2015 Recipients


Cultivate will use funds towards garden maintenance and educational programming at Queensbury Garden, including: paying an appointed Garden Coordinator to develop planting and harvesting plans, coordinate volunteers, and facilitate educational workshops and events; purchasing seeds, soil and supplies to maintain the garden; providing an honorarium for a community member to lead a food/gardening workshop; co-hosting five GardenSMART workshops with the Ecology Centre, Edible Garden Project and the North Shore Recycling Program (two introductory gardening classes, a rainwater harvesting class, a backyard chicken keeping class and a Heat the Harvest class with Chef Erik Smith); and running Art in the Garden courses in conjunction with 4Cats Art Studio and garden classes for teachers and kids from Bee Haven child care.


BeeFriendly will use funds to purchase a manually operated (non-electric) irrigating system to be installed by community volunteers at the Gerry's Garden site.  The existing irrigating system of daily use of sprinklers and hand watering by garden volunteers is again expected to be insufficient, especially with current drought conditions on the North Shore.  Time and effort saved by Garden volunteers can then be used to further enhance and improve Gerry's Garden for the benefit of all residents and visitors. funds will also be used for BeeFriendly Garden Community Days (including Day of the Honey Bee, Honey Festival and Pumpkin Festival), which provide interactive education for City of North Vancouver residents at the Demonstration Garden site.  BeeFriendly will also conduct a series of native bee/native plant workshops, garden tours and group presentations at the garden, and co-host events at Loutet Farm with other community groups (Edible Garden Project, North Shore Bee Club, VanCity, etc.) to enhance participation of local residents in native bee/native plant conservation.


Funds will be used towards the pilot year of the Fresh Air Learning high school mentorship program, which will train high school students from Sutherland Secondary and other local secondary schools to work with children ages 3-6 and 5-12 in Fresh Air Learning's preschool and elementary school programs.  Through this program, secondary students will build outdoor teaching, group management and mentorship skills, and complete training in social and environmental teaching skills.  The program will benefit younger children by integrating new mentorship, creativity, and inspiration from local youth for nature and outdoor learning.


Cool North Shore will use funds towards education and outreach to residents regarding the generation of greenhouse gases from single family residences, including community presentations, workshops/neighbourhood meetings, conducting thermal-image scans of homes, and tracking results. The objectives of the project are to promote the benefits of energy efficient homes, encourage energy retrofits and create behavioural change to normalize energy efficient activities.  The program hopes to create three "Cool Neighbourhoods" in the City of North Vancouver, targeting neighbourhood associations, church and school groups, multicultural organizations, block watch and other community groups, which will learn and take action on household energy reduction through peer learning and support.

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