society Blind People in Charge 2016 Grantee Standard of Living Adults, Disabled The Blind People in Charge program offers a two day per week program for blind adults in Victoria. Blind instructors and mentors serve as role models, teaching the basics of independence and blindness-specific employment-readiness skills such as Braille, adaptive technology, cane travel, public transportation, cooking, and other life skills. The program connects participants with community resources, such as housing and financial aid; focuses on a positive approach to blindness; and uses an empowering style of teaching, where blind people learn to take charge of their own lives. Training of this nature has a proven record of creating successful outcomes.
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Pacifica Housing Advisory Association Virtues Youth Group Program 2014 Grantee Getting Started Children, Youth The Virtues Youth Group program provides weekly sessions, based on the internationally renowned Virtues Project(TM) for up to 90 children, ages 4 to 12, living in Pacifica’s subsidized family housing complexes in Victoria, Saanich, Colwood and Langford. Fifty-two virtues are featured in this program, such as confidence, generosity, integrity, respect, responsibility, and thankfulness. Children enjoy arts and crafts, engage in physical activities, celebrate various holidays, have nutritional snacks, and go on field trips to learn more about the community beyond their complex. In addition to fun, children practice socially appropriate behaviour that builds self-esteem and develops strong and healthy family relationships and friendships.
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Pacifica Housing Advisory Association The Greater Victoria Streets To Homes Program 2015 Grantee Housing Adults Every year the Greater Victoria Streets to Homes Program moves 125 homeless adults directly into permanent market housing while providing customized support to help them stay there. The program secures housing and integrates support services to effectively deliver services to people with mental health issues, substance use issues, generational poverty, brain injury, and other significant health concerns who are homeless. By tailoring the support to the unique needs of each client, the vast majority of clients are successful in maintaining long-term housing. The stabilizing effect of housing reduces a client’s interaction with law-enforcement and use of emergency medical services.
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Pacifica Housing Advisory Association Virtues Youth Group Program 2017 Grantee Health & Wellness Children, Youth Virtues Youth Group is a program offered free and onsite to 100 children, ages 4-14, living in Pacifica Housing’s family housing complexes. Based on the internationally-renowned Virtues Project, this weekly program features 52 virtues such as confidence, generosity, integrity, respect, responsibility and thankfulness. Children enjoy arts and crafts, engage in physical activities, celebrate holidays, and go on field trips. Virtues Youth Group also includes cooking and gardening workshops that teach healthy living and foster children’ connectedness to their natural Environment. Children practice socially-appropriate behaviour that builds self-esteem and develops strong and healthy family relationships and friendships.
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Pender Islands Fire Protection Society Training Facilities Improvements 2014 Grantee Safety Adults The ability to safely deliver emergency response services requires effective training and consistent practice. This is especially true for volunteers, who learn and maintain these skills in addition to their regular careers. To assist these men and women, the requested funds will be used to purchase a live-fire training unit for volunteer firefighters from Pender, Salt Spring, North and South Galiano, Mayne, Saturna, and Piers Islands. An easily accessible facility on Pender Island will greatly increase the frequency and effectiveness of training for the more than 150 volunteers who serve their communities. These communities include more than 17,500 residents and over $6 billion of property value.
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Power of Hope Society Same!: Increasing Safety around Gender and Sexuality 2014 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Youth SAME! was established by Power of Hope in 2008 to address homophobia and increase safety and belonging among middle and high school students in the Greater Victoria region. In 2015, the program will provide presentations to schools, reach out to Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs) and leadership students, and build on an amazing program. The SAME! presentation for grade 8 students uses fun activities and age-appropriate subject matter to raise awareness and challenge homophobia as well as other forms of exclusion and bullying. The six-week series of workshops developed for high school GSA and leadership students provides a more in-depth exploration into root causes of homophobic and transphobic discrimination, and supports youth to create and implement an action project that promotes belonging.
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Saanich Neighbourhood Place 1000X5 Children’s Book Recycling Project Victoria 2014 Grantee Learning Children The 1000X5 Children’s Book Recycling Victoria project supports the crucial early literacy stage with the goal of every child having a home library and 1,000 books read to them by age five, building language, literacy and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime. In 2015, families at 30 Greater Victoria schools will donate books. Retired educators will sort, clean, label and create beautiful gift bags. Twenty community agencies will provide necessary drop in and outreach programs and distribute the book gifts in about 60 different programs to 1000 babies and preschoolers. Literacy changes lives emotionally, economically, and health-wise – daily home reading to babies and preschoolers is the single most significant variable.
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Saanich Neighbourhood Place Child & Youth Health Network 2016 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Children, Youth The Child & Youth Health Network (C&YHN) is a Collective Impact initiative aligning systems and resources to improve the mental health of children and youth in the Capital Region, as a way to promote and ensure community well-being in the long-term. The C&YHN is preparing to launch its first five-year campaign to increase connectedness for young people with an ‘Index of Connectedness’. This Index will be the foundation of a region-wide shared measurement system. Partnership development to support deep engagement across sectors and communities, including local First Nations, will continue to be a key strategy.
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Salt Spring Island Society for Community Education Strengthening volunteerism to build organizational capacity 2014 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Adults, Seniors Salt Spring’s Volunteer & Community Resources Society will educate the community about the critical work of the not-for-profit sector and make the public more aware of the opportunities for volunteer engagement and the need for greater financial support in key issue areas. Salt Spring Island not-for-profits will be provided informational resources and helped to identify gaps in their organizational capacities as well as offered the dedicated expertise of volunteer mentors to address them.The Island’s 250+ not-for-profits will be encouraged to work cooperatively to reduce redundancy and deliver cost-effective services. As a result, the community will gain a revitalized and more professional charitable sector, more effective employment of limited community human and financial resources, and an improved quality of life.
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School District #63 – Saanich ORCCA Dental Clinic Administrator 2014 Grantee Health & Wellness Children, Youth This project will help address the dental needs of children and adolescents under 19 years of age who come from families with an income level below $40,000 a year and no dental insurance. It is built on a model that emphasizes education, prevention, and treatment. To achieve this mission, O.R.C.C.A. has built a dental clinic, located in the annex of Sidney Elementary School, that will serve 500 clients. This grant will provide start-up funds for the salary of a clinic administrator who will run the office and provide consistency for patients, volunteers including dentists and hygienists, agencies, and the general public.
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Sidney & North Saanich Memorial Park Society Youth Educational Theatre 2014 Grantee Arts & Culture Youth Youth Educational Theatre at the Mary Winspear Centre is the creation of a performing arts production that addresses societal issues. The performances are created and performed by youth, and the storyline addresses racism and diversity, current issues that are relevant to youth. The project’s outcomes will be an enhanced capacity of young performers to address societal issues and an opportunity for young audience members to obtain skills for inclusiveness.
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Sierra Club of BC Foundation Youth Environmental Leadership Program 2014 Grantee Environment Youth Sierra Club BC’s Youth Environmental Leadership Program (YELP) is an experiential project that will engage over 250 youth in the Capital Regional District. Youth training in conservation, environmental stewardship, and restoration will support sustainable food systems, healthy land and water, and a vibrant community of youth leaders. YELP’s four components are habitat restoration; hands-on workshops and training; public education, outreach, and events; and mentoring and networking between participating schools and organizations in collaborative sustainability initiatives. Through increased skills, cohort comradery, and environmentally positive attitudes, YELP cultivates rich relationships with nature, which contributes to greater well-being, citizen engagement, and motivation for action.
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Sierra Club of BC Foundation The Future is HERE: Climate and Place in CRD Schools 2016 Grantee Learning Children, Youth Sierra Club BC will partner with up to ten schools to deliver place-based environmental education programs, adapted from its new climate solutions toolkit. The project will use a strengths-based approach to increase support for teachers to integrate localized, climate-oriented, outdoor activities into classrooms, and promote healthy childhood development for students. Up to 1000 regional Grade six to eight students and up to 100 teachers will participate in hands-on, nature-based workshops that integrate Indigenous pedagogy and inquiry-based learning, resulting in a deeper sense of belonging in their community, and a stronger commitment to post-carbon solutions in an age of reconciliation.
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Sierra Club of BC Foundation Mentoring and Supporting CRD Teachers in Place-Based Outdoor Learning 2017 Grantee Learning Children, Youth, Adults This pilot project will provide mentorship and support to K-8 teachers in School Districts 61, 62 and 63, providing them with knowledge, tools, and best practices for increased confidence in taking students outdoors for regular hands-on, place-based learning opportunities. An Environment Educator will work with 15 schools in the Capital Region to build their capacity for Environment education by leading place-based workshops for students and offering individualized support and mentorship to teachers in their school Environment. This will, in turn, cultivate the Environment stewards of tomorrow. The project includes monthly gatherings, bringing together and strengthening this community of practice.
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Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Vancouver Island BLESS: Building Lasting Employment Success Strategies 2014 Grantee Economy Adults, Disabled Funding will contribute to the operation of an employment program to secure part-time employment for Society of Saint Vincent de Paul clients dealing with physical and mental disabilities. The program aims to assist clients in overcoming obstacles to suitable employment, providing them with greater financial stability and independence, increasing their self-esteem and promoting their social connection and integration into the local community. The project would involve an application and screening process and 12 individuals would be enrolled in each program, which would be offered 4 times during 2015, each meeting 3 times a week for 4 weeks.
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Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Vancouver Island Enabling Sustainable Independent Housing 2016 Grantee Standard of Living Children, Adults This project will improve long-term housing outcomes for at-risk women and single mothers who are moving into transitional housing. The project will operate out of Rosalie’s Village, a new 42-unit transitional housing development owned and operated by St. Vincent de Paul. Funding is requested to support the design and implementation of a self-sustaining community development model that will help prepare residents for a successful transition to independent housing. Through this project, residents and stakeholders will co-create an environment that builds strong social connections, increases self-esteem, and supports movement toward sustainability.
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Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Vancouver Island Food Share Network – Action Plan Implementation Phase 3 2016 Grantee Standard of Living Adults Formed in 2014, the Food Share Network (FSN) is a collaboration of over 40 organizations working together to improve food access and address food insecurity in the region. In this next phase, the FSN will develop its governance policies, establish a website, and create and implement an updated action plan. To support financial sustainability, the FSN will explore membership fees, grants and creating a social enterprise. The FSN Coordinator will continue to support the implementation of the Food Rescue project, promote the use of GiveFoodGetFood.ca, strengthen relationships, and coordinate efforts among members toward addressing food insecurity.
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Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Vancouver Island Enhancing Food Security in the Capital Region through the FSN 2017 Grantee Standard of Living Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The Food Share Network (FSN) is a collaboration between 50 non-profit agencies aligned around the vision of improving food access for the 50,000 food insecure individuals in the Capital Region. In 2018, activities will focus on facilitating the distribution of more than three million pounds of food through the Givefoodgetfood website and the Food Rescue project. Funding will support coordination of the Network, program expansion, development of a financial sustainability plan, and exploration of social enterprise opportunities.
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Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Vancouver Island Equipping Community Toward Food Security 2017 Grantee Health & Wellness Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors This project takes advantage of the increasing availability of fresh perishable food due to the Food Rescue project and, through community engagement, extends the life of the food and provides healthy meals that benefit many people experiencing food insecurity within the St. Vincent de Paul system. Utilizing existing kitchen and food preparation space, recovered perishable food will be transformed into healthy meals that can be refrigerated or frozen, and turned into healthy snacks and smoothies for the children who attend onsite childcare. This program has the added benefit of building relationships, increasing food literacy and skills, and creating positive community.
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Songhees Academic Youth Leadership Songhees Academic Youth Leadership 2014 Grantee Learning Youth, First Nations The Songhees Academic Youth Leadership (SAYL) group promotes leadership for Songhees Nation youth aged 14 to 24. SAYL members volunteer 20 hours a year on projects that have included traditional food harvesting, community gardening, leadership training, and youth summer education camps. Funding requested for 2015 will support the Digital Stories Project, led by youth for youth, to support community development and educate the wider community about the Songhees’ rich history and culture. Three digital story projects are planned: Elders Voices, Signs of Lekwungen, and Lekwammen Harvesters and Traditional Foods. Funding will also support a youth leadership retreat to enhance youth leadership skills, and a Songhees Youth Conference to be held in August 2015.
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Sooke Fine Arts Society LED Gallery Light Conversion 2014 Grantee and Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Adults, Seniors This project will convert halogen gallery lighting at the Sooke Fine Arts Show to LED, the first phase in expanding and upgrading the gallery infrastructure. Existing lighting is at maximum load for the facility’s electric circuits leaving the Society unable to increase lighting in areas that need it or to expand the gallery. LED conversion will lead to reduced electrical consumption, reduced ambient heat for greater comfort for volunteers and guests, and reduced damage to artwork from exposure to sustained high temperatures. This will allow the gallery to expand to include about 50 more artworks, increase the number of artists in the show by 15 percent, increase public exposure to art, and accept newer art forms requiring electricity. Existing lighting will be donated to organizations in need.
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Sooke Fine Arts Society Legacy Project – Public Art 2016 Grantee and Hosted Organization Arts & Culture First Nations The Sooke Fine Arts Society Legacy Project will consist of a series of public art sculptures in the community of Sooke, inspired by Coast Salish place-based legends and realized by members of local First Nations communities. The sculptures will include audio-visual components to enhance visitor appreciation and understanding. This project is a tribute to the region’s dynamic arts and culture sector, promoting community beautification and pride. It is a celebration of the Indigenous heritage of the region, bringing Coast Salish culture to the fore and thereby creating bridges of understanding between cultures through stories of place that connect us all.
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South Galiano Volunteer Fire Department Society Live Fire Training and Water Supply Equipment South Galiano Fire 2014 Grantee Safety Adults The South Galiano volunteer firefighters are being called on to serve a growing population with heavy tourist traffic. The department responds to a large range of emergencies including structural fires, forest fires, vehicle accidents, search and rescue, and medical calls. Funding will provide the training and core safety equipment needed to help the firefighters work safely and effectively. The Live Fire Training and Water Supply assessment for 15 volunteer firefighters will enable the society to preserve and protect life and property on the Island.
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Story Theatre Productions Society Lighting Equipment 2014 Grantee Arts & Culture Children, Youth Story Theatre offers professional, pertinent, literacy and curriculum-based performances for young audiences. While performances are “low tech”, funding is requested to purchase lighting equipment to enhance the theatrical experience when the organization performs for elementary school children in school gymnasiums. The technical elements of the lighting will appeal to students who may be more interested in how things work, than in the words they hear. The post-show classroom experience will also be expanded through conversations about how mood is affected by technology.
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Story Theatre Productions Society Professional Video Creation 2015 Grantee Arts & Culture Children Story Theatre is a low-tech Victoria-based theatre company that promotes literacy and the use of stories, primarily for elementary school audiences. Story Theatre has been told by government funders and touring partners that it needs to have professional-quality videos to show both funding and showcasing juries. This project is to produce two full-length videos of Story Theatre’s touring shows as well as a comprehensive promotional video, all of which would be edited into shorter segments. This would allow the company to promote Story Theatre in a number of ways, including on its website and on YouTube.
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Story Studio Writing Society Story Studio Writing Society – Spring 2017 Program 2016 Grantee Learning Children, Youth Story Studio will engage 29 elementary and middle school classes in the Victoria region throughout the spring of 2017. At no cost to students or teachers, each class will participate in four, two-hour creative writing workshops, spread over several weeks. Workshops will be led by a facilitator and three assistants, and some by a professional artist and writer. Sessions will follow a methodology developed by Story Studio to unlock the narrative and artistic abilities of students, encouraging a life-long engagement in literacy. At the end of the program, each student participant will have a customized, bound book of their work.
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Story Studio Writing Society Creative Writing Programming for Schools with Vulnerable Student Populations 2017 Grantee Learning Children, Youth Since 2012, Story Studio has helped over 5000 youth tell their stories while improving literacy skills. In 2018, Story Studio will build on its successful model for public elementary and middle schools, offering creative writing programming designed to build confidence, encourage creativity and improve communication skills in students. Each participating school will receive a week of workshops and events, plus teacher resources and individually bound books of student stories. Funding is requested to assist in subsidizing the cost of delivering programming to 950 youth, particularly in schools that are identified as having a high percentage of vulnerable students.
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Story Theatre Productions Society A Website for the 21st Century! 2016 Grantee Arts & Culture Children, Adults Story Theatre requires a complete overhaul of its website to update the platform and design. The organization would like to provide a website that further enhances the audience experience through interactive engagement, including podcasts, videos and literacy activities. Further, the website will be accessible to students, parents and teachers, allowing all visitors to have a fulfilling experience and easily learn about and book Story Theatre’s services.
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Story Theatre Productions Society The Library Club 2017 Grantee Arts & Culture Children Story Theatre would like to produce a new touring show for their 2018-19 season. Tentatively titled “The Library Club”; it will be set in a library and will bring multicultural stories to life. Funding will support the work-shopping of the show, which includes a new set and props, masks and puppets, and a wireless microphone system in order to make its elementary school shows accessible to more children. Story Theatre believes that the use of wireless microphones will help students focus better in gyms, where the acoustics are notoriously poor.
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Together Against Poverty Society Federal Benefits Legal Education and Information Project 2014 Grantee and Hosted Organization Standard of Living Adults, Seniors, Disabled Low income persons with disabilities are confronted with tremendous challenges accessing their federal benefits. The community currently lacks any systematic resource dedicated to providing holistic information and assistance. TAPS will fill this access gap with an innovative delivery model that sees carefully trained community volunteers working under a specialized federal benefits expert. This model leverages the skills and experience of a single dedicated coordinator into a high-impact program that will touch the lives of thousands of disabled local residents. Persons with disabilities can expect assistance accessing their Disability Tax Credit, Registered Disability Savings Plan, Income Tax Return, Canadian Pension Plan and more, all through a single unified project at TAPS’s convenient downtown location.
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Together Against Poverty Society Tenant Legal Advocacy and Empowerment Project (TLAP) 2016 Grantee and Hosted Organization Housing Adults Together Against Poverty Society’s (TAPS) Tenant Legal Advocacy and Empowerment Project will provide legal advocacy services to vulnerable, low-income tenants in the Capital Regional District, including information, referrals, summary advice and full representation at Dispute Resolution Hearings through the Residential Tenancy Branch. These services will help improve the lives of these tenants by ensuring their housing is reflective of standards prescribed under the Residential Tenancy Act and by protecting them from wrongful evictions. The project will also create a Tenant Rights Group that will seek to raise awareness of the common issues faced by marginalized, low-income tenants.
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Together Against Poverty Society The ID Project 2017 Grantee and Hosted Organization Standard of Living Adults Possessing photo identification (ID) is a necessity of modern day life. Without official identification, individuals cannot access many government and community services and programs. With funding, volunteers will host a biweekly ID Clinic to help homeless and precariously-housed people apply for ID, improving their access to basic services and supports. Funds would support ID replacement costs, volunteer meals, and advertising. This project is a partnership between the Downtown Service Providers, Pro Bono Students Canada-University of Victoria Chapter, and others.
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Umbrella Society for Addictions and Mental Health Enhance Measuring Success Project 2014 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Youth, Adults, Seniors This project builds on the Umbrella Society’s Measuring Success project to create a wonderful secure and wireless mobile client database. The database met Umbrella’s identified needs, but it can be better. ‘Revision 2’ of the database will make changes so that all comments appear in a single continuous view, and in chronological order. These ‘progress notes’ would include each encounter, each referral, and every comment, and would be automatically date and time stamped. Also envisioned is a ‘Revision 3’ of the system that would integrate the strengths of the database with the GPS capabilities of iPhones, and add a system (much like the one that taxi dispatchers use) that would display the location of each team member on a digital map.
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Umbrella Society for Addictions and Mental Health Strengthening Family Physician Response to Addicted Patients 2015 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Youth, Adults, Seniors Umbrella has many years of experience helping people struggling with addictions to navigate multiple systems of care. Family physicians, both in private practice and walk-in settings, are ideally placed to identify patients for whom substance use has become a problem and can initiate that first, often very difficult, conversation with them. Their pace of practice is driven by the current fee structure and this often prohibits follow-up beyond further office visits. This project will provide a path for family physicians to refer patients to Umbrella, whose outreach workers will offer a variety of one-to one support and follow them closely in the community.
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Umbrella Society for Addictions and Mental Health A better way: Community collaborations to support women with addictions 2017 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Youth, Adults, Seniors Umbrella has many years of experience helping individuals who struggle with substance use issues navigate multiple systems of care. Recent statistics indicate that women are not connecting with services through traditional methods. To establish and build healthy relationships with women in the community, Umbrella will collaborate with organizations such as Young Parents Support Network, HerWay Home and Victoria Women’s Transition House, as well as the wider community, to improve and support women’s health, wellness and recovery. Funding is requested to support the outreach team that will provide connection, education, counselling, and improve food security and access to health services.
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University of Victoria – Centre for Youth and Society Youth and Family Community Innovation Project 2014 Grantee Health & Wellness Youth, Adults Youth and family serving organizations are increasingly being asked to provide evidence for programs they deliver and to consider evidence in addressing community needs in innovative ways. Small non-profit organizations are faced with a dilemma: investing in evidence gathering is often viewed as taking funds away from much needed direct services. In the end, vital research is being deferred. At the same time, university students desire “real world” research opportunities–writing a paper that answers a community research question instead of writing a paper only to get a grade. This project puts quality evidence into the hands of community programmers rapidly so that their work is informed by what is known to work for youth and families and creates community engagement opportunities for students.
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University of Victoria University 101 Volunteer Leadership Program 2016 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Adults, Seniors University 101 provides free non-credit courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences for people who have experienced significant barriers to education, such as poverty, mental health diagnoses, single-parenting, and unstable housing. Outcomes include increased confidence, greater social connection and civic engagement. The Uni 101 Leadership Program is a year-long program for graduates of the core Uni 101 courses. Leadership Program participants volunteer as student leaders in the core Uni 101 courses and undertake a concurrent leadership course focusing on inner strength, communication and critical thinking. Graduates of the Leadership Program facilitate future leadership courses, creating sustainability in the program.
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Vancouver Island AIDS Society Peer Navigator Project 2014 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Adults, Disabled The Peer Navigator will offer clients at the Access Health Centre an immediate and integrated point of contact on arrival at the offices of AIDS Vancouver Island. As services in the Access Health Centre have grown and diversified, the need for immediate client-centred and responsive referral within and between programs and organizations has increased. The Peer Navigator will offer a consistent and fully informed point of contact for clients of AVI – welcoming, assessing immediate and longer term needs, and quickly linking individuals with appropriate programs and services. The Peer Navigator will streamline the referral process and increase the impact of current services by reducing wait times for clients.
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Vancouver Island AIDS Society Women’s Space: a capacity building project for structurally vulnerable women 2016 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Adults, Disabled The Women’s Space project expands access to culturally-appropriate, supportive health services for women experiencing homelessness, illicit substance use, and violence. By expanding on the Society’s successful weekly Women’s Space drop-in, women in the downtown community will have greater access to HIV testing, supportive counselling services, group education, meals, and peer mentorship. The Women’s Space coordinator will work closely with community-based service providers such as emergency shelters, drop-in programs, and health centres to ensure that staff in these organizations have the skills and knowledge needed to meet the unique needs of structurally-vulnerable women.
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Vancouver Island AIDS Society SOLID Peer Navigation and Support Project 2017 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Adults, Seniors, Disabled Vancouver Island AIDS Society will partner with SOLID to develop and pilot peer navigation and support services for people with problematic substance use issues who are either experiencing or at-risk of homelessness. The project will offer training of peers with lived experience of substance abuse and/or homelessness and provide a range of supports, including accompaniment to appointments, navigation of social and non-profit services, advocacy, and capacity-building. The benefits of the project will include increased access to services, enhancement of individual self-determination, and improved health and well-being for participants.
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Vancouver Island Kids Klub Centre Society Brown Bag Lunch Program 2014 Grantee Standard of Living Children, Youth Since 1990, Kids Klub has offered a healthy, nutritious “Brown Bag” lunch to children in need at local elementary and middle schools in the Victoria, Saanich and Sooke School Districts. This program is offered at no cost to the school or families. During the 2013/14 school calendar year, Kids Klub provided 117 lunches per day (2,574 lunches per month) to children who would otherwise go be hungry at school. Funding would support this program for 2015.
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Victoria Association for Community Living (Community Living Victoria) VOCYL Unity in Diversity Middle School and High School Project 2014 Grantee and Hosted Organization Belonging & Engagement Youth VOCYL has recently completed a very successful three-year Middle School Project and is looking to expand its impact to more students in Victoria. VOCYL wants to continue inclusion awareness presentations to over 300 grade six students in two local middle schools, and additionally collaborate with the Best Buddies programs in two local high schools. Best Buddies, an inclusive high school program that develops relationships between youth with and without disabilities, will be enhanced by VOCYL’s partnership through recruitment support, educational workshops and presentations for the youth volunteers, and special event planning. This project aims to produce meaningful friendships and social connections between youth with and without disabilities at middle and high schools, as well as reduce isolation and increase awareness of the value of diversity in school environments.
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Victoria Child Abuse Prevention and Counselling Centre (Mary Manning Centre) Raising Happy Children Project 2014 Grantee Health & Wellness Children, Youth, Adults The Raising Happy Children project provides practical parent education and support services in a group setting for 20 parents of children and youth at risk for abuse and bullying. Groups focus on life skills, parenting and non-violent communication. Depending on participant needs, topics include trauma, child development, self-care, anger, responsibility, resiliency, safety skills, loss, abuse, emotional regulation, and stress management. Methodologies used include art therapy, discussion, games, role plays, and relaxation techniques. The project will reduce wait lists through a cost-effective mental health service approach offering group sessions instead of one-to-one counselling. The project aims to help break cycles of violence, support child safety, and increase family self-sufficiency by transferring skills and knowledge.
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Victoria Cool Aid Society Cool Aid Community Kitchen 2014 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Adults, Seniors The Victoria Cool Aid Society’s Community Kitchen program helps people overcome homelessness by providing those starting a new life in safe, supportive housing with the skills they need to succeed in a crucial part of their new homes: the kitchen. More than giving a fish, Community Kitchen’s free weekly group sessions teach people to make delicious, budget-saving dishes from seafood or anything they might find in a food bank hamper or produce aisle. Participants also learn about nutrition and purchasing. Sessions are open to all supportive housing tenants, with special sessions created to train staff at other charities how to encourage healthy living and community through food. Sessions take place at the Downtown Community Centre and in Cool Aid’s apartment buildings for seniors.
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Victoria Cool Aid Society Cool Aid Client Engagement Program 2016 Grantee and Hosted Organization Belonging & Engagement Adults, Seniors Cool Aid’s Client Engagement Program will develop and deliver expanded strategies, processes and initiatives for residents, clients, patients and program participants to contribute to decisions affecting their living environments, healthcare and other supports and services received through Cool Aid. Funding is requested to enhance and expand Cool Aid’s existing client engagement initiatives and facilitate ongoing opportunities for client involvement and participation across the organization. The program will contribute to a stronger sense of belonging and engagement among individuals with multiple issues and barriers (homelessness, poverty, mental health and addictions) in Greater Victoria, thereby enhancing clients’ health and well-being.
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Victoria Cool Aid Society Cool Aid – Building Lives Through Work 2017 Grantee and Hosted Organization Economy Adults This initiative will provide employment and life skills as well as increase the availability of work opportunities for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Funding will support those who face barriers to traditional employment models and will provide participants with required safety equipment, tools, and training to work in the trades and construction sectors. The project will include increased and strategic job development activities to attract employers in these sectors. Its’ aim is to increase employment opportunities while addressing the labour shortages faced in the top growth sectors of the regional economy.
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Victoria Disability Resource Centre Independent Living Skills Development 2014 Grantee Standard of Living Adults, Disabled The Independent Living Skills project provides learning opportunities for persons with disabilities so they can access services, support, and training opportunities to live independently and participate fully in society. Service is provided on a one-to-one basis, through workshops and information sessions and follow-up meetings to monitor progress.. The curriculum will include topics such as Managing your Finances, Social Interaction Skills, Assistive Technology, Computer Skills, Food Preparation, Managing a Disability and Peer Leadership. The project coordinator will create partnerships in the community and, when appropriate, accompany individuals to initial meetings with organizations as a means of support and to expand their network, improving the standard of living for persons with disabilities.
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Victoria Disability Resource Centre Enhanced Employability Program for Persons with Disabilities 2016 Grantee Economy Adults, Disabled In partnership with the Neil Squire Society, the Victoria Disability Resource Centre will work with 45 people with disabilities, 15 of whom are under 30 years of age, to enhance their employment prospects. The program will include one-to-one coaching in career planning, preparation of resumes and cover letters, interview skills, use of personal success stories in an interview, and creative job searches. Based on previous program results, it is expected that 40% of participants will obtain employment, 20% will return to school and 40% will benefit from improved employment skills, which can be used for future work and volunteer opportunities.
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Victoria Sexual Assault Centre Society Trans Inclusion and Gender-based Violence Community Education Project 2014 Grantee and Hosted Organization Belonging & Engagement Youth, Adults Sexualized violence affects people of all genders; however, women and trans people are disproportionately affected. The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre believes that to bring an end to sexualized violence, we must address root causes of gender-based violence. The Project will have 3 components: community consultation and engagement, community education and resource development, and youth leadership and social action. First, community members, particularly trans individuals, will be invited to participate in developing and refining educational workshops and resources. Second, 20 interactive community-based trans inclusion workshops will be delivered to local service providers and partners. Finally, youth, through Project Respect’s youth summer camp and social action activities, will raise awareness about trans inclusion and gender-based violence prevention.
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Victoria Sexual Assault Centre Society Resisting Violence Through Food Justice and Social Action 2015 Grantee and Hosted Organization Belonging & Engagement Youth This project encourages youth to explore the connections between gender-based violence, colonization and food justice. This project includes: preserving salmon; a camp to explore topics of food justice and sexualize violence; teach-outs with local organizations and individuals; cooking and dialogue classes; and social actions. Participants will have the opportunity to explore their experiences of power, oppression, and privilege; make connections between gender-based violence, colonialism and food justice; and learn how everyone can take responsibility for creating personal, social and systemic change to promote healthy relationships and inclusive communities.
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Victoria Sexual Assault Centre Society Youth-Led Participatory Action Research Project to Address Cyber Violence 2017 Grantee and Hosted Organization Safety Youth According to Project Respect’s youth leaders, aged 12-21 years, the most prevalent form of violence in their lives is cyber violence, which is the expression of systemic violence enacted through social media, including controlling/manipulative messaging, non-consensual sharing of photos, rumours, and predatory behaviour. This project will engage youth leaders in implementing a broad-scale youth needs assessment that will become the basis for youth-designed workshops, training, and online learning tools to effectively address cyber violence in ways that are youth-centred and trauma-informed. First of its kind, this approach will challenge current fear- and shame-based education in schools.
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Victoria Society for Children with Autism Respite for Parents of Children with Autism 2014 Grantee Health & Wellness Adults The Victoria Society for Children with Autism offers low-cost, volunteer-run programs including monthly parent support groups and social activities for families, an equipment and book lending library, connections to community resources, support to families after diagnosis, and a monthly newsletter to support parents with children on the autism spectrum. Many of these parents have had to leave full time employment to take care of their child, and it can be exhausting and lonely. Under the Respite for Parents of Children with Autism program, each family can request up to $100 three times per year to hire a respite worker to spend a night with the child or children so that Mom and Dad can have a break.
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Victoria Society for Children with Autism Respite and Recreation Funding for autistic children and their families 2016 Grantee Health & Wellness Children, Youth, Adults The Victoria Society for Children with Autism (VSCA) provides support to parents whose children are on the autism spectrum. Many of these parents have had to leave full-time employment to take care of their child, which can be exhausting and lonely. The organization runs a respite program for parents as well as support programs for children, allowing them to attend recreational and community events. This support is vital to community inclusion for the autistic child as well as the caregiver, to reduce stress, strengthen families, and improve community bonds in the Capital Regional District.
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Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association Therapeutic Riding Program 2014 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Children, Youth, Adults Funding will contribute to providing an alternative form of therapy on horseback to more than 150 children (including an Early Intervention program for children under 6 years of age) and adults (including seniors) with disabilities. Benefits include improved balance, speech, coordination and core strength as well as improved social connections to their peers and other members of the community, along with improved self-esteem, self-confidence and self-image. Through a partnership with the more than 125 volunteers who contribute their time to ensure that a labour intensive program such as this is viable, everyone’s lives are enriched.
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Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association Program Funding 2015 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Children, Youth, Adults Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association provides therapeutic horseback riding programs for individuals with physical, cognitive and social challenges. Funding would support three programs. The Adaptive Riding Program helps meet the physical and occupational therapy goals of each student and provides safe and effective recreation, increasing their overall well-being and fostering a community connection. The Early Intervention Program aids in the physical and cognitive development of at-risk children ages three to five. The Life Skills Program is a pilot that builds on the Adaptive Riding Program by incorporating stable management practices to develop personal responsibility, behavioural regulation and time management skills.
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Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association Programming 2016/2017 2016 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Children, Youth, Adults The Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association provides three unique therapeutic horseback riding programs for individuals with physical, cognitive and social challenges. The Adaptive Riding Program helps meet physical and occupational therapy goals, provides safe and effective recreation and increases students’ overall well-being. The Life Skills program builds on the Adaptive Riding Program, incorporating stable management practices to develop personal responsibility, behavioral regulation, and time management skills.The Early Intervention Program aids in the physical and cognitive development of at-risk children between the ages of three and five years old. Funding will support over 94 students to participate in these programs.
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Victoria Women’s Transition House Society Women’s Ongoing Support Group 2014 Grantee and Hosted Organization Belonging & Engagement Adults The Women’s Ongoing Support Group is a dynamic program for women who have been isolated due to abuse. The program rebuilds lives through educational and recreational activities and by connecting participants with the broader community. The program includes a weekly support and psycho-educational drop-in group, which affords opportunities for women to share experiences and explore topics including abuse, healthy relationships, stress management, financial literacy, and communication skills. Activities integrated into the program encourage social and community involvement, with the support of community volunteers. Participants can identify activities to attend together, and participate in planning and budgeting for these events. These activities serve to reintegrate women who have been isolated back into the community and to build social skills.
The Victoria Women’s Transition House Society (VWTH) has been serving the Greater Victoria community for 43 years by providing emergency shelter, support, counselling and education to women, with or without children, leaving abusive relationships so that they can live free from the effects of domestic violence and abuse and rebuild their lives. We offer counselling support for children who witness abuse; support services for women proceeding through the justice system; third stage transitional housing and counselling for older women; community education and prevention; and a robust volunteer program that provides support to our 24-hour Crisis & Information Line as well as other agency needs. We operate from six sites, including the Emergency Shelter, our Community Office, a Third Stage Housing location, and police and courthouse locations. All our services are offered free of charge, and each year we serve over 2,000 women and 150 children & youth.
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Victoria Women’s Transition House Society VWTH Women’s Drop-In Support Group 2016 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Adults The Victoria Women’s Transition House Drop-In Support Group is a psycho-educational counselling program for women affected by domestic abuse. Facilitated by two specialized counsellors, each two-hour group session will explore topics such as abuse, healthy relationships, stress management, and communication. This program will be delivered in partnership with YMCA-YWCA Vancouver Island and, starting in January 2017, will be held weekly for 48 weeks at YMCA-YWCA’s downtown location. Child-minding will be provided. Delivery of this program will help alleviate domestic abuse counselling waitlists and reach out to more women in the community.
The Victoria Women’s Transition House Society (VWTH) has been serving the Greater Victoria community for 43 years by providing emergency shelter, support, counselling and education to women, with or without children, leaving abusive relationships so that they can live free from the effects of domestic violence and abuse and rebuild their lives. We offer counselling support for children who witness abuse; support services for women proceeding through the justice system; third stage transitional housing and counselling for older women; community education and prevention; and a robust volunteer program that provides support to our 24-hour Crisis & Information Line as well as other agency needs. We operate from six sites, including the Emergency Shelter, our Community Office, a Third Stage Housing location, and police and courthouse locations. All our services are offered free of charge, and each year we serve over 2,000 women and 150 children & youth.
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Victoria Women’s Transition House Society Women’s Drop-In Support Group 2017 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Adults This support group is a psycho-educational counselling program that provides immediate access for women affected by domestic abuse. Facilitated by two specialized counsellors, each two-hour group session will explore topics such as abuse, healthy relationships, stress management, and communication skills, with guest speakers and yoga. This weekly program will be delivered for 48 weeks in partnership with the YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island. Childminding will be provided. Delivery of this program will help alleviate domestic abuse counselling waitlists and will support women leaving an emergency shelter or waiting to access individual counselling.
The Victoria Women’s Transition House Society (VWTH) has been serving the Greater Victoria community for 43 years by providing emergency shelter, support, counselling and education to women, with or without children, leaving abusive relationships so that they can live free from the effects of domestic violence and abuse and rebuild their lives. We offer counselling support for children who witness abuse; support services for women proceeding through the justice system; third stage transitional housing and counselling for older women; community education and prevention; and a robust volunteer program that provides support to our 24-hour Crisis & Information Line as well as other agency needs. We operate from six sites, including the Emergency Shelter, our Community Office, a Third Stage Housing location, and police and courthouse locations. All our services are offered free of charge, and each year we serve over 2,000 women and 150 children & youth.
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We Rage, We Weep Alzheimer Foundation Personal Safety System 2014 Grantee Safety Seniors, Disabled The Personal Safety System is a wearable digital watch device (an integrated GPS, cellular, Internet, radio frequency, and safe zone technology with an accompanying home base station) for seniors prone to wander or become lost due to cognitive impairment. With an aging population and greater numbers of people with dementia, the Personal Safety System addresses care challenges while supporting caregivers and assisting seniors through security, greater independence, ability to age in place and fight isolation. This project will provide relief for senior and adult caregivers, as well as communities taxed by a growing number of searches for missing seniors due to dementia.
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World Fisheries Trust EcoLearning Hive 2014 Grantee Environment Children, Youth, Adults Nature education contributes to the well-being of people, most specifically through the development of youth, education, and Environment. The website www.EcoLearningHive.org helps teachers and others access appropriate opportunities from the rich diversity of nature education suppliers and resources in the CRD. Over 30 organizations are currently registered, with over 40 regular programs, but the website’s potential utility has not been reached. World Fisheries Trust proposes to respond to user inputs with increased functionality and promotion, moving to a new open-source platform (“Open Outreach”) with a mapping interface and enhanced resource sharing. The project will include greater site maintenance, exposition at local events, information sessions for teachers, educational program “taster bus” excursions, and development specifically to serve the Gulf Islands.
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Adventist Health Care Home Society – Rest Haven Lodge Evening Music Therapy Project 2015 Grantee Health & Wellness Seniors, Disabled Rest Haven Lodge wishes to provide a music therapy program in the evenings. Research has proven that residents who participate in regular music therapy sessions experience reduced behavioural disruptions, agitation, anxiety, confusion, boredom, loneliness, depression and other symptoms experienced in the evenings in long-term care. The Evening Music Therapy Program would enrich the lives of the lodge’s entire community, benefitting not only the residents but also providing additional support for families and staff members.
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Anawim Companions Society Community Engagement Pilot Project 2015 Grantee Housing Adults Funds will support community engagement and communications activities, including compensation for a community outreach liaison position and equipment costs. Through this project, the community outreach liaison will identify and connect with new funders, communicate with existing donors, build partnerships with related organizations to reduce duplication, and expand awareness of Anawim’s day services in the community. If the year-long project is funded and meets its goals, it will make Anawim’s services more sustainable and build the organization’s capacity to fund this position from its own revenues.
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Bateman Foundation Outdoor Educational Program at the Robert Bateman Centre 2015 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Children, Youth The Centre plans to extend its current in-gallery educational program to include an additional outdoor component in a park environment. Offered in partnership with the CRD, this program will offer children the opportunity to learn about and gain a respect for nature through art and direct exposure. The participating students will have a unique experience that combines both culture and environmentalism, which the Centre hopes will create a foundation for an ongoing relationship with nature. Through this direct exposure, participants can expect to experience proven health benefits so important to learning. The grant will be used for the development and evaluation of this program.
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Beckley Farm Lodge Foundation Let’s Put a Bow on the Bus for Beckley 2015 Grantee Transportation Seniors, Disabled As the current bus is nearing the end of its life and Beckley Farm Lodge is restricting outings to fairly short distances for fear of break-down, the Lodge is seeking to replace the bus. The new bus will continue to serve the Adult Day Program and the outings provided to community seniors and to residents of the Lodge. Being able to maximize the use of a reliable, new bus will give the Lodge the opportunity to further expand services to more at-risk seniors in our community.
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Bipolar Disorder Society of British Columbia Stigma Stomp Classroom Presentations Program 2016 2015 Grantee Health & Wellness Youth The Stigma Stomp Program promotes awareness and education of mental health wellbeing in schools and the community and addresses the concerns of youth at risk, encouraging them to seek professional help for early diagnosis and treatment. In 2016, the program will reach (a) over 1,500 youth ages 12-19 in Greater Victoria classrooms to eradicate stigma and unwarranted fears and bullying; (b) 400 people in community-based mental health awareness presentations and events to share knowledge about mental illness and mental wellness; and (c) 1,400 unique visitors per month through the Bipolar Disorder Society’s website and social media.
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Board of Education of School District No. 63 – Saanich SEN?O?EN Youth Media Project 2015 Grantee Arts & Culture Youth, First Nations This project engages Indigenous youth in a film project that explores language revitalization and stories from community elders. The project is based in the traditional territory of the W?SÁNE? Peoples, in the four communities of BO?E?EN (Pauquachin), WJO?E?P (Tsartlip), S?Á,UTW? (Tsawout), and W?SÍKEM (Tseycum). A local W?SÁNE? artist, hosted at a district secondary school, works directly with students who are studying the SEN?O?EN language to create a film as an extracurricular activity. This comprehensive project involves a variety of skills for the students: film production, photography, videography, computer work, public speaking, and practicing SEN?O?EN skills with local elders.
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Board of Education of School District No. 63 – Saanich WSANEC Youth Media Project: Truth and Reconciliation 2016 Grantee Arts & Culture Youth, First Nations The “W?SÁNE? Youth Media Project: Truth and Reconciliation” will engage Indigenous youth in School District 63 in a film project exploring residential schools and reconciliation through stories told by Elders in their communities. The project will be based in the traditional territory of the W?SÁNE? Peoples. It is a comprehensive project involving a variety of skills and experiences for the students involved, including film production, photography, videography, computer work, and public speaking. Students will also have the opportunity to work with local Elders practicing SEN?O?EN, creating opportunities for local voices and stories to be heard and told.
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Board of Education of School District No. 64 – Gulf Islands Pender School Solar Roof Project 2015 Grantee Environment Children, Youth, Adults This project will involve the installation of approximately 120 solar photovoltaic panels on the school roof, generating clean electricity. It will demonstrate that renewable energy has entered the mainstream, act as a teaching tool, and provide an exciting opportunity for students, teachers, families and the Pender Island community to work together on a vital solution to the challenge of climate change. As well as the environmental and educational benefits, the project will generate revenue that will be use for student bursaries and energy-related science equipment for the school.
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Boy Scouts ofCanada – Cascadia Council (Camp Barnard) Keego Kitchen/Dining Hall Renovation 2015 Grantee Environment Children, Youth Scouts Canada’s Camp Barnard provides facilities for Scouts and other youth groups to participate together in physical activities and adventures in an outdoor environment. The Camp’s kitchen, Keego Kitchen, is heavily used by many groups from May to September, but sits empty much of the rest of the year due to the lack of insulation. Funds will be used to winterize the building with a new roof, insulation, a vapour barrier, drywall, and a heat pump. Having a winterized building will encourage use by school and non-profit groups throughout the year, supporting the Camp to operate as a financially sustainable facility.
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Capital Regional District Active Transportation & Healthy Communities Program 2015 Grantee Transportation Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The Active Transportation & Healthy Communities Program is designed to encourage and support the increased use of cycling, walking and rolling among residents in the Capital Region. The program involves collaboration between the public sector and non-profit organizations to tackle the complex health, social and environmental challenges associated with increased automobile use. Through the implementation of ten diverse projects over two years intended to reach children, youth, seniors,
First Nations, newcomers and others, the program will engage 28,000 residents in achieving the vision of a healthy, connected population who safely use active transportation for both recreation and commuting purposes.The Active Transportation & Healthy Communities Program is designed to encourage and support the increased use of cycling, walking and rolling among residents in the Capital Region. The program involves collaboration between the public sector and non-profit organizations to tackle the complex health, social and environmental challenges associated with increased automobile use. Through the implementation of ten diverse projects over two years intended to reach children, youth, seniors,
First Nations, newcomers and others, the program will engage 28,000 residents in achieving the vision of a healthy, connected population who safely use active transportation for both recreation and commuting purposes.The Active Transportation & Healthy Communities Program is designed to encourage and support the increased use of cycling, walking and rolling among residents in the Capital Region. The program involves collaboration between the public sector and non-profit organizations to tackle the complex health, social and environmental challenges associated with increased automobile use. Through the implementation of ten diverse projects over two years intended to reach children, youth, seniors,
First Nations, newcomers and others, the program will engage 28,000 residents in achieving the vision of a healthy, connected population who safely use active transportation for both recreation and commuting purposes.The Active Transportation & Healthy Communities Program is designed to encourage and support the increased use of cycling, walking and rolling among residents in the Capital Region. The program involves collaboration between the public sector and non-profit organizations to tackle the complex health, social and environmental challenges associated with increased automobile use. Through the implementation of ten diverse projects over two years intended to reach children, youth, seniors,
First Nations, newcomers and others, the program will engage 28,000 residents in achieving the vision of a healthy, connected population who safely use active transportation for both recreation and commuting purposes.The Active Transportation & Healthy Communities Program is designed to encourage and support the increased use of cycling, walking and rolling among residents in the Capital Region. The program involves collaboration between the public sector and non-profit organizations to tackle the complex health, social and environmental challenges associated with increased automobile use. Through the implementation of ten diverse projects over two years intended to reach children, youth, seniors,
First Nations, newcomers and others, the program will engage 28,000 residents in achieving the vision of a healthy, connected population who safely use active transportation for both recreation and commuting purposes.The Active Transportation & Healthy Communities Program is designed to encourage and support the increased use of cycling, walking and rolling among residents in the Capital Region. The program involves collaboration between the public sector and non-profit organizations to tackle the complex health, social and environmental challenges associated with increased automobile use. Through the implementation of ten diverse projects over two years intended to reach children, youth, seniors,
First Nations, newcomers and others, the program will engage 28,000 residents in achieving the vision of a healthy, connected population who safely use active transportation for both recreation and commuting purposes.The Active Transportation & Healthy Communities Program is designed to encourage and support the increased use of cycling, walking and rolling among residents in the Capital Region. The program involves collaboration between the public sector and non-profit organizations to tackle the complex health, social and environmental challenges associated with increased automobile use. Through the implementation of ten diverse projects over two years intended to reach children, youth, seniors,
First Nations, newcomers and others, the program will engage 28,000 residents in achieving the vision of a healthy, connected population who safely use active transportation for both recreation and commuting purposes.The Active Transportation & Healthy Communities Program is designed to encourage and support the increased use of cycling, walking and rolling among residents in the Capital Region. The program involves collaboration between the public sector and non-profit organizations to tackle the complex health, social and environmental challenges associated with increased automobile use. Through the implementation of ten diverse projects over two years intended to reach children, youth, seniors,
First Nations, newcomers and others, the program will engage 28,000 residents in achieving the vision of a healthy, connected population who safely use active transportation for both recreation and commuting purposes.The Active Transportation & Healthy Communities Program is designed to encourage and support the increased use of cycling, walking and rolling among residents in the Capital Region. The program involves collaboration between the public sector and non-profit organizations to tackle the complex health, social and environmental challenges associated with increased automobile use. Through the implementation of ten diverse projects over two years intended to reach children, youth, seniors,
First Nations, newcomers and others, the program will engage 28,000 residents in achieving the vision of a healthy, connected population who safely use active transportation for both recreation and commuting purposes.The Active Transportation & Healthy Communities Program is designed to encourage and support the increased use of cycling, walking and rolling among residents in the Capital Region. The program involves collaboration between the public sector and non-profit organizations to tackle the complex health, social and environmental challenges associated with increased automobile use. Through the implementation of ten diverse projects over two years intended to reach children, youth, seniors,
First Nations, newcomers and others, the program will engage 28,000 residents in achieving the vision of a healthy, connected population who safely use active transportation for both recreation and commuting purposes.
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Centennial United Church Centennial United 130th Anniversary Stained Glass Window Repair 2015 Grantee Arts & Culture In honour of Centennial United’s 130th anniversary, the Church Council proposes to repair two of the stained-glass windows facing the Gorge Road entrance. A comprehensive window survey by Mercer Schaeffer Glassworks indicated that the windows above the main door in the narthex are in extreme need of repair. These windows are the first impression people have when approaching the church, so they are important to maintain. Furthermore, the repair restores the building’s historic significance in the community.
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Centennial United Church Access Ramp 2017 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Disabled Centennial United Church has renovated a former Sunday School and Daycare area to provide the Burnside Gorge neighbourhood with much needed community meeting space. Through an agreement with the Burnside Gorge Community Association, the Church often provides overflow capacity to the Association for community meetings and events. Funding is requested to install an access ramp to make the space fully accessible to people with disabilities or mobility issues.
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CFAX Santas Anonymous Society CFAX Santas Anonymous Society and the Christmas Giving Network 2015 Grantee and Hosted Organization Standard of Living Children, Youth, Adults The Christmas Giving Network, established in 2012 and spearheaded by CFAX Santas Anonymous, works collectively to ensure that Christmas support programs are delivered effectively by each of its ten member charities throughout the Capital Regional District. The Network understands that families and individuals seeking help at Christmastime worry that demand will outweigh resources and therefore some apply to multiple agencies for support. Duplicate applications reduce the ability of charities to help the ever-growing need in our community of those struggling to provide for their families during the holidays. Funds will assist the Network to purchase the established database used to identify duplication and other important data about our community’s needs.
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Child Abuse Prevention and Counselling Centre of Greater Victoria(Mary Manning Centre) Raising Happy Kids 2015 Grantee Safety Children, Youth, Adults Raising Happy Kids provides practical parent education and support for two groups of ten parents/caregivers with children and youth affected by trauma. The groups focus on parenting skills, safety plans and communication, utilizing art therapy, discussion, role plays, and relaxation techniques. Topics covered include loss, trauma, child development, and emotional regulation. Benefits include providing timely access to trauma informed mental health services and increasing safety and resiliency within families. The program aims to provide practical parenting tools, connect families to support networks, and increase protective factors for children and youth while increasing the safety of their home environment.
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Child Abuse Prevention and Counselling Society of Greater Victoria (Mary Manning Centre) Raising Happy Kids 2016 Grantee Health & Wellness Children, Youth, Adults Raising Happy Kids promotes health and wellness through affordable access to group counselling services for over 30 parents and families affected by abuse. This project focuses on practical parenting skills, mutual support, self care and resiliency skill development. Through art therapy, relaxation techniques, role play, and discussion, families will learn about safety planning, child development, bullying prevention, loss and trauma, and emotional regulation. The program is cost effective, delivery is timely, and results include increased protective factors for children and youth through improved parenting and support networks.
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Child Abuse Prevention and Counselling Society of Greater Victoria (Mary Manning Centre) Raising Happi Kids Konnect 2017 Grantee Health & Wellness Children, Youth, Adults This program builds regional capacity for serving families affected by abuse in the Westshore and Victoria. Funding will support expansion of a proven, cost-effective, evidence-based model of group counselling services through on-site service delivery, mentoring partnerships, and regional collaboration. The program will build new elements of mentorship into this tested model, and address waitlists of trauma-affected families. It will result in increased service capacity across the region, shared knowledge between clinicians, 60 families served, increased protective factors for children, safety planning, self-regulation skills, and reduced isolation, stigmatization and family stress.
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Civic Orchestra Society of Victoria 2015/16 Season of Music 2015 Grantee Arts & Culture Adults, Seniors Inaugurated in 1983, the Civic Orchestra of Victoria is a volunteer organization dedicated to providing an opportunity for musicians of varying ages and abilities to perform a wide repertoire of orchestral music for supportive audiences in the Victoria region. Funds are requested for the spring 2016 performances of Moshe Hammer Performs Tchaikovsky and Animals Through the Ages. The orchestra serves as a platform for aspiring soloists and for choral groups, both as a learning experience and for the enjoyment of its members.
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Civic Orchestra Society of Victoria Support for operations grant and bursary for section leaders 2017 Grantee Arts & Culture Adults, Seniors The Civic Orchestra recently hired a new Music Director on a three-year contract. Its key objective over this time is to improve the quality of musicians in the orchestra. Funding will support young musicians to encourage them to audition as section leaders. At present, only the First Violin section leader is a paid member of the orchestra. High quality section leaders can attract strong section players and thus raise the overall quality of musicians.
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Communica Dialogue and Resolution Services Society Re-Entry Mediation Program Development 2015 Grantee Safety Adults Communica’s Re-Entry Mediation Program will provide mediation between prisoners exiting prison and individuals with whom they would like to build positive relationships. The program is being modeled on a successful program operating in Baltimore, Maryland, which has had very good success reducing re-offending rates for participants. The funds will be used to support the initial steps needed to jump-start the program, including conducting research, consultations with community partners, and developing the training and tools needed to launch the Re-Entry Mediation Program.
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Communica: Dialogue and Resolution Services Society Re-entry Mediation Delivery 2016 Grantee Safety Adults Despite research indicating that preservation of strong family relationships reduces the likelihood of recidivism, relationship maintenance is not generally supported within the correctional system: inmates are incarcerated far from their families, visits with family members are uncertain, and family members don’t always understand one another’s experiences. As a result, inmate families may be ill-equipped to support a successful release, and recidivism may occur. Re-entry Mediation Delivery supports the preservation of strong family connections by providing inmate families with mediated dialogue processes combining mediation and restorative practices, giving closure to past events and building practical, concrete plans for a successful release.
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Family Services of Greater Victoria BC Men on Their Own 2015 Grantee Health & Wellness Adults Family Services of Greater Victoria will research, design and deliver a new group program for men experiencing relationship breakdown. Multiple studies have demonstrated that men’s experience of divorce is more damaging than it is for women, yet programs to address this problem are rare. Men have more serious outcomes in physical and mental health, social integration, and post divorce/separation relationships with their children. To design an effective program, Family Services of Greater Victoria will use its client database to interview men about what they perceive to be the needs of men; develop a program based on these interviews and on recent academic research; and begin delivery of a pilot program.
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Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group Society Neighbourhood Family Food Security 2015 Grantee Standard of Living Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The Neighbourhood Family Food Security project aims to expand and ensure the sustainability of the family, child and youth-focused food programs offered through eight community centre partners. These family meals, community kitchens and other food skill programs facilitate access to healthy food for vulnerable and low-income people. Community centres involved in this project are hubs of integrated resources that build family capacity to meet food needs by providing opportunities to build relationships and learn essential life skills. These centres also connect families with other resources and services to support them in coping with food insecurity and managing their own wellbeing.
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Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group Society Neighbourhood Food Access & Literacy Development Project 2017 Grantee Standard of Living Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors Neighbourhood Food Access & Literacy develops and expands the family, child and youth-focused food programs offered through the eight community centers that make up the Coalition of Neighborhood Houses, serving 20,000 families annually. This project will increase capacity by centralizing distribution through Fernwood NRG, which has added infrastructure to expand food distribution, and will create efficiency through partnership with the Good Food Box. The project will also develop staff and volunteer time at each Coalition agency for food distribution, and explore adding new community centre members, donors and partners to enhance the impact and reach of the program.
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Friends of Living & Learning Through Loss Supporting Youth – Community Education 2015 Grantee Health & Wellness Youth Learning Through Loss is committed to the health and well-being of youth in our community by providing grief education and loss support groups to youth ages 10 to 18. To ensure youth have access to resources and support, the Supporting Youth – Community Education project was created to provide training and education to those who support youth: youth peers parents, youth workers, and professionals. These educational workshops are led by a highly qualified team and enhance our community’s capacity to understand youth grief and loss issues. The project also aims to provide practical tools and strategies for supporting youth to make healthy choices and heal through their loss experiences.
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Friends of Living and Learning Through Loss Society Supporting Youth Through Difficult Times – Community Training 2017 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Youth Learning through Loss trains community youth workers to support youth through difficult times and grief, whether it be death, family breakdown, illness, substance use, cultural loss, or other events that youth face that disrupt their Health & Wellness. Training is led by two qualified facilitators and focuses on skills and practical strategies using the Learning Through Loss approach. Funding would support the delivery of three full-day education training sessions, reaching over 75 youth-serving professionals within the Capital Region, including staff working with Indigenous youth, and school-based counselors and teachers.
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Gulf Islands Centre for Ecological Learning Southern Gulf Islands Conservation Conference 2015 Grantee Environment Adults The Gulf Islands Centre for Ecological Learning, along with the Mayne Island Conservancy Society, will host a conference for Southern Gulf Island conservancies and nature education organizations in March 2016 on Mayne Island. With more than 20 different groups working actively to promote nature literacy and conservation in the Southern Gulf Islands, there is great potential for cooperation and collaboration. This conference will give attendees an opportunity to share resources and discuss common challenges and solutions.
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Haliburton Community Organic Farm Society Farmer Internship Program – Haliburton Community Organic Farm Society 2015 Grantee Learning Adults Along with its other goals of supporting farmers, stewardship, growing pure food and community, Haliburton Farm has steadily been realizing its educational vision in a Farm School. One challenge is funding a paid Internship Project, in compliance with the Employment Standards Act. The project will support the development of four new certified organic food producers, critically needed to increase local sustainable food production. Interns will work with eight on-site farm businesses, learning effective certified organic production techniques, holistic nutrition and habitat stewardship. Interacting with many community members, the project will have benefits far beyond its completion.
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Haliburton Community Organic Farm Society Haliburton Farm Ecofarm School 2016 Grantee Learning Adults The Haliburton Community Organic Farm Society Ecofarm School will provide hands-on training in growing healthy food using sustainable small-scale, certified organic production practices, and applied ecosystem restoration for organic farms. Building on existing internships, this project will expand local capacity to produce food and initiate financially-sustainable ongoing practicum delivery. Experiential knowledge/skills for certified organic food production; environmental education about ecosystems and biodiversity; and critical interrelationships among environment, food, and human health will be supported through lectures by qualified instructors. The experience will include on-farm biodiversity enhancements and restoration of endangered Garry Oak and wetland ecosystems of Southern Vancouver Island.
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HeroWork Program Society Program Development 2015 Grantee Economy Adults HeroWork helps other charities thrive by renewing and refreshing their physical infrastructure through exciting special events called Radical Renovations. Imagine a modern day barn-raising, where community come together with massive cooperation and common vision. This project will support the creation of a standardized leadership and event training program to empower Local Organizing Committees (LOCs) to organize Radical Renovations for worthy charities. This program will include standardized business processes, program manuals, LOC skills matrices and structure, leadership training and mentoring, project and team evaluation protocols, monitoring systems, branding, marketing, supply chain development–in short, every component necessary for community teams to put on successful Radical Renovations.
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HeroWork Program Society Social Enterprise Development 2017 Grantee Economy Adults HeroWork helps strengthen local charities by renewing and refreshing their physical infrastructure through exciting special events called Radical Renovations, where community comes together with cooperation and common vision to renovate a charity’s building. Like all charities, HeroWork requires stable and sustainable funding. Funding is requested to develop one or more social enterprises that will both fill a community need and contribute to financial sustainability. HeroWork is in the feasibility stage of developing two social enterprises, with “Tiny Houses” in response to the housing crisis, and “Handy Heroes”, an online portal to connect trades people to local projects.
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Jewish Community Centre of Victoria The Victoria International Jewish Film Festival 2015 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Youth, Adults, Seniors The Victoria International Jewish Film Festival will present independent films that are not readily available at local cinemas. The Festival seeks to bring disparate groups together to learn about and reflect on fundamental and universal themes as expressed in Jewish-themed films. The films will not be religious in nature, but will offer secular, cultural experiences to the Jewish and wider communities of the region. The films will broaden awareness and provide an opportunity for community engagement. Volunteers will carry out all the festival planning, organization and delivery.
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Jewish Community Centre of Victoria The Victoria International Jewish Film Festival 2017 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Youth, Adults, Seniors The Victoria International Jewish Film Festival presents newly made films from around the world that center on themes of Jewish cultural identity and history. These films are mainly independent productions that have not yet been publicly released, and are unlikely to be screened in local commercial cinemas. Films are chosen to broaden awareness of cultural diversity, deepen understanding, and increase community engagement. Primarily organized by volunteers, the Festival seeks to bring together disparate audiences to learn about, and reflect on, the universal messages expressed in these Jewish-themed films.
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Junior Achievement of British Columbia Economics for Success 2015 Grantee Learning Youth The cost to society when a young person drops out of school includes impacts on social services, health, criminality, employment, and lower economic productivity. The Economics For Success Program encourages students to remain in school by helping them to explore and manage their life and career choices by focusing on the direct links between further education and personal goals. The program is delivered by volunteers from the local business community providing direct correlation between the lessons and their own personal and professional experiences.
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Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada Community Engagement Program in CRD 2015 Grantee Health & Wellness Children, Youth, Adults JDRF’s Community Engagement Program in Victoria delivers support and knowledge to help individuals diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Programming includes delivering Bags of Hope full of information and resources to T1D families; connecting the newly diagnosed with T1D mentors who can provide emotional support; and training young people with T1D as youth ambassadors so that they can learn from each other and educate the community at large. This program gives families, children, youth, and adults with T1D the tools, support, and knowledge they need to overcome the challenges of living with diabetes.
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Laren Society Journey From Inside Out Halfway Home 2015 Grantee Standard of Living Adults The Halfway Home project is intended to improve the quality of living for men returning to the community. Life at Bill Mudge House provides an opportunity for residents to re-establish themselves in the community and to move towards self-supported living. This grant will help remediate the living environment by applying fresh paint, replacing deteriorating household items, and purchasing necessary furnishings and appliances to comfortably accommodate eleven men. These essential updates will ensure that residents live with dignity in this therapeutic environment; Laren Society is committed to providing a healthy, home-like environment for its clients.
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Luther Court Society Dining Room Refurbishment Project 2015 Grantee and Hosted Organization Safety Seniors, Disabled Nearly 40 years ago when Luther Court opened its doors, the organization purchased a set of dining room chairs for seniors who were still relatively young and mobile. Today, however, the current population is much more physically challenged. Staff frequently need to slide seniors to and from the dining table, which creates significant torque and stress on the furniture. The seniors also require the chairs to have specific functions that allow them to independently stand up and sit on the chairs with safety. The project is the continuation of the refurbishment of the dining room with the goal of replacing 50 chairs with attractive, suitable chairs.
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The Nature Conservancy of Canada Connecting Victorians to the Natural World Around Us 2015 Grantee Learning Youth, Adults, Seniors The Nature Conservancy of Canada will host eight to ten public events in the Greater Victoria area in 2016 to further engage Victorians with the natural environment that surrounds us. Four of the events will be Nature Talks, a speaker series with local conservation experts. An additional four conservation volunteer events will feature field experts and offer a chance for participants to get their hands dirty in the field. All events will provide Victorians an opportunity to learn more about the natural environment and to engage with local experts about a variety of environmental topics.
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O.R.C.C.A. Dental Clinic Society Certified Dental Assistant Position 2015 Grantee Health & Wellness Children, Youth O.R.C.C.A. provides dental care to children and adolescents from low income families. Its volunteer dentists, hygienists and Certified Dental Assistants come from dental offices that are each run differently, both in recording and tracking treatments as well as in the kind of instruments used. In order to provide the highest standard of care with consistent treatment plans, prepared instruments, and solid communication, O.R.C.C.A. requires a Certified Dental Assistant on staff to oversee the EXAN Tracking Program and have materials ready for volunteer teams to work.
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Pacific North-West Heritage Home Foundation 2013 Restoration of Heritage Homes, Lectures and Workshops 2015 Grantee Arts & Culture Adults The Pacific North-West Heritage Homes Foundation (PNWHHF) proposes to engage local home owners and skilled tradespeople in the art of heritage home restoration. Six expert-led workshops on restoring heritage buildings will be offered to these target audiences at PNWHHF’s museum. The workshops are estimated to reach about 100 people per year. Benefits include generating an appreciation of local architecture and history and creating a fully equipped local venue to build community capacity in applying modern construction technologies and regulations to historic methods and mediums. A post-workshop evaluation of attendees will inform quality improvement and program relevance.
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Phoenix Human Services Association Rise Up Youth Employment Project 2015 Grantee Housing Youth, Adults The Rise Up Youth Employment Project provides skills assessment, pre- employment support and skills training, job development and job placement support to vulnerable youth aged 15-24. Participants may present with a developmental disability, mental health diagnosis, or other identified barriers to community based employment. Rise Up provides an employment support continuum that includes skill discovery and assessment, job readiness development, support accessing and understanding the relationship between benefits and income support, as well as resume and interview preparation.
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Raincoast Conservation Foundation Raincoast kids – Science for coastal conservation education 2015 Grantee Environment Youth The Raincoast kids program aims to inform and inspire the next generation of conservation leaders in the Capital Regional District, including the Gulf Islands and local waters of the Salish Sea. Using a decade of experience with marine youth education programs and coastal research, the project will engage youth with regional conservation priorities related to the marine environment, specifically: marine mammal habitat and protection of biodiversity. Raincoast scientists will provide experiential educational outreach, including real-life field work, with participants engaging directly with conservation scientists aboard Raincoast’s research vessel, the Achiever.
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Ready to Rent BC Association Expanding Walk With Supports to Increase Housing Stability 2015 Grantee Housing Adults, Seniors Ready to Rent BC provides tenant education to support housing stability and prevent homelessness. Participants who take Ready to Rent’s RentSmart 12-hour course receive a certificate that many landlords and housing providers recognize in the Capital Regional District, in lieu of references and/or credit checks, which are barriers to housing for many and first-time renters. RentSmart graduates access ‘walk with’ coaching support to help navigate and address any issues or conflicts
that may arise around renting. The Expanding Walk With Supports project will develop a training model and manual for this support and expand the service to meet the growing demand.
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Ready to Rent BC Association Expanding Supports for Successful Tenancies 2017 Grantee Housing Adults, Seniors Ready to Rent’s RentSmart model combines education, certification and support to enable people to have successful tenancies and prevent housing instability. With over 2000 RentSmart graduates and 180 Community Educators, Ready to Rent is developing and piloting a digital platform to support successful tenancies. Based on years of experience, research, and best practice, this platform will include features that alleviate many common issues that often lead to housing instability. Integrating with the existing RentSmart telephone/text/instant messaging support, the platform will provide a comprehensive and cost effective method of supporting thousands to achieve successful tenancies and housing stability.
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Rocky Point Bird Observatory Society Monitoring migratory bird populations 2015 Grantee and Hosted Organization Environment Youth, Adults Rocky Point Bird Observatory has been monitoring the populations of birds breeding in the region since 1994. Birds are key indicators of the health and sustainability of the natural environment, and this ongoing project helps to assess whether natural or human-caused changes are negatively impacting our natural spaces. The long-term data from this project is also used to assess changes in bird populations at a national and continental scale. In addition, Rocky Point Bird Observatory trains numerous volunteers and interns in field techniques, preparing many of them for future careers as wildlife biologists.
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Rocky Point Bird Observatory Society Monitoring Migratory Bird Populations 2017 Grantee and Hosted Organization Environment Youth, Adults Birds are key indicators of the health and sustainability of the natural Environment. Rocky Point Bird Observatory’s ongoing monitoring project helps to assess whether natural or human-caused changes are negatively impacting natural spaces. Due to the anticipated increase of traffic in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the scope of monitoring has expanded to include the seabirds that access this area. Additionally, the outreach program is growing and volunteer involvement is rapidly increasing. Funding is requested to support the expansion of the monitoring project, build upon the success of outreach, and improve the quality of volunteer engagement.
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Saanich Neighbourhood Place Tillicum Early Years Hub 2015 Grantee Getting Started Children This pilot project will provide one-stop wrap-around services for families with young children to improve health and developmental outcomes. The Hub will offer access to childcare, health screening, early intervention and special needs services, nutrition resources, family counselling and support, parent education, and links to other services such as employment, immigration and housing programs. The Hub will offer a seamless continuum of support, beginning with pre- and post-natal information, parent-infant activities and infant/toddler childcare. Funding is requested for the planning of the Hub, including working closely with partners to coordinate service delivery.
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Saanich Neighbourhood Place Growing Together: Community Early Screening Project 2017 Grantee Getting Started Children Coordinated by Saanich Neighbourhood Place, the Victoria Early Years Centre is concerned with the nearly 30% vulnerability rate of children entering Kindergarten in School District 61. Working with community partners and applying targeted strategies, this project will develop a community plan to ensure universal access to developmental and health screening for children ages zero to five. Screening will ensure that children have developmental and health concerns identified well before they reach Kindergarten, by strengthening and aligning community supports for families. Fundamental to the project is the formation of The Early Screening Network to advance sustainable systems-level change.
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Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust Society Salt Spring Island Farm Centre for Food Security 2015 Grantee Economy Children, Youth, Adults The Farm Centre for Food Security, a community food hub, addresses identified needs on Salt Spring Island for local food storage, coordinated distribution, value-added processing and meals, and food literacy. The Development Permit is approved and the Master Plan is completed for full construction and implementation of the Centre. The Centre will support increased local food production (target of a 25 percent increase in first five years), provide job experience for vulnerable individuals, improve access to healthy local food, and increase community resilience. Funds requested will support Phase 1 of developing the Centre, including renovation of the existing barn, installation of utilities, providing workshop programs, setting up winter food storage, and beginning land reclamation.
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Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust Society The Root: Building Community and Local Food 2017 Grantee Economy Children, Youth, Adults The Root is a multi-functional food hub that will enhance local food security and sustainability by providing all-season, temperature-controlled storage for locally grown food as well as a commercial food processing kitchen, permaculture demonstration gardens, dry storage barn, and community seed saving vault. The Root will also provide food education for the community and food-related training, mentoring, and supported employment for youth. Construction on the Root building will begin in Fall 2017. Funds are requested to purchase and install equipment for the commercial kitchen as well as for water catchment installations to divert greywater used to wash produce.
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Society for Kids at Tennis Society for Kids at Tennis (KATS) 2015 Grantee Sport & Recreation Children, Youth The mission of KATS is to provide free tennis lessons and equipment to financially disadvantaged children in Victoria. Benefits include enhanced physical literacy, fitness, emotional and social well-being. The recently released 2015 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth assigns a grade of D-, stating: “ Overall, only 9% of 5- to 17-year olds get the 60 minutes of heart-pumping activity they need”. Encouragingly, Victoria’s Vital Signs awards a B+ for sports and recreation, however, with kids spending up to six hours per day on their “screens”, the incidence of childhood obesity is climbing at an alarming rate.
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Society for Kids at Tennis Free Tennis Lessons For Disadvantaged Children and Youth in CRD 2016 Grantee Sports & Recreation Children, Youth This program will provide free tennis lessons and equipment to disadvantaged children in Victoria. The Society for Kids at Tennis has expanded its focus from financially-disadvantaged children to include children and youth with special needs. Benefits include enhanced physical literacy, physical fitness, and emotional and social development. The Society for Kids at Tennis works in partnership with 35 social agencies operating in every municipality in the Capital Regional District. The Society will provide over 1800 hours of instruction to over 1000 children and youth during this funding cycle.
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Society for Kids at Tennis Free Tennis Lessons For Disadvantaged Children & Youth in CRD 2017 Grantee Sports & Recreation Children, Youth Working in conjunction with 40 community social organizations and schools, this program provides free tennis lessons to more than 2,000 children and youth. These children are selected by partner organizations and have disabilities, including Autism and Down Syndrome, or come from families with chronically low income. Benefits to the children include learning the fundamentals of physical literacy, which encourages a life-long interest and involvement with physical activity and sport. Funding for this project will support the free lessons, which are conducted in a manner that promotes social and emotional benefits, including improved self-confidence and better relationships.
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South Island Centre for Counselling and Training Society Providing Affordable Counselling for Children and Youth: Bridging the Gap 2015 Grantee Health & Wellness Children, Youth South Island Centre for Counselling and Training has been steadily expanding to become an additional community resource available for children and youth in the greater Victoria area.The Centre has been providing professional, affordable counselling services without waits to those in need on an income-based sliding fee scale since 1975. In a concerted effort to support the mental health services network available for children and youth (and their families) in the Victoria area, the Centre is focusing on further expanding our services to concentrate on this neglected cohort to address and alleviate some of the pressing need.
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The Sooke Philharmonic Society Sooke Harmony Project 2015 Grantee Getting Started Children The Sooke Harmony Project (SHP) plans to offer free music instruction to low-income children ages six to 12 in the Sooke region. The SHP engages children in music lessons and rehearsals, builds orchestras with these children in their own neighbourhoods, and arranges field trips to concerts and special events. Each student will receive an instrument to take home, and all are enrolled in group classes or private lessons. Beyond improving their musical abilities, children develop life skills, make academic progress, increase their cultural awareness, and create strong connections. They also learn to collaborate, lead, and perform as a unit.
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The Sooke Philharmonic Society 20th Anniversary Music Program 2017 Grantee Arts & Culture Adults, Seniors The 2017-2018 season marks the Society’s 20th anniversary. This community Orchestra of 60 musicians and the 40-voice Chorus have a long-standing presence in Sooke and the West Shore. Funding would support the Music Program, which includes 8-10 concerts annually, with over 70 rehearsal sessions in preparation for these performances. Rehearsals take place every week throughout the year, with the season including a free concert in July, and two Christmas concerts. Funding is also requested to support the Sooke Harbour Chamber Music Workshop Program.
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T’Sou-ke Nation (Ladybug Garden & Greenhouse) WUI CIST CEN TOL 2015 Grantee Health & Wellness First Nations, Youth, Seniors WUI,CIST CEN,TOL brings elders and youth together to grow and forage for foods, medicinal herbs and traditional seafoods on the traditional territories of the T’Sou-ke Nation. This enriches the knowledge of youth in regards to their culture, heritage and traditional ways incorporating the SEN?O?EN language by naming the plants they forage. The WUI,CIST CEN,TOL gardening and foraging project promotes healthy eating and active living with hikes for exercise and endurance, and teaches sustainability through workshops on food preservation, drying and storing. Using the T’Sou-ke Nation’s traditional territories as an “outdoor classroom” for outings and the gardens to promote healthy living within the community, this project aims to teach members about indigenous food systems and to encourage self-sufficiency.
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Vancouver Island Providence Community Association Learning, Engaging, & Growing in Providence Farm Greenhouse 2015 Grantee and Hosted Organization Learning Adults The Nursery/Greenhouse Program at Providence Farm provides horticultural therapy, education, and skills training for individuals with mental health issues, brain injuries, developmental and learning disabilities, and physical challenges. Twelve to fifteen adults access this program area each day, year round. The project is to enhance the Greenhouse with new propagation tables & benches, composting and soil sterilizing, etc. thereby becoming an even more viable learning and growing space and creating improved training opportunities for a disadvantaged sector of the community. The training is appropriate for all abilities, and focuses on improving confidence, social interaction, horticultural skills, work habits, and physical ability.
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Vancouver Island Men’s Trauma Counselling Society Post-Trauma Road to Recovery: Stage 2 group for men with PTSD 2015 Grantee Health & Wellness Adults The Men’s Trauma Centre provides victim support services and individual and group counselling to men who have experienced trauma. Trauma is an emotional wound that creates lasting damage to development and include physical, emotional or sexual abuse. The Centre is experienced in providing specialist groups for men, including a Stage 1 group helping men recover from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that has been very successful. Funding is requested to develop a pilot Stage 2 PTSD counselling group for men that will build on the work done in Stage 1, with results to be shared with other organizations.
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Via Choralis Performance Society South American Spring – “Songs of the Amazon” 2015 Grantee Arts & Culture Youth, Adults Via Choralis Performance Society is continuing performance in 2016 as a high quality arts & culture organization which will draw singers from the CRD to collaborate in a rare event that is both interesting intellectually and musically. The project provides performance and musical educational opportunities to student vocalists and musicians, taking place in the Town of Sidney and in the City of Victoria. The project provides a unique repertoire which has not been performed in the Capital Region and will premiere a work by a local composer. Partial proceeds will be donated to Jeneece Place.
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Via Choralis Performance Society Liebeslieder Waltzer (Brahms) and Madrigals 2017 Grantee Arts & Culture Youth, Adults Via Choralis Performance Society is a high quality Arts & Culture organization that draws singers from the Capital Region to collaborate in a rare event that is both interesting intellectually and musically. The project will provide performance and musical educational opportunities to student vocalists, taking place in the Town of Sidney. It will also provide a unique repertoire that has not been performed in the Capital Region for some time, featuring four hands and one piano during the Liebeslieder Waltzer. Partial proceeds will be donated to Jeneece Place.
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Victoria Choral Society Mendelssohn Concert 2016 2015 Grantee Arts & Culture Youth, Adults, Seniors Victoria Choral Society will produce a concert on April 10, 2016 featuring major choral works by Mendelssohn and Brahms, including Mendelssohn’s Symphony #2 (Hymn of Praise) and Brahms’ Song of Destiny. This concert will bring these great choral-symphonic masterworks to the Victoria-area audience and provide an opportunity to hear the first performance of the Hymn of Praise in Victoria in nearly 60 years! The project will also benefit the local music community, as VCS will be hiring 38 instrumentalists and three soloists. In addition, VCS will reach out to youth, disadvantaged people, and community groups through complimentary or reduced-cost tickets.
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Victoria Choral Society Handel’s “Joshua” Concert 2016 Grantee Arts & Culture Youth, Adults, Seniors The Victoria Choral Society (VCS) will self-produce a concert on May 9, 2017 featuring Handel’s oratorio “Joshua.” This concert will provide a rare opportunity for Victoria audiences to hear this masterwork, with its beautiful arias and stirring choruses, including the well-known “See the Conquering Hero Comes.” The project will also benefit the local music community, as VCS will hire 33 instrumentalists and four soloists. In addition, VCS will reach out to youth, disadvantaged people, and community groups to provide complimentary or reduced-cost tickets.
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Victoria Choral Society Performance of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis Feb 11, 2018 2017 Grantee Arts & Culture Adults, Seniors Funding will produce the first-ever Victoria performance of Missa Solemnis by both the Victoria Choral Society and the Victoria Symphony. Considered to be one of Beethoven’s supreme achievements, this masterwork arguably equals or exceeds the Ninth Symphony in its depth, majesty, and demands on both the choir and soloists. This concert will be performed Sunday, February 11, 2018 at the Farquhar Auditorium, University of Victoria, and conducted by the Victoria Choral Society Music Director, Brian Wismath.
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Victoria Community Food Hub Society Neighborhood Food Networks Exploratory 2015 Grantee Health & Wellness Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors This project will support the development of a network of neighbourhood based food hubs in the Capital Region. It will build on existing social and physical infrastructure in schools, municipal facilities, and community organizations to increase access to fresh, healthy food and improve community food literacy. Through establishment of a Neighbourhood Food Networks Working Group, participating agencies will take the next steps to identify neighbourhood assets, create an online food wiki tool, and develop an aligned workplan around shared priorities. This upstream project will engage local governments, schools and regional organizations to strengthen these efforts through programs, resources and supportive policy.
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Victoria Community Food Hub Society The Good Food Strategy- Large Scale CI Collaborative Initiative 2016 Grantee Health & Wellness Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The Good Food Network has come together so that all people in our region can have access to healthy, local food and so that our local food system will provide Good Food for generations to come. Good Food is food that is good for the planet, good for the producer, and good for the health and well-being of all. Funding will support this large-scale regional collaboration over the next year to align resources and actions in the areas of food literacy, food access and food economy, to achieve shared outcomes by 2025.
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Victoria Community Food Hub Society Good Food Collective Impact Initiative 2017 Grantee Health & Wellness Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The Good Food Network has come together so that all people in the Capital Region have access to healthy, local food and that the local food system will provide Good Food for generations to come. Good Food is food that is good for the planet, good for the producer, and good for the health and well-being of all. Funding will support the Good Food Strategy, a regional food system initiative to align resources and action for significant outcomes by 2025 in the areas of food literacy, food access, and local food economy, towards a vision of Good Food for all.
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Victoria Community Food Hub Society Tsartlip First Nation Community and Family Garden Program 2017 Grantee Environment First Nations, Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The Family Garden program provides support for 60 Tsartlip households to build a backyard gardens and grow a variety of fruits and vegetables (of their choice). Staff offers supplies and mentoring to gardeners throughout the growing season. The Teaching Garden includes the children and parents who attend the infant-toddler and afterschool programs. The Garden is located next to the health center and programming includes traditional plants as food and medicine. The purpose of both programs is to build knowledge of and give access to healthy food. Hands-on education is vital to children and their families making healthy food choices.
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Victoria Compost and Conservation Education Society (Victoria Compost Education Centre) Healing City Soils 2015 Grantee Environment Youth, Adults, Seniors The goal of the Healing City Soils project is to create a virtual soil map of Victoria to make community members aware of potential contamination in their backyard or boulevard soil and empower them with the knowledge and skills to grow food safely based on that awareness. A workshop and fact sheet series about soil remediation and basic food growing skills will be created. Five neighbourhoods will be initially involved in the mapping process, and students from Camosun College’s Environmental Technology program will lead research in each neighbourhood and coordinate soil testing through their campus lab.
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Victoria Compost and Conservation Education Society (Victoria Compost Education Centre) Healing City Soils: Expanding the Soil Health Network 2017 Grantee Environment Adults, Seniors Ensuring soil is healthy is the first step to any urban agriculture project, from backyard growing to community and boulevard gardening. Soil testing is expensive and the results can be confusing or disheartening, often creating a barrier to growing food. Funding for this project will provide free analysis of the region’s soils, adding two municipalities annually, to build on the virtual soil health map of the Capital Regional District, which highlights areas where heavy metals may need to be addressed before growing food and empowers people with the knowledge and skills to grow food safely and heal the soil.
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Victoria Hospice Society Sacred Art of Living and Dying Outcomes – A quality care improvement study 2015 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Adults, Seniors Hospice care aims to treat both the physical pain caused by terminal illnesses, and the mental, social and spiritual issues that come from facing one’s own mortality. End-of-life patients frequently report, however, that their medical care team does not attend to their spiritual needs. Last year Victoria Hospice became the Canadian pilot site for an education program designed to help caregivers better integrate spiritual support into their practice of care. The proposed study will evaluate the effectiveness of that program in improving patient outcomes, and will identify challenges and strategies for integrating more spiritual support at hospices throughout Canada.
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Victoria Hospice Society Improving outcomes for patients on hemodialysis: Mapping the Patient’s Journey 2017 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Adults, Seniors In 2009, the BC Provincial Renal Agency published a series of recommendations aimed at improving end of life care for those living with kidney disease. Eight years later, however, significant gaps still remain in implementing a palliative approach for hemodialysis patients. Victoria Hospice plans to use a patient journey mapping model to better understand these gaps from the perspective of the patient, and use the modelling process to increase communications between stakeholders and, ultimately, improve quality of life for patients through better symptom management, more in-depth psychosocial and spiritual care, and providing greater assistance in navigating complex decisions.
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Victoria Humane Society Sled Dog Fostering and Adoption Project 2015 Grantee Health & Wellness Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The Victoria Humane Society will rescue, rehabilitate, spay/neuter, socialize, foster and adopt out over 50 sled dogs. The sled dogs are anxious, nervous and timid around people and require special care to prepare them for adoption. With the right care and a lot of patience, the majority of sled dogs are quick to learn, becoming incredible family pets as they adapt to a new way of life that includes cars, noise, stairs, furniture, leashes and toys. Potential families will be screened to ensure they are the right match for each of these unique dogs.
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Victoria Philharmonic Choir Society Mozart/Haydn Choral Concert 2015 Grantee Arts & Culture Youth, Adults, Seniors VPC, an auditioned, multi-generational organization, has become a vital part of the region’s musical culture. Support is needed for a March 2016 choral concert featuring works by Mozart and Haydn. The Greater Victoria audience will be thrilled with another outstanding major classical performance by the VPC, orchestra and soloists. An all-ages event, the concert offers incentives for young people to attend or participate, promoting accessibility. Choristers benefit with improved vocal capacity and a deeper sense of belonging by working together to create the event.
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Victoria Philharmonic Choir Society Monteverdi Choral Concert 2016 Grantee Arts & Culture Youth, Adults, Seniors The Victoria Philharmonic Choir (VPC) is an auditioned and multi-generational organization that has become a vital part of the region’s musical culture. Support is needed for two choral concerts featuring the work of Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers. In June 2017, the VPC will treat Greater Victoria audiences, with special outreach to youth, to high-quality performances featuring 80 voices, orchestra with period instrumentation, and internationally-notable soloists. The performance will contribute to the health and well-being of choristers, musicians and audiences. Moreover, audiences exceeding 700 will thrill to accessible, high-quality cultural events, while volunteers will experience belonging and community contribution.
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Victoria Philharmonic Choir Society JS Bach’s B Minor Mass Choral Concert 2017 Grantee Arts & Culture Youth, Adults, Seniors The Victoria Philharmonic Choir (VPC) has become a vital part of the region’s musical culture. Support is required for a choral concert integral to the choir’s season: J.S. Bach’s B Minor Mass, a seminal work and audience favorite. In March 2018, the VPC will treat a Greater Victoria audience to a performance of the highest quality music featuring 80 voices, a professional orchestra, and internationally-notable soloists. Health and well-being benefits accrue to choristers, musicians, and audience: volunteers engage in activities promoting a sense of belonging and community, and an audience of almost 400 enjoys a financially-accessible cultural event.
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Victoria READ Society Designing a Collaborative Literacy “Alliance” for Greater Victoria: Development of a Strategy Roadmap 2015 Grantee and Hosted Organization Learning Children, Youth, Adults The existing model for providing literacy support services in Greater Victoria is no longer viable. A core group of agencies have been working together to establish a broad consortium of stakeholders to develop a more collaborative approach that will better serve the needs of the community and achieve greater efficiencies in service delivery. Building on the results of a Challenge Dialogue, this project will support the creation of a Strategy Roadmap that connects and integrates the necessary actions, outcomes, goals and impacts into a coherent visual strategy. The Roadmap is a key next step in the design, development and implementation of a literacy “alliance.”
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Victoria Theatre Guild and Dramatic School (Langham Court Theatre) Volunteer Learning Program 2015 Grantee and Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The Victoria Theatre Guild and Dramatic School will initiate a comprehensive learning program in each of its Guilds to re-energize its mandate to provide theatrical learning and address the many requests from its volunteers for learning opportunities. Residents of Victoria come with widely varied experience and abilities to volunteer at the Guild. These learning opportunities, in conjunction with volunteers’ experience at the Langham Court Theatre, will give Guild members the support they need to be more confident and provide them with a more fulfilling creative experience. These learning opportunities will also be offered to non members as an important outreach project of the Guild.
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Victoria Theatre Guild and Dramatic School (Langham Court Theatre) Volunteer Development: Building Skills, Capacity & Community 2017 Grantee and Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Youth, Adults, Seniors This project will enhance and develop the skills of over 300 youth and adults in Greater Victoria through an expanded and comprehensive learning program focused on artistic skills and community engagement. Funding will support monthly workshops, a theatre immersion partnership with Central Middle School, a three week Musical Theatre Summer Intensive, and a playwright-in-residence program. The anticipated result of this program is an increase in the number of skilled volunteers available to support Langham Court Theatre as well as the expanding creative ecosystem of cultural resources across Greater Victoria.
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Wear 2 Start Society Wear 2 Start Website Project 2015 Grantee Standard of Living Adults Wear 2 Start requires a professionally designed website to enhance the service delivery and the sustainability of this volunteer-driven society. The current website is outdated, cumbersome to maintain, and experiencing technical challenges. An updated website will allow Wear 2 Start to integrate social media, recognize its sponsors and donors, reach a new segment of supporters, track metrics and add the capability to receive online donations. This website is essential for Wear 2 Start to raise its community profile and showcase its services so it can continue to meet its mandate to assist and empower low-income women seeking employment to dress their best and gain the confidence to succeed in job interviews.
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West Coast Islands’ Stewardship & Conservancy Society of British Columbia Food is Medicine: Learning, Celebrating and Revitalising Indigenous Food Systems 2015 Grantee Health & Wellness First Nations, Youth, Seniors Knowledge about the healing power of food remains with local Indigenous peoples, who continue to use food in treating illness and injury and maintaining health. There is a deep understanding for many Indigenous peoples that ‘Food is Medicine.’ This project promotes awareness about the medicinal qualities of healthy, local and traditional food to the next generation. Through arts-based workshops led by local Indigenous Elders, youth learn about food’s healing power and create visuals for an Island-wide public campaign on this teaching. In so doing, ‘Food is Medicine’ nourishes health and wellness in a holistic, creative and Indigenous-led way.
WorkLink Employment Society Client Supports Project 2015 Grantee Standard of Living Adults WorkLink Employment Society is contracted to provide WorkBC and Service Canada employment services and programs to job-seeking clients. Some governmental financial assistance is available for specific, eligible items required for clients’ participation, but often clients’ needs fall outside the set criteria. Financially destitute individuals may be blocked from programming or accepting jobs if they cannot access funds for required items. Client Supports pays for needed items where no other option exists, including food, communications, industry licences, training-related needs, and transportation. This ensures all clients can access programs and jobs that assist them in becoming self-sufficient through employment or through greater community attachment.
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WorkLink Employment Society Client Supports Project 2017 Grantee Standard of Living Adults WorkLink Employment Society is contracted to provide BC Government employment services and programs to job-seeking clients. Some governmental financial assistance is available to purchase specific items towards clients’ participation, but needed purchases are often not eligible expenses. Individuals with no financial resources may be blocked from employment or programming by a relatively simple expenditure. The Client Supports project provides financial assistance where no other options exist, including food, shelter-related costs, phones, clothes, grooming, licenses, transportation, and training-related needs. This project will directly help approximately 80 clients reduce impoverishment by either securing work or enhancing job skills to compete for work.
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Young Parents Support Network Child & Youth Health Network Collective Impact Initiative 2015 Grantee Health & Wellness Children, Youth The Child & Youth Health Network (C&YHN) is a cross-sector collective impact initiative which is aligning organizations and resources behind the vision of “Communities supporting healthy kids growing into healthy adults raising healthy kids.” In 2016, to ensure that children and youth in the Capital Region thrive, the C&YHN will launch its first five-year campaign and a region-wide shared measurement system. The C&YHN will continue to focus on partnership development to support deep engagement across sectors as a key strategy for creating a healthy and sustainable region through fostering the well-being of young people.
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1000×5 Children’s Book Recycling Project Society 1000X5 Children’s Book Recycling Project Society (1000X5 Victoria) 2016 Grantee Learning Children 1000×5 Children’s Book Recycling Society provides books for babies and preschoolers in a crucial early brain development and literacy stage. The goal is for every child to have a home library and have those books read to them 1000 times by age five, building lifelong language, literacy and social-emotional skills. Many families, due to poverty or unfamiliarity with early reading, own few or no books. Through the project, 1000 children receive three books monthly from 24 agencies. Eight thousand families at 30 Greater Victoria elementary schools donate books. Funds will buy books for babies and support the part-time Project Leader.
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1000×5 Children’s Book Recycling Project Society 1000X5 Children’s Book Recycling Project Society 2017 Grantee Learning Children 1000×5 Children’s Book Recycling Society provides books for babies and preschoolers in a crucial early brain development and literacy stage. The Society’s goals are that every child has a home library and that those books are read to them 1000 times by age five, building lifelong language, literacy and social-emotional skills. Many families, due to poverty or unfamiliarity with early reading, own few or no books. Through the project, 1000 children will receive three books monthly from 24 agencies. Funds will buy books for babies and support the part-time Project Leader.
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Anglican Synod of the Diocese of BC Welcoming Newcomers to Canada 2016 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors, Newcomers The Refugee Program of the Diocese of British Columbia, through a Sponsorship Agreement with the Canadian Government, works with volunteers to privately sponsor and settle hundreds of individuals fleeing from countries where they are persecuted or escaping from war. Fifty-six sponsorship groups raise funds to bring families to Canada and, for twelve months, provide living expenses and accommodation. Volunteers orient them to language and settlement programs, health services and the Canadian workplace. The Diocese provides humanitarian assistance to refugees by welcoming them as newcomers, integrating them into our multicultural society, and encouraging them to become autonomous and self-reliant.
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Board of Education of School District No. 61 – Greater Victoria View Royal Elementary Outdoor Classroom 2016 Grantee Learning Children View Royal Elementary School wishes to build an outdoor classroom to help bring learning to life! The outdoor classroom will be a space where children and educators can gather to learn, experiment and explore in nature. Students will have a natural space to actively problem solve, collaborate with one another, and become stewards of the environment. Studies show both a direct correlation between outdoor classrooms and a child’s ability to focus as well as significant academic gains for students. The outdoor classroom will make learning more engaging and relevant and will allow students to apply their learning to the world around them.
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Board of Education of School District No. 62 – Sooke Supporting Education for Children/Youth in Care in Partnership 2016 Grantee Learning Children, Youth In Spring 2016, leaders from School District 62 and the Ministry of Children and Family Development committed to collaboratively developing a school-based social work team to work with one of British Columbia’s most vulnerable student populations: children and youth in care. Funding is requested to produce and implement a Developmental Evaluation Framework to support the initiative’s impact. This project will identify and document the initiative’s milestones, successes and challenges as well as student and organizational systems-level outcomes. Knowledge gained can be used by communities across the province seeking to undertake collaborative action to foster educational success for children and youth in care.
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Camosun College Foundation 2017 S’TENISTOLW Conference: cultural pre-conference and welcome 2016 Grantee Learning First Nations The 2017 S’TENISTOLW Conference, hosted by Eye? Sqa’lewen, Camosun’s Centre for Indigenous Education and Community Connections, is a gathering for instructors, leaders and allies in the field of Indigenous adult education. Its purpose is to build relationships and networks of reciprocity – to share, learn and exchange with each other. Funding is requested for a cultural pre-conference and welcome, hosted in collaboration with the Songhees Nation, which will ground the conference in relationship to place, confirming the intention of Eye? Sqa’lewen (good heart, good mind, good feelings) and Na’tsa’maht (unity and collective vision), a gathering place on Camosun’s Lansdowne campus.
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Canadian Heritage Arts Society
(Canadian College of Performing Arts)
Theatre and Equipment Upgrades 2016 Grantee and Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Youth, Adults, Seniors The Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) offers quality training in a broad spectrum of skills to prepare students for careers in the performance arts locally, nationally and internationally. The CCPA is entering its 19th season and is looking to make needed upgrades to its Performance Hall. The Performance Hall is widely used by both its students and the public. Upgrades will improve the theatre experience with more comfortable seats and accessible washrooms. The CCPA will also replace its theatre drapes, enhancing light and ventilation, and its dance floor, improving dancer safety.
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CFB Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre Celebrating Diversity of the Military Family 2016 Grantee and Hosted Organization Belonging & Engagement Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors Based on a 2013 Military Ombudsman report assessing the wellbeing of Canadian military families and on community engagement with local military families, Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre is seeking funds to continue the “This is My Family” campaign. The campaign’s aim is to enhance community integration and educate community partners about the unique nature of the military family lifestyle and the diversity of military families. Funding is requested to support the creation of images and communication tools to reinforce the definition of the modern military family, enhance community integration, and encourage a greater sense of belonging.
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Cook Street Village Activity Centre Society (New Horizons) Sharing Circles 2016 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Youth, Adults, Seniors, First Nations, Newcomers The Cook Street Village Activity Centre (CSVAC) believes in diversity of cultures and generations. Sharing Circles will provide a place where everyone will be a learner and teacher by celebrating diversity, gaining greater awareness and acceptance, and breaking the cycle of isolation. The CSVAC knows that finances can be a barrier to participation so keeping costs low is essential. Sharing Circles will work closely with schools, non-profits, and local groups to celebrate diversity through art, music, storytelling and food. This will lead to a stronger sense of community and greater awareness of the wonderful people that make up the community.
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Disabled Sailing Association of BC – Victoria Branch Extended Sailing Program for People with Disabilities (Spring and Fall) 2016 Grantee Sports & Recreation Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors, Disabled Sailing is a very normalizing activity where participants with disabilities say they experience their greatest sense of freedom. Joystick and Sip ‘n’ Puff technologies allow people with even very high spinal cord injuries and neuromuscular disabilities to sail independently. Each year, feedback from participants reflects a desire for a longer sailing season. The Disabled Sailing Association of British Columbia, Victoria Branch, would like to hire instructors to increase the length of the sailing season to include the spring and fall, thereby increasing sailing opportunities for people with disabilities.
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Disaster Aid Canada Hygiene Kits to 10 local shelters in the CRD 2016 Grantee Health & Wellness Youth, Adults, Seniors The Soap for Hope program will meet the hygiene needs of ten shelters in the CRD. In 2015, 40 volunteers processed over 70,000 bars of used soap and hygiene products; six local shelters received hygiene products; and usable products were diverted from landfills. The program has expanded to divert items such as linens, bedding and pillows and redistributes these into shelters and transitional homes. Funding is requested to expand the reach of this successful program to fully meet the requested needs from shelters.
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Greater Victoria Housing Society Balmoral Garden Court Re-Design Project 2016 Grantee Standard of Living Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors, Disabled Balmoral Garden Court is an inner-city building that provides affordable housing for low-income seniors, families, and adults with disabilities. The Balmoral Garden Court Re-Design Project is an initiative to enhance the quality of life of residents by creating friendly, bright community spaces where people feel welcome and secure. Enhancements and refurbishments include replacing the existing bike racks, installing a weather-proofed bike shelter, refurbishing the family area with interactive walls to encourage playful learning, and adding toy storage and children’s furniture. Floor numbers will also be painted/installed outside of the elevators on every floor, improving accessibility.
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Hope in Shadows Inc. Hope in Shadows and Megaphone Victoria Vendor Coordinator 2016 Grantee Standard of Living Adults, Seniors The Victoria Vendor Coordinator is a part-time position to recruit new homeless and low-income vendors in Victoria to sell the Hope in Shadows calendar and Megaphone magazine. This project will provide vendors with the skills, tools, training and support to improve their sales, better manage their finances and create stronger interpersonal and communication skills with their clients. With a 12% poverty rate in the region and more than 1,000 homeless individuals in Victoria, this project will provide people experiencing poverty and homelessness a much needed low-threshold employment opportunity.
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Kaleidoscope Theatre Production Society The Little Prince – Bilingual version 2016 Grantee Arts & Culture Children, Youth In March 2017, Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People will produce a bilingual (English/French) production of the timeless classic “The Little Prince”. Building on the success of its recent workshop of an English-only version at its 4th annual Family Theatre Festival, Kaleidoscope will scale up the show for presentation at the McPherson Playhouse. In addition to Kaleidoscope’s traditional school and family audiences, “The Little Prince” will be available at no charge to under-served audiences in the community. Kaleidoscope plans to tour this production up island during the 2017/2018 season.
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Kaleidoscope Theatre Production Society Family Theatre Festival 2018 2017 Grantee Arts & Culture Children, Youth Kaleidoscope Theatre will be kicking off their 2018-2019 season with its sixth-annual Family Theatre Festival, an all-ages festival in Victoria designed to introduce children to the magic of live theatre in an affordable and interactive manner. It will include a new work, “The Last Beothuk’, presented by Kaleidoscope as well as performances by Puente Theatre, Story Theatre, and renowned puppeteer Bonnie Duncan of the Gottabees. By presenting new work and collaborating with local performing arts groups, Kaleidoscope remains dedicated to its core values while sharing resources with local partners.
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Living Edge Community Church Quadra Village: food equality capacity building 2016 Grantee Standard of Living Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The Living Edge Community operates as a food hub and community dinner organization for people in the Hillside-Quadra neighbourhoods and surrounding area who are living in poverty. Access to rescued food from various food banks and generous local food suppliers allow for distribution of food through a free Sunday Community Dinner at CDI College and a free Marketplace at Quadra Village Community Centre, where fresh produce and high protein foods are available. Funding will support a program evaluation, volunteer drive, outreach activities, community events, and a client survey.
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Marie Esther Society
(Mount. St. Mary Hospital)
Room to Care 2016 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Seniors, Disabled Mount St. Mary Hospital has 184 private rooms and eight double rooms for vulnerable members of our community, currently ranging from 44 to 102 years of age, who require complex care. Funding is requested for improvements to residents’ rooms and furniture. Currently, large holes and gouges in the walls, damaged heater covers, and slippery, damp-smelling bathroom floors all impact the health and well-being of residents. Residents’ quality of life and the safety of the residents, friends, families, and staff will be improved by upgrades and repairs, leading to residents feeling respected and maintaining hope and dignity.
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Marie Esther Society
(Mount. St. Mary Hospital)
Safe transfer of individuals with physical disabilities 2017 Grantee and Hosted Organization Safety Seniors, Disabled At Mount St. Mary Hospital (MSMH), 200 residents have ceiling-mounted lifts in their rooms. Lifts allow caregivers to transfer residents to and from their bed to their sitting chair, wheelchair, or bathroom. They guarantee the resident’s safety, comfort, and dignity while being moved and repositioned, and reduce the risk of injury to care staff. Lifts should last 8-10 years: MSMH lifts are over 14-years-old and in need of replacement to ensure reliability. Funds to purchase 25 new lift motors will ensure vulnerable residents continue being safely transferred, allowing their participation in activities that reduce loneliness and isolation and improve quality-of-life.
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Move Adapted Fitness and Rehabilitation Society of BC Therapeutic Exercise Program 2016 Grantee Health & Wellness Disabled The Therapeutic Exercise program seeks to expand its rehabilitation services to support an additional 40 people with disabilities living in the Capital Regional District. The program provides individualized gym programs, full access to MOVE’s specialized gym equipment, weekly one-on-one athletic therapy support, group exercise programs, and social engagement activities. MOVE’s facility provides an accessible, adaptable, safe and inclusive space where people with disabilities who are on low, fixed incomes can exercise with an athletic therapist and trained volunteers. Exercise is essential to regaining health, maintaining independence, combating the risk of secondary conditions, and rebuilding self-esteem, confidence, and social engagement post-injury.
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Nanaimo Association for Community Living Life Long Learning Expansion 2016 Grantee Learning Adults, Disabled NACL’s Life Long Learning Program began in 2012 with the premise of fulfilling the educational needs for people with developmental disabilities in the mid-Vancouver Island region in the areas of employment readiness, personal and social development, building independence/life skills, community engagement, academics, citizenship, bus training, and the diversity of the global community. Life Long Learning currently has a limited capacity of 5:1 (students-to-staff) teaching hundreds of measurable learning objectives. This project will increase staffing in order to expand the number of student participants in this much-needed program; in turn, resulting in more independent and engaged citizens and employees.
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Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society Wildlife in Schools 2016 Grantee Environment Youth Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society (NWPS) provides free wildlife education programs to youth in Greater Victoria schools. In 2015, the Society reached over 2000 young people, with some participants going on to set up wildlife clubs and beach clean ups. The aim of the Wildlife in Schools program is to inspire and create a generation of environmental stewards, connecting participants with their community and giving them a sense of belonging whilst working towards Environment. Funding is requested to meet the high demand of local schools to provide more young people with opportunities to learn about their local environment.
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Oak Bay Volunteer Services Society Volunteer Engagement 40th Anniversary 2016 Grantee and Hosted Organization Belonging & Engagement Adults, Seniors, Disabled Oak Bay Volunteer Services provides direct one-to-one volunteer services to Oak Bay residents in need. While honouring its upcoming 40th anniversary, the organization will look to expand outreach to attract new volunteers. Volunteer engagement will also be expanded through the provision of workshops and other training opportunities. The overall goal will be to provide much needed volunteer services to help individuals maintain independence, improve quality of life and reduce social isolation. Both volunteers and clients will benefit through an improved sense of belonging.
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Parish Of Pender And Saturna Islands Pender Reconciliation Initiative 2017 2016 Grantee Arts & Culture First Nations, Youth, Adults, Seniors The 2017 Pender Reconciliation Initiative, key elements of which are the SEN?O?EN language workshop and W?SÁNE? 13 Moon Calendar installation, is designed to promote recognition and respect for W?SÁNE? culture through community engagement and partnership. This workshop will provide an introduction to the language revival initiative and the role that it plays in reinforcing the cultural identity of the W?SÁNE? Peoples. The 13 Moon Calendar codifies essential elements of W?SÁNE? culture and illustrates the interrelationships among these elements. This project will promote a growing partnership between the Tsawout and Pender communities.
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Power to Be: Adventure Therapy Society Wilderness School 2016 Grantee Health & Wellness Youth Wilderness School is a three-year, co-ed program for youth who display high-risk indicators and have shown an interest in wilderness experiences. This program fills a vital gap for youth who are falling through the cracks for a variety of reasons including financial barriers, mental health challenges, family breakdown, identity issues, and social isolation. Wilderness School can be the turning point to supporting at-risk youth to become healthy, empowered, and confident human beings.
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Shelbourne Community Kitchen Sustainability Project 2016 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Adults, Seniors This project will empower the Shelbourne Community Kitchen Society to develop a three-point sustainability plan to expand nutritious, affordable food access and food skills training to more clients, and enhance program awareness to clients who currently only utilize the pantry. This sustainability plan will include the development of a robust, client-centred evaluation framework and a needs assessment tool; enhancement and expansion of the current volunteer management system; and creation of a strategic action plan to ensure financial sustainability and growth of the Society in the medium-to-long-term. This project will enable the Society to meet the increased need for food-security programming.
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Sooke Hospice Society Comfort Mattress’s Paved area to Hospice house 2016 Grantee Health & Wellness Adults, Seniors, Disabled The Sooke Hospice Society will purchase mattresses to allow individuals in palliative care to complete their journey in the comfort of their own home. Air mattresses will keep bed-bound patients’ skin in good condition, and good quality mattresses will provide comfort for patients spending 50% of their time in bed. Additionally, the Society is looking to have its driveway paved, to help prevent falls. Its Hospice house is used for counselling, meetings, training, and other events. Currently, the driveway is very uneven, causing difficulties for people with limited mobility or who use mobility aids.
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South Galiano Volunteer Fire Department Society Firefighter Personal Protective Equipment 2016 Grantee Safety Adults By regulation, firefighter personal protective clothing must be replaced every ten years, a costly replacement for any volunteer fire department. The South Galiano Fire Department needs to replace two to four sets of protective clothing (coats, pants, boots and helmets). New training guidelines introduced by the province meant increased spending on training and other safety equipment over the last two years. While previous support from the Victoria Foundation has helped with these training requirements, protective gear replacement is in need of additional funding. This grant will meet this funding gap and keep our firefighters safe.
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St. Andrew’s Cathedral St Andrew’s Roman Catholic Cathedral 125th Anniversary Celebrations 2017 2016 Grantee Arts & Culture Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The Cultural Events committee for the 125th anniversary of St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, which is a National Historic Site, will use its resources and energy to promote the historical legacy and the contemporary and future relevance of St. Andrew’s Cathedral in the city of Victoria. It is planning to invite musical groups and individual musicians from the broader community to participate in special concerts during its 125th anniversary year, to highlight the unique acoustical, architectural beauty and spiritual legacy of the cathedral building. The Cathedral opens its doors to invite and embrace the community it seeks to serve.
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St. John’s Church Purchase produce cooler for the Food Bank at St. John’s 2016 Grantee Health & Wellness Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors St. John’s Church is an active member of the Food Share Network, a collaboration of organizations working together to improve food access. The Food Bank at St. John’s will need a cooler to keep fresh produce and other perishable foods made available through the Food Rescue project as fresh as possible until the food can be distributed to clients. Client health will be greatly improved by increasing the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as other perishable products such as cheese and yogurt in their diets.
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Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society Complementary Health Services for People Living with HIV/HCV 2016 Grantee Health & Wellness Adults, Seniors The Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS) wishes to expand its services to encompass complementary holistic health care to improve the quality of life and well-being of those living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) in Victoria. Where possible, services will be provided by students from local educational institutions to create community partnerships and improve awareness of HIV/HCV. The program will include on-site services, partnerships with businesses and off-site service providers, as well as an emergency fund for unexpected medical costs not otherwise covered.
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Vancouver Island Providence Community Association Restoring nature and people through a living labyrinth 2016 Grantee and Hosted Organization Belonging & Engagement Adults, Disabled At Providence Farm, the nursery program is an essential experience for individuals with mental health issues, brain injuries, developmental and learning disabilities and physical challenges. Expanding the foundation for healthy and supportive relationships towards oneself, others and the environment, this program now looks to extend into the larger landscape of the farm, through the addition of a therapeutic, contemplative, and environmentally sensitive labyrinth garden. This project will enhance the existing horticultural program, and draw on other program areas, while integrating a sense of belonging and connection of program participants, volunteers, staff, and farm visitors.
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Victoria Gilbert & Sullivan Society Victoria G&S Society Production Spring 2017: Princess Ida 2016 Grantee Arts & Culture Youth, Adults, Seniors “Princess Ida” is one of the lesser-known works of the 19th-century musical theatre geniuses W.S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan, and has not been performed in Victoria in the past two decades. As such, it is “fresh material” for audiences and performers alike. The production will provide an opportunity for young performers to engage with challenging, beautiful music, while learning from other performers with decades of experience. For audiences, it will combine the familiar feel and recognizable style of better-known Gilbert and Sullivan works, while offering novelty and discovery, and will likely prompt reflection on the past century’s advances in feminism.
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Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival Victoria Film Festival Indigenous Program with Guest Curator 2016 Grantee and Hosted Organization Arts & Culture First Nations, Youth, Adults, Seniors The Indigenous Program will present a series of feature films and shorts carefully selected by an Indigenous Canadian Guest Curator. Each film chosen for the Program will be directed by an Indigenous filmmaker and speak to themes and issues pertinent to Indigenous identity and experiences. This project will invite youth and community groups to engage with the films, facilitate discussion between the curator and the audiences, and inspire the next generation of Indigenous Canadians to communicate their stories creatively. The Program benefits the community through strengthening the arts and cultural landscape, while fostering a sense of belonging to Indigenous Canadians.
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Victoria Integration Society (Recreation Integration Victoria) Disability and Diversity: Education to Promote Active Living 2016 Grantee Sports & Recreation Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors, Disabled Recreation Integration Victoria will develop and deliver educational and promotional materials aimed at reducing existing attitudinal barriers towards persons with disabilities. Behaviours and perception can make it difficult for a person with a disability to engage in programs and activities in their community, often discouraging participation in sport and recreation before the person even gets started. Offered in collaboration with 20 community organizations through training sessions and outreach fairs, this program will target recreation centre staff, sport coaches, education professionals and members of the community-at-large.
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Victoria Integration Society (Recreation Integration Victoria) OneAbility: Community Partners Providing Leadership in Adapted Sports & Recreation 2017 Grantee Sports & Recreation Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors, Disabled OneAbility is a group of community partners committed to improving access and inclusion to sport and physical activities for persons with disabilities throughout the Capital Region. Living an active lifestyle has been demonstrated as a key determinant in the overall health and well-being of persons with disabilities. Through collaborative leadership and a collective impact approach, OneAbility will build on the strengths of each community partner to create more accessible programming, identify program gaps, attract new participants, and deliver training so more programs are inclusive of people with disabilities. Funding will support the program coordination and the collaboration of community partners.
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Victoria Rainbow Kitchen Society Rainbow Kitchen 2016 Grantee and Hosted Organization Belonging & Engagement Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors Funding will support the Rainbow Kitchen, which provides a hot nutritious lunch to 125-140 people per day, five days per week. An estimated 1,100 individuals are served over 36,000 meals per year in a safe, non-judgmental, and welcoming place, free of charge. Rainbow Kitchen guests include low-income and often isolated seniors, working poor families, people temporarily unemployed or unemployable, and those dealing with mental health or addiction issues. Many guests have described this noontime meal as their “food security”. The Rainbow Kitchen relies on over 200 volunteers and one staff member to coordinate and deliver this program.
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Victoria’s Quilts Canada Quilts for People with Cancer 2016 Grantee Health & Wellness Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors Victoria’s Quilts Canada, Victoria Branch, makes quilts for British Columbians living with cancer. Volunteers come together once per month at a free venue to pick up fabrics, batting and backing to make quilts. A request for a quilt is taken at the National Office and local requests are forwarded to the Victoria Branch, which fills the request and delivers the quilt. By providing these quilts, the organization hopes to bring physical and spiritual comfort to those dealing with cancer, letting quilt recipients know that they are not alone in their struggle. Requested funding will purchase fabrics for 20 quilts.
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Volunteer and Community Resources Salt Spring Society Needs Assessment for Administrative Services Hub for Not for Profits 2016 Grantee Economy Adults, Seniors Salt Spring Island is an unincorporated community relying on services provided by not-for-profit organizations and volunteers. For these groups with limited resources, necessary tasks such as accounting, fiscal management, information technology and back-office skills can be overwhelming and debilitating to the services that they provide to the community. This project will explore a centralized “hub” model to help manage these tasks. This “hub” can address the common challenges that all not-for-profits have in terms of business efficiency. The organization would explore this as a social enterprise, a model that maximizes the use of community resources/expertise and promotes sustainability.
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Watershed Watch Salmon Society Building the constituency for salmon and watershed conservation in Victoria 2016 Grantee Environment Youth, Adults, Seniors Watershed Watch Salmon Society’s work has benefited wild salmon runs and watersheds across BC for 17 years. This project expands the capacity of Watershed Watch in Greater Victoria. While opinion polling shows broad public support for salmon and water conservation across the political spectrum, we see room for better public engagement around these powerful icons. With increased public outreach, Watershed Watch will engage new audiences within the community, increase knowledge of these campaigns, and develop a more engaged public base. Together, this strengthens the ability of Watershed Watch to further influence policies essential to watersheds, wild salmon, and our ecosystems.
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West Coast Children’s Choral Society Prelude Choir Launch 2016 Grantee Arts & Culture Children Under the artistic leadership of Madeleine Humer for the past 15 years, the Victoria Children’s Choir (VCC) has produced stunning and diverse choral music. Their success is recognized at home and abroad, a result of high-quality training and performance to international standards. The VCC is the sole provider of this level of choral training in Greater Victoria and demand has exceeded its current programming. The VCC will expand to include the Prelude Choir, a non-auditioned ensemble for younger children, aged seven to nine, introducing them to voice, sound, and music through fun and interactive group exercises and empowering their future musical pursuits.
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West Coast Children’s Choral Society Prelude Choir Expansion 2017 Grantee Arts & Culture Children Funding for this project will support the Prelude Choir, a non-auditioned ensemble for children aged seven to nine years. Last year’s pilot program was filled to capacity with 25 choristers. The organization would like to double the size of the Prelude Choir in 2018, offering up to 50 children in Greater Victoria the opportunity to be part of this program, introducing them to voice, sound, and music through fun and interactive group exercises, and empowering their future musical pursuits.
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BC Cancer Foundation Replacement of vital Tissue Processor to support immunotherapy clinical trials 2017 Grantee Health & Wellness Adults, Seniors BC Cancer Foundation is the fundraising partner of BC Cancer Agency. Victoria’s Deeley Research Centre (DRC) is an integral part of the Agency’s Vancouver Island Centre. Researchers at the DRC study how the immune system responds to cancer and how best to enhance this response for preventative and therapeutic purposes. DRC is poised to bring immunotherapy clinical trials to cancer patients early 2018, with additional trials for 2019. The Tissue Processor prepares tumour tissue samples, providing critical insight into immune Environment within the patient’s cancer. The current aged unit cannot be relied upon to perform its critical duties.
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Beacon Community Association Seniors Engagement 2017 Grantee Health & Wellness Seniors, Disabled Beacon Community Services Seniors Engagement project combines two components of our seniors strategy to address seniors isolation and food security. The monthly Seniors Lunch brings 50 isolated seniors together with 25 volunteers for a nutritious meal, socialization, entertainment, information and an extra meal to take home for another day. The Neighbourhood Chats connect isolated seniors with their neighbours, information about local programs and services. The Beacon Outreach Worker will connect professionals with information to refer seniors to supports. Through these projects, isolated seniors will be connected with supports and healthy meals leading to increased quality of life and decreased isolation.
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Book Clubs for Inmates Inc./Circles de livres pour detenues Inc. Book Clubs for Inmates and Victoria Writers Initiative 2017 Grantee Learning Adults This project will support Book Club for Inmates’ monthly book clubs at William Head Institution and expand programming to include six to eight writing workshops, facilitated by local writers in partnership with the Federation of BC Writers. Writers from Greater Victoria will facilitate workshops for a group of 20 inmates. Through writing prompts and exercises, writers will help inmates develop language tools, boost their self-esteem and confidence in learning, and build a community around writing and creative self-expression. The workshops will enhance inmates’ communication skills, ultimately helping them develop the life skills necessary for successful reintegration into the community.
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Citadel Therapy Canine Society Citadel Canine PTSD Service Dog Program 2017 Grantee Health & Wellness Adults, Disabled Citadel Canine Society provides training and delivery of service dogs to veterans and first-responders experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Occupational Stress Injuries. Dogs are rescued from local animal shelters and provided to candidates at no cost. Impacts of the program are profound: substance abuse issues begin to disappear, prescribed medication use drops, sleep patterns recover, and personal mobility, physical and mental health, and relationships improve. Funding would support rescue, adoption, training fees, boarding, and veterinary costs associated with the training and delivery of the service dogs.
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City of Victoria Inclusive Swimming Program 2017 Grantee and Hosted Organization Sports & Recreation Children, Adults, Newcomers This project will provide access to swimming lessons for children with disabilities and women from the Muslim community, or for other women with cultural sensitivity requirements. Both groups require extra staff and facility support to make swimming lessons a possibility. Muslim women cannot swim with males in the facility, so their lessons are special after-hours swims staffed by women. Children with disabilities often require one-to-one support. Funding for this project will help ensure that these individuals are not excluded from the life-saving opportunity to learn how to swim because of the financial barriers associated with specialized programming.
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Construction Foundation of BC (2012) Society The SHIFT – From Care to Career 2017 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Youth The program is focused on helping youth in care and transitioning out of care to become employable in the construction industry so they can achieve a sponsored apprenticeship and earn while they learn. Achieving a Drivers License and completing safety certificates are the most important learnings they can undertake to become more employable. A grant from the Victoria Foundation would help pay for the licensing and certification fees required.
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Cowichan Green Community Foundation Farming and Fooding with Friends 2017 Grantee Learning Youth, Adults, Disabled The Farming and Fooding with Friends project of the Cowichan Green Community supports youth with developmental disabilities to enter into the agriculture and food sectors through hands-on learning at their two training farms and commercial kitchen. Participants will learn a variety of skills relating to producing food and seeds as well as food reclamation. The intention is to support a social enterprise producing a variety of food-related products that can become self-sustaining and employ the participants longer term. This expands the Vancouver Island University Workplace Essential Skills Training program and the Cowichan Green Community Foundation’s farm training programs.
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Ensemble Laude Choral Society Mentoring Emerging Female Artists 2017 Grantee Arts & Culture Children, Youth, Adults The Ensemble Laude Choral Society reaches out to children and youth to inspire love of music and musicianship. The project will address the lack of choral opportunities for girls in the local community by creating a girls youth choir. Interest and enrollment will be generated through choral clinics in local middle and high schools. The project will also hire three to five emerging professional musicians as section leads to hone their mentorship skills, provide them with soloist opportunities, and groom them for potential choral Director roles in the future.
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Esquimalt Neighbourhood House You’re Not Alone: Access to Community-Based Counselling Support 2017 Grantee Health & Wellness Adults, Seniors This community-based mental health and addiction program provides supportive counselling to 350 adults annually. The program is rooted in accessibility, especially in at-risk and low-income communities. It is free of charge, inclusive, and client-centered, using a strengths-based approach. Forty trained volunteer counsellors respond compassionately to the full person, listening, advocating, and following up with each individual client. Funding will allow Esquimalt Neighbourhood House to continue this low-barrier program free of charge, including after-hours availability, matching, and client referrals.
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Galiano Activity Centre Society Galiano Community Daycare Pilot Program and Evaluation 2017 Grantee Getting Started Children Funding for this project will support the pilot and evaluation of Galiano Island’s first licensed daycare. The daycare will be open three days a week and care for eight children each day. An Early Childhood Educator will provide play-based care with a focus on outdoor experiences and creative exploration. This service will improve the lives of young families by reducing stress, increasing family together time, and improving families’ economic prospects. This will help enable families to remain living on Galiano. It will also position Galiano to access government funding in the future.
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Industrial Areas Foundation Canada Reweaving the Fabric of Society: For the Common Good 2017 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Adults, Seniors Greater Victoria Acting Together (GVAT) is a collaborative network of diverse organizations including labour, faith and community groups working together to tackle common social issues in the Capital Region. Member groups are taught the skills of relational organizing to bring about social change through acting together on the most important issues in the region. This is grassroots, membership-driven, values-based community organizing. Funding is requested to help develop the capacity of the GVAT collaborative and to facilitate public engagement with its members and the broader community.
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L’Arche Comox Valley (LArche) Craftworx Collective 2017 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Adults, Disabled Craftworx Collective is a social purpose art collective for adults with developmental disabilities, run from the new L’Arche I Belong Centre in Courtenay, BC. The Collective seeks to provide the opportunity for individuals with disabilities to engage their creativity and enhance their skills as they craft products that will be marketed for sale. Craftworx Collective will offer conventionally “unemployable” adults the dignity and purpose of work, the ability to earn money, and the opportunity to be part of a community that celebrates their gifts. It will also help them to integrate more fully into the broader life of their community.
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M’akola Housing Society West Shore Aboriginal Day Festival 2017 Grantee Belonging & Engagement First Nations, Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The West Shore Aboriginal Day Festival has been operating for the past three years. In 2017, more than 1,000 people attended and more than 100 volunteers supported the event. Before this festival was founded, there was no large community celebration on the West Shore for Aboriginal Day. The festival is open to everyone and all of its activities, food, and entertainment are free of charge, to remove barriers to participation. The event is hosted by eight Aboriginal-serving agencies, with participation from the Sooke School District and 10 local First Nations. Funding will support festival costs.
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Oaklands Community Association Mixed Allotment and Commons Community Garden in Oaklands (Phase 1) 2017 Grantee Environment Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors With funding, this project will transform an underutilized lawn in Oaklands Park into 31 allotments and several communal garden beds, supplying fresh produce to local food initiatives such as the Oaklands Community Dinners. The garden will be a place of beauty and whimsy that is inviting to children, accessible to seniors and those with disabilities, and that fosters connections between neighbours. It will contribute to increased food security and capacity, especially for apartment dwellers in the Oaklands neighbourhood, and boost local biodiversity and pollinator populations.
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Pender Island Child Care Society Fostering Community and Family Relationships for Healthy Child Development 2017 Grantee Getting Started Children, Adults This project will continue the successful Parents and Babes weekly drop-in program at the Dragonfly Child Care and Family Resource Centre. A trained facilitator provides a healthy snack, connects parents and children, offers educational toys and resources, and introduces island services. Funding will also support an eight-week attachment parenting course to assist parents in building healthy relationships with their children, helping to ensure healthy brain development. In addition, this project will give child care providers the opportunity to attend professional development courses about promoting resiliency in children.
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Pender Island Recreation & Agricultural Hall Association Community Education Classes to Increase Environment, Belonging & Engagement 2017 Grantee Environment Adults, Seniors This organization will partner with the non-profit Heartwood Folk School Society to develop and deliver Pender Island community-serving classes on three topics: 1) Sustainable Food Growing, including water systems, pollinator support, seed saving, fruit tree growing, regenerative agriculture, and food preservation; 2) Sustainable Energy Use, including conserving energy in how we move/eat/live, low-tech and high-tech energy device options to decrease carbon emissions; and 3) Belonging & Engagement, including classes to connect with local Indigenous teachers and participants, drop-in folk & popular dancing, and compassionate communication training. These classes will support Health & Wellness of Pender Island residents and the Environment.
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Salt Spring and Southern Gulf Islands Community Services Society Core Inn 2017 Grantee Health & Wellness Youth, Adults, Disabled Funding is requested to support an architectural and engineering assessment and improvement plan to revitalize the Core Inn, an essential hub of community service activity for Salt Spring Island. The property is an impressive three-story heritage building in the heart of Ganges that provides a home for youth services, services for the developmentally disabled, and the Second Harvest food recovery program. The building requires structural, safety, and energy efficiency upgrades to maintain functionality, as well as some upgrades to ensure that all of the great space in the building is used optimally.
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Saturna Island Marine Research and Education Society Salish Sea Acoustic Monitoring & Educational Outreach Project 2017 Grantee Environment Youth, Adults, Seniors SIMRES has one of the most advanced hydrophone systems in the world today and is monitoring the impact of human activity on Salish Sea’s marine ecosystem, particularly the endangered Southern Resident Orca and other at-risk marine species. This project will be using the data from the monitoring network along with additional information from collaborating individuals and organizations to produce an inventory of educational and outreach material. The project’s objective is to make a significant contribution to public awareness about the fragile ecosystem of the Salish Sea, and how threats to its whale populations can be mitigated.
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SeaChange Marine Conservation Society Blue Grouse Open Classroom 2017 Grantee Learning First Nations, Youth Created in 2004, EcoRowing is a hands-on, feet-wet marine science, ethno-botany, restoration and canoeing program for schools within the Capital Region. Funding will support the addition of an Indigenous science and SEN?O?EN language laboratory within the new Blue Grouse Open Classroom. This 12′ x 16′ floating classroom is a recent replacement to the ageing Tod Inlet Nature Float. Four W?SÁNE? (Saanich) youth will be prepared to teach traditional uses of plants, and to help guide students in the terrestrial restoration of Tod Inlet during the EcoRowing program days.
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SingYourJoy Young Adult Chorus Society Raising the Bar: Higher Performance and Commitment Goals for SYJ 2017 Grantee Arts & Culture Youth, Adults This chorus has a proven track record of engaging hard-to-reach young adults aged 16-29, who are often socially disconnected, e-device oriented, and experiencing mental health challenges. SingYourJoy offers a combined learning, social, and community-building activity, free of charge, that enlivens the spirit and lifts the self-esteem of young people who face adversities. Funding would enable SingYourJoy to increase its impact with young adults by providing a longer rehearsal season, tackling a more challenging repertoire, and achieving a higher performance aesthetic in a more professional venue.
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Stigma-Free Society Stigma-Free Zone Initiative (formerly Bipolar Babes Stigma Stomp Program) 2017 Grantee Health & Wellness Youth The Stigma-Free Society’s (formerly Bipolar Disorder Society of BC) Stigma-Free Zone Initiative is an exciting and effective educational initiative offered in Greater Victoria schools and in community. Presentations create awareness of the stigmas that exist in society, help youth develop an understanding of the challenges numerous people face, and encourage youth to foster acceptance of themselves and others. They also help individuals to manage their mental health by connecting them to effective community resources. In 2018, the Society plans to reach over 1500 Grades 7-12 students in up to 24 schools.
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Surrounded by Cedar Child and Family Services Culturally Informed Care Training for Caregivers Parenting Traumatized Children 2017 Grantee and Hosted Organization Health & Wellness First Nations, Children, Youth, Adults Based on research in Trauma-Informed Practice and Indigenous Modalities of Helping, caregiver training will address the daily challenges of parenting a child living with complex trauma. Funding for this project will support training programs that build caregivers’ capacity to help children and youth reduce symptoms of stress, enhance emotional and behavioural regulation, and foster cultural identity and attachment, in a culturally-appropriate manner. In addition, participants will learn cultural sensitivity and cultural safety in parenting Indigenous survivors of intergenerational trauma. Reduced symptoms of traumatic stress will improve the outcomes for children and families.
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United Way of Greater Victoria Connecting to bc211 for help and to help 2017 Grantee Getting Started Youth, Adults, Seniors Outreach efforts will build public awareness of the 211 international network and bc211 locally. This transformational technology can connect people to social services for help or to help, through a 24 hour helpline and web portal, with access to 160 languages for translation needs, and web chat and texting response capabilities for immediate navigation assistance. Using 211 provides users with program referrals to local services through trained operators who are often social workers and librarians by background.
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Vancouver Island Kids Klub Centre Society Brown Bag Lunch Program 2017 Grantee Health & Wellness Children Since 2000, this program has offered a nutritious “Brown Bag” lunch to children in need at local elementary and middle schools in the Victoria, Saanich and Sooke School Districts. Lunches are offered at no cost to the school or families. During the 2016-2017 school year, this program provided 125 lunches daily, or 2625 lunches per month, to children who would otherwise be hungry at school. Funding will support program costs to provide daily school lunches from January 2018 through June 2019.
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Victoria Baroque Music Society Baroque, music, concerts and outreach 2017 Grantee Arts & Culture Adults, Seniors This project will increase the artistic and administrative capacity of the Victoria Baroque Music Society to allow for an enriched and expanded program of baroque music in Greater Victoria, as well as more streamlined administrative management of the organization, dedicated to those ends. The benefits that will accrue from this exercise in program and administrative development will be the expansion of audiences and greater appreciation in the community of baroque music and its remarkable quality, as well as its important place in the development of western musical culture.
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Victoria Hindu Parishad Spiritual Pastoral Care Advancement 2017 Grantee Belonging & Engagement Youth, Adults, Seniors, The Multi faith Summit intends to advance the spiritual life of BC residents, first by engaging adherents and members of each faith community on issues of mutual concern, and then to speak with one voice to governing bodies about spiritual issues faced by agencies such as hospitals and chaplaincy services. Most are publicly-funded programs under government oversight and regulations. Currently, there are no multi faith associations offering the government feedback and advice on policies and practices having to do with spiritual matters. The Multi faith Summit would offer such a sounding board.
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The Victoria Youth Clinic Society Cracking the Cocoon 2017 Grantee Health & Wellness Youth The vision of this project is to build community through an inclusive arts program that is responsive to the diverse experiences of youth served through the Victoria Youth Clinic, allowing youth to find their unique voice. The Clinic has been developing an art therapy program for the last few years. The need for a responsive arts program has been clearly identified through input from participating youth. Art therapy has proven successful as a fun tool to build community among participants, and has also proven successful as a means for youth to find their voice.
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Viva Youth Choirs Society of Victoria Let the Youth Make Music 2017 Grantee Arts & Culture Youth Celebrating its 30th year of making music, Viva Youth Voices exists to enrich the lives of singers, their families and the community. Viva believes that music should be available to all children and that this “artistic nutrition” promotes health through its emotional and physical expression. In 2016, Viva developed a program that invited two siblings to join Viva for the season, with tuition funded by a parent donor. Viva wishes to expand the program to waive tuition for eight additional children from low-income families, new Canadians, or refugee families, as a way to integrate children into the community through music.
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WITS Programs Foundation WITS Program Revitalization 2018 2017 Grantee Safety Children This project will expand WITS Programs into more Victoria schools and build better organizational systems to improve program delivery and effectiveness. WITS Programs – Walk away, Ignore, Talk it out, Seek help – are literacy-based bully prevention and problem-solving programs delivered in elementary schools designed to help make cultural changes among children, teachers, parents and the community. These year-round programs are structured to compliment school curricula, while supporting teachers with the delivery of the program. Project funding will enable the WITS Programs Foundation to train more community leaders, engage thousands of children, and upgrade program delivery and evaluation systems.
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Adoptive Families Association of BC Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors AFABC supports the adoption community at all ages and stages through education, counselling, family events, and advocacy.
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BC Land Surveyors Foundation Hosted Organization Learning Youth, Adults The two primary objectives of the BC Land Surveyors Foundation are to create and maintain a library that houses historical and current reference material related to the surveying industry in British Columbia; and to financially assist students who wish to pursue careers in surveying by providing scholarships and bursaries.
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BC Schizopherenia Society, Victoria Branch Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Youth, Adults, Seniors BCSS Victoria provides services for people with mental illness, regardless of their diagnosis, and the people who care about them. Approximately two thirds of the people that we serve have schizophrenia or psychosis or a loved one with schizophrenia or psychosis, one third a mood disorder (bipolar disorder or major depression) or a loved one that does. We also provide service to people with anxiety, borderline personality disorder and other disorders.
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BC Search and Rescue Association Hosted Organization Safety Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors Each year over 2,000 citizens and visitors to our beautiful province require Search and Rescue services. From a hiker lost in the backcountry, a young child wandering off from their parents, a boater flipping over and stranded in fast moving water, to a senior with demetia who walks away from caregivers; they all need help. British Columbia has 944,000 square kilometres of very diverse terrain with many hazards, requiring a wide range of Search and Rescue techniques, equipment, and training. To effectively provide Search and Rescue services local community based volunteer groups were organized, many during the 1950s and 60s. With the support of the B.C. government and BCSARA the Search an Rescue service in B.C. continues to evolve to meet the demands of increasing number of incidents and the complex nature of many such responses.
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British Columbia Guide Dog Services Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors British Columbia Guide Dog Services’ mission is to meet the growing demand for professionally trained Guide Dogs and Autism Support Dogs for citizens of British Columbia and Alberta, at all times meeting or exceeding international standards as established by the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International.
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British Columbia Railway Historical Association Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Adults, Seniors This organization’s purpose is research, writing, publication and sale of books on the history of British Columbia’s railways. The organization’s latest publication is a three-book comprehensive history on the Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway, on Vancouver Island, that commenced operation in 1886 as an extension to Canadian Pacific’s transcontinental railway that terminated unexpectedly in Vancouver.
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Canadian Esperanto Association Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Adults, Seniors Lernu.net is the largest community of Esperanto speakers from approximately 200 countries (Canada is among the top 10 countries). It is a valuable resource for everyone that would like to not only acquire basic Esperanto knowledge, but also to develop long-lasting relationships with people from all over the world. It also provides an opportunity for those who have already learned Esperanto to stay connected and help new Esperantists progress, by providing language tutoring. The website has a vibrant community of volunteers involved in different roles (translation, among others).
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Canadian Public Relations Society – Vancouver Island Hosted Organization Learning Adults The Canadian Public Relations Society is an organization of men and women who practice public relations in Canada and abroad. Members work to maintain the highest standards and to share a uniquely Canadian experience in public relations. In cooperation with its regional Member Societies and with like-minded organizations in other countries, CPRS works to advance the professional stature of public relations and regulates its practice for the benefit and protection of the public interest.
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Christ Church Cathedral Hosted Organization Belonging & Engagement Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors Christ Church Cathedral is a member of the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia, those Anglican churches found on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, and Kingcome Inlet on the Sunshine Coast. In 2015, it adopted a Vision as a diocese: Renewed Hearts, Renewed Spirits, Renewed People. Since then, we have embarked on a vision fullfillment journey to discern how God will guide us towards seeing our vision come to life in our parishes, communities and regions.
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City of Colwood Hosted Organization Belonging & Engagement Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The City of Colwood is located on the south coast of Vancouver Island, in Beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Just 10km from BC’s capital city of Victoria, Colwood is a fast growing, family-friendly seaside community of just over 16,000 people that enjoys a rich heritage, a unique connection to nature and incredible potential.
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Communications & Public Relations Foundation Hosted Organization Learning Adults The Communications + Public Relations Foundation is a charitable non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of communications and public relations in Canada and is managed through a generous partnership with the Canadian Public Relations Society.
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Congregation Emanu-el Hosted Organization Belonging & Engagement Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors Congregation Emanu-El is an egalitarian Conservative Jewish congregation in Victoria, on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia. In 2013 they celebrated their 150th anniversary as Canada’s oldest synagogue in continuous use.  It has been designated a national historic site. 
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Cowichan Seniors Community Foundation Hosted Organization Belonging & Engagement Seniors The Cowichan Seniors Community Foundation (the Foundation) is an information, collaboration and service resource for seniors residing in the Cowichan Region and their families. The organization engages with like minded organizations to identify emerging issues for seniors and works to fill gaps in serivces and assist others in endeavors to create an age friendly community. The Foundation is an active partner in community development initiatives such as the Cowichan Community Health Netowrk, the Eldercare Project in Cowichan, and the Cowichan Seniors Network.
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Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The Castle Society’s charitable mission is to protect, restore, and preserve the Castle, while bringing its stories to life. Visitors who have returned to the Castle over the years will appreciate how far the Society has come in preserving and restoring its rooms as well as the grounds. There is always a long list of important work to be done, and there are some very exciting projects on the horizon.
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Early Music Society of the Islands Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Adults, Seniors EMSI embraces the idea that early music deserves to be heard with close to its original intent. To that end, concerts feature period instruments, accurate scores, and historical performance practices. Renowned artists, both international and homegrown, have graced the stage. The list of soloists and ensembles presented by EMSI is a who’s who of the international early music scene.
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Engineering Institute of Canada Scholarship Society Hosted Organization Learning Youth, Adults Currently, the average cost of fees, books and accomodation for a student pursuing a four year engineering degree program can approach $100,000 and most students graduate with significant debt. Given the dearth of scholarships and bursaries available to students in their undergraduate years, there is an obvious need to financially assist Vancouver Island students who are looking forward to a career in engineering. The society awards scholarships to engineering students in their second to fourth (final) undergraduate year, including students who have been accepted by an accredited degree granting university for their third and fourth years and who are currently enrolled at colleges such as Camosun.
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Family Caregivers Society of British Columbia Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Adults, Seniors Family Caregivers of British Columbia?(FCBC) is a not-for-profit charity established in 1989 whose mission is to inform, support and educate on issues of concern to family caregivers. The Family Caregivers of British Columbia, a resource center for family caregivers, located in Victoria BC, offers 1-1 support, support groups, resource library, consultations, navigating the healthcare system, referral to community resources, community presentations and lunch and learn sessions; and BC-wide technology-based services including educational webinars and teleworkshops.
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Federation of Canadian Music Festivals Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Youth, Adults The Federation’s main objective is the identification, development and encouragement of Canadian talent in the performance and knowledge of classical music. From the local to provincial to national levels of?the festival movement, young artists learn from each other as well as from formal adjudications by internationally respected adjudicators. Music festivals provide an excellent public performance opportunity for students. As students progress to higher levels of competition, they find festivals an incentive to continue the pursuit of excellence.
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First Unitarian Church of Victoria Foundation Hosted Organization Belonging & Engagement Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The church is a welcoming community, energized by the diversity of beliefs, identity, and experience that each person brings.
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Friends of Maltby Lake Watershed Society Hosted Organization Environment Adults, Seniors The purpose of the Friends of Maltby Lake Watershed Society is as follows: to conserve the riparian, Garry Oak and coastal Douglas Fir ecosystems, the sensitive flora and fauna therein and the watershed ecosystems draining into and from, Maltby Lake;to educate the public and relevant stakeholders to the importance of this delicate ecological and cultural landscape; and to create wildlife corridors, generate habitat for native species, and to reduce pollution on Vancouver Island for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.
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Goldstream Volunteer Salmonid Enhancement Association Hosted Organization Environment Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors Goldstream Volunteer Salmonid Enhancement Association is an organization involved in salmonid enhancement, education, and maintaining where possible the number of COHO, CHUM and CHINOOK salmon available in the waters off the south easterly tip of Vancouver Island for the sports fishery, native food fishery, local commercial and charter operations.
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Greater Victoria DanceWorks Association Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Youth, Adults Victoria DanceWorks celebrates dance and dancers through education, inspiration and performance.
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Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival Association Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Children, Youth, Adult The Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival provides an opportunity for child, youth, and adult performers to showcase their artistic talents to the community. Each year the festival strives to cultivate a positive cultural space that allows students and teachers to share their love of preforming arts with their families, peers, and community supporters.
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Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Youth The Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra exists to affirm and nourish the love of music in young people; challenge young orchestral musicians to achieve the highest standards attainable of instrumental competence and musical performance; teach commitment, discipline, co-operation and responsibility through rehearsals and performances; and to pass on a depth of musical understanding through inspired musical direction and leadership.
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Saanich Peninsula Community Foundation Hosted Organization Belonging & Engagement Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The Foundation encourages gifts to a permanent dedicated community fund held at the Victoria Foundation. Gifts, both small and large, are pooled and invested. Annual grants are then distributed to worthy Saanich Peninsula charitable organizations. The capital of the permanent community fund grows with each new gift, generating increased returns to be gifted to a wide range of local community initiatives for years to come.
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Haven Foundation Hosted Organization Learning Adults, Seniors The purpose of Haven Foundation is to ensure that The Haven remains vital and sustainable for generations to come. The Haven is a centre dedicated to helping people build richer relationships with others and themselves and offering transformative learning experiences in group settings. The Foundation’s principle focus is fundraising, to enhance the quality of programs and facilities and to provide financial assistance to participants who might otherwise be unable to attend.
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Help Fill a Dream Foundation of Canada Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Children, Youth Help Fill A Dream provides hope, help and happiness for Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands’ children under the age of 19 with life-threatening conditions by fulfilling their Dreams, improving their Quality of Life and assisting their families with care and financial support.
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Islands Trust Fund Hosted Organization Environment Adults, Seniors The Islands Trust Fund is the conservation land trust for Canada’s islands in the Salish Sea. It empowers property owners to protect private land with innovative programs.
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James Bay United Church Hosted Organization Belonging & Engagement Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors James Bay United Church (originally a Methodist Sunday School) has been a spiritual home for people in the neighbourhood and beyond for 120 years.
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Juan de Fuca Community Land Trust Society Hosted Organization Environment Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The Juan de Fuca Community Land Trust Society was established to acquire environmentally-important properties on southwestern Vancouver Island?for public enjoyment and habitat preservation.
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Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific Hosted Organization Learning Children Pearson College UWC is located southwest of Victoria, B.C. and is Canada’s most international school and the country’s only United World College — a movement encompassing 17 global schools dedicated to uniting cultures and countries around the world through education. Pearson is a two-year, pre-university school for students from over 150 countries who live, study and learn together pursuing the International Baccalaureate and an outdoor-oriented experiential education. More than 4,000 students have graduated from the College — its alumni are determined to make a difference in the lives of others and the world.
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Maritime Museum of British Columbia Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The Maritime Museum’s mission is to promote and preserve maritime experience and heritage and to engage people with this ongoing story. The Museum cares for more than 35,000 unique artifacts, in excess of 40,000 historical photographs and an internationally recognized chart collection. As well, the Museum delivers popular educational outreach programs geared to children and seniors featuring topics such as immigration, pirates and privateers, women at sea, and the fur trade.
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Metchosin Foundation Hosted Organization Environment Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The Foundation exists to encourage and support the rural nature of Metchosin, support and maintain a harmonious community, and preserve and safeguard Metchosin’s unique ecosystems, flora and fauna for the benefit of all Canadians.
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Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Adults, Seniors MISSA’s mandate is to foster excellence in the arts in British Columbia by facilitating an annual intensive summer school program where internationally acclaimed practicing artists can share their knowledge and inspire serious students and other professionals to explore and develop their talents in a multi-disciplinary environment rich in natural and artistic stimulation.
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Ministry of Child and Family Development Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Children, Youth, Adults The Ministry works together with Delegated Aboriginal Agencies, Aboriginal service partners and approximately 5,400 contracted community social service agencies and foster homes, cross-government and social sector partners to deliver inclusive, culturally respectful, responsive and accessible services that support the well-being of children, youth and families.
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Mount Douglas Secondary Alumni Association Hosted Organization Belonging & Engagement Youth, Adults, Seniors The Mount Doug Alumni Association is a group consisting of former students and teachers of Mount Douglas Secondary. ?Its goal is to reunite staff and students to become a catalyst for building a dynamic Alumni network to enhance opportunities for Mount Doug students in various activities.
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Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Adults, Seniors The MS Society of Canada is here to ensure that no one faces MS alone. In communities across Canada, volunteers and staff provide information, support, educational events and other resources for people with MS and their families and work to change government practices.
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Naval Association of Canada Hosted Organization Learning Youth, Adults, Seniors Naval Association of Canada seeks to educate the Canadian public on their Navy and what it needs if it is to continue to contribute effectively into the future to Canada’s security, prosperity and other interests, not only in home waters, but around the world. It also supports Sea Cadets through an annual contribution to the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Education Foundation for pursuit of an education in a Maritime Studies program. Besides Public Education, two other equal pillars form NAC’s three-part mission – Maritime Heritage and Camaraderie.
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New Marine Centre Society (Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea) Hosted Organization Learning Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors Located on the breathtaking Sidney waterfront – on the traditional lands of the W?SÁNE? Nations of the Coast Salish Indigenous peoples – the Shaw Centre for the  Salish Sea is a key tourist attraction and destination as Canada’s only aquarium and cultural centre dedicated exclusively to the Salish Sea Bioregion of BC. A fun, interactive and informative experience of science and culture to young and old, the Centre combines live aquarium habitats and marine mammal artifact displays (science & nature) with a permanent Coast Salish art collection (arts & culture), to provide an amazing opportunity for learning, exploration, and conservation of the natural beauty, ecological diversity, and cultural story of the Salish Sea. 
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Oak Bay Heritage Foundation Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Adults, Seniors The Oak Bay Heritage Foundation was established in 1992, and is seperately incorporated under the Society Act. One of its purposes is to provide cost-sharing grants to owners of designated and registered properties to assist with preservation, maintenance or restoration. The Foundation also promotes education and awareness of heritage in Oak Bay; this is done through the annual fall lecture series and other events or workshops that may be sponsored throughout the year.
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Oak Bay Kiwanis Pavilion Foundation Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Seniors, Disabled The Oak Bay Kiwanis Pavilion Foundation was established in 1989 as a means for stewarding donated funds in support of the residents living at The Kiwanis Pavilion. This stewardship continues to this day.
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Open Space Arts Society Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Adults, Seniors For over forty years, Open Space has supported professional artists who utilize hybrid and experimental approaches to media, art, music, and performance. The Society’s commitment to contemporary artists is an inclusive situation, embracing work by artists of different disciplines, media, generations, cultures, and communities.
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Pacific Coast Public Television Association Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Children, Youth, Adults Seniors Funding for KCTS 9 programming comes in part, from the support provided through Pacific Coast Public Television Association donors. Pacific Coast takes great pride in supporting an organization that has since it’s early days inspired viewers to expand their points of view, informed growing minds of all ages and involved individuals in their community.
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Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence Hosted Organization Sports & Recreation Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors PISE, in collaboration with its partners serves the community, students, high performance athletes and coaches from across the region, province and country to provide world class training, education, testing and applied research and innovation services together within a state of the art facility.
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Pacific Opera Victoria Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors Pacific Opera Victoria’s mission is to create a dynamic operatic experience, and to inspire our audiences, artists, and community. In our vision, everyone will have the opportunity to make opera a part of their lives.
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Pacific Salmon Foundation Hosted Organization Environment The Pacific Salmon Foundation was established in 1987 as an independent, non-governmental, charitable organization to protect, conserve and rebuild wild Pacific salmon populations in British Columbia and the Yukon Territory.
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Parks & Recreation Foundation of Victoria Hosted Organization Sports & Recreation Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The Parks and Recreation Foundation of Victoria was established in October 1993 with the purpose to enchance the parks system, community leisure services and recreation services within, but not restricted to, the City of Victoria. In 2009, public art and education were added to the purpose. In 2011/2012 the Foundation expanded its mandate to include support of horticultural garden projects across the whole Capital Region.
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Ross Bay Villa Society Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The mission of the Ross Bay Villa Society is to educate the general public, including children, about Canada’s social, cultural and architectural heritage. specifically with respect to the colonial era, by restoring, conserving, researching and presenting the house, grounds, and furnishings of Ross Bay Villa, an 1865 house and garden; and to educate volunteers, craftsmen, students in that work by offering tours and workshops of Ross Bay Villa.
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Rotary Club of Victoria British Columbia Foundation Hosted Organization Belonging & Engagement Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The Rotary Club of Victoria B.C. Foundation supports programmes and charities within the Victoria community.
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Saanich Community Legacy Foundation Hosted Organization Belonging & Engagement Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors Saanich Community Legacy Foundation invests in the people, programmes, and places that make Saanich the special community it is today.
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Salt Spring Island Conservancy Hosted Organization Environment Adults, Seniors The Salt Spring Island Conservancy protects and enhances the natural values of the island and its surrounding waters by acquiring land or covenants, and by educating landholders and the public toward improved land and water stewardship.
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SANSCHA Community Cultural Centre Foundation (Mary Winspear Centre Foundation) Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The SANSCHA Community Cultural Centre Foundation, was created by the Sidney and North Saanich Memorial Park Society in 1996 for the purpose of raising funds to revitalize and expand SANSCHA Hall. The revitalized SANSCHA Hall – now the Mary Winspear Centre – is a modern new facility better able to meet the community and cultural needs of the area. SANSCHA Community Cultural Centre Foundation promotes community, cultural and recreational activities in Sidney and North Saanich in co-operation with the Sidney and North Saanich Memorial Park Society; and sponsors events and activities to promote the aims, interests and objectives of the Sidney and North Saanich Memorial Park Society.
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Sidney Concert Soicety Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Youth, Adults, Seniors The Sidney Concert Society is a registered charitable organization which operates the Sidney Classical Orchestra, a professional chamber orchestra providing high quality classical music to the communities of Sidney, the Saanich Peninsula and the CRD.
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Sooke Region Historical Society Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The purposes of the Society are to gather and preserve information, records, and objects of educational, historical and cultural value associated with the area; to establish and maintain a museum for the purpose of preserving, recording and exhibiting for public enjoyment such material; and to undertake other such activities, which from time to time, may be deemed appropriate.
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St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Hosted Organization Belonging & Engagement Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The Church is a Christ-centered community of faith open to all. With a purpose to glorify God through worship, to proclaim the Good News of Christ’s Gospel, and to reach out to others with God’s love.
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TLC, The Land Conservancy of British Columbia Hosted Organization Environment Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors Usually known as TLC, The Land Conservancy is a non-profit, charitable Land Trust working throughout British Columbia. TLC protects important habitat for plants, animals and natural communities as well as properties with historical, cultural, scientific, scenic or compatible recreational value.
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Victoria High School Alumni Association Hosted Organization Belonging & Engagement Youth, Adults, Seniors The mission of the Victoria High School Alumni Association is to preserve and celebrate the heritage and traditions of this great school; to support and promote Vic High’s vitality in its present social and educational context; and to serve as a communications link for Alumni, now and into the future.
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Victoria Horticultural Society Hosted Organization Environment Adults, Seniors The Victoria Horticultural Society inspires people by demonstrating what can be grown in the Victoria area, displaying the beauty of gardens, sharing knowledge of how to grow plants and food, and providing calm and healing refuges. Through its activities the society creates a community.
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Victoria Visual Arts Legacy Society Hosted Organization Learning Youth, Adults The Victoria Visual Arts Legacy Society is a not for profit organisation established to support innovative and creative visual arts knowledge development and education. The Society supports students who choose a post-secondary visual arts education.
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YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island has a rich 140-year history in Greater Victoria. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of children and teens, improves the community’s health and well-being, and provides opportunities to give back and help.
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Youth Parliament of BC Alumni Society Hosted Organization Learning Children, Youth, Adults, Seniors The Youth Parliament of BC Alumni Society is the sponsoring body of the BC Youth Parliament. The Alumni Society is an incorporated society under the Society Act of BC and is comprised of those who are former members of BCYP, or its predecessor the Older Boys Parliament. Any member of BCYP can become a member of the Alumni Society and continue to participate in the activities of the Society.
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Zonta Club of Victoria Hosted Organization Health & Wellness Adults, Seniors The Zonta Club of Victoria is part of Zonta International, a worldwide service organization of executives in business and the professions working together to advance the status of women. Over 30,000 individuals are members of more than 1,200 Zonta clubs in over 65 countries. The word Zonta means “honest and trustworthy.” Zonta was founded in 1919 in Buffalo, New York, USA. With the formation of the Zonta Club of Toronto in 1927, Zonta became an international organization. Throughout Zonta International’s history, improving the lives of women by enhancing their education, health, and socioeconomic status. Zonta says NO to violence against women. In effecting positive change in women’s lives, Zonta has been a motivating force. Through service projects and advocacy events, Zonta International and individual Zonta clubs are laying the groundwork for women to achieve not just their personal goals but to improve conditions for women worldwide.
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Thermopylae Club Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Adults, Youth, Seniors, Children Thermopylae Club was incorporated in Victoria, British Columbia, on November 4, 1965, as has the following purposes:
To stimulate interest and pride in British Columbia and Canadian maritime heritage.
To make available to the public information on British Columbia’s maritime heritage.
To provide financial assistance and merit awards for maritime studies.
To encourage gifts of maritime artifacts to maritime museums in British Columbia.
To provide a forum for discussion of British Columbia’s maritime heritage.
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Mayne Island Recycling Society Hosted Organization Environment Adults, Youth, Seniors Visit Website
Saanich Historical Artifact Society Hosted Organization Arts & Culture Adults, Seniors, Youth, Children At Heritage Acres visitors will take a step back into the peninsula’s farming history as they tour the pioneer church and log cabin and sit in desks in the old schoolhouse. Farm tractors, steam engines, old cars, buggies, wagons, and blacksmith shop, all artfully displayed, prompt visions of the past in both the young and older visitors. The museum houses a large number of family and community artifacts and will keep curious minds busy for hours! Heritage Acres is available for family parties, meeting, weddings, and community workshops on a year round basis at very reasonable rental rates.Visit Website
Island Community Mental Health Hosted Organization Health Adults, Seniors, Youth, Children Operating since 1956, Island Community Mental Health is a non-profit organization that offers psychosocial rehabilitation services to people who live with a mental illness. Each year we provide services to more than 800 adults in the Capital Regional District who are recovering from mental illness.Our mission is to enhance and enrich the quality of life for people with a mental illness.
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