Bees' Knees - Boxes and Blossoms
Community Partner: Lifecycles Project Society
This team’s mission was focus on habitat creation by building Mason Bee Boxes, and on planting pollinator plants to feed bees. The Mason Bee is a native pollinator to Vancouver Island; it pollinates up to 65 times more blossoms than a honey bee and is non-aggressive. This project provided and protected habitat for Blue Orchard Mason bees in partnership with Lifecycles Project Society. The team procured and distributed 100 bee boxes, and planted 500 pollinator plants at the Welland Orchard and surrounding area. operated and maintained by Lifecycles. By providing habitat and food for bees, this project will help the community get m ore food from backyards and a bigger harvest to help feed people.
Project Donors and Sponsors: Community sponsors with greenhouses, gardening equipment, seeds, soil; Capital Region Beekeepers' Association; Master Gardeners Association of B.C.
Team Ensemble - Word of Mouth: Dental Awareness
Community Partner: Oral Care for Children and Adolescents (ORCCA)
This team's mission was to help address the gap in awareness of oral health care as an important part of youth health care, which includes increasing access to affordable dental care for children and adolescents. While working with volunteer students of the Dental Hygienist Program at Camosun College, the team endeavoured to deliver a presentation that focused on delivering knowledge and awareness of dental care to young families in the Saanich Peninsula. The team's partner, ORCCA, is building a new clinic in the annex of Sidney Elementary School, launched in May. Families with low incomes and no dental insurance will be able to access the services through their Health Child Card.
Project Partners: ORCCA, Camosun College Dental Hygiene Program
Team Fine Line - Destigmatizing Addiction
Community Partner: Reynolds Secondary School
This team learned that 47,000 Canadian deaths are linked to substance misuse annually and that for every $5 spent on drug rehabilitation, $95 is spent on incarcerating people who misuse drugs. 60% of people who misuse drugs are between the ages of 15 and 24. The team's project was to produce a video to tell their stories. The students and teacher at Reynolds Secondary School helped to conduct the interviews. The video will be shown to individual classes at Reynolds Secondary and possibly to the entire student body. They will also reach a broader audience by posting their video to YouTube and other social media outlets.
Team Squirrel! - Look Up!
Community Partner: Saanich Community Youth Team (COYOTE)
This team learned that 35% of youth in Greater Victoria feel lonely and disconnected, and identified feelings of low self-esteem, isolation and difficulty interacting with other members of their community, due to dependence on mobile devices. The team wanted to address the negative impacts to our lives through the use of these devices. Their project consisted of a challenge to the community to put down their mobile devices, look up at the community around them and express what they see by taking a picture with their smartphone and posting it to the team's social media accounts, including Twitter, Instagram and FaceBook. A video summarizing the entries was presented at a wrap-up event, at which a winning picture was selected and announced.
Project Donors and Sponsors: CHEK News, Peninsula Coop and Saanich Fire Foundation:
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