Happiness & Wellbeing Lab

At the Happiness and Wellbeing Community Lab, community members, planning professionals, and community leaders can find data to inform the work they do and to guide decisions on what matters in the communities of Southern Vancouver Island.

In addition to providing rich data analysis, the Lab tells the stories hidden in the data, creates evidence-based documents, and hosts productive conversations related to Social Inclusion, Household Prosperity, Health, Climate Equity, and Economic Justice. Ultimately, the Happiness and Wellbeing Community Lab is about just that – making sure that changes to our communities are ones that promote total health, happiness and wellbeing.


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Lab Activities

Family Day Factsheet: No Family Left Behind 2024

February 20, 2024

As part of the Happiness and Wellbeing Lab project, the United Way South Vancouver Island and Community Council release an annual family day fact sheet. The fact sheet brings awareness that even though we may all be in the … Read more

Whole of Community System Response to Health and Homelessness

February 7, 2024

The Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria hosted a nation-wide webinar on January 19th, 2024 to discuss and learn about a whole systems response model to address homelessness in London, Ontario. This response is the first of its … Read more

Learning From London: Homelessness Hubs + Whole Of Community Response

January 10, 2024

Join the Community Social Planning Council and the United Way Southern Vancouver Island for an informative, inspiring discussion with leaders in London about their Whole of Community System Response to the homelessness crisis. A regional cross-sector response panel will follow. With … Read more

Thank you Coastal Community Credit Union!

November 29, 2023

Facilitating Dialogue Around Affordability We’d like to say a special thank you to Coastal Community Credit Union (CCCU) for their support of our events dedicated to enhancing affordability across the region. We are grateful to be able to host … Read more

Thriving Victoria: Living Wage & Affordability Summit

October 12, 2023

Join us on November 8th from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM for the official launch of the Living Wage across BC. This gathering is a convergence of impassioned stakeholders committed to advocating for a fair living wage. We invite … Read more

Mapping Common Ground: Renewing Oak Bay’s Community Green Map

September 27, 2023

Join Wendy Brawer of New York, founding Director of Green Map System (GreenMap.org) for an inspiring talk on how Green Mapping helps communities around the world to be healthy, equitable and sustainable. Please see the event details below and … Read more

Community Green Mapping Presentation & Workshop

September 25, 2023

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 … Read more

United Way Southern Vancouver Island Campaign Kick off Event

September 18, 2023

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 … Read more

Lessons From Helsinki: Homelessness & Housing First Approaches

April 6, 2023

This event focuses on lessons from Finland in utilizing the Housing First Model. This model has been successfully implemented in other cities and countries globally. In Finland this model is credited with helping to virtually eliminate experiences of homelessness. … Read more

Family By Design: Designing Cities for Families

April 6, 2023

How can we design our region to be suitable for children and families? Considering housing affordability concerns, residents can experience challenges when looking for housing suitable for families. This event will focus on regional needs for family housing and … Read more

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