The Casa Project
Community Partner: Child & Family Counselling Association
Team Bonsai -
Members: Sarah Danzo, Nancy Lane, Michelle McDonald, Marc Pellow, Adam Ungstad, Karen Wharton
Coach: Dennis Mahoney & Al Kemp
The Court Appointed Special Advocate project was designed to help children and you who are placed in the foster care system and thrust into the court system. The teams’ goad was to develop the structure and foundation for a child advocacy program where a volunteer is appointed by a judge to stay with a child for the duration of their time with protective services. As their advocate, they are authorized to relay the child’s wishes to the judge and court. The project’s primary objective was to hold a forum involving stakeholders that would lead to the formation of a steering committee to pursue the implementation of the CASA program in Victoria.
Sponsors & Donors: Victoria Foundation, BC Adoption Permanency Fund, Vancity, Province of BC, Saanich Police Department, University of Victoria, Ambrosia Conference Centre, Rogers Chocolate and community members
The Rainbow Kitchen
Community Partner: St. Saviour's Anglican Church
Team Laser Beam -
Members: Rosie Croft, Jason French, Joanna Morton, Shawn Steele, Wendy Robinson, Sara Wegwitz
Coach: Barry Herring
Under the scope of sustainability, Team Laser Beam assisted the Rainbow Kitchen at St. Saviour’s Anglican Church by enhancing its garden capacity in order to serve local produce to their clients serving hot lunches to those in need. Providing a new micro-irrigation system that reuses rainwater, providing multiple composting units and a recycling area maximized the existing garden’s capacity to grow a diverse crop. Once the gardens were completed a Grand Re-Opening took place.
Sponsors & Donors: TD Friends of the Environment, Victoria Foundation, Sun Life Financial, Ken Bennett, Pat, McCooey (Emery Electric), Bay West Rona, Honeycomb Webworks, O’Dell Slinger Service, Kinetic Construction, Applied Office Solutions, C and C growers and donations from individuals.
Talkin' bout our Generations
Community Partners: Saanich Parks & Recs
Team Synergy -
Members: Tanya Bentley, Maureen Mitchell-Starkey, Anne Parker, Karen Preston, Johanne Thompson
Coach: Roberta Burris
The focus of the project was to explore the potential for intergenerational programming in Saanich the objective of bringing youth and seniors together seeking shared learning with a better understanding and tolerance of others in the community. Team Synergy and Saanich programming staff hosted a Coffee House event which included entertainment. In addition, they hosted a focus group of youth and seniors with the goal of assessing the potential for intergenerational programming to clarify a common area of interests for programming considerations.
Sponsors & Donors: Victoria Foundation, Safeway, Cedar Hill Recreation, Gordon Head Recreation, Saanich Centennial Branch Greater Victoria Library, and Our Place Society
Witty Lagoon's Teaching Shelter
Team Witty -
Members: Kate Longpre, Dan MacKinnon, Rob Olsen, Jaya Polden, Aaron Slingsby
Coach: Shauna Fenwick
Team Witty constructed a Teaching Shelter at Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park. The open-air classroom facilitates the delivery of environmental education programs for children, youth, families and the public at large and has seating for 50 students. The Victoria Natural Society sees the Teaching Shelter project as a perfect opportunity to fulfill its mandate to develop an interest in natural history as well as study and protect the local flora, fauna, and habitat. It also aligns with CRD’s strategy to continue to deliver quality programs and CRD Parks’ interpretive staff to enhance and diversity environmental programming at Witty’s Lagoon.
Sponsors & Donors: MEC, Shell Canada, BC Transit, Westshore Lions Club, Kinsmen Club of Victoria, Kiwanis Club of Victoria, West-Mont School, Pemberton Holmes, Victoria Foundation, Metchosin Country Store, Sooke Harbour House, Aggressive Excavating, Rock Point Metal Craft, Millinear Lumber, Coast Mountain Milling, Tower Read Mix, Super Save Fence Rentals, Richlock Rentals, Victoria Contracting and Municipal Maintenance, My Chosen Pizza, Island Crush and numerous individuals who donated their time and expertise.
Learn more about our Community Action Project History, starting with our 2002 graduation class CAPs: