Community Partner: Our Place Society

Leadership Victoria's 2018-2019 cohorts were engaged with Our Place Society to create possibilities for Greater Victoria's most vulnerable citizens. The cohort conducted an asset survey and mapping of Greater Victoria to identify opportunities for temporary supported modular housing. Each team examined case studies from around the world, sharing successful projects that may be recreated or lessons learned to ensure successful projects. Case studies and stakeholder analysis will assist in creating a model of community readiness to ensure accessibility to needed services and recommendations for supporting a welcoming community.



Community Partners: Quadra Village Community Centre, Victoria Cool Aid Society, Pacifica Housing

Community Connectors: This team set out to define some of the challenges facing the younger and older generations in our community and create connections between the two parties to enrich each other's lives. Individuals were invited to partake in a series of activities that exhibit opportunities for such connection, then encouraged to take these activities forward into their community networks. The event named Generations United was created to engage Juniors (6-12 years) and Elders (65+ years) in an afternoon of intergenerational learning through facilitated group activities, including bingo, interviews, gardening, collaborative art, and more! Intergenerational learning provides social, emotional, and educational benefits to the members of our community while also forging a strong sense of connection and purpose across the ages. 

Cool Neighbours: Team Cool neighbours worked with Victoria's Cool Aid Society to hold multiple open houses with the goal of breaking down barriers and the stigma of what supportive housing looks like in the community. The project allowed the public to see what a Supportive Housing unit looks like on the inside and introduced community residents to the people living in the facilities. With a turnout of over 100 people throughout the day, the event showcased several of the Society's properties and services. The purpose was to encourage the general public and neighbourhood to come and understand who and what the society is, what it does, and who the clients are. The open house intention is to act as a catalyst for individual conversations about supportive housing which the team hopes has had a ripple effect through the networks of those who attended. 

Dynamic QuartoThe You Matter project was inspired by a campaign that the University of Victoria had recently completed called Kindmail, in which univeristy alumni were called upon to send encouraging messages to students during the exam period. The team took the concept of Kindmail and came up with the You Matter campaign. Through a partnership with Pacifica Housing, cards with a short but encouraging message to four of their supported housing buildings were delivered. One side of the decorated card had 'You Matter' written on it. The other side had an encouraging note to pass on the card when their heart was full. Close to 150 residents received individual handmade cards that brought positivity and encouragement. This was especially meaningful as many of these adults had faced homelessness, or were previously at risk of facing homelessness due to mental health and/or addictions. The team spent one morning delivering the cards to each unit. 



Community Partners: Victoria Police Department, Saanich Police Department, Power to Be, The Cridge Centre for the Family

Diversity Awareness: This team 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 open user educational material which may be used for diversity training for Victoria and Saanich Police, employees, and the general public. They understand the importance of educating their membership in breaking down their own stereotypes and treating citizens as individuals. 

Power to Be Celebrated: This team facilitated a collaboration between the non-profit organization Power to Be, local artist Kay Gallican and the property management company DNL holdings. Inspired by the work at Power to Be, Kay and partners Zu Fortune, Christine White and Nicole Boyce painted a stunning mural on the wall of DNL Holdings properties in downtown Victoria. The team 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 Street. 

Victoria's Rock Your Block: The objective of the Rock Your Block events (24 in all) was to create safe, resilient neighbourhoods by increasing inclusion and reducing isolation through neighbour-to-neighbour connections. The team aimed to enlist neighbourhoods which contain at least one type of supportive housing, including group homes, assisted living for seniors, and licensed facilities. Supportive housing units are communities within their own walls while also being a part of the larger neighbourhood. While residents are often disconnected from one another, connections are imperative to building healthy, safe, resilient communities. 



Community Partners: School District 61, South Park Family School, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Victoria/West Shore, Help Fill A Dream Foundation, and Anawim Companion Society

Team Bench Strength:  This project was created to foster strength childhood friendship by providing a place to connect.  The team worked with local schools in  District 61 to develop an in-class discussion activity for kids focusing on what it means to "give a boost" (an anti-bullying message).  The "Booster" message was reinforced through the installation of a colourful permanent bench on or near the play areas.

Get your Ship Together:  The focus on this project was to provide a one-day workshop to youth transitioning into adulthood.  The team organized a variety of local resources 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.

Happy Half-Birthday Challenge: This project partnered to develop and launch the Happy Half-Birthday Challenge aiming to raise awareness of volunteer opportunities focus on assisting local family of children with life-threatening illnesses.  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.

Shifting Gears: This project identified the need for sale, reliable and cost-effective transportation for community members transitioning out of life circumstances such as poverty and addiction.  Through donations of bicycles and safety equipment, the plan empowered 25 identified individuals with a sense of ownership allowing them to move forward with their lives and other goals. 



Big Brothers & Big Sisters, BC Emergency Health Services, Saanich Police & Saanich Fire Departments, The Music Heals Charitable Foundation, and Cridge Centre for Families

Team Go Big: 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 partners Big Brothers & Big Sisters to fund additional resources to reduce the waiting period for "littles" to be matched to "bigs". 

Is Your Number Up?: 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 hours 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.

Listen Up Victoria!: 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 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.  Visits 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.

Orange your Workplace: Orange Day is a United Nations Campaign to raise awareness and show opposition to violence against women, with the colour 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.



Community Partners: Saanich Community Youth Team (COYOTE), Lifecycles Project Society; Reynolds Secondary School; ORAL care for Children & Adolescence (ORCCA)

#LOOKUPBC - 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 on 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.


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