Go Big – Beyond the Box

GoBig.jpgThis 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”.

Hope Collective – Listen Up Victoria!

hope-collective.jpgThe 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.

Enlighten - Is Your Number Up?

Enlighten.jpgThis 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 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. The team’s partners included BC Emergency Health Services, Saanich Police and Saanich Fire. Their sponsor – Capital Region Emergency Service Telecommunications (CREST) donated the financing for the announcements.

Team Fine Line – Destigmatizing Addiction

stigma-addiction-272x182.jpgCommunity Partner: Reynolds Secondary School

This team learned that 47,000 Canadian deaths are linked to substance misuse annually and that for every $5 spent on drug rehabilitation, $95 is spent on incarcerating people who misuse drugs. 60% of people who misuse drugs are between the ages of 15 and 24. The team’s project was to produce a video to tell their stories. The students and teacher at Reynolds Secondary School helped to conduct the interviews. The video will be shown to individual classes at Reynolds Secondary and possibly to the entire student body. They will also reach a broader audience by posting their video to YouTube and other social media outlets.

Team Squirrel! – Look Up!

smartphones.jpgCommunity Partner: Saanich Community Youth Team (COYOTE)

This team learned that 35% of youth in Greater Victoria feel lonely and disconnected, and identified feelings of low self-esteem, isolation and difficulty interacting with other members of their community, due to dependence on mobile devices. The team wanted to address the negative impacts to our lives through the use of these devices. Their project consisted of a challenge to the community to put down their mobile devices, look up at the community around them and express what they see by taking a picture with their smartphone and posting it to the team’s social media accounts, including Twitter, Instagram and FaceBook. A video summarizing the entries was presented at a wrap-up event, at which a winning picture was selected and announced.

Project Donors and Sponsors: CHEK News, Peninsula Coop and Saanich Fire Foundation

Bees Knees – Boxes and Blossoms

MasonBees.jpgCommunity Partner: Lifecycles Project Society

This team’s mission was focus on habitat creation by building Mason Bee Boxes, and on planting pollinator plants to feed bees. The Mason Bee is a native pollinator to Vancouver Island; it pollinates up to 65 times more blossoms than a honey bee and is non-aggressive. This project provided and protected habitat for Blue Orchard Mason bees in partnership with Lifecycles Project Society. The team procured and distributed 100 bee boxes, and planted 500 pollinator plants at the Welland Orchard and surrounding area. operated and maintained by Lifecycles. By providing habitat and food for bees, this project will help the community get m ore food from backyards and a bigger harvest to help feed people.

Project Donors and Sponsors: Community sponsors with greenhouses, gardening equipment, seeds, soil; Capital Region Beekeepers’ Association; Master Gardeners Association of B.C.