2013 Community Action Projects

Amazing Day 

Community Partner: Threshold Housing Society 

Team Awesome - 

Members: Christina Barnes, Phil Gaudet, Ryan O'Neill, Kim Perkins, Rebecca Scott

Coach: Sarah Hood

The “Amazing Day” project was an action-packed one-day event designed especially for youth. During this event, 13 at-risk youth participated in a variety of adventurous new activities with their peers and community role models. At the end of the event, each youth received a special care package that included a number of items donated by supporters in the community. Team Awesome designed the day and care packages through consultation with the youth. Media was involved to bring awareness to the project, Threshold Housing Society and the issue of youth homelessness.

Sponsors & Donors: Adrena LINE, BC Transit, Cincenta, Dodd’s Furniture, Fairway Market (Gorge and Tillicum), Golden Gate Restaurant, Hecklers Bar and Grill, Moksha Yoga Victoria, Red Barn, Sandalwood Martial Arts, Shampoo Hair Bar, Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, Silvercity Tillicum, Soap Exchange, Thrifty Foods  (Hillside), TNT Paintball, Wal-Mart, Wilson’s Transportation and numerous individual sponsors.

Driven Financial Literacy 

Community Partner: Parkland Public School 

Team Harmony - 

Members: Linda Finch, Jeremy Meckler, Karla Landsiedel, Allison Lenz, Chris Piche

Coach: Al Kemp

With an astounding household average of $38,837 in non-mortgage-related debt, Team Harmony’s project was directed at offering that apple a day, that ounce of prevention that the grade 10 student’s of Heidi Hackman’s Planning 10 class needed. The 3-day session offered a full suite of Financial Literacy topics, pulled together in a student handbook.

Through theory bursts, activities, and budgeting exercises, the hope is to have left these 30 students in a more aware and ready position. Keeping the sessions interactive and varied in teaching mediums, the handbook for these students will also act as a resource to look back on.

Project Sponsor: Vancity Savings Credit Union

Guerilla Blackboards 

Community Partner: The Victoria Foundation

Team Serotonin -

Members: Natasha Ewing, Jen Harrison, Dianne McKerrell, Dustin Ray-Wilks

Coach: Roberta Burris

This team provided the opportunity for youth in Greater Victoria to express opinions, thoughts, and concerns in a creative and unique way. Large 8”x4” blackboards were placed around the Greater Victoria region, and youth were encouraged to allow their voice to be real, raw, unedited and uncensored. The information collected was presented to the community in an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria where the team encouraged attendees to ‘start the conversation’. A special thank you to The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria for offering their space to reveal the chalkboards.

Sponsors: Black Press, Vancity, Panorama Recreation, Landeca, Rona, Home Depot, Edward Milne Community School Society, Toys for Tots

When Opportunists Knock 

Community Partner: Silver Threads Society 

Team Navigators - 

Members: Todd Johnston, David Nicholson, Emily Pridham, Cheryl Rothnie, Linda Ryder 

Coach: Susan Neden

This team’s mission was to promote healthy communities by fostering increased knowledge and resiliency. Their project empowered 59 seniors to navigate resources and become informed about scams. Target Theatre set the tone at two events with their fun and informative play “Dot Con.” Afterward, experts from the Better Business Bureau, Oak Bay Police, Silver Threads, Citizen’s Counseling Centre, and Police Victim Services led a lively discussion. Participants reported feeling more informed, connected, and confident after attending.

Sponsors: Target Theatre, Greater Victoria Police Victim Services, Citizens Counselling Centre, CRD Corporate Communications, GPEB Responsible Gambling, Coast Capital Savings, and our guest speakers.

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