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Evaluating with an open mind and a humble heart: Reflections from the Canadian Evaluation Society Conference

Evaluating with an open mind and a humble heart: Reflections from the Canadian Evaluation Society Conference

Jun. 17, 2019 in Articles
Image: BC Healthy Communities' Research and Evaluation Specialist Diana Gresku (L) poses with Sharon Bala, author of The Boat People and the facilitator of Bridges to Empathy, one of the sessions at this year's Canadian Evaluation Society C...
Relationships more valuable than money: Rural community resilience outside the formal economy

Relationships more valuable than money: Rural community resilience outside the formal economy

May. 9, 2019 in Articles
Ever wonder what is going on in those small communities you drive through on your way to someplace else? Well a lot, it so happens… The community came together to build a cabin on donated land for someone with dementia who needed ...
The A to Z of Healthy Communities: P

The A to Z of Healthy Communities: P

May. 9, 2019 in Fact Sheets
Political commitment is explicit “commitment to a healthy community by providing leadership and decision-making that considers health and well-being in policy decisions and planning.”1 “Many would be surprised to learn ...
Campbell River and BC Housing collaborate to address housing needs

Campbell River and BC Housing collaborate to address housing needs

Mar. 29, 2019 in Healthy Communities/Cities
In an exciting new move, the City of Campbell River is taking action to provide safe and supportive housing for community members, collaborating with BC Housing to establish 50 units of supportive housing in the community within the next tw...
The A to Z of Healthy Communities: J

The A to Z of Healthy Communities: J

Feb. 11, 2019 in Tools
J is for “Justice” A commitment to social justice, equity, and environmental justice is at the root of healthy communities work. Justice is more than right versus wrong or following the law; it‘s about what is fair or equ...
The A to Z of Healthy Communities: K

The A to Z of Healthy Communities: K

Feb. 11, 2019 in Tools
Kindness is the vehicle that fosters empathy, collaboration and healthy community relationships. Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary defines “kind” as “having or showing a gentle nature and a desire to help...
Using evaluation as a strategic tool

Using evaluation as a strategic tool

Feb. 7, 2019 in Articles
Evaluation matters. Our team at BC Healthy Communities integrates evaluation into all aspects of our work– from start to finish. Evaluation is the process of critically examining what we do and how we do it, so we can understand the ...
Over a decade of empowering youth in the City of Victoria

Over a decade of empowering youth in the City of Victoria

Feb. 5, 2019 in Articles
Youth leadership evolves leaps and bounds in the City of Victoria. In the spring of 2004, then-youth coordinator Chelsea Peddle had an idea. She saw a gap between city politics and young peoples’ needs in the City of Victoria, and wan...
What\'s in your evaluation toolbox? A recap of the CESBC Evaluation Conference

What's in your evaluation toolbox? A recap of the CESBC Evaluation Conference

Dec. 14, 2018 in Articles
Two members of our evaluation team visited Vancouver in November to attend the Canadian Evaluation Society BC Chapter’s 2018 Provincial Conference. With the theme What’s in Your Evaluation Toolbox?, the conference ...
Introducing Celeste Zimmer, Community Engagement Coordinator

Introducing Celeste Zimmer, Community Engagement Coordinator

Dec. 10, 2018 in Articles
Meet Celeste Zimmer — our Community Engagement Coordinator.   Celeste calls herself a Jack of All Trades, and we would agree! From writing articles for our blog to organizing events and webinars, to leading adjudication of...
Climate change, community health, and resilience

Climate change, community health, and resilience

Nov. 28, 2018 in Articles
Decisions made about how we respond to climate change will impact community health and prosperity. How do we work together to implement practices that both prepare our communities and increase health and well-being? Health agencies, lo...
Physical Activity for All: The top five moments from Tuesday\'s live event

Physical Activity for All: The top five moments from Tuesday's live event

Nov. 22, 2018 in Articles
We were thrilled to have nearly 200 folks join us either in-person or via livestream from across BC for Physical Activity for All: Tools and Approaches for Equity in Active Communities. Interested in the top takeaways from Tuesday's ev...
Growing together: Reflections from the IAP2 Conference

Growing together: Reflections from the IAP2 Conference

Oct. 17, 2018 in Articles
In September, our Community Engagement Coordinator Celeste Zimmer, alongside almost 400 other participants from around the world, attended the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) North American Conference in Victoria, B...
Creating stronger planners through Reflective Practice

Creating stronger planners through Reflective Practice

Oct. 17, 2018 in Articles
In the last half-century, the planner’s role and responsibilities have changed remarkably. Traditionally, planners worked to build and maintain the infrastructure of the public realm. In contrast, the issues that planners now grapple ...
The A to Z of Healthy Communities: H

The A to Z of Healthy Communities: H

Oct. 16, 2018 in Tools
Together with Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition, we bring you the A to Z of Healthy Communities—a collection of terms you'd find in the Healthy Cities movement. Read the whole alphabet here. H is for Healthy Public Poli...
The A to Z of Healthy Communities: I

The A to Z of Healthy Communities: I

Oct. 16, 2018 in Tools
Together with Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition, we bring you the A to Z of Healthy Communities—a collection of terms you'd find in the Healthy Cities movement. Read the whole alphabet here.   I is for Inclusion ...