2021 Living City Grant Recipients

Note: due to the impact of COVID-19, no grants were given in 2020.

Creekside Housing Co-operative

Creekside Housing Co-op is a 42-unit affordable housing complex which was built in 1985. Co-op members include seniors, persons with disabilities, families and single persons with low-medium incomes and housing costs are based on a percentage of the members' gross income. The organization is proposing a community garden project to promote community wellness, alleviate pandemic-induced social isolation, assist with neighbourhood beautification, and contribute to the City's environmental goals. They will be planting native plants to benefit local wildlife and pollinators, and to provide environmental stewardship education to participants. This will also be a multi-generational project which will provide an opportunity for co-op members of different ages - from seniors to teenagers - to work together. The project will teach youth basic gardening techniques while learning about environmental stewardship with the co-benefit of older generations being able to share their skills and connect with their neighbours.

Fresh Air Learning Society Vancouver

Fresh Air Learning was founded in 2010 and offers play-based nature programs for over 350 children ages 2-13 every year. Their mandate is to connect children to nature through play and hands-on learning. They are seeking grant funding to provide a free, nature-based playgroup program for parents and young children ages 2-6. The program would focus on natural environments in and around Heywood Park and would provide the opportunity for children to socialize and learn about the environments within the park. They would run three sessions of the class comprised of up to 12 children and their families, serving 36 families in the neighbourhood over the course of the summer. The purpose of the sessions would be to provide community and environmental connection after a year in which families have been socially isolated and to contribute to the stewardship of the park by having each class engage in restoration activities.

Larson Elementary School

Larson is a public elementary school providing instruction to approximately 490 students from Kindergarten through Grade 7. The project managers for the school garden project recently installed four garden beds on school property with the goal of providing hands-on gardening workshops for students. The project managers are also the Co-Chairs of the Parents Association of Larson School. They plan to partner with The Edible Garden Project which is an interactive educational program that brings students out of the classroom and into the garden to deliver the program. Students from all grades will participate in lessons from September to June that teach the cycles of food production from seed to soil.

North Shore Rain Garden Project

The North Shore Rain Garden Project is an initiative in SFU's Faculty of Environment. Launched in 2017, the North Shore Rain Garden Project aims to promote and expand the use of green infrastructure such as rain gardens in urban and residential environments. They are proposing a video project that will bring attention to Wagg Creek and encourage community conversation on what citizens can do to support the restoration of this creek. According to the North Shore Streamkeepers, Wagg Creek (lower Wagg) is one of the most polluted watersheds on the North Shore and restoration measures, including the installation of rain gardens in the watershed, are needed to benefit the creek and the ecosystems it supports. Some of the questions the film will explore include: What has led to this decline; what can be done to restore the creek; could rain gardens and other forms of green infrastructure play a role in this process; what can the community do? Can the fish return? The project also aims to bring the community together to form a positive vision of the future.

Ocean Ambassadors Canada

Ocean Ambassadors Canada is a registered charity that connects people with the ocean and engages them on the issue of plastic pollution. They are seeking support to offer a Zero Waste Coaching for Small Businesses program in the City of North Vancouver. The coaching program will support small businesses to decrease their use of single-use items, determine which single-use products are most sustainable for their businesses given the recycling systems in the City, increase recycling and food scraps diversion and move towards zero waste. Ocean Ambassadors has created a three page single-use item toolkit for small businesses and will meet with businesses owners to complete an informal audit of their recycling systems and single-use items. They will then suggest improvements, assist with purchasing options, and offer staff and customer training if a business is interested. Their goal is to help 20 small businesses in the City to move towards zero waste in 2021.

Roundabout Urban Gardens

Ruth and Erika lead the Roundabout Urban Gardens Project. They met in May of 2020 over their shared love of gardening, sustainability, and nature. Ruth is a co-founder of Cascadia Society for Social Working and has managed three roundabout gardens on Mahon Avenue for seven years. Through the conversion of unused public boulevard grass in Central Lonsdale to pollinator-friendly gardens, they plan to support local vulnerable populations with food donations in partnership with a non-profit, combat social isolation by enabling neighbours to connect through volunteering, inspire others to grow and share food, provide gardening skills development, and sequestering carbon in the soil. Through this project, they want to inspire others to emulate their model and to connect with each other to grow more food on boulevards, yards, or others' yards for those that don't have one.

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