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Growing together: Reflections from the IAP2 Conference

Growing together: Reflections from the IAP2 Conference

Oct. 17, 2018 in Articles
In September, our Community Engagement Specialist Celeste Zimmer, alongside almost 400 other participants from around the world, attended the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) North American Conference in Victoria, BC...
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 Assessment process

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

Jun. 29, 2018 in Articles
By Sarah Ravlic, MPlan   Healthy Housing in British ColumbiaThe province recently introduced legislation to make housing needs assessments mandatory for local governments. These assessments, intended to better support planning fo...
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...
A New Community of Learning and Practice

A New Community of Learning and Practice

Jan. 17, 2017 in Articles
An exciting new type of leadership in healthy communities is emerging in BC thanks to BCHC’s innovative PlanH Growing Impact program. The inaugural cohort encourages teams from four BC local governments to learn from each other throug...
Five Powerful Community Initiatives Celebrated in Short Video Series

Five Powerful Community Initiatives Celebrated in Short Video Series

Jan. 2, 2017 in Articles
BC Healthy Communities on behalf of the PlanH program is proud to release a series of five short videos celebrating community initiatives from around the province. The following series of thoughtful stories, produced by BCHC on behalf of...
Growing Impact - Learning and Leadership Cohort Launched

Growing Impact - Learning and Leadership Cohort Launched

Sep. 16, 2016 in Articles
How do communities innovate to increase their impact on complex issues in their communities?” Four communities from distinct health authorities are working to grow their impact through the inaugural healthy communities learning and l...
Social Labs as a Tool for Change

Social Labs as a Tool for Change

Sep. 15, 2016 in Articles
We had a chance to have a kitchen table conversation about change labs, to hear more about their perspectives using social innovation labs as tool for change within the healthy communities context in BC. BC Healthy Communities: Why are soc...
Building Resilient Neighbourhoods at the Deepening Community Conference

Building Resilient Neighbourhoods at the Deepening Community Conference

Jul. 13, 2016 in Articles
Effective neighbourhood resiliency is created with a focus on building local capacities today. This is one of reflections gleaned by the Building Resilient Neighbourhoods project. These reflections and more tools for resilience were shared ...
Inclusion and Wellbeing as We Age: A Vital Conversation

Inclusion and Wellbeing as We Age: A Vital Conversation

Apr. 14, 2016 in Articles
Staying connected to our family, friends, neighbours and communities is a critical factor in healthy aging. In partnership with the Victoria Foundation, Eldercare Foundation, and Island Health, BC Healthy Communities hosted a Vital Convers...