2009 Community Action Project

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

Community Partner: CRD and the Victoria Natural Society

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: