2017 Community Action Projects

Diversity Awareness

Team Bellatonia

Community Partners: Victoria Police Dept. & Saanich Police Dept.


Team MembersDamineh Akhavan, Nathan Cartwright, Gina Dolinsky, Ximena Londono, Maria Soriano Carrion

Team Coaches: Valerie St John & Libby Rush 

Team Bellatonia created the project called DiverCity Victoria to enhance understanding and inclusivity in our community by exposure to diversity through a video. The video now exists as an open user educational material which may be used for diversity training for Police, employees, and general use. Their community partners, Victoria and Saanich Police Departments are considering the usage of this video for their staff and the community. They understand the importance of educating their membership in breaking down their own stereotypes and treating citizens as individuals.

With great thanks for the support from various employers at UVIC (Moussa Magassa). 

Power to be Celebrated 

Team 3 

Community Partner: Power To Be 

Team Members: Carina Foran, Breanna Merrigan, Wendy Stone, Ashley McKay

Team Coaches: Deb Hopkins & Rosemary Cannon

Team #3 facilitated a collaboration between the non-profit organization, Power To Be, local artist Kay Gallican and the property management company DNL Holdings. Inspired by Power To Be's work, Kay and partners (Zu Fortune, Christine White & Nicole Boyce) painted a stunning mural on the wall of one of DNL Holdings' properties in downtown Victoria. Team #3 then hosted a celebration to unveil the mural and celebrate the community work that led to its creation. The mural is located at 920 Johnson St.

This project graciously received a grant from B.C Government of $2,500, for the project to incorporate diversity

Sponsors: Richlock Rentals (equipment), Cloverdale Paint (paint) and Our Place Society (Security)

Donations: Received from CFUV Radio and Loft & Ladder for the unveiling

Victoria's Rock Your Block

Team Jedi Magic 

Community Partner: Cridge Centre for Families

Team Members: Janelle Breese Biagioni, Jennifer Chown, John Sheratt, Amber Woodworth

Team Coach: Annette Siewertsen

The objective of Team Jedi's Victoria’s Rock Your Block events (24 total) was initiated to create safe, resilient neighborhood communities by increasing inclusion and reducing isolation through neighbor-to-neighbor connections. Team Jedi aimed to enlist neighborhoods which contain at least one type of supportive housing, including group homes, assisted living for seniors, and licensed facilities.

Why? Supportive housing units are communities within their own walls and they are also a part of the larger neighborhood. Yet, residents both inside the building and in the neighbourhood at large, are often disconnected. A connection is imperative to building healthy, safe, resilient communities.

Special thanks to the Cridge Centre for Families, Idea Zone, and Orange Finch Designs


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