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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 ...
Introducing Shannon Clarke, MPH, Community Well-being Specialist

Introducing Shannon Clarke, MPH, Community Well-being Specialist

Oct. 16, 2018 in Articles
Meet Shannon Clarke, MPH — one of our Community Well-being Specialists. Though Shannon’s degree is in public health, her graduate degree included a focus on social policy as well as work in planning. As a result, she’s ab...
A place to call our own: The connection between community well-being and placemaking

A place to call our own: The connection between community well-being and placemaking

Oct. 16, 2018 in Articles
Place affects our health in multiple, powerful ways. In fact, it’s now known that the majority of individual health outcomes actually depend on the environment that we live in, rather than our genetic makeup (Raphael, 2009). However, ...
Introducing Diana Gresku, MPH, Research and Impact Specialist

Introducing Diana Gresku, MPH, Research and Impact Specialist

Sep. 4, 2018 in Articles
Diana Gresku, MPH is BC Healthy Communities’ Research and Impact Specialist. Aside from her work directly supporting communities to achieve their health and well-being goals, Diana also develops internal and external evaluation tools,...
Introducing Cassidy Paxton, BA, Researcher

Introducing Cassidy Paxton, BA, Researcher

Jul. 5, 2018 in Articles
Cassidy Paxton, BA is one of BC Healthy Communities' Researchers. Cassidy joined our team in early 2018 when she came to do her practicum during her final semester at UVic, graduating this June with a Major in Health and Community Services ...
Focus on health: Making the most of the Housing Needs Report process

Focus on health: Making the most of the Housing Needs Report process

Jun. 29, 2018 in Articles
By Sarah Ravlic, MPlan   Healthy Housing in British ColumbiaThe province recently introduced legislation to make housing needs reports (HNRs) mandatory for local governments. These reports, intended to better support planning for...
Four ways local governments can support mental health through community design

Four ways local governments can support mental health through community design

Jun. 29, 2018 in Articles
Characteristics of the built environment in which community members live, work, play, and learn have an impact on mental health. Community design decisions made today can have lasting impacts on your community, creating elements that will i...
Introducing Jennifer Butcher, BSc, MPH, Community Well-being Specialist

Introducing Jennifer Butcher, BSc, MPH, Community Well-being Specialist

May. 17, 2018 in Articles
Jennifer Butcher, MPH is one of BC Healthy Communities' Community Well-being Specialists. Jen spent the last several years applying her population health savvy and asset-based approach to roles in learning facilitation and sustainabili...
Introducing Sarah Ravlic, BA, MPlan Healthy Community Planner

Introducing Sarah Ravlic, BA, MPlan Healthy Community Planner

Mar. 1, 2018 in Articles
Meet Sarah, a wonderful member of our interdisciplinary team and one of two Healthy Communities Planners we have on staff. Sarah is a sustainability-minded community planner who believes that through innovative and authentic comm...