2016 Community Action Projects

Booster Benches 

Community Partner: SD61, South Park Family School 

Team Bench Strength - 

Members: Stefan Egilson, Julia Keenan, Kimberly Newton, Felicia Rozon, Josh Stevens

Coach: Randy Kennett

The Booster Bench Project was created to foster strong childhood friendships by providing a place to connect in the areas of inclusion, empathy, and kindness. The team worked with local schools in SD61 to develop an in-class discussion activity for kids focusing on what it means to "give a boost" (an anti-bullying message).

In each school, the "Booster" message was reinforced through the installation of a colorful permanent bench on or near the play areas.

Sponsors & Donors: Coast Capital Savings, Beatrice Stevens Memorial Foundation

Get Your Ship Together

Community Partner: Boys & Girls Club of Greater Victoria/West Shore

Team Inclusive-us - 

MembersAlison Andresen, Renn Bibeau, Gillie Easdon, Brendan Mather, Cory Manton

Coach: Al Kemp

The focus on this project was to provide a one-day workshop to youth transitioning into adulthood. The team organized a variety of local resource people to offer interactive workshops to youth from the West Shore in areas of life skills. Topics included resume writing and job search; renting and tenancy rights; financial literacy; stress management; and how to cook on a budget.

Sponsors: Serious Coffee, West Shore Parks and Recreation, Ravenous Café, School District #62, Power to Be, Kiwanis International Columbia Lodge, No. 2, Quality Foods, Peninsula Co-Op, Vancity, Victoria Foundation, Lions International, Coast Capital Savings

Happy Half-Birthday Challenge

Jeneece Place Sanctuary Garden

Community Partner: Help Fill a Dream 

Team DiverCity - 

Members: Marja Blasé, Pam Chandla, Jane Drengson, Adrien Leduc, Daniel Pizarro 

Coach: Kathleen Asher

Team DiverCity partnered with Help Fill a Dream Foundation to develop and launch the Happy Half-Birthday Challenge aiming to raise awareness of volunteer opportunities focused on assisting local families of children with life-threatening illnesses.

The campaign encourages the community to give back on their half-birthday through volunteerism and donations. Working with Jeneece Place, a home away from home for families dealing with these challenges, the team coordinated the installation of a Sanctuary Garden – a natural setting for nature therapy. The official opening of the Jeneece Place Sanctuary was celebrated with the ceremonial planting of a dogwood tree, special guest speakers, a ribbon-cutting and family BBQ.


Sponsors & Donors: Hothouse Marketing, BC Transit, Alpine Group, Save-a-Lot Hauling, Costa Verde Landscaping, Bald Eagle Landscaping, Bartlett Tree Experts, Grounds 4 Design, United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local Union 608, Victoria Firefighters Charitable Foundation, Harlequin Nature Graphics, Bond Bond’s Bakery, Fairways, Villages Pizza, Harbour Air, Country Grocer, Pacific Audio Works, Hilltop Greenhouse, Eurosa Farms, RC Construction, Jeneece Place, Bladerunners, Boy Scouts of Canada

Shifting Gears

Community Partner:

Anawim Companion Society

Team Pedal Empowerment - 

Members: Jeffrey Butcher, Holly Courtright, Alicea Praeker, Jeanine Reemst, Ronda Watson

Coach: Rosemary Cannon

 This project identified the need for safe, reliable and cost-effective transportation for community members transitioning out of life circumstances such as poverty and addiction.

Through the generous donations of bicycles, helmets, locks and safety manuals, the plan empowered 25 identified individuals with a sense of ownership allowing them to move forward with their lives and other goals.

Sponsors & Donors: Anawim House, Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition Broad St. Cycle, MEC, Vancity, IsleShare, Recyclistas


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