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Eugene Eric Kim on Enhancing a Culture of Learning with Experimentation

Eugene Eric Kim on Enhancing a Culture of Learning with Experimentation

Nov 02nd, 2016

At BC Healthy Communities we have been asking ourselves how we can enhance our culture of learning so we are continuously learning and improving our work to have the greatest impact. We recently had the chance to talk to Eugene Eric Kim about what he’s learned in his work supporting organizat...

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Kiri Bird: on Incubating Social Enterprise and Systems Building

Kiri Bird: on Incubating Social Enterprise and Systems Building

Jul 11th, 2016

Kiri Bird is the Manager of Local Economic Development Lab (LEDlab), a social innovation initiative of Ecotrust Canada and RADIUS SFU.  With her background in communications, international relations, social enterprise and sustainable community development, Kiri has developed a nuanced perspecti...

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Supporting Innovation with Developmental Evaluation - a Conversation with Natasha Blanchet-Cohen

Supporting Innovation with Developmental Evaluation - a Conversation with Natasha Blanchet-Cohen

Jun 07th, 2016

Gagan Leekha, BCHC Community Liaison, had a chance to talk to Natasha Blanchet-Cohen about developmental evaluation. Natasha Blanchet-Cohen is based in Montreal, Quebec and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences at Concordia University. One of her roles is as a develo...

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Thinking Like a Movement: A Conversation with Al Etmanski

Thinking Like a Movement: A Conversation with Al Etmanski

May 11th, 2016

Al Etmanski is a community organizer, social entrepreneur and author. His latest book, Impact, outlines six patterns that help spread social innovation. BC Healthy Communities (BCHC) Executive Director, Jodi Mucha, spoke with Etmanski about resilience, noticing patterns and making mistakes. Jo...

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Mali Bain Integrates Wellbeing into School Communities

Mali Bain Integrates Wellbeing into School Communities

Apr 12th, 2016

Community Champion Q&A  Mali Bain’s passion for children and youth’s mental health and wellbeing has led her to become the Provincial Lead of BC’s WellAhead program, a philanthropic initiative of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. As a former secondary school teacher w...

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Dr. Sue Pollock’s Personal Passion for Healthy People, and a Health Planet

Dr. Sue Pollock’s Personal Passion for Healthy People, and a Health Planet

Medical Health Officer, Dr. Sue Pollock, is a leader population health serving a patient base of nearly three quarters of a million people in the Interior of British Columbia. Pollock brings a tireless enthusiasm for caring for the planet and the health of the people while finding novel ways to desc...

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Mayor Bachrach Empowers Residents of Smithers

Mayor Bachrach Empowers Residents of Smithers

by Michelle Sandsmark As the Mayor of Smithers for the last four years, Taylor Bachrach has developed a reputation in the community, and across BC, as being an authentic leader committed to putting his community’s well-being first; and in doing so, listening intently to the residents perspect...

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Laura Hannant, The Happiness Lady

Laura Hannant, The Happiness Lady

Dec 05th, 2015

By Gagan Leekha Laura Hannant wears many hats – from small-scale market gardener, to community organizer, to Development Services Facilitator with Kootenay Employment Services… oh, and she’s also often referred to as “the happiness lady”. Laura lives in Creston locat...

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Michelle Colussi Brings Everyone to the Table

Michelle Colussi Brings Everyone to the Table

Michelle Colussi likes to quote Margaret Mead; “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;” After thirty years working with community change efforts Colussi knows the power of an organized group. Her work as a facilitator, coach and a trainer...

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Jesse Veenstra Shares Helpful Health Knowledge

Jesse Veenstra Shares Helpful Health Knowledge

Oct 07th, 2015

Jesse Veenstra inspects a juicy red tomato from a vine heavy with fruit, assessing its size and shape. She’s standing on the seventh floor of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) corporate office where she and her colleagues use break times to cultivate an office garden rich with po...

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Gerald Thomas Helps Communities Address Alcohol, Health and Safety

Gerald Thomas Helps Communities Address Alcohol, Health and Safety

  by Michelle Sandsmark, BCHC Program Coordinator Discussing the management of alcohol and gambling at the local level is a difficult job to do, but this is the kind of work Gerald Thomas lives and breathes. “One of my mentors once said to me I needed to pick my fights better,” Th...

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Elizabeth McCarter Brings Education to the Community

Elizabeth McCarter Brings Education to the Community

Aug 05th, 2015 related to Trust US! Intergenerational Initiative

Elizabeth McCarter’s enthusiasm is infectious. “What I love about my job is seeing people connect - people come in as strangers but they don’t leave that way. I believe in community.” As the Coordinator for Island Health’s Yakimovich Wellness Centre she generates plent...

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