As part of a new collaborative partnership, the Community Action Initiative partnered with the City of Vancouver to co-fund a series of social innovation projects designed to enhance social inclusion for vulnerable populations.
Grants were awarded in 2015 to four (4) projects that demonstrated an innovative approach to enhancing social inclusion for vulnerable populations.
Threadworks: Tailored for Inclusion – 3H Craftworks Society
This project provides flexible and accredited skills training in the cut-and-sew industry for people with mental health and physical disabilities who are not currently engaged in the workforce. Participants will acquire the skills required to access employment opportunities, and positively influence their economic livelihoods.
YMCA Metro Vancouver
Nicole Bridger Designs
Pure Magnolia Gowns
Families as Learning Leaders - Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy
This project supports vulnerable families enrolled in early childhood and elementary school programs in the Williams Lake, 100 Mile House, and Canim Lake area, to design and delivery a new model for engaging parents in their child’s learning.
Canim Lake Band
Cariboo Chilcotin Teachers Association
Cariboo Friendship Society
Communities that Care
School District #27
Place of Belonging - Métis Nation BC
This collaborative project seeks to develop and operate a culturally safe home for Aboriginal male adults, aged 19 and over who have aged out of the provincial child welfare system in Kamloops, BC. The project will help to restore a sense of belonging and cultural identity among participants, while imparting healthy and independent living skills.
Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society
Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family and Community Services
BC Ministry of Children and Family Development
Tu’wusht Social Innovation - Vancouver Native Health Society
This project is a social enterprise initiative designed to enhancing reciprocal trade relationships between First Nations food producers and Aboriginal consumers, and improve access to fresh organic food in the Aboriginal community. Food grown by the Tsawwassen First Nations Farm is prepared, marketed and distributed by Tu’wusht program volunteers for purchase by Aboriginal individuals, services, and businesses.
Tsawwassen First Nations Farm School
Lu’uma Native Housing, Aboriginal Patients Lodge