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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.

Building relations within the community and among different levels of government was key to planning safe, affordable and sustainable housing.

Multi-sectoral collaboration was vital to move this strategy forward. Involving multiple departments within the city, the Vancouver Food Policy Council, grassroots organizations, and many others, allowed for ideas from all sectors to convene under one strategy.

Elected officials, city staff, and community members collaborated to foster a positive, trusting relationship which allowed residents to freely express their concerns directly to decision makers. Their awareness led to action.

A 2013 grant from the PlanH Healthy Communities Capacity Building Fund presented an opportunity to further improve community health and build capacity between Revelstoke, IH, and many community stakeholders. With this grant, Revelstoke was able to complete their Healthy Communities Project, which addressed their three priority areas: poverty, mental health and substance use, and issues affecting youth.

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