2012 Community Action Projects


Earth to Table 

Community Partner: Burnside Gorge Community Centre

Team Big Bang Mosaics - 

Members: Mark Boysen, Janet Geddie, Jenny McLeod, Theri Nicholson, Melisa Yestrau

Coach: Al Kemp

A unique initiative to help youth learn the sources of food, how to purchase healthy food from grocery stores and how to prepare it by working with local chefs.

Kitchen Connect

Community Partner: Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS)

Team Tempura - 

Members: Leah Baade, Nathan Buckham, Christine Currie, Karolien Swaak, Sarah Tarnoposky

Team Coach: Roberta Burris

This project was created to promote healthy eating among youth ages 12 – 17. The aim was to teach culinary skills and provide a positive mentoring activity for a group of 20 Bigs and Littles from BBBS’ existing mentorship programs. The program, named ‘Kitchen Connect’ because it provided an opportunity for Bigs and Littles to connect in the kitchen. Kitchen connect lasted six weeks and included five cooking classes hosted by different local “celebrity” chefs and one grocery store tour to teach tips on making healthy choices on a budget. Further advice was provided by volunteer dieticians. Participants received a cookbook, apron and many other ‘goodies’, while BBBS received a tool-kit for future program planning. 

Project Sponsor: Victoria Foundation

Sponsors: Peninsula Co-Op, Island Farms, The Market on Yates or Millstream, Safeway Foods, Country Grocer, 1550’s Restaurant, Best Buy, Epicure Selections, Hot House Pizza, Odeon Cineplex, Saanich Recreation, Serious Coffee.

Stigma Stomp Day 

Community Partner: Bipolar Babe

Team Eventus - 

Members: Sarah Bower, Nicola Cooper, Michael Kaye, Sharlene Law, Michele Wilson

Coach: Sarah Hood

Homelessness, addiction, disability rights and support to youth are issues that exist in our community. Stigma is the underlying theme attached to people who experience these issues and is linked to negative attitudes and negative behavior. Education and awareness are the first steps to stomping out Stigma in our society.

Partnered with Bipolar Babe Team Eventus invited the community to join us on May 11th, 2012 in Centennial Square from 2:00 – 4:00 to Stomp out Stigma. The community came together to enjoy the entertainment, gain knowledge and listen to the speakers. Nothing connects people more than personal stories and connections of the heart. The event left a lasting impression with all, and a legacy for future annual events.

Sponsors: Foundation House, The Salvation Army Beacon Bus, St. John’s Ambulance, Incite Screenprinting, Saanich Sign Shop, Thetis Heights Business Center, Saanich Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation, Blanchard Community Center, Ink-well Communications, KOOL-FM107.3, The Zone 91.3

Tool Pool 

Community Partner: Capital Regional Housing Corporation 

Team Focus Passion Action - 

Members: Joann Connolly, Shauna Gueho, Nick Mandryk, Blair Spencer

Coach: Sue Iles

The creation of a community tool shed, accessible to all residents at Glasgow Street and Cloverdale Avenue, with an inventory of commonly used tools that can be borrowed to help local low-income families and to encourage neighborhood pride.

Sponsors & Donors: Direct Solutions, Canada Safeway, Coast Industrial Parts Ltd., Vancity, Telios Construction, Dogwood Tree Services, Colwood Volunteer Firefights, CBC Radio – All Points West, BC Transit, Creative Sign Design, Top Line Roofing, Home Depot, Coast Capital Savings, CIBC, Columbia Fire and Safety

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