Shifting Gears (Team Pedal Empowerment)

12932608_612140322269966_1109867888564774223_n.jpgThis project identified the need for safe, reliable and cost effective transportation for community members transitioning out of life circumstances such as poverty and addiction. Through the generous donations of bicycles, helmets, locks and safety manuals, the plan empowered 25 identified individuals with a sense of ownership, allowing them to move forward with their lives.

The team’s partners were Anawim Companion Society and the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition.  Other partners included Broad St. Cycle, MEC, Vancity, IsleShare, Recyclistas and Saanich Police.  A special thank you to those who gathered, stored, donated and repaired the bicycles.


Team Ensemble – Word of Mouth: Dental Awareness

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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.


Orange United – Orange Your Workplace

Orange.jpgOrange Day is a United Nations Campaign to raise awareness and show opposition to Violence Against Women with the colour orange, on the 25th day of each month. In early March, this team arranged a demonstration/rally at UVic and invited employers, police, and local suport agencies to learn about the impact of violence against women in the workplace. Along with their partner, the Cridge Centre for Families, they also provided resources for employers.


Go Big – Beyond the Box

GoBig.jpgThis team developed an awareness campaign and event that provided the public with the means to drop off used clothing at various locations on Family Day. The result of these increased donations was to enable their community partner, Big Brothers Big Sisters, to fund additional resources to reduce the waiting period for “littles” to be matched to “bigs”.


Hope Collective – Listen Up Victoria!

hope-collective.jpgThe primary focus of this project was to generate awareness of the therapeutic benefits of music to connect individuals to their emotions, memories and a feeling of belonging. The team collaborated with music therapists and the Music Heals Foundation to promote these benefits and collected iPod devices through drop off sites throughout the Victoria community. These iPods were then distributed to various long term care facilities for the benefit of residents with various disabilities.

Visit Listen Up Victoria’s Facebook Page to learn more about this initiative and see how this team boosted awareness of music therapy through Listen Up Victoria Month.


Enlighten - Is Your Number Up?

Enlighten.jpgThis team’s objective was to increase public safety by raising awareness of address visibility for emergency services, with a focus on rural and suburban communities. Their research of over 500 houses in Saanich area learned that over 30% of home addresses were not visible during the day, and more than 50% were not visible at night. Awareness was addressed through two separately televised public service announcements broadcast on A&E, TLC and AMC during primetime TV. The team’s partners included BC Emergency Health Services, Saanich Police and Saanich Fire. Their sponsor – Capital Region Emergency Service Telecommunications (CREST) donated the financing for the announcements.



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