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The Malahat Nation decided to embark on a ground-truthing initiative, led by Elders and youth in collaboration with the University of Victoria, to decide which land could be developed and which land should be conserved. This partnership allowed for the stimulation of intergenerational relationships knowledge exchange, and  a shared understanding of the importance of specific plants for traditional uses.

The District of Clearwater is a rural community of 2400 residents, and was confronted with one major obstacle to cultivating a vibrant economy and encouraging active transportation: a main highway running right through the middle of the community.

Surrey is home to over 450 thousand people, and approximately 40.5% of this population reports being born outside of Canada. Surrey also receives the most refugees than anywhere else in British Columbia. The statistics are indicative of rapid growth of the newcomer population, and with growth comes rapid change.

In Revelstoke, the affordability analysis revealed that just over 30% of residents were struggling to meet their needs. This is much higher than what is shown using traditional measurements. The Revelstoke Community Social Development Committee (RCSDC), a committee of City Council, took the lead to complete the poverty reduction strategy.

The efforts of the Capital Regional District, District of Saanich, City of Victoria, and District of Oak Bay have been assisted by a number of partners including community groups, institutions, and citizens. This collaborative effort has been crucial to make headway with the Bowker Creek Blueprint and the Bowker Creek integrated Watershed Management Plan.

The Agriculture Now Plan will help the City of Campbell River and partner organizations grow a resilient agriculture sector in Campbell River. It is intended to drive food production, attract new farmers, increase the value of the local farm economy, and draw existing and new residents into the agriculture sector. Success in building a viable agriculture sector in Campbell River provides other towns with similar attributes with a model and approach for attracting investment to the community.

Cobble Hill Village had the intention of responding to the results of an Age-Friendly Community Project study by creating a mixed-use development that included affordable housing, but were soon informed by seniors included in the study that this was not necessarily what the Cobble Hill seniors wanted or needed.

Both senior and youth champions advocated for establishing the Youth Centre, which formed a unique intergenerational relationship. Furthermore, this helped with fundraising opportunities and creating awareness about the Youth Center.

In October 2007, Richmond City Council endorsed the Community of Excellence for Sport and Wellness initiative. This is a partnership-based initiative aimed at positioning Richmond to be the best place for residents to play and achieve their highest potential, while also being a model for a ‘Sport for Life’ community in Canada and the world.

When it comes to healthy eating, education and accessibility to healthy options are critical. The City of Kelowna took action to make nutritious options the easy choice by raising awareness, improving concession stands, and ensuring vending services offer good food in City owned facilities.

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