2011 Community Action Projects


Bulldog GREEN 

Community Partners: Belmont Secondary School, Climate Action West Shore (CAWS) and West Shore Chamber of Commerce

Team Salmon - 

Members: Karen Ringstead, Dean Jantzen, Carol Jenkins, Kelsey Strudwick

Coach: Sue Liles

The purpose of this project was to create a greater awareness of recycling within the school which resulted in “sustainability’ awareness days. These days were themed to address the environmental effects of consumerism, the benefits of supporting local farmers and making sustainable food choices, and to increase awareness of recycling, both within the school and in their community.

Sponsors & Donors: Alpine Group, BlackPress, Capital Regional District, Van City, Canadian Tire, YesBC, City of Colwood

Growing the Good Food Box 

Community Partner: CRD Student-led UVIC Sustainability Project

Team Fruit Salad - 

Members: Kerry Gauvin, Susan Green, Maria McLeod, Mira Motet, Leigh Sifton

Coach: Kim Moller

By assisting the Capital Region Good Food Box Society in their goal of becoming a self-sustaining organization by securing one large or several smaller community agencies as long term partners. The project focused on the Gordon Head area on establishing the University of Victoria as a venue for the public to order, pay for and pick up Good Food Boxes. The target market for the project was the University of Victoria community, including students, faculty, staff, married student families and others living in close proximity.

Sponsors & Donors: Sushil Saini, Victoria Foundation

Youth Action for Homelessness

Community Partner: Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness

Team Eggplant - 

Members: Constance Reith, Chris Tilden, Trish Weber, Karen Witkowski, Sherri Williams

Coach: Roberta Burris

This team created a youth video contest called Youth Action for Homelessness (YAH). Using video as a platform to have their voices heard while challenging the myths of homelessness, the young filmmakers created videos that Team Eggplant’s community partner, The Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness (The Coalition), could use to educate and raise awareness on this topic.

The Showcase Event was held at Cinecenta Theatre (University of Victoria) with presentations by local community members, a special presentation of Street Stories, a short film chronicling the stories of people without homes and the presentation of youth video contestants. The judging panel included Dean Fortin, Mayor of the City of Victoria; Michael Reid, Times Colonist Movies Reviewer; Kathy Kay, Executive Director of the Victoria Film Festival; Colleen Kerry-Grey, an Independent Film Maker and Performer; and Jan Cadieux, George Srankos and George Harris of the Gulf Islands Fil and Television School. After awards were given the event concluded with a panel discussion that created a great dialogue about what we call all do to end homelessness.

Sponsors & Donors: Vancity, Island Savings, Country Grocer, Best Buy, Victoria Foundation, Cineplex Odeon Yates Street, University of Victoria, Serious Coffee (Cadboro Bay Road), Panago Yates Street, H20 Sun Surf Swimwear, The Gulf Island Film and Television School, Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness

Four Peace - SIDRCS Project

Community Partner: South Island Dispute Resolution Centre Society (SIDRCS)

Team Four Peace - 

Team Members: Brent Bickerton, Sophie Bird, Tracey Johns, Cherie Miltimore

Team Coach: Al Kemp

Driven by a desire to serve young people and focus on harm prevention, Team Four Peace partnered with the South Island Dispute Resolution Centre Society, a not for profit organization offering conflict resolution and management program. The goal of the team was to recommend strategies for delivering a conflict management/resolution program serving newcomer elementary school-aged students experiencing significant language or cultural barriers.

The team developed recommendations by identifying individuals and organizations working in or familiar with conflict resolution designed for young children, then facilitated two events with community stakeholders. At the time of the project was developed, the number of newcomer children in the Victoria School District more than doubled from 700 to over 1650.

Sponsors & Donors: The Victoria Foundation, United Way, School District No. 61, Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society, Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria, Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education, Vancouver, and the Aspen Family and Community Network, Calgary. Collaborators were BC Healthy Communities – Youth Division, Boys and Girls Club, Equitas – Play it Fair, PUENTE Theatre, Rock Solid Foundation, ROSCO – Regional Out of School Care, Royal Roads University, Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS), School District 62 – Sooke, School District 63 – Saanich, Society of Children and Youth of BC, University of Victoria, Victoria Restorative Justice Society, Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society, Volunteer Victoria 

Learn more about our Community Action Project History, starting with our 2002 graduation class CAPs: