COMMUNITY LINKS BULLETIN - January to March 2012

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! And welcome to the latest edition of my Community Links Bulletin.

We have made a slight revision to our bulletin, from bi-monthly to quarterly so please note the submission deadline if you wish to submit your blurb for inclusion in our next – April to June 2012 Community Links Bulletin. If you wish to make a submission or receive the bulletin, please leave us a message by email at libby.davie@parl.gc.ca. You can also view the bulletin on my website at www.libbydavies.ca

I wish good health, social justice, equality, and prosperity to all!

Best Wishes,

Libby

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The next deadline for submission to the Community Links Bulletin is Monday, February 20th for the April to June 2012 edition. Listings must be under 40 words and include event, date and time, location, sponsoring agency and contact name and number. Information can be emailed to libby.davies@parl.gc.ca, faxed to 604-775-5811 or mailed postage-free to 2412 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E2. Information in the Community Links Bulletin is subject to change without notice. Please check with the contacts provided to ensure accuracy.

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EVENTS & WORKSHOPS

November 5 to April 28 - Vancouver Farmers Market: Winter Farmers Market
Time: 10 am - 2 pm, Saturdays / Location: Nat Bailey Stadium, east parking lot, 30th & Ontario Vancouver Farmers Markets (otherwise known as Your Local Farmers Market Society) is about people who love fresh food at festive gatherings. When you shop at Vancouver Farmers Markets, you help keep BC farmers farming. For more information, visit www.eatlocal.org/markets.html.

Sunday, January 8 – Christmas Tree Chipping for Charity
Time: 10 am - 4 pm; Location: Kingsgate Mall - 370 East Broadway - lower east side parking lot
The MPBIA and Arbutus Tree Service will be offering their 2nd annual Christmas tree chipping and disposal, by donation, on the first Sunday in January. All proceeds will go the Mount Pleasant Elementary School to help them purchase classroom computers and Smartboards. You are welcome to take advantage of this environmentally friendly service, and to support a very worthy cause. For more information, contact the Mount Pleasant BIA at 604-874-9816 or email mpbia@telus.net.

Sunday, January 29 – Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade
January 23rd, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. The Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade is a celebration of the new Chinese lunar year. Every year Vancouver marks Chinese New Year with celebrations around Chinatown, culminating in the annual Chinese New Year Parade. The parade, held on Sunday, January 29, starting at 12 pm, will feature over fifty (50) colourful and energetic lions from the various local fraternal and martial arts organizations. Other highlights include multicultural dance groups representing the diverse segments of our Canadian cultural heritage, marching bands and various community groups. For more information on the 2012 parade, please visit: http://www.cbavancouver.ca/parade.html or email to info@CBAVancouver.ca.

February 2 to 3 - Green Development: Sustainable Buildings and Infrastructure
Time: 8:30 am – 5 pm; Location: Vancouver Convention Centre Green development is essential to both accommodate population growth and achieve a community vision for sustainability and liveability. To create greener communities, changes will need to be made to existing land use regulations, design guidelines, construction standards, and more. This event will provide you with expert advice on the current state of green infrastructure and the anticipated impact of future developments. For more information, visit www.pbli.com/901.

February 10 to 12 – The 11th Annual World Community Film Festival
Time: 7:30 pm - 9 pm; Location: Langara College, 100 West 49th Avenue, at Manitoba
The World Community Film Festival is BC’s largest social justice film fest. It features over 35 social justice and environmental documentaries that go to the heart of issues confronting communities here and around the world. The focus of the festival is to motivate audiences to action through awareness of issues both local and global. The festival is produced by CoDevelopment Canada and the World Community Development Education Society, and co-sponsored by Langara College. For more information on the film festival, program, or ticket information, visit http://www.codev.org/film-festival/.

Saturday, February 25 - NEPP Workshop: Earthquake Preparedness
Time: 1 pm - 3 pm; Location: Britannia Community Centre, 1661 Napier Street, at Commercial
Be Prepared Not Scared. We have all witnessed the recent earthquakes in Japan, New Zealand, Haiti and Chile and have seen first hand the devastation caused by these earthquakes. Living in Vancouver, we too could be faced with a major earthquake, yet few of us take the necessary steps to ensure our families are prepared. This session will teach you how to be prepared for any emergency or disaster you may be faced with. You will learn personal and family preparedness, how to develop a family emergency plan, how to perform a home hazard hunt and how to prepare for your pets. Cost: Free. Please contact community centre directly at 604-718-5800 to register.

Thursday, March 1 - NEPP Workshop: Earthquake Preparedness
Time: 7 pm - 9 pm; Location: Hastings Community Centre, 3096 East Hastings Street, at Lillooet
Be Prepared Not Scared. We have all witnessed the recent earthquakes in Japan, New Zealand, Haiti and Chile and have seen first hand the devastation caused by these earthquakes. Living in Vancouver, we too could be faced with a major earthquake, yet few of us take the necessary steps to ensure our families are prepared. This session will teach you how to be prepared for any emergency or disaster you may be faced with. You will learn personal and family preparedness, how to develop a family emergency plan, how to perform a home hazard hunt and how to prepare for your pets. Cost: Free. Please contact community centre directly at 604-718-6222 to register

Thursday, March 1 - Study and Go Abroad Fair
Time: 1 pm - 6 pm; Location: Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place, at Burrard
The Study and Go Abroad Fair is Canada's largest international university fair and one of the most important student events of the year. Universities and colleges from around the world will be coming to Vancouver to showcase their diploma, certificate, undergraduate and graduate degree programs to students who are considering studying abroad. Check out the Travel Pavilion for Gap Year options as well as adventure travel, volunteering, internships, work abroad or language travel. Free admission and free information seminars throughout the day. For more information, visit www.studyandgoabroad.com.

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COMMUNITY & GOVERNMENT SERVICES

ARA Mental Health Action Research and Advocacy Association
ARA Mental Health offers advocacy services for mental health consumers living in the Greater Vancouver area. Advocacy or intervention includes: locating resources, accessing food, health and safety issues, medical/dental, substance abuse, child apprehension, appeals and tribunals, safe and affordable housing, legal referrals, counselling and one-on-one support. Hours: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Address: 163 West Pender Street, Vancouver. Phone 604-689-7938.

BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD)
The BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD) helps people with all disabilities to live with dignity, independence and as equal and full participants in society. Our Advocacy Access Program assists people to access provincial (PWD) and federal (CPP-D) disability benefits. For an appointment, please phone 604-872-1278.

Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland
Big Sisters of BC helps vulnerable girls in our community by providing them with female mentors and friends who understand the unique challenges they face growing up female. Big Sisters strives to provide these girls (ages 7 – 17) with a “champion” – a mentor who is there to listen to them, cheer them on, and tell them they can do it through the Big & Little Sister program and the Study Buddy program. For more information, please visit www.bigsisters.bc.ca or contact 604-873-4525.

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) - Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP)
Many taxpayers do not know how to prepare their income tax and benefit return themselves. CRA needs volunteers to provide this important community service to taxpayers who have low income and a simple tax situation. To become a CVITP volunteer, you need to be associated with a community organization. If you have a basic understanding of income tax and want to give some time to your community you can register below. If you know of someone who could benefit from the CVITP, or need more information, you can call the CRA at 1-800-959-8281. If you are interested in registering to become a CVITP volunteer, the registration period is until January 31st. For more information or to register as a volunteer, visit http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/vlntr/lnd-eng.html.

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) invites comments on new guidance for arts organizations
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is inviting comments on its proposed Guidance on Arts Organizations and Charitable Registration. To make it easier for the CRA to review your submissions, they recommend the following format: General comments - These comments could include general observations such as whether the guidance is helpful, suggestions for improving the document's readability, and any relevant issues that should be added; and Specific comments - When commenting on specific aspects of the guidance, include the following: the paragraph number of the section you are commenting on; the issues with the paragraph in question; and a solution or alternative that could be considered, if possible. The CRA also welcomes questions that could be used to build a list of questions and answers to supplement the guidelines. The deadline for comments is January 13, 2012. For more information, visit www.cra-arc.gc.ca.

Canada Revenue Agency - Taxpayers' Ombudsman
The Taxpayers' Ombudsman is responsible for ensuring that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) respects the service rights outlined in the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (link: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/gncy/frnss/rights-eng.html). The Taxpayers' Ombudsman's role is to also: conduct impartial and independent reviews of service-related complaints about the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA); facilitate taxpayer access to assistance within the CRA; identify and review systemic and emerging service-related issues within the CRA that have a negative impact on taxpayers; and provide advice to the Minister of National Revenue about service related matters in the CRA. For more information on the complaint process, visit http://www.taxpayersrights.gc.ca/menu-eng.html.

Canada Small Business Financing Program
The Canada Small Business Financing Program helps you with your financing needs. Under the program, the Government of Canada makes it easier for small businesses to get loans from financial institutions by sharing risks with lenders. The program’s main objectives are: to help small businesses get started and established firms make improvements and expand; to improve access to loans that would not otherwise be available to small businesses; and to stimulate economic growth and create jobs for Canadians. For more information, visit strategis.gc.ca/csbfa or call toll-free 1-866-959-1699 or email csbfa-lfpec@ic.gc.ca.

Canadian Red Cross – Children’s Medical Equipment Recycling and Loan Service
The Children’s Medical Equipment Recycling and Loan Service (CMERLS), in partnership with the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), provides basic medical equipment to clients eligible for the At-Home Program (age 17 or younger) and for Children-in-care (age 18 or younger) across the province. Equipment and equipment adjustments must be prescribed by a therapist or other healthcare professional. CMERLS has a variety of equipment available: wheelchairs; special walkers and standers; bathing and toileting needs; biomedical equipment; and more. For more information, please call 604-709-6685 or visit www.redcrossequipment.com.

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program
The Chronic Self-Management Program is a free educational workshop that gives you tools to manage chronic pain and live a healthy life. It is for adults of any age who have chronic pain, such as musculoskeletal pain, fibromyalgia, whiplash injury, repetitive strain injury, post stroke or central pain, persistent headache, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s Disease, etc. The workshop is given in groups of 8 to 15 people who meet for 2.5 hours a week for 6 consecutive weeks. It is offered throughout BC at no cost. For more information or to register, call toll free 1-866-902-3767 or visit www.coag.uvic.ca/cdsmp.

Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS)
CCTS is an independent agency, created by CRTC, to resolve consumer and small business complaints relating to most deregulated retail telecom services. This includes complaints about wireless, home phone, long distance and internet access. Customers unable to resolve complaints about billing, contract terms or service delivery may file a complaint with CCTS for a fair, impartial and independent review. For information, visit www.ccts-cprst.ca or call toll-free 1-888-221-1687.

Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC - Vancouver
- Distress Line and Suicide Prevention Services - Need someone to talk to? Call the Crisis Centre in Vancouver for immediate, free, confidential, non-judgemental support, 24 hours a day, everyday. Call 604-872-3311.

- Volunteering - The Crisis Centre in Vancouver is looking for volunteers to answer calls from people in stressful situations and to assist with high school suicide prevention workshops. Four hours a week after excellent training. Call 604-872-1811.

Electronic Recycling Association (ERA)
ERA is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the impact electronic waste has on our environment. It collects old computers and electronic equipment from various companies, individuals and government organizations. If the equipment is reusable, ERA will refurbish it and donate it to various charities and non-profit organizations. For more information, visit www.era.ca.

Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC)
If you have a complaint or feel you have been treated unfairly by a collection agency, you should contact the head of the collection agency, the agency’s ombudsman, the financial institution where you borrowed money, or your provincial regulator. The FCAC can help you determine whom to contact. The agency also informs Canadians of their rights and responsibilities when dealing with financial institutions and makes sure that banks and federally regulated trust, loan and insurance companies respect the laws and agreements that protect consumers. To reach the FCAC, call toll-free 1-866-914-6097 or visit www.fcac.gc.ca.

Hastings Education Centre, Vancouver School Board Winter Registration 2012
We offer tuition free courses for adults (16 years old +) who want to complete high school or would like to prepare for post secondary studies or are considering a career change. Classes range from beginner levels to Gr12 and are available in structured classes, self-paced or on-line courses. To get started, please phone 604-713-5735 or visit www.hastingsed.com. Winter term registration begins January 4, 2012. Call now for more information. Address: 1661 Napier Street at the Britannia Community Complex

OmbudService for Life & Health Insurance (OHLI)
OmbudService for Life & Health Insurance (OHLI) is a national independent complaint resolution and information service for consumers of life and health insurance products, including life, disability, employee health benefits, travel, and insurance investment products such as annuities and segregated funds. For more information, visit www.olhi.ca.

PM-V (pm-volunteers.org) - Project management volunteers looking for nonprofit partners
Does your organization have a great idea but lack the skilled resources to make it happen? PM-V is a grassroots initiative offering volunteer project management services for their non-profit and charitable partners at no charge, year-round. Applications are currently being accepted for future projects. For more information, and to submit an application, visit: www.pm-volunteers.org.

S.A.F.E.R. (Suicide Attempt Follow-Up, Education & Research)
Trained professionals working to: reduce suicide risk for those in crisis; provide assistance to family and friends who care about them; aid those bereaved by suicide in dealing with their loss; and deliver education, training and consultation on suicide prevention, intervention and post-intervention. Contact information: Intake Worker - Phone: 604-879-9251 (Mon.-Fri., 8:30 am to 4:30 pm), Office: #300 – 2425 Quebec Street, Vancouver, BC V5T 4L6. For 24-Hour Crisis Support, call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433).

Service Canada - The Office for Client Satisfaction (OCS)
The Office for Client Satisfaction (OCS) is a neutral organization mandated to accept and respond to citizen feedback about Service Canada, and recommend ways the organization can improve. It helps Service Canada address specific client concerns quickly, and uses the feedback it receives, surveys, and other measures to identify general service issues. Whether you have a complaint about Service Canada that cannot be resolved at the local level, a suggestion for how the organization can improve its service, or some positive feedback, contact the OCS. The OCS does not replace internal redress mechanisms, review or overturn decisions made under legislative authority, but may review service related issues to ensure individuals are treated fairly. It has the capacity to resolve frontline issues brought to its attention by working with all the relevant stakeholders and dealing with the situation accordingly. You can contact OCS by phone, TTY, fax, mail, or by submitting our feedback form, available online through the link below and in Service Canada Centres. To find out more about OCS or for contact information, please visit http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/ocs/contactus.shtml.

Vancouver Homeless Storefront Office
Veterans Affairs Canada, in partnership with Wounded Warriors.ca, established the Vancouver Homeless Storefront Office to identify and help veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Wounded Warriors.ca is supporting the storefront office initiative by providing funding to offer immediate help to any homeless veterans such as vouchers for emergency provision of food, clothing, shelter and transportation. Contact information: Veterans Affairs Canada, Vancouver Storefront Initiative, 310 Alexander Avenue (in the Veterans Memorial Manor), Vancouver, BC V6A 1C3. Phone: 604-666-0244. Website: www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

VEEES Community Service
newSTART Bridging Employment Program
newSTART Bridging Employment Program for Women offers an individualized 6-month program for any woman dealing with violence and abuse issues, whether she is currently on income assistance or not. Program components include counselling, employment-related skills workshops, a work experience placement, educational assistance and certification for First Aid and SuperHost. newSTART now provides continuous intake.
newSTART 1691 East Pender Street, Vancouver, 604-215-4344

newCHAPTER - Community Employment Resource Centres
The centres offers free services to all job seekers, providing internet access, fax, phone, photocopying, one-on-one resume and job search assistance, and Service Canada Case Management services, including: development of Return to Work Action Plans and assistance with submission of SDEB (skills training financial assistance) applications.
newCHAPTER 2106 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, 604-254-3353

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FUNDING $OURCE$ / AWARD$

Apprenticeship Completion Grant
The ACG is a $2,000 taxable cash grant available to those registered apprentices who successfully complete their apprenticeship training and obtain journeyperson certification in a designated Red Seal trade. The ACG is meant to encourage Canadians to finish their training and launch rewarding careers in the skilled trades. For more information, visit www.rhdcchrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/ trades_apprenticeship/acg/index.shtml.

Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG)
The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year, to a maximum of $2,000 per person. The grant is available to registered apprentices once they have successfully completed their first or second year/level (or equivalent) of an apprenticeship program in a Red Seal trade. For more information on the AIG or other Apprenticeship Grants, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/trades_apprenticeship/aig/program_in....

BC Rehab Foundation
This Foundation's project grants are intended to support initiatives designed to benefit people with disabilities. Its main funding programs include the Individual Grant and Project Grant.
The Individual Grant is intended for individual funding requests from persons with physical disabilities. A range of requests are considered, such as manual and power wheelchairs, hospital beds and mattresses, wheelchairs ramps, lifts and repairs, funding for recreation therapy programs, and others. The Project Grant supports initiatives designed to benefit people with disabilities. For more information on projects supported and funding guidelines, visit http://www.bcrehab.com/defaultnew.htm.

Best Buy Canada - Best Buy for Kids and the Best in Class Fund
Best Buy supports communities across Canada through various initiatives, including the Best in Class fund which provides technology to schools in need. Local Best Buy stores also have individual giving budgets, with the mandate to donate the funds to local, non-profit, youth-oriented organizations. Best Buy also offer a Community Partner Award program which encourages staff to volunteer time to local non-profit agencies. For more information, visit
http://www.bestbuy.ca/companyinfo/EN/community_relations.asp?logon=&lang....

Birks Family Foundation
This Foundation supports causes in the following areas: Canadian universities through capital campaigns and other special projects; bursary plans at Canadian universities; hospitals, health services, long term care institutions and specialized health organizations; social service agencies; and arts organizations which promote the development and understanding of Canadian culture.
For information on funding guidelines, please http://www.birksfamilyfoundation.ca/.

BMO Financial Group
BMO Financial Group's support focuses on social responsibility in the communities it serves. As an active participant in Canadian communities, it believes in the possibilities of personal growth and achievement through continuous learning and access to education. Traditionally, it focuses on specific projects or programmes that add value to the scope of services offered by an organization in the following areas: Education; Hospitals, Health and Research; Civic and Community Services; and
Arts and Culture. For more information, visit http://www2.bmo.com/content/0,1089,divId-7_langId-1_navCode-4905,00.html.

Canada Trust Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF)
TD FEF's purpose is to promote environmental initiatives benefitting local communities that: Protect the environment and Canadian wildlife; Assist young Canadians in understanding and participating in environmental activities; and Enhance cooperation among Environmental organizations. The following is a list of project examples which may be considered eligible for funding by TD FEF: Recycling/Composting Programs; Community Gardening Programs; Local Food Initiatives, etc. Application is accepted year round. The TD FEF Local Chapter Advisory Boards meet on a quarterly basis to consider grant application requests, with some chapters meeting more frequently. Completed applications received by February 15 will be reviewed during March, and organizations will be notified early April. For more information, visit http://www.fef.td.com/funding.jsp.

Canadian Heritage - 2012 Diamond Jubilee Community Celebrations
In 2012, Canada will mark the 60th anniversary of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Queen of Canada. Canadians will celebrate and honour The Queen's 60 years of service and dedication to this country as well as Canadian achievements during that period. To celebrate this Diamond Jubilee, the Department of Canadian Heritage is making available funding for community celebrations in honour of The Queen's 60-year reign. Funding for Diamond Jubilee community celebrations will provide Canadians opportunities to: mark the 60th anniversary of the reign of Her Majesty The Queen as Queen of Canada; celebrate those Canadians, who, like Her Majesty, have dedicated themselves to service, to family, community and country; celebrate the role of the Crown in Canada as well as our traditions, history, symbols, values and institutions; highlight how Canada has evolved over the past 60 years under Her Majesty's reign and look to the future of our nation; and enable Canadians to participate in celebrations that contribute to building a sense of pride and belonging to Canada. A call to apply for activities that will take place between September 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012 will be issued in the spring of 2012 (Application deadline to be announced). For information, visit http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1315852578931/1316017942769.

Canadian Heritage – Human Rights Program
The Human Rights Program is primarily concerned with human rights education in the domestic context. Priorities of the program include the rights of persons with disabilities, children's rights and supporting innovative ways of creating awareness of human rights issues. The Program is also focusing on projects that increase public awareness of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. For more information, visit http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1267317260906/1253959403630.

Canadian Heritage - Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage
The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program was created to help you celebrate your community, its past and its present. The Program will increase opportunities, through festivals and other events and projects, for local artists and artisans to be involved in their community and for local groups to commemorate their local history and heritage. The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program delivers its funding through three separate components: Local Festivals, Community Anniversaries and The Legacy Fund. The application deadline for all program components is April 1st, 2012. The Local Festivals component provides funding to local groups for recurring festivals that present the work of local artists, artisans, or historical performers. The Community Anniversaries component provides funding to local groups for non-recurring local events and capital projects that commemorate an anniversary of 100 years or greater in increments of 25 years. The Legacy Fund provides funding for community capital projects that commemorate a local historical anniversary of 100 years or greater in increments of 25 years. For more information, visit http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1267799042836/1276800169608.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities
Canadian Tire Jumpstart® is a community-based charitable program that helps kids in financial need to participate in organized sport and recreation such as hockey, soccer and swimming. The program works with community organizations to form local Chapters that identify and approve the children who receive support. For more information on funding eligibility and deadline, visit http://corp.canadiantire.ca/EN/CSR/SocialResponsibility/Pages/Donations.....

Canadian Western Bank Group (CWB)
The Canadian Western Bank Group's community investment efforts are focused in three areas -
Health, Wellness and Caregiving; Education; and Community and Civic Services. For more information on funding guidelines, visit http://www.cwbankgroup.com/csr/community_investment/.

Carthy Foundation
The Carthy Foundation funds environmental initiatives that focus on market-based mechanisms, or urban ecology and ecological design, initiatives that investigate, develop, and promote innovative tools, strategies and policies with potential to harness market forces in achieving environmental goals, as well as initiatives that support optimal ecological function within urban settings. For more information, visit www.carthyfoundation.org.

CIBC World Markets Children's Miracle Foundation
Foundation programs have three key objectives: raise the quality of life for children in the communities served by CIBC World Markets; demonstrate our dedication in helping to prepare Canadian children for future success; encourage volunteerism and foster community involvement on the part of our employees. Areas of Focus: Youth in need, ages 14 to 21 and Access to opportunity to help young people reach their full potential; Education - Skills development and mentoring; and Bursary and scholarship support; Health - Primary focus on breast cancer, paediatric cancer and other health/disease-related charities; and capital funding for hospitals, regional health authorities or clinic. For more information on funding guidelines and how to apply, visit https://www.cibc.com/ca/inside-cibc/community-matters/how-to-apply-for-f....

Citizenship & Immigration Canada - Inter-Action Events
The Inter-Action Events stream provides funding to community based events that foster one or more of the following: Intercultural/interfaith understanding; Civic memory and pride; and Respect for core democratic values. The primary intention is to create concrete opportunities for interaction among cultural and faith communities. For more information, visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/multiculturalism/funding/index.asp.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada - The Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism
The Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism recognizes individuals in communities across Canada who have made exceptional contributions to multiculturalism and diversity. One award is given annually for either: Lifetime Achievement or Outstanding Achievement. The Lifetime Achievement category is given to an individual who has demonstrated ongoing dedication to promoting a strong multicultural society in Canada over a period of at least ten years. The Outstanding Achievement category is given to an individual or group (i.e., either an informal group of individuals, or a registered or legally recognized group) who has made a significant contribution to Canadian multiculturalism for at least one year within the last five years. Candidates will be accepted by nomination. The deadline for the 2012 Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism is March 1st, 2012. For more information on the award and nomination, visit the Citizenship and Immigration website at
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/multiculturalism/paulyuzyk/index.asp.

Dreamcatcher Foundation
The Dreamcatcher Foundation will provide support through grants to individuals and communities with a goal of developing youth as future community leaders. The Dreamcatcher Fund will contribute to eligible applicants in the areas of: Arts and Culture; Education Support; Health Support; and Sports and Recreation. Next deadlines: January 31, February 29 and March 30, at 2 pm. For more information or to apply, visit www.dcfund.ca/funding_programs.php.

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation
The Foundation promotes an appreciation of traditional expression in painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking, by aiding worthy art students, artists or sculptors who need further training or other assistance during their formative years. Awards are limited to candidates in the early stages of their careers and who are working in a representational style in painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking. To be eligible, candidates must have already started or completed training in an established school of art; and/or demonstrate, through past work and future plans, a commitment to making art a lifetime career. Web: http://www.elizabethgreenshieldsfoundation.org/main.html.

Enterprising Non-Profits (enp)
The enp funding program provides matching grants to non-profit organizations that are interested in starting or expanding a business. The program supports the development of revenue-generating enterprises, to enhance their programs or services, and/or as a way to stabilize and diversify their funding base. enp program funding enables organizations to conduct planning activities related to the development or growth of a business venture. For more information, visit http://www.enterprisingnonprofits.ca/events/10/12/21/enp-grant-applications.

Gainey Foundation
The Foundation is dedicated to funding environmental and arts programs for youth. To be considered for a grant, the applicant will need to complete a brief informational form on the website. For more information, visit www.gaineyfoundation.com/en/grants/applying-for-a-grant.

Google Grants
The Google Grants programme empowers non-profit organisations to achieve their goals by helping them promote their websites via advertising on Google. Organizations that receive a Google Grant are awarded an in-kind online advertising account which can be used in a variety of ways, including general outreach, fundraising activities and recruitment of volunteers. For more information, visit http://www.google.ca/intl/en/grants/details.html#apply.

Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation
The Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation has two major objectives: investigation and support of complementary and alternative medicine, particularly in the treatment of cancer, and economic education that promotes the principles of a free market. The Foundation also supplies support to organizations that help people who fall through the social safety net of government programs for the needy. There are three funding cycles each year. Applications will be accepted at any time. For more information, visit http://www.hecht.org/html/guide/indexg.htm.

Maytree - Refugee & Immigrant Grants
Maytree believes that immigrants and refugees can play a significant role in building and strengthening Canada – in particular its urban communities. If you have an exciting, new idea on how to better integrate new arrivals to Canada, Maytree wants to hear from you. Grants are provided to not–for–profit, charitable organizations to: test new ways of addressing the needs of immigrants and refugees and accelerating their settlement in Canada; enable immigrants and refugees to have more of a voice on issues that concern them; and to contribute to the research and development of progressive immigration policy. For more information, visit http://maytree.com/grants/refugee-immigrant-grants.

Margaret Mitchell Fund for Women
The Margaret Mitchell Fund supports programs and initiatives that promote economic and social justice for women in Vancouver East. Priority will be given to projects that alleviate poverty, promote equality and help women to gain confidence and power. For more information about the Margaret Mitchell Fund, please contact the VanCity Community Foundation at 604-877-7241.

Metropolis at Metrotown
Metropolis at Metrotown is committed to enhancing the lives of the people in our community. Registered non-profit organizations can apply for cash donations made possible by the Metropolis Express, a trackless train that runs through the corridors of Metropolis. The Metropolis Express is entirely funded by Metropolis at Metrotown and rides are offered by donation to charity. To be eligible, you must be: Burnaby, New Westminster or East Vancouver-based and demonstrate a significant and unique contribution to community life. For more information, visit http://www.metropolisatmetrotown.com/charities.

Nestle Canada
Nestle Canada's charitable and non-profit support is directed toward programs and organizations that support healthy active living, with specific emphasis on encouraging physical activity in children, youth, and their families, all in a non-competitive setting. For more information on funding criteria, please visit http://www.nestle.ca/en/community/funding_guidelines.htm.

S'Cool Life Fund for DREAMS
The S’Cool Life Fund provides funding to Canadian non-profit elementary schools to support DREAMS - drama, recreation, extra-curricular, arts, music, or sports. Since its launch in 2005, the S’Cool Life Fund has provided grants for 746 projects across the country, helping to make school life more enjoyable for thousands of public elementary school kids (K-8). It will be accepting applications for the 2011-2012 school year from September 13 to February 29, 2012. For more information, visit http://www.scoollifefund.ca/index2.php?id=1

The Sprott Foundation
The Sprott Foundation is dedicated to addressing urgent human need, homelessness and hunger in Canada and worldwide. It provides funding to non-profit ventures which deal with the challenges of global hunger and homelessness. For more information, visit www.sprottfoundation.com/viewer/indexf.htm.

Status of Women - Women's Partnership Fund
The Women's Partnership Fund provides contribution funding to projects that build partnerships between Status of Women Canada, eligible non-governmental recipients and public institutions to advance equality for women across Canada through improvement of their economic and social conditions and their participation in democratic life. The following issues have been identified as priorities: ending violence against women and girls; improving women's and girls' economic security and prosperity; and encouraging women and girls in leadership and decision-making roles. For more information on eligibility, visit http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/fun-fin/wpf-fpf/guide-eng.html.

Translation Bureau
Do you offer translation services in foreign languages? The Translation Bureau, a special operating agency reporting to Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), is looking for translation services suppliers (firms or self-employed individuals) that are fully proficient in one or more foreign languages, in addition to English or French. For more information, visit http://www.btb.gc.ca/btb.php?lang=eng&cont=1447.

Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market stores hold community giving days (otherwise known as "5% Days") where five percent of that day's net sales are donated to a local non–profit or educational organization. The groups that benefit from these 5% Days are as varied as the communities themselves. If you have questions about donation policy or want support, please contact the Marketing Director at your local
store. (List of stores: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/canada/index.php).

This Update from Libby was posted on December 20, 2011