“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken [adults]” Frederic Douglas – 1855
Foundations matter, and so when a community builds a program they must pay attention to what they build on. Vernon, a city of 40,000 in the Okanagan, knew this well when residents started to transform their city into a Child and Youth Friendly Community in 2017. Vernon sought the best practical and academic advice it could, and found models to emulate from across the European Union, and in BC as well – New Westminster, North Vancouver and Richmond.
BC Healthy Communities is beyond delighted to share some exciting news for anyone who’s been daydreaming about hitting the open road on two wheels. Until February 9, the BikeBC program is accepting applications from communities seeking funding to support cycling infrastructure projects. To date, there are over 100 examples of provincially funded projects throughout BC, and specific grants for smaller communities with a population under 15,000.
Victoria Barr, Program Manager with BC Healthy Communities Society will be presenting at the upcoming Columbia Institute’s Centre for Civic Governance forum titled High Ground: Communities for All. Taking place March 23-24, 2018 in Vancouver, this event offers elected leaders the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of current civic issues, learn through interactive discussions on climate change/action, socio-economic inclusion, smart cities, energy security, and electoral disruption.
A multi-sectoral effort in the Cowichan Valley, under the leadership and guidance of Cowichan Elders, has been working together to foster social connections and to facilitate a cultural shift.
Loneliness is a major public health risk and even more dangerous than alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, obesity and air pollution, says Julianne Holt-Lunstad, a professor of psychology at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
Source: First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)
On July 7, 2017 the Province of BC announced a provincial state of emergency regarding the current wildfire situation. This is an unprecedented situation for our province, and one that is affecting many First Nations communities in the Interior Region.
During this stressful time, we at the FNHA are committed to sharing information and support with communities. Evacuations are underway in many areas, and with the hot, dry weather expected to continue, more families and communities may need to leave their homes for safety.
New signage is reminding smokers to butt out in City of Trail parks and other public spaces.
Council enacted the prohibition in January, and is now installing "Smoke Free Spaces" signs in areas that are frequented by families and children to raise awareness about the stricter regulations.
Coun. Lisa Pasin brought the smoke free initiative to the table in the spring of 2016.
Tools & Resources
This volume is the first of two documents produced by the Forum of Federal/ Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors to help organizations and individuals approach the social isolation of seniors. It updates and builds upon to Working Together for Seniors: A Toolkit to Promote Seniors’ Social Integration in Community Services, Programs, and Policies (2007),11 also produced by the Forum.
The purpose of this volume is to: