Community Links Bulletin – March to April 2011

Dear friends,

Welcome to the latest edition of my Community Links Bulletin!

There are plenty of celebrations happening in our community! For example, the activities surrounding the 100th Anniversary of the International Women’s Day, Vancouver’s 125th Birthday, CelticFest, and more. These and other great events are listed in the Community Link Bulletin.

I’d also like to draw to your attention a great service to help people without telephones. The Community Voice Mail program, provided by Lu’ma Native Housing Society is helping many people gain better access to phone services and information. If you like to find out more, please go to

I wish you, and your family and friends all the very best of Spring!

The next deadline for submission to the Community Links Bulletin is Monday, March 21 for the May / June 2011 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, 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.


 March to April 30, 2011 – Winter Farmers Market
Time: 10 am to 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

 March 3 – Study and Go Abroad Fair
Time: 2pm to 7 pm; Location: Vancouver Convention Centre
An event for anyone looking for post-secondary options both in Canada or overseas, and for exciting opportunities for volunteering and working abroad. Meet with the experts – all this and more under one roof. Free admission and free seminars. For more information, email

 March 3 – International Women’s Day 2011 (IWD) Dinner & Bhangra Dancing
Time: 5:30 pm (doors open), 6:45 pm (dinner); Location: Fraserview Hall, 8240 Fraser Street Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day with a dinner and presentation on the history of IWD, and women in the trade union movement. For more information, contact VDLC office at 604-254-0703 or by email to

 March 5 – International Women’s Day 100th Anniversary Parade & Festival
Gather: 12:30 pm at McSpadden Park (between East 4th and 5th Avenue and Victoria Drive)
Parade Route: West on East 3rd Avenue, North on Commercial Drive, East on Adanac to Salsbury Park, 1898 Adanac Street

Community Festival: 2 pm – 4:30 pm at the WISE Hall (1828 Adanac Street, Vancouver). The Parade will feature women representing different times from the past 100 years. This event is open to everyone. These events are designed to encourage family participation, and there will be a special Kid Zone at the Festival. There will also be entertainment, a marketplace and food vendors at the Hall. For more information, visit

 March 7 – Grandview-Woodland Area Council (GWAC) AGM
Time: 7 pm to 9 pm; Location: Learning Resources Centre (under the Library), Britannia Community Centre, 1661 Napier Street, at Commercial
Grandview-Woodland Area Council (GWAC) is the main community association of Grandview Woodland. GWAC’s March meeting will be in three parts. First, GWAC’s Annual General Meeting, and the election of up to twelve directors who live or work in Grandview Woodland. Second, speakers (to be confirmed): Jerry Dobrovolny (Director of Transportation) and Don Klimchuk (Transportation Monitoring Engineer, Engineering liaison for Grandview-Woodland) on upcoming changes to the City’s Transportation Plan. Third, an update on if/when Grandview Woodland is to receive a neighbourhood Community Plan from the City. For more information, see

 March 16 to 20 – The 7th Annual CelticFest Vancouver
From March 16 to 20, CelticFest Vancouver will present its 7th Annual Celtic Festival featuring international and Canadian Celtic recording artists. There are singers and instrumentalists, Irish and Scottish dancers, and entertaining spoken word performers in the line-up. More than 50 events are scheduled at a dozen popular venues and two outdoor stages in downtown Vancouver, as well as the big St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 20 and the Weekend Celtic Village Street Market. For more information, visit

 March 19 – Caregiver Support Workshop: Navigating the Healthcare System
Time: 10 am to 11am; Location: Britannia Community Centre: 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver
A workshop for family and friends who provide care for an aging parent, ill spouse, or an adult with chronic illness. The session provides information about home and community health resources, eligibility requirements, and how to access services offered by Vancouver Coastal Health. It is an informal, interactive session that enables those who attend to ask questions and learn more about the services offered through the VCH Caregiver Support Program. Audience: Unpaid family caregivers. Cost: Free. Registration: Pre- registration is done through Britannia Community Centre and is required! To register, call 604-718-5800. For more information about the VCH Caregiver Support Program or monthly caregiver support groups: call 604-877- 4699, e-mail: or visit

 March 31 and April 28 – Monthly Caregiver Support Group
Time: 6:30 pm to 8 pm; Location: Raven Song Community Health Centre, 2450 Ontario Street
The monthly caregiver support groups are for anyone who provides unpaid care and/or support to a family member or friend who is aging, ill, or living with a disability. A support group gives people the opportunity to connect with others who are dealing with a similar situation; explore challenges; learn new skills and resources; and share ideas. Cost: Free. For more information please visit or contact 604-877-4699.

 April 5 – #NetCulture: Stories of Culture and Diversity in Social Media
Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm; Location: Alice Mackay Room, Lower Level, Central Library
Stories connect us to each other, our cultures, and the world. Come and hear from inspiring speakers reflecting our culturally diverse communities who will show how social media has helped them strengthen their identities, roots and friendships. How can Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other tools help you do the same? Ask the speakers in this interactive session. Afterwards, meet community leaders and social media activists at the after-party in the VPL plaza! Free admission but registration required – visit http://www.

 April 6 – Birthday Live: Celebrating Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary
Location: Jack Poole Plaza (site of the Olympic Cauldron), outdoor plaza at Thurlow & Cordova Street, adjacent to the Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place.
The City of Vancouver was incorporated on April 6, 1886. On April 6, 2011, Vancouver will come together to celebrate 125 years of history with a fun-filled, family-friendly event that honours our city’s diversity, First Nations’ heritage and current designation as a Cultural Capital of Canada for 2011. Birthday Live will begin late afternoon and continue through the evening with live music and entertainment, innovative art displays, children’s activities and more. For more information, visit

 April 22 – Earth Day
Earth Day, celebrated every April 22, is the largest environmental event worldwide. Environmental challenges abound as our daily actions pollute and degrade the fragile environment that humans and wildlife depend on to survive. Earth Day provides the opportunity for positive actions and results. More than 6 million Canadians join 500 million people in over 180 countries in staging events and projects to address local environmental issues. For more information, visit

 April 28 – National Day of Mourning for Persons Injured or Killed in the Workplace (Workers Memorial Day)
Making workplaces safer is, and should be, a daily effort. But April 28 has been singled out to offer employees and employers the opportunity to remember the dead, injured and ill as well as publicly renew their commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace. Businesses are asked to participate by declaring April 28 a Day of Mourning and to strive to prevent workplace deaths, illnesses and injuries. It is as much a day to remember the dead as it is a call to protect the living. For more information, visit

Libby’s Meet & Greet is coming to a location near you …

Date: Saturday, March 5
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Place: Inside the Woodwards Atrium, Hastings & Abbott


 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.

 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.

 Vancouver Homeless Storefront Office
Veterans Affairs Canada, in partnership with Wounded, established the Vancouver Homeless Storefront Office to identify and help veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Wounded 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:

 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 and newCHAPTER2 Community Employment Resource Centres
The centres offer 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 and submission of SDEB (skills training financial assistance) applications.
newCHAPTER 2106 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, 604-254-3353
newCHAPTER2 835 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, 604-215-2295


 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 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

 Brainerd Foundation
Brainerd Foundation’s mission is to protect the environment of the Northwest and to build broad citizen support for conservation. It provides grant funding through the following programs: conservation policy, place based conservation, conservation capacity, catalyst fund, grassroots fund, and opportunity fund to non-profit organizations in the Northwest, including BC. For more information, visit

 Bullitt Foundation Next deadline: March 15, 2011
The mission of the Foundation is to safeguard the natural environment by promoting responsible human activities and sustainable communities in the Pacific Northwest. The Foundation invites inquiries from non-profit organizations that serve Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia, western Montana (including the Rocky Mountain range), and coastal Alaska from Cook Inlet to the Canadian border. Inquiries received on or before March 15 will be considered for the May 1 proposal deadline. For more information, visit

 Canada Trust Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF)
A non-profit organization established by Canada Trust that provides funding support for initiatives that make a positive impact on the Canadian environment. TD FEF areas of focus include: protecting and preserving the Canadian environment; assisting young Canadians in understanding and participating in environmental activities; supporting urban renewal such as environmental projects to rejuvenate smaller or at-risk neighbourhoods and “main streets”; enhancing cooperation among environmental organizations. For more information on funding criteria or to apply, visit

 Canadian Council for the Arts – Emergency Fund
The Grants to Media Arts Organizations program offers grants to Canadian organizations that demonstrate a sustained commitment to research and development and the creation, presentation, dissemination, distribution or collection of independent Canadian media artworks. The purpose of this program is to strengthen organizations throughout Canada to ensure the conditions necessary for the vitality and advancement of independent media arts in Canada. The Emergency component is intended solely for organizations that are already receiving Multi-Year Operating assistance from the Grants to Media Arts Organizations program. The Emergency Fund permits the Media Arts Section to provide a one-time non recurring grant on an exceptional basis to organizations that find themselves in an emergency. For more information, visit

 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 1, 2011. 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

 Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities
Canadian Tire Jumpstart® is a community-based charitable program that helps kids in financial need 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

 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

 Central City Foundation Next deadline: March 15 (Letter of Intent)
Central City Foundation provides capital grants to organizations that work with children and youth who are at risk or marginalized in our communities. For more information, visit Please call the Foundation directly at 604-683-2263 to determine if your project meets the criteria and may qualify for a grant. If it is determined that your project meets the criteria, you will be invited to submit a Letter of Intent. The deadlines for the Letters of Intent are March 15th for the May 1st application deadline.

The CIBC Children’s Foundation
The CIBC Children’s Foundation is dedicated to providing support to charitable organizations that help prepare children in need for future success. Our focus is on programs or projects that enhance the health, education and well-being of children in Canada. Donation requests are reviewed by a donations committee between the months of February and September each year. For more information on funding guidelines or how to apply, visit

 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. Events should be intended for and open to all Canadians. For more information, visit

 Coast Capital Savings – Education Awards Deadline: March 31
Coast Capital Savings offers these two Education Awards: $5,000 Standing Tall Awards Awarded to individuals who are working hard to overcome significant personal challenges to achieve their dreams; $2,000 Citizenship Awards Awarded to individuals who are taking a leadership role in their communities while successfully balancing their academic and personal lives. For information, visit

 Coast Capital Savings – Community Sponsorship Deadlines: March 11 & June 3
Coast Capital Savings sponsor events and programs to help build strong families and healthy communities, so is looking for initiatives focusing on the needs of families in our communities and opportunities that support small business. Examples include programs and events that: engage families and youth; benefit low-income families; focus on new Canadians; and encourage entrepreneurialism or support small business. Sponsorship requests must be received a minimum of three months before the event/program date. For more information, visit

 Coast Capital Savings – Community Investment Grants
Community Investment Grants supports non-profit organizations in their efforts to help families achieve economic success. The grant will focus on projects that help low-income individuals and families, new Canadians and youth, and that clearly support one or more of the focus areas: Youth leadership; Economic revitalization; and Access and inclusion. Grants can be used for projects that support or provide services for individuals, families, and communities; and organizational development. Deadline to submit Expression of Interest: May 6 and Aug 26. For information, visit

 Columbia Institute – Awards Program Deadline: June 30
The Columbia Institute Awards program is one of the few scholarship programs designed to support the financial needs of adult learners interested in re-training and skills development. The Columbia Institute is now accepting applications for our Awards Program. To be eligible, you must be: 24 or older; BC resident; Canadian citizen or landed immigrant; Not currently enrolled in a training or academic program (pre-requisite courses do not count as enrolment). For more information, visit

 Community and Neighbourhood Arts Development Program Deadline: March 4
Providing grants to community groups to support projects that celebrate and promote Vancouver’s communities and neighbourhoods through arts and cultural activities ranging from amateur to professional practices. For more information, visit

 Co-operators Foundation – Grants and Financial Assistance
The Co–operators Foundation’s financial assistance is provided to social economy enterprises, emergent co–operatives, community economic development initiatives and other worthy causes in Canada. The grant will concentrate on initiatives for the development of emerging co–operative sectors and co–operative enterprises. For more information on the grant and eligibility, visit Contact Information: Director, Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship, The Co–operators, 130 Macdonell Street, Guelph ON N1H 6P8 or email to

 Dreamcatcher Foundation Deadline: March 31
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. Applicants may apply for support in any of the areas, but are not allowed to have concurrent active applications. Any applicant may apply up to two times per year. For more information or to apply, visit

 Earth Day Canada – Hometown Heroes Awards Deadline: April 22
The Hometown Heroes Award Program is your chance to help Canada recognize and celebrate environmental leaders, whether an individual, group or small business, who foster meaningful, long-term community awareness and action. Heroic candidates can win either the Individual Hometown Heroes Award, with a $10 000 cash-prize ($5 000 to keep and $5 000 to donate to the environmental cause of their choice), the Group Hometown Heroes Award, with a $10 000 cash-prize to support their work, or the Small Business Hometown Heroes Award, receiving an all-expenses paid trip to attend any professional development course, workshop, summit or conference focused on environmental sustainability and/or conservation within Canada. For more information, visit

 Enterprising Non-Profits (enp) Deadline: May 26, 4 pm
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

 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

 Global Fund for Women (GFW)
The Global Fund for Women (GFW) supports women’s groups that advance the human rights of women and girls. GFW supports the following types of organizations that are eligible for funding: groups of women working together, organizations that demonstrate a clear commitment to women’s equality and women’s human rights, organizations that are governed and directed by women, and organizations based outside of the United States. Contact Information: The Global Fund for Women, 222 Sutter Street, Suite 500 San Francisco, CA, 94108, USA / Tel: 415-248-4800 / Fax: 415-248-4801 / Website: / Email:

 Keg Spirit Foundation
The Keg Spirit Foundation will consider funding for both new and established projects based on the following criteria: organization must hold, in good standing, a current charity registration number; project must relate to children or youth in some way; and program should contain a mentoring component. All applications are to be sent to: The Keg Spirit Foundation – Review Committee, Keg Restaurants Ltd., 10100 Shellbridge Way, Richmond, BC V6X 2W7. For more information, visit

 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

 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

 Staples – Community@Work
Community@Work will focus charitable efforts in areas we know will positively impact our key stakeholders and support the communities we all work and live in. In order to be eligible to receive a corporate support, sponsorship or a community@work donation, we ask that your organization fall under one of the three areas: Entrepreneurship; Education; and Environment. For more information or to apply, visit

 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