Community Green Mapping Presentation & Workshop

Join us for the visit of Wendy Brawer, the distinguished Director of Greenmap.org based in New York. With an impressive track record spanning over 25 years, Wendy has passionately contributed to the creation of numerous regional maps, notably within the CRD/Greater Victoria region, and has extended her expertise globally, leaving her mark on thousands more.

This special event celebrates her visit to Victoria and UVIC, where she aims to connect and offer support to various neighbourhood initiatives, social inclusion efforts, and placemaking projects. Wendy is deeply committed to advancing climate justice, fostering equity, and galvanizing impactful action within our communities.

Wendy's visit is supported by the Community Social Planning Council, Community Living BC, UVIC (CIFAL, the Map Shop and Community Engaged Learning) and the Community Association of Oak Bay.

Learn more about Wendy here.

Wednesday, Sept. 27
9:45 am–12 pm
Kwench 2031 Store St
“Community Green Mapping Presentation and Workshop”
Sponsored by Community Social Planning Council, Community Living British Columbia, University of Victoria, and CIFAL Victoria.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Media: Colton Whittaker - colton@communitycouncil.ca
Events: Maeve Lydon - mlydon@uvic.ca

CEA Energy & Climate Action Award

We are thrilled and deeply honored to receive the Climate and Energy Action award from the Community Energy Association (CEA) for our groundbreaking E-Bike Incentive Pilot Program. This recognition would not have been possible without the unwavering support and collaboration of our outstanding partners and funders: the District of Saanich, The University of British Columbia, and the Vancouver Foundation.

A Collective Vision for a Greener and More Equitable Future 

At the core of our success lies a shared vision and a strong commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly transportation while ensuring equity and accessibility for all. We recognize that sustainable solutions must be inclusive and address the specific needs of all families, especially those in low-income. The support of our partners has been instrumental in driving this vision forward and turning it into a reality that benefits our community and beyond. We stand united in our dedication to reducing carbon emissions and promoting accessible, sustainable mobility solutions.

Paving the Way for a Provincial Program

One of the most gratifying outcomes of our pilot program is the influence it has had on policy at a provincial level, with a strong equity lens. This initiative, which focuses on providing rebates based on income qualifications, has acted as a model for a wider provincial program emphasizing equity, with the goal of empowering families and individuals.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to the Community Energy Association (CEA) for recognizing our dedication and honoring us and our partners with this award. The accolade is not just a testament to our efforts but also a celebration of the remarkable collaboration that has propelled our initiative to success. We remain steadfast in our commitment to a sustainable and equitable future and look forward to continued collaboration with our partners and funders in achieving greater milestones. Together, we will continue to make a positive impact and inspire change.

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CSPC Team

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The climate crisis effects everyone, but it does not impact everyone equally. That's where we come in. Click below to learn more about the E-bike program and our work in the Climate Equity space!

United Way Southern Vancouver Island Campaign Kick off Event

We strongly believe in the power of collaboration and collective action to create lasting positive change within our community. That's why we were thrilled to be part of the inspiring United Way Southern Vancouver Island Campaign Kickoff event. This event was a testament to the strength and unity of the community, coming together to support and uplift each other.

This event was a powerful reminder of the strength we possess when we stand united. At the CSPC, we are energized and inspired to continue our efforts in collaborating with United Way and other community partners to create a better tomorrow for all. Together, we can build a community where everyone thrives and no one is left behind. Stay tuned for updates on our collaborative endeavors, and let's work hand in hand towards a brighter, more inclusive future.

Executive Director Transition

It is with mixed emotions that we announce a planned change in our leadership team. After five years of dedicated service, Diana Gibson, our Executive Director, will be moving on to new opportunities for serving the community. Please join us in thanking her for her tremendous contribution.

This decision comes after extensive planning and consultation. Diana will remain actively involved to ensure a seamless handover of responsibilities, maintaining the high standards of work that you’ve come to expect from the CSPC. The board is already in the advanced stages of a comprehensive search for a qualified successor who will uphold and advance our mission. We will be accepting applications until mid-October and encourage you to share the job posting with qualified individuals. 

We are immensely grateful for Diana’s contributions, vision, and commitment to our mission. During her tenure the CSPC was renewed, with the staff team growing from 2 to 16. Under Diana’s leadership the CSPC launched new programs the Greater Victoria Rent Bank, ID Bank, Housing Policy and Climate Equity Programs- and strengthened the role of the Council in advising and supporting cities and non-profit partners. Together with Diana and our Director of Finance/Operations, Barry Hutchinson, we have built a devoted staff and board team that will enable us to navigate the transition smoothly.  

In closing, please join us in expressing our deepest gratitude to Diana for her exceptional leadership. She has set a high bar, and while she will be greatly missed, we are excited to see where she will make an impact next. Thank you for your continued support. We are looking forward to stepping into the next chapter of CSPC’s journey with all of you. 

Please view the job posting here

Victoria Point-in-Time Count & Survey Results 2023

Greater Victoria participated in nationwide PiT Counts in 2016, 2018 and 2020. Point-in-Time counts add essential information to our understanding of how people experience homelessness in our region. This information will assist planners, funders, and agencies in developing appropriate responses to homelessness in our region as well as to measure progress in ending homelessness.

What is involved? The PiT count involves working in small teams to conduct a brief, anonymous survey with people who are experiencing homelessness. The indoor survey is conducted inside shelters and other homeless service facilities, while the outside survey is done outdoors, walking around a specific area or neighbourhood.

Findings from this years PiT count and survey were released on August 3, 2023.

This project is funded by the Reaching Home Program - Canada's Homelessness Strategy

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Supplies for PIT 2023 were provided by

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Learn more: https://mule.to/p3nd

Centering The Person in Personal Identification And Health: A Scoping Review

The use of personal identification (PID) to access many of life’s essential services is easy for many to take for granted. However, not having PID can significantly impact and individual's health and well-being, excluding them from the most basic needs from health and shelter to income. The Community Council conducted a scoping review of academic and gray literature to explore existing research on how PID impacts health. Three main themes are clear in the research: the clear relationship between PID and personal health; the relationship between PID and the social determinants of health; and the disproportionate barriers faced by vulnerable populations.

Trauma Informed and Resilience Oriented Research Resource

This Trauma-Informed Resilience Oriented Research Resource (TIROR) including guidelines and principles are meant to inform how to undertake research with community co-researchers who have lived expertise with trauma and vulnerability, in a manner that supports their participation, health and wellness, and minimizes the risk of re-traumatization through participation in the research itself.

Moss Street Farmers Market – Common Ground Community Mapping Inclusion Project

Join us this Saturday, September 2, at the Moss Street Farmers Market as we showcase our Common Ground Community Mapping Inclusion Project in partnership with Community Living BC.

Share your experiences on a large map of the CRD with sticky notes. Spin the wheel for fun prizes, take surveys on community inclusion, and record video responses at our ring-light station. Let's build an inclusive CRD together! See you there!

This project is in partnership with

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