BC Communities Activity Ebrief #43 July 22 2009

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  • Events
  • Tools & Resources
  • Funding Opportunities
  • What’s New
  • Call for Nominations


Pathways to Health & Healing Conference
On behalf of Network Environments for Aboriginal Research BC and The Centre for Aboriginal Health Research, we invite you to attend a two-day conference scheduled for September 24-25, 2009 at the University of Victoria’s First People’s House, Victoria, BC. There are a limited number of travel bursaries available. Registration is limited to 150 attendees. Please email Velten Pilger at nearbc1@uvic.ca to confirm your attendance by August 20, 2009. http://www.nearbc.ca

Permaculture Design Course
:  August 16 – 29, 2009
Location: Kootenay Permaculture Institute Winlaw, British Columbia
Description: This intensive 13 day course combines theory with practical hands-on learning & design exercises. Topics includes: permaculture design techniques & principles, site analysis, soil fertility, organic gardening techniques, herbs & medicinal plants, fruit & nut trees, water uses, ecological buildings & urban permaculture.

For more information contact:
Kootenay Permaculture Institute
Phone: 250-226-7302
Email: spiralfarm@yahoo.com

Food Forests Gardening for 1000 Years
: August 3 – 4, 2009
This two day hands-on practical course will take you through the exciting sustainable food forest approach to abundant food production for this and future generations. Together we will learn how to design food forest gardens and gain an introduction to the plants that best fit the temperate Northern climate. The course will be held at Clear Sky Centre, located in the beautiful East Kootenay Rocky Mountains of Canada. You will be guided through this course by Richard Walker, one of Canada’s most experienced forest gardeners.Registration: $40 deposit due and refundable up to July 28th. Contact: caraworld@gmail.com or 250-429-3929 for registration and further details. http://www.clearskycenter.org/

2009 BCAPOP Conference – “Striving for Excellence Together”
This exciting professional development opportunity will be held on October 14th, 15th and 16th 2009 at the Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel. http://www.bcapop.ca/conference/

Tools & Resources

The Food Project
Download curriculum on Urban Agriculture, Rural Agriculture, Volunteer Management and more from Boston’s, The Food Project:

BCRPA Physical Activity Strategy Newsletter
Check out the Spring Newsletter http://activecommunities.createsend5.com/t/r/l/irdljr/dyitzlk/n for resources to help get your community moving, learn some promising practices on access and inclusion, and how to assess your community’s built environment. Also be sure to read how Walk BC communities are stepping it up a notch!
The new “Community Services Locator”
We know that those living with cancer want access to reliable information and services in their community.  The Community Services Locator will help cancer patients, their families and friends, the public and healthcare providers find relevant community services close to home.
For questions about the Locator or help finding services please call 1-888-939-3333.

Funding Opportunities

Community Futures New Funding Database
GM’s Making Dreams Possible
Dedicated to supporting athletes at all levels through coaching excellence, General Motors’ Making Dreams Possible Program provides 100 $2,000 club coaching grants and 10 $10,000 high performance coach grants, to community sport clubs and high performance coaches nationwide on an annual basis.
The application deadline is Sept. 21

Innovative Co-op Projects Funding Application Now Online
Applications are now being accepted for the Innovative Co-operative Projects component of the Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI) program. CDI, which provides support to new and emerging co-operatives, is jointly managed by the Canadian Co-operative Association and the Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité. The program was recently renewed until 2013.
Co-ops seeking funding under the Innovative Co-operative Projects component of CDI have until July 31 to submit their proposals. For more information, click to visit http://www.coopscanada.coop/en/coopdev/CDI/Innovative-Co-operative-Projects.

Community Based Awareness (CBA) Public Awareness Grants
BCRPA’s public awareness grants for this initiative are up to $4,000 and are available to communities to support marketing campaigns promoting physical activity using the Marketing Action Plan (M.A.P.), tools and templates. M.A.P. is designed to provide the information you need to promote multiple community events, programs and initiatives and ensure your campaign messages reach your target audience. Grant funds are flexible and can be applied towards the production of marketing materials or towards hiring support staff to coordinate the campaign.
Deadline: July 31
Details http://activecommunities.createsend3.com/t/r/l/irdljr/hdjdyhll/f

Everybody Active Seed Grants
These $2,000 seed grants are administered through the BCRPA and are available now to support community mobilization around access to physical activity for adults, age 35-54. Download application forms here http://activecommunities.createsend3.com/t/r/l/irdljr/hdjdyhll/z
Deadline: Aug. 16

What’s New

Report on Economic Insurance in Canada Now Available
Over the last year, the CCPA has recommended that Employment Insurance benefits be boosted in order to adequately support Canadians affected by the economic downturn. This recommendation is bolstered by a new CCPA study that shows Employment Insurance benefits in Canada are well below the OECD average, something that should make Canadians question the strength of their social safety net. The full report can be downloaded from  http://policyalternatives.ca/?r_ID=242285

Walk BC
BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) and the Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon are pleased to announce communities that were successful in obtaining a Walk BC grant. In total over $160,000.00 was awarded to communities around the province. To find out more about where the funding was allocated, please visit: http://www.walkbc.ca/walk-bc-grants.

Calls for Nominations

Women In Food Luncheon; December 02nd, 2009 – we are now accepting Nominations!
On December 2, 2009 the Minerva Foundation for BC Women will honour 3 women at their Women In Food fundraising luncheon.  Two honorees will be given awards for community leadership and excellence in the area of food. And one honoree will receive an award for their role as a volunteer or philanthropist in the food community. I hope you will consider nominating a candidate who fulfils the criteria outlined in the package. The package can be downloaded from our website at http://www.theminervafoundation.com/


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