2015 Community Action Projects

Beyond the Box 

Community Partner: Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Team Go Big - 

MembersErika Ladouceur, Lorena Lennox, Sophie Wood, Derek Yeo, Leanna Young

Coach: Randy Kennett 

This team developed an awareness campaign and event that provided the public with the means to drop off used clothing at various locations on Family Day. The result of these increased donations was to enable their community partner, Big Brothers Big Sisters, to fund additional resources to reduce the waiting period for “littles” to be matched to “bigs”.

Sponsors: Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre, Juan de Fuca Recreation, Panorama Recreation.

Prize Donors: BC Ferries, Caitlin Milloy, RMT, COBs Breakd, Cold Comfort, Habit Coffee, Hernandez Cucina, Monk Office, Save-On-Foods, Sol Foods, Starbucks, Thrifty Foods, Urban Heritage, Zambri’s

Event Sponsors: Bekins Moving and Storage, City of Victoria, Cubeit Portable Storage, Island Blue

Is Your Number Up?

Community Partner: BC Emergency Health Services, Saanich Police and Saanich Fire 





Team Enlighten - 

MembersBrad Finerty, Deb Hopkins, Christine Kenwood, Kevin O’Brien, Sabrina Studney, Meghan Thornloe

Coach: Rosemary Cannon

This team’s objective was to increase public safety by raising awareness of address visibility for emergency services, with a focus on rural and suburban communities. Their research of over 500 houses in the Saanich area learned that over 30% of home addresses were not visible during the day, and more than 50% were not visible at night. Awareness was addressed through two separately televised public service announcements broadcast on A&E, TLC and AMC during primetime TV. 

Project Sponsors: Capital Region Emergency Service Telecommunications (CREST) donated the financing for the announcement. Shaw Media Communication donated airtime to run announcements.

Other sponsors: Ali Baba Pizza, Peninsula Co-op Gas, Red Rob Gourmet Burgers

Listen Up Victoria! 

Community Partner: The Music Heals Charitable Foundation 

Team Hope Collective - 

Members: Kristy Brugman, Wendy Dunn, Caroline Herbert, Mary Kelly, Brian Tebo

Coach: Kathleen Asher 

The primary focus of this project was to generate awareness of the therapeutic benefits of music to connect individuals to their emotions, memories and a feeling of belonging. The team collaborated with music therapists and the Music Heals Foundation to promote these benefits and collected iPod devices through drop off sites throughout the Victoria community. These iPods were then distributed to various long-term care facilities for the benefit of residents with various disabilities. Visit Listen Up Victoria’s Facebook Page to learn more about this initiative and see how this team boosted awareness of music therapy through Listen Up Victoria Month.

Sponsors & Donors: Downtown Victoria Business Association, Foo Asian Street Food, Greater Victoria Public Library Branches, Harbourside Rotary Club, Hotel Rialto and Veneto Tapa Lounge, Long & McQuade, Oak Bay High School, Pig BBQ Joint, Reynolds High School, Senior Living Expo, The Crooked Goose Bistro, UVIC Students Society, Vancity, Victoria Conservatory of Music, Victoria Royal Games Night, Volunteer Victoria

Orange Your Workplace 

Community Partner: Cridge Centre for Families

Team Orange United - 

MembersKathy Caveney, Carrie Everett, Christine Jack, Linda Nicoll, Ben Robertson

Coach: Al Kemp

Orange Day is a United Nations Campaign to raise awareness and show opposition to Violence

Against Women with the color orange, on the 25th day of each month. In early March, this team arranged a demonstration/rally at UVic and invited employers, police, and local support agencies to learn about the impact of violence against women in the workplace. Along with their partner, the Cridge Centre for Families, they also provided resources for employers.

Sponsors: Royal Bank of Canada, Coast Capital Savings, Thrifty Foods, UVic Alumni Association, Country Grocer, Ooh La La, Level Ground Coffee

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