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The Latest from BC Healthy Communities | April 2016

The News

BC Rural Dividend Helps Small Communities

Rural Dividend funds are accepting applications until May 31, 2016 to assist rural communities and organizations diversify their economies and build and retain their workforce. Funding of $25 million per year is available in four categories including a community capacity building stream. Read more here.

Regional Community to Community (C2C) Forums

C2C Forums bring First Nations and local governments from across BC together to discuss common goals and opportunities for joint action. Applications for the C2C Forum Grant Program are due by May 13, 2016. The Application Guide and Form are now available on the UBCM website.

The Champion

Mali Bain Integrates Wellbeing into School Communities

Mali Bain’s passion for children and youth’s mental health and wellbeing has led her to become the Provincial Lead of BC’s WellAhead program, a philanthropic initiative of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. Read about the program's upstream approach in the Q & A here.

The Articles

Vital Conversations About Inclusion & Wellbing as We Age

BCHC joined a diverse group at the Yakimovich Wellness Centre to discuss inclusion and wellbeing as we age. Participants including partners from the Victoria Foundation and Eldercare Foundation engaged in a rich and vital dialogue about aging well. Read about the event and learn more here.

Impact Accelerator Workshop

BC Healthy Communities partnered with the Victoria Foundation, and Innoweave to deliver an exciting event designed to help organizations pinpoint the impact they want to have, and understand the different social innovation approaches and tools that can help them achieve that impact. More here.

The Events

Island Region Healthy Communities Forum

Date: April 21- 22, 2016 | All day | Parksville, BC
An exciting island-wide forum to learn, share and build collaborative strategies for upstream action for healthy communities, facilitated by BCHC on behalf of the PlanH program with key note speaker Al Etmanski. More here.

Deepening Community: Resilient Neighbourhoods, When People Care

Date: June 7 - 9, 2016 | All day | Edmonton, AB
Accelerate the communities agenda with other community builders, academics, neighbourhood and municipal leaders and passionate learners. Event details.

Save the Date: PHABC 2016 Public Health Summer School

Date: July 11 - 12, 2016 | All day | Multiple locations in BC
Examine the application of the Ottawa Charter as related to climate change issues and the implications for health and health equity actions at the individual, health care system and community level. More here. 

The Read

DIY: Development Impact & You: Practical Tools to Trigger & Support Social Innovation 

The DIY Toolkit has been especially designed for development practitioners to invent, adopt or adapt ideas that can deliver better results. Check it out here.