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 the PlanH program, describe first-hand how collaboration between local governments, health authorities and community partners can lead to positive changes in health and well-being.


Learn how creative age-friendly initiatives have revitalized the rural and remote town of Granisle with practical insights from Village leadership on their success and the secrets to healthy aging with Councillor Zarna Dilley - a senior citizen and volunteer with the local fire department. Watch it here.

Comox Valley

Listen to kids, parents and community leaders and kids describe how they made active transportation the new normal in the Comox Valley including a description of how the process got rolling from school travel planner, cyclist and mother; Angela Holmes. Watch it here.


Watch Kamloops gleaners race to pick overflowing apple trees led by passionate local food advocates in a story that shows how the Kamloops Food Policy Council engages community around social environmental and economic issues, strengthens food security programs and informs policies embraced by Council. Watch it here.   



Consider what actually makes a healthy city in this video examining of the powerful internal collaboration behind Vancouver's A Healthy City for All process with leaders such as Janet Austin, CEO of YWCA Metro Vancouver, and the City’s Aboriginal Relations Manager Ginger Gosnell Myers. Watch it here.

Chilliwack, Abbotsford and Hope

Enjoy a playful showcase of the amazing work being done in Chilliwack, Abbotsford and Hope to ensure that all children have a chance to form healthy habits early in life with medical benefits described by Dr. Shazhan Amed, a pediatric doctor with BC Children’s Hospital and founder of SCOPE's Live 5-2-1-0 program. Watch it here.


The PlanH program supports local government engagement and partnerships across sectors for creating healthier communities. Recognizing that community policy, plans, and decisions affect health and well-being, PlanH provides learning opportunities, resources, and leading-edge practices for collaborative local action.

PlanH, implemented by BC Healthy Communities Society, facilitates local government learning, partnership development and planning for healthier communities where we live, learn, work and play.  Working together with health authorities, UBCM and the Ministry of Health, PlanH supports Healthy Families BC, the Province’s health promotion strategy.


Credit: BC Healthy Communities