British Columbia Initiatives

The Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign is a BC Province wide effort to raise awareness around prevention and early intervention of eating disorders as well as media literacy, resiliency, building healthy body image and self-esteem. The initiative is led by Jessie’s Legacy Eating Disorders Prevention Program at Family Services of the North Shore in collaboration with Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre, Looking Glass Foundation, St.

This unique contest invited BC amateur artists to paint or draw 2 dimensional artwork that reflects the question, “What does ‘love our bodies, love ourselves’ mean to you?” Participants submitted photos of their 2D artwork and winners were determined by votes from the PEDAW committee. Winning entries were posted on our blog July 7th, 2014. Our professional lead artist painted themes and design concepts from the winner’s piece onto a container in the City of Vancouver. Painting took place in the summer of 2014 along with youth from the community. 

For over 20 years the Ptarmigan Music and Theatre Society has been providing educational art programs and workshops to meet the needs and interests of specific audiences such as children, seniors and people with disabilities.  Ptarmigan utilizes an incredible variety of artistic disciplines, including storytelling, song-writing, animation, music (instrumental & vocal), Kodály music instruction, fiddle group, drumming, dance, pottery, film-making, painting, drawing, paper mâché, murals, music therapy, drama, environmental education, astronomy and local history.

The Puente Theatre Society was founded in Victoria in 1988 by Lina de Guevara, its artistic director.  The mandate of Puente (which means bridge) is to use theatrical experience as a bridge between cultures.

The Queer Imaging & Riting Kollective for Elders (aka Quirk-e) is a group of artist-activists who self-define as queer and as old and interpret these identifications in diverse ways. Some embrace the idea of being old, and some believe that the word is an empty signifier.  As far as the word queer is concerned, people in the group define as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual - and more. All define themselves as artists, working primarily with written memoir and digital images, but spilling out into other genres when necessary.

The recreation program at South Okanagan General Hospital extended care unit & Mckinney Place Extended Care provides residents with various activities, including, but not limited to: group exercises, crafts, bus outings, parties, baking, decorating, whoga (wheel chair yoga), active wee games, lunch clubs (where residents make special lunches), games, trivia, various visiting entertainers, reading, and reminiscing.