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  1. 1. Community Innovation Grants Funded Projects Organization Project Title/Description Amt of Grant 411 Seniors Centre Society Strengthening and Building the Capacity of the Seniors' Communities to Provide Peer Support, I & R, $12,000.00 Outreach & Advocacy Programs The purpose of this project is to investigate and propose strategies to strengthen and enhance the efficacy, effectiveness, cohesiveness and sustainability of Seniors Peer Support, Information and Referral, Outreach and Advocacy programs and the volunteers who provide the service in the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and Squamish Corridor. It will also examine the support systems which are in place for the volunteers who provide the service. The project will engage the seniors community (including the multi-ethnic, disabled and LGTB communities) and volunteers in a collaborative, community development and capacity building approach utilizing questionnaires, focus groups, inventorying and mapping of resources and the creation of a transferable model. The major outcome of the project is to insure the collective support, sustainability and protection of seniors counselling, outreach needs and programs and services for vulnerable seniors. This project is structured in such a way as to utilize funding from the City of Vancouver's Community Innovations fund and funding from the United Way. However, the two projects are also structured to stand alone. While the city funding will concentrate on activities in Vancouver, support from the United Way will allow the inclusion of more groups and individuals city wide. With the United Way funding we will also extend activities to other groups in the lower mainland (New Westminster, North Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Squamish Corridor) and we will be able to create a comprehensive manual of training resources for distribution. Without the matching funding we will reach fewer groups and will produce a data base of resources only. AIDS Vancouver The HIV/AIDS Nutrition Education Exchange $20,000.00 This project will develop and deliver nutritional knowledge and skills building programming to work in tandem with AIDS Vancouver’s Grocery (Foodbank) program. AIDS Vancouver’s Grocery program provides free food to a weekly average of 700 individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS across five different sites. Each week, approximately 500 grocery patrons access the service at the main AIDS Vancouver site. These patrons spend 20 minutes to 1 hour waiting to access the Grocery. The HIV/AIDS Nutrition Education Exchange will provide programming for this waiting period. To access the Grocery, patrons must be living with HIV/AIDS, and have an annual income of less than $20,000. While the Grocery program is intended as a supplement, the vast majority of patrons rely on the food items as their main source of nutrition. Through the development of interactive resources dealing specifically with the nutritional needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS, the HIV/AIDS Nutrition Education Exchange will increase patrons’ nutritional knowledge, increase patrons’ engagement in their own nutritional well-being, and offer hands-on opportunities to increase knowledge and skills. While the design of the project will depend upon input from patrons, activities may include: Q&A sessions with a nutritionist, recipe exchanges, cooking demonstrations, nutrition-themed games and contests, and the provision of a range of nutrition-themed print and electronic resources. Asian Society for the Intervention Asian HIV Treatment Comprehension Project $17,500.00 of AIDS In collaboration with the Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS), Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAP) of Toronto, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE) , and the British Columbia Persons With AIDS Society (BCPWA), the Asian HIV Treatment Comprehension Project will develop peer-oriented community capacity to deliver HIV / AIDS treatment information and support to HIV positive Asian individuals in Vancouver and the British Columbia Lower Mainland using the resources and capacity developed by ACAS, ASAP and other ethno-racial ASOs in Toronto, and CATIE. 2005 Community Innovation Grants Page 1 of 10
  2. 2. Organization Project Title/Description Amt of Grant Aunt Leah's Independent Lifeskills The Link $20,000.00 Society The Link is a new program idea conceived from a demonstrated need of the youth moving out of our residential semi- independent living program, Support Link. These youth are foster children in the care of the Ministry for Children and Family Development when they reside in Support Link. As of their 19th birthdays, they move onto full independence. In many cases these youth return to Aunt Leah's demonstrating a high need of support to survive as an adult. Aunt Leah's does not have the capacity to support these youth in the optimum way. The Link is conceived as a follow up program to ensure that these young people follow through on the initial progress that they have made while in care. All children, and especially those who have experienced the most loss in their young lives, are entitled to a positive transition to adulthood. BC Coalition of People with Kids On The Block: Teachers' Information Kits for School Performances $16,612.00 Disabilities Kids on the Block is a professional troupe of near life size puppets who look and act like real kids. Performances are given at elementary schools and kindergartens to raise awareness on the abilities and integration of children with disabilities into the community. The schools can select from numerous scripts ranging over 17 topics on disabilities and social issues. Teachers have consistently requested comprehensive materials on the disabilities portrayed at performances in order for pre-performance information sessions with the students and for follow -up questions that may be raised after the Troupe has completed their assignment. Teachers' information kits would meet this need. Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver Between Generations - Seniors Mentoring Youth $12,500.00 Designed in partnership with Seniors, the quot;Between Generationsquot; Project will develop a mentoring program that recruits and matches Seniors to children, in mentoring relationships where they meet for 1 hour, once a week during school hours. During the pilot, 8 Seniors will be connected with 1 child each. The pilot project will also focus on developing and testing all of the materials and processes needed for on-going work with Seniors. There will be a strong emphasis on the development of on-going relationships with Seniors and organizations that represent them to ensure the sustainability of the Program. The quot;Between Generationsquot; program will enable BBGV to reach an increasing number of children and extend British Columbia Epilepsy Society High School Public Service Announcement Contest $15,000.00 Our team of 15 youth organizers want to recruit high school students across BC to produce and enter a 30 or 60 second public service announcement on what it's like to live as a teen with epilepsy and seizures. The winning PSAs will be delivered to the contest media partners for broadcast starting in the spring of 2006. The youth organizers want the PSAs to help break down the myths and associated stigma of living with epilepsy. Canadian Red Cross Society, Preventing Abuse and Promoting Safe Environments for Children & Youth in the Chinese Community $19,970.00 Lower Mainland The purpose of this project is to build the capacity of the Chinese community in the Lower Mainland to prevent child abuse and create safe environments for children and youth. In response to community need and interest, ten volunteers from the Chinese community will be trained to deliver child abuse prevention workshops. Employing research and input from community stakeholders, the Red Cross RespectED training program will be tailored to the meet the needs of participants from the Chinese community. Prevention workshops will be delivered by these trained volunteers in a culturally sensitive and language appropriate format, employing workshop materials in Chinese. Building upon existing strengths and resources, members of the Chinese community will be involved in all stages of project planning and implementation. The proposed initiative will help increase the access of members of the Chinese community to prevention education and helping resources. Increased awareness, knowledge and skills in the area of child abuse prevention will help participants of the project play significant roles in breaking the cycle of violence and promoting healthy relationships within families and communities. 2005 Community Innovation Grants Page 2 of 10
  3. 3. Organization Project Title/Description Amt of Grant Collingwood Neighbourhood Homeless Project - Capacity Builder $15,000.00 House The project will address the need for additional support to homeless people living in the Renfrew/Collingwood community. Existing programmes focus on food and showering but are not able to provide enhanced services including; individual goal setting, assistance contacting government and community services, prevention education on physical and mental health issues and advocacy. Our current programme has established a high level of trust with many of the participants, some of these people are now seen as ready to receive additional support, to be connected with services that will see them closer to being quot;homedquot;. This project will enhance the existing relationships with participants by responding to their secondary needs, helping them to build their own capacities and those of the community as a whole. The Capacity Builder will be a mentor for the programme volunteers, equipping them with the tools to be able to provide a secondary level of support. The Capacity Builder will also act as an advocate for homeless people in the community and will be responsible for providing Sensitivity training to community partners. Environmental Youth Alliance Mapping Community Services with Immigrant and Refugee Youth $8,594.00 We aim to achieve this goal through the application of Geographic Information System community mapping. In this process, young people gather data about the appropriateness and availability of community resources and services. This information is then used, together with photographs, to create a visual representation of the young people's experience in the form of a map. In addition to what the young people collect in terms of data, the maps can also be layered with demographic data to reveal further community needs and strengths. The resulting map thus tells a rich and multi-layered story that can be presented to local service providers in order to influence community planning processes, as well as is invaluable to the youth who participated in gathering the information. Family Education and Support Help On-Line in Ridge Meadows $20,000.00 Centre Funding will build and promote throughout the community a web based directory of Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows health and social services. It will have the capacity for individual service providers to up date their program information as frequently as need be to keep this directory absolutely current. It will have a number of search capacities to ensure people with all levels of knowledge are able to find the most appropriate service for clients, patients, family members, friends or themselves. It will be available around the clock. The data base will also provide links to agency websites and other information providers. Jewish Family Service Agency of Survival Guide for Newcomers To Vancouver $6,000.00 Greater Vancouver We will develop a unique, user-friendly information booklet – a survival guide for the newcomer to Canada – that will address the distinctive needs of each ethnic group within our diverse community. The project will involve focus groups to access the collective experience of former immigrants, build on some published materials through updating and redesigning, and add new relevant information that is not currently addressed in existing materials. Leave Out ViolencE Yet-to-be titled anthology of writing and photography from the youth of LOVE BC - Extended Leadership $20,000.00 program LOVE partners with the Broadway Youth Resource centre, is seeking funds to publish a book of youth writing and photography through extended Leadership training where our most Senior Youth Leaders work on special projects, hold advanced discussions and workshops, and begin learning skills to develop, design and publish their own book of writing and photography based on anti-violence, media awareness and youth culture. 2005 Community Innovation Grants Page 3 of 10
  4. 4. Organization Project Title/Description Amt of Grant Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood Project Canada $20,000.00 House Project Canada will be a youth leadership project, running 42 weeks, two nights a week, offering at-risk youth ages 13 – 17 leadership training, as a part of our larger youth programs. Leadership training will involve two components: leadership/training and exploring Canada’s heritage. Preteens will be given the opportunity to: participate in certificate training programs such as first aid and food safe; to conceptualize, plan and implement special events (i.e. dances) and fundraisers; learn about and maintain a budget; to gain work experience through volunteering in neighbourhood house programs; build self -confidence while developing planning, decision making, organizational and leadership skills; increase positive youth visibility in the community; participate in outdoor activities, including an end-of-project no-impact camping trip youth connections with other community agencies; develop positive relationships with caring adult role models, who, in turn are able to monitor risk situations. Multicultural Helping House Training and Organizing of Community Resource Volunteers for Minor Immigrant Communities $15,000.00 Society Our project is to develop/train Community Resource Volunteers (30 participants) from various ethnic groups from South Asian Communities. These trained community members will serve as resource volunteers in their respective communities to immigrants and refugees to settle better in Canada. The train session includes information on support services available in the community and to develop of an informal ethno-specific community and volunteer based support network and the setting up of linkage with existing community and service organizations to provide information, support, and referral to immigrants from minor South Asian Communities. Through research and experiences it has been found that many South Asian communities, i.e., Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Burma, India, Nepal, Pakistan etc., which are new to Vancouver are not aware of the support services available for the immigrants and refugees. Although immigrant servicing organizations are multicultural and provide service to all, immigrants from smaller ethnic or cultural groups are still not able to access them because of the lack of available information and the limited number of service providers coming from their communities. We want to develop/train Community Resource Volunteers in the various South Asian communities so they can communicate to their new immigrants about the services available to assist them in integrating into their new society. The project will identify a number of community members from each community. We will identify five adult members (who have been in Canada more than three years, and have connections with other community members) from each of those six communities, we will have a total of 30 members. The selected six communities included in this project are: 1.Bangladeshi, 2. Indian Bangla speaking community ( Bengali) 3. Pakistani 4. Burmese, 5. Sri Lankan 6. Fijian Program Components: The project consists of a series of workshops, training sessions, and visitation of various communities and service providers. Training for Community Resource Volunteers: The project includes a selection procedure to identify, access and recruit the participants from the selected ethnic communities; Conduct training which includes discussions, lectures and to demonstrations on settlement issues; Conduct workshops to orient these community resource volunteers on settlement issues. Our training and workshop will include various settlement issues: housing, financial assistance, health, education, legal aid, counselling, job search etc. Service Networking and promotion: The project also includes visits to community and service organizations for orientation with their services. The participants will learn to help immigrants and refugees in their community in various ways, to refer them in other service providers and to help them to settle better in their new place. Our reach and service delivery: This is the main objective of the training: is to s upport newcomers and immigrants to break their isolation, seek out community support, and develop the skills and confidence to identify and explore resources that are available to them. Therefore, at the conclusion of the project the participants will prepare an action plan—how these community resources worker will help and refer the newcomers and refugees to access services according to their need. Native Courtworker and Elder Support Program $20,000.00 Counselling Association of BC The Elder Support Program will enhance current services available to Aboriginal clients at Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of BC (NCCABC) in the Downtown Eastside Lower Mainland region. A part-time Elder will be hired to provide cultural support and advising by assisting Aboriginal clients to build a positive cultural identity by providing skills for making cultural and ceremonial regalia, participating in drumming and singing, storytelling and assisting clients to connect with local Aboriginal ceremonies and cultural events. 2005 Community Innovation Grants Page 4 of 10
  5. 5. Organization Project Title/Description Amt of Grant Newton Advocacy Group Society Project Comeback - Working Homeless Project $13,000.00 This one-year pilot project will assist homeless unemployed day labourers in Surrey to remove barriers to employment, acquire work related skills and access opportunities for relevant work experience. It will build on their assets and strengths, while addressing any challenges that may be inhibiting their successful transition from chronic unemployment and underemployment to full-time, sustainable work and from homelessness to independent housing. North Shore Multicultural Society Youth Volunteer Network $19,961.00 Through professional development, dialogue, strategic and action-oriented planning, and implementation, young people from immigrant and refugee backgrounds will work together to gain leadership skills and self -esteem in order to determine the best ways for them to contribute to the well-being of the wider community and to make changes and recommendations for organizations to meaningfully work with immigrant and refugee youth as volunteers. Pacific Community Resource BYRC Art Studio and Retail Outlet $20,000.00 Society (Broadway Youth Resource Centre) Since the closure of the Brenda Carr Studio, there isn't a place in the city of Vancouver that provides FREE gallery space specifically for youth (19% of Vancouver's population) to showcase their artistic work. To meet this need, Pacific Community Resources, in partnership with the Brenda Carr Studio Society, Leave Out ViolencE (LOVE) and youth at the Broadway Youth Resource Centre (BYRC), obtained some funds to create a Youth Arts and Media Gallery and have transformed the current boardroom into a youth-based and youth-driven art gallery. Youth were provided with the opportunity to design, paint and remodel the current boardroom space, transforming it into their vision of a gallery space. They were supported and mentored in their endeavor by three community-based professional artists, Brenda Carr, Maria Daley and Nigel Reeves who also worked with them in the community and at off-site locations to create art work for display. When completed in late September 2005, the Youth Arts and Media Gallery will host youth art exhibits on an ongoing basis. In addition and as a complement to the visual arts gallery, the youth at BYRC are creating a series of plywood murals to be mounted on the outside of the Broadway Youth Resource Centre. The murals will represent the diversity of youth in the Midtown/Mt. Pleasant community and one mural will be to advertise the BYRC Youth Arts and Media Gallery as a place to showcase youth creativity. There is a core group of youth working on the murals and the remodeling process of the gallery space and they are provided with honoraria (a $200 gift certificate), which can be used towards registration fees for arts and sports programs at their local community centre, or to purchase groceries, schoolbooks or art supplies for their personal use. The youth involved in the project are from BYRC and the Mount Pleasant/Midtown community (i.e. high school students, Neighbourhood Houses and Community Centres). To further encourage and support youth creativity, BYRC developed a partnership with Arts Umbrella (AU). AU offered a no cost three-week performing arts summer program to 10 youth at BYRC and provided them with hands on instruction through workshops and gave youth the opportunity to design and perform a theatrical production which mirrored their experiences as marginalized persons. Now that a venue has been provided for the youth to show their art, the next stage of development is to provide them with a space where they can create and retail their work and we are seeking funds to support the youth to develop and establish a studio/retail outlet where they can regularly practice their skills. Professional artists will be involved with the youth to provide them with increased opportunities to learn new forms of art expression as well as hone and improve their current sets of skills. The studio/retail outlet will be staffed by an individual skilled in working with youth and having the ability and capacity to act as a mentor. The person will also require knowledge and experience in art studio/retail outlet management. 2005 Community Innovation Grants Page 5 of 10
  6. 6. Organization Project Title/Description Amt of Grant Pacific Community Resources Food For Thoughts $12,106.00 Society The Surrey Youth Resource Centres provide services to over 300 youths and families. Most are referred by the Ministry for Children and Family Development and find themselves dealing with a range of social issues many of them related to the poverty families find themselves living in. The Food for Thoughts program would help at-risk youth participating in day and evening program develop an understanding of the role food play in their daily functioning and give them access to a kitchen facility to learn hands on how to prepare nutritionally sound meals on a budget. Not only will kids learn how to shop for and prepare meals but as a result of this initiative they will have increased access to warm nutritionally balanced meals. This basic access to food is something that, sadly, many of them don’t get on a regular basis. Research has clearly demonstrated the importance of good nutrition in the development of healthy cognitive functioning. This community innovation grant would allow us to dedicate staff time to develop healthy nutritional habits in at-risk youth through education and practical hands on activities. Positive Women's Network Griefwords: Writing Through Loss $10,000.00 Griefwords: Writing through Loss is a unique and much needed program in Vancouver that would provide PWN members the opportunity to share their stories. Each person's journey living with HIV/AIDS is a unique one. Some people become overwhelmed with grief, shame and despair. Others are able to work through these feelings to a place of healing and strength. Writing through Loss would provide a mechanism for exploration of complex feelings, resulting in validation of experience and renewal of energy and well-being. The writing facilitation would not only encompass workshops but also one-on-one coaching, which might prove more comfortable for many members. The workshops and one-to-one sessions will help them to access their emotions and to express their life stories. Also any members who are poorly educated and who may have literacy challenges will be supported to verbally tell their stories which will be transformed into the written word. REACH Community Health Centre Djiko La Wamama: African Women Cooking Together $19,865.00 (Multicultural Family Centre) Djiko La Wamama is a partnership project operated by the Multicultural Family Centre's Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Program, in support of the Burnaby Family Life Institute's African Children's Homework Club, to address the food insecurity and social isolation in the African immigrant and refugee community. Expanding on the Community Kitchen model, the mothers of the Homework Club participants will learn about preparing healthy, inexpensive, easy to prepare light meals and snacks for their families. The group will prepare food for each session of the Homework Club, and develop skills and ideas for breakfasts and school lunches for their children. While reducing their social isolation, the mothers will also gain knowledge about Canadian food and become involved in their children's school experience. One session per week will take place in a school, enabling the women to engage with the school system in a positive context. The second session will be held in a residential apartment complex, creating a sense of community within their own neighbourhood. The sessions will be co -facilitated by a trained cooking instructor and a leader from the African community to ensure that the material and the delivery style are appropriate and relevant to the participants. 2005 Community Innovation Grants Page 6 of 10
  7. 7. Organization Project Title/Description Amt of Grant Richmond Multicultural Concerns T.H.R.I.V.E. Program for Immigrant Women $20,000.00 Society T.H.R.I.V.E. is a newly proposed program to help marginalized immigrant women to be T.ouched, H.elped, R.esourced, I.ntegrated and V.alued E.xpressively. It is a 20-week community initiative designed to inform and resource immigrant women on home-making and transition-making within the Canadian context and Richmond community. The purpose is to befriend and develop immigrant women who do not have existing, cross-cultural support systems in Richmond. These women –from Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Somalia – spend most of their time at home caring for their families, and rarely integrate into the community. RMCS, with the support of the United Way, hopes they will not just arrive in Canada, and survive, but T.H.R.I.V.E. The T.H.R.I.V.E. program consists of 5 modules, each independent of one another, enabling women to enter at any point in the program. The know -how and skills gained over 20 weeks will equip these women to reach their fullest potential at home, as well as integrate with confidence into the community. The 5 modules, each consisting of 4 weekly-guest speakers and interactive workshops, are: A. Healthy Families: Child Safety, Family First Aid, Your Family Doctor, Dental Care; B Women’s Health: Diet, Personal Hygiene, Wellness, Talk with a Nurse; C. Food Made Easy: Richmond’s Fresh Farm Foods, B.C.’s Fish Sampler, Vitamins & Nutrition, Cooking-in-an-Instant (an introduction to branding); D. Home Living: Fire & Personal Safety, Budgets & Banking, Flower Arranging, Shopping at Richmond Centre; E. Cultural Expressions: “O Canada/Music, Kids Fun Day, Tea at London Farm, Intercultural Food Fare. This community initiative program will make a significant, lasting difference in these women’s lives. It will enable them to walk across the invisible bridge of the cultural divide, and be embraced within a culture of friendship, community resources, and application-oriented training. They will be gaining pragmatic, transferable knowledge while developing relationships within their ethnicity and extending to the greater Richmond community. Sea to Sky Freenet Association Hotspot Non-Profit Sustainability Services Pilot $20,000.00 We would like to follow up on the HOP Project and the LEAD Project and further develop the Hotspot as a resource by adding a Pilot Project Phase in 2006 that looks at the ways in which a shared central resource such as the Hotspot could more systematically meet these needs through supporting youth and utilizing open source technology tools to do the work. We envision that groups working together could diversify their funding base through strategic partnerships, shared knowledge, a central database of funding opportunities, and identification of joint social enterprise opportunities as well as sharing off infrastructure and youth resources. We would like to work with local groups to identify ways in which to build their capacity to apply for grants, use technology and provide training, support & leadership development for their boards and other volunteers especially youth . Through previous projects we developed an online database of organizations, volunteers and a community calendar. In this project we would like to explore the addition of technology for sharing the workload in the sector e.g.. Central bookkeeping accessible over the web , which includes central annual reporting , a central funding databas e , central hands on support and coaching in grant/proposal writing and research . We would also like to pilot the provision of some of these administrative services to many groups through a central staff position at the Hotspot—a Sustainability Services Coordinator-- who would support youth and oversee the development of appropriate Open Source tools as well as delivering some services directly to groups. This could potentially free up organizations to more vigorously pursue their missions and allow for more successful recruitment and retention of volunteers, who are attracted and motivated by the mission work , not the less interesting albeit necessary maintenance and sustainability work that needs to be done. 2005 Community Innovation Grants Page 7 of 10
  8. 8. Organization Project Title/Description Amt of Grant Societe Place Maillardville Society Francophone New Immigrant Out Reach Project $3,808.00 We are proposing to establish a community group made up of francophone immigrants. The purpose of the group will be to: list the needs of francophone new immigrants; use the immigrants' skills and resources to help each other; connect them with the existing francophone community; help new immigrants highlight and celebrate their cultures. Maillardville was originally settled by francophone settlers mainly from Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Today one in five francophones in the Lower Mainland is a new immigrant. Many francophone new immigrants came to British Columbia from countries all over the world expecting to be able to speak French. At Place Maillardville, we have met francophones from Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Europe. We also have met individuals from places like Korea, Khazikstan and Sri Lanka, who spoke their native language and French, and are now learning English. Immigrant organizations in Coquitlam tend to focus on the larger immigrant groups like the Chinese, Korean, Iranian or Afghani. Many francophone immigrants express frustration at the lack of resources for new immigrants available in French and the fact that much of the government cultural funding is for French Canadian activities. We are hoping that the establishment of this group will give them a voice in the community, allow them to connect with other new immigrants who speak French and give people a chance to share stories, resources and information. South Vancouver Family Place SVFP Family Enrichment Project $5,200.00 (Vancouver Life Skills Society) Family Enrichment Project will recruit 8-10 local parents with young children ages 0 to 5 who will participate in a 3- component family enrichment program. The program will consist of :1) self-care workshops on stress management, yoga and massage, and personal wellness workshops; 2) nutrition program that include baking, preserving food, cooking with children, and healthy eating ,and 3) financial literacy education on budgeting, banking, consumerism and use of credit. Student Association of British Building Bridges to a Bright Future $14,925.00 Columbia Institute of Technology The BRIDGING project addresses the significance of education and skills in today’s global environment by combining campus tours, “School Shadows”, and informational discussions to bridge gaps between local communities and BCIT’s campus community. Student volunteers will provide support for at risk youth, and will link them with the BCIT and BCITSA community by giving them a first-hand experience of the “ins” and “outs” of BCIT. Supporting Burnaby Youth Society Refugee Mothers' Parenting Support Group $15,000.00 (Burnaby Children's Fund) Refugee mothers who are suffering from post-traumatic stress will come together to identify problem areas in parenting their children in their new Canadian culture. The purpose of the project is to help the mothers to be better able to manage their traumatic memories, thereby freeing them up to be more present with their children. The group will help mothers to understand their parenting issues and their general style of communicating. Surrey Food Bank Society A Hamper To Your House $15,000.00 A hamper home delivery service for food bank clients who are unable to pick up their food hamper from the Surrey Food Bank due to disability or personal mobility issues. Theatre Terrific Society Theatre Terrific Troupe $8,000.00 Theatre Troupe - Proposed Project - In the Fall of 2005, Theatre Terrific will audition and gather a professional troupe of theatrical/performance artists, consisting primarily of artists with disabilities. From November through January the Troupe will train as an ensemble; create and workshop a cutting edge world premiere work. This new work will be performed at Performance Works on Granville Island, March 1 - 4, 2006. The Troupe will perform the work at three community Engagements in the Spring of 2006. 2005 Community Innovation Grants Page 8 of 10
  9. 9. Organization Project Title/Description Amt of Grant Tri-City Women's Resource Society Youth Witness Abuse Adventure Therapy Program $14,075.00 Working in collaboration with Power to Be Adventure Therapy Society, the Children Who Witness Abuse program will offer a therapeutic wilderness camp to address the social, emotional and behavioural needs of youth who have witnessed violence. Vancouver Native Health Society UBC Farm Aboriginal Community Kitchen Garden Project $20,000.00 The overall purpose is to provide the opportunity for Aboriginal people living in East Vancouver to improve their capacity and create community by collectively growing their own vegetables. Individuals will leave their highly urbanized community to travel to the UBC Farm, a rural area. Collectively they will plant, weed, water, and harvest vegetables for their own consumption. Community kitchens will be held on-site to provide the empowerment that comes from feeding themselves from field to fork. If there is extra food produced, it will be given to others in the community. Recipients will be identified by project participants. Cultural gatherings will be held at the Farm to create and celebrate community and promote cultural practice. Individuals will participate voluntarily and there will be no fee to participate. No other projects in the community bring people together to collectively grow their own food. Western Society for Children with Volunteer Integration Project $15,000.00 Birth Disorders The Volunteer Integration Project builds community capacity in WS for Children to provide integrated opportunities for youth and young adults with persistent and multiple challenges. VIP is about very important people, as volunteers are to our charity. The project uniquely offers inclusion and validation of the best efforts of people with significant challenges. They, too, will see themselves as very important people. VIP is also about vocation inclusion, with opportunities to build skills and and make a contribution in today’s society. White Rock Come Share Society Sunnyside Senior's Access Program $17,500.00 (Seniors Support Services) Residents of the Sunnyside Villas Housing Project located in South Surrey/White Rock area are very isolated. There is no bus route into the complex and to access bus services seniors & disabled tenants (250 tenants) must climb a steep hill, cross a main intersection and walk down the hill to catch outgoing buses. Not only does this make shopping difficult but it makes going anywhere a difficult challenge and for some has made them house bound. Tenants (most 80+) are very reclusive. This project will develop a shopping service utilizing our Community Van, as well as Outings & excursions for seniors. The program will also offer a once a week program for residents of Sunnyside and for seniors living in the general area which will focus on reducing their isolation, offer workshops on fall prevention, senior safety in the community, seniors balance and keep well activities and medication management. The program will also offer walk in information and referral services for tenants in the complex as well as seniors living in the general area so they will gain better knowledge of and access to programs and services to help them age in place and remain longer in the community and promote healthy living. YWCA of Vancouver YWCA Youth Initiative $20,000.00 The YWCA recently developed a 5 year strategy with a focus on healthy choices for youth. In consultation with the Vancouver School Board and through research we have developed a youth pilot project to change social norms, in order to: Promote healthier and more confident girls; Foster mutual respect for each other (girls and boys) as equals; Encourage youth to assume responsibility for social and community issues (youth helping youth). This after school program will be launched in 2 elementary schools during the 2005/06 school year in partnership with the University of British Columbia's Trek program and the Vancouver School Board. Through our partnership with the VSB and UBC, high school and post secondary students - will be recruited to deliver 8 modules to grade 7 female students and 1 module for the parents/or significant adults in their lives. These youth volunteer facilitators will receive leadership and program facilitation training. University students will also be eligible for credits towards their degree after the completion of the program. The modules will have a consistent theme around a young girl's development and the developmental and social challenges that may arise in the transition from elementary school to high school. The topics were identified by VSB staff and grade 7 girls participating in focus groups conducted by the YWCA of Vancouver. The program will also aim at engaging and involving youth in the community by introducing youth to quot;community service learningquot;. 2005 Community Innovation Grants Page 9 of 10
  10. 10. Organization Project Title/Description Amt of Grant YWCA of Vancouver Single Mothers Workshop Series $6,870.00 The YWCA owns and manages 4 housing communities in Vancouver and Langley where 60 low -income single mothers and more than 75 children live. The moms were asked whether they would be interested in attending a workshop series on a v ariety of topics such as anger & stress management, nutrition, fitness, finances, career, and communication. They responded that they were very interested and would attend. We have planned a series of workshops that will explore the following themes - Anger: The Escalating Game; Toxic Talk; Follow Your True Colours to the Work You Love; How to Take Control of your Financial Future; Fitting Fitness into Your Life; Stress Management - Are You Balanced?; and Eating for Activity. At the end of the s eries, the single moms will have gained knowledge of positive, healthy coping and problem - solving tools that will improve their lives and the lives of their children. The skills can also be used in their communities, workplace, and school environments. A single mother who is coping well and creating a healthy balanced life in the face of daunting challenges is a positive role-model for her children who then carry those skills into a healthy balanced adulthood. This training is valuable as an education tool that can enhance a job resume when a single mom is searching for employment. Total Number of Grants awarded 36 Total Dollars of Grants awarded: $548,486.00 2005 Community Innovation Grants Page 10 of 10