British Columbia Initiatives

The Creative Arts Program at BC Children's Hospital was first introduced in January 2013, providing service to children, youth and their siblings, 2-3 times a week. The program is facilitated by a child life specialist. The program offers one-to-one experiences for patients who have extended or repeated hospital stays, and an expressive arts group for youth in the teen lounge.

A celebration of meeting and making, a social way to share a passion for craft, art, and design in the community. Participants may drop in anytime, and bring any creative project they are working on, or come and see what everyone else is working on.  Purpose: Each session there is a free mini-tutorial offered to get participants’ creativity pumping with hands-on crafting activities.

The Do Bugs Need Drugs? (DBND) program is a multifaceted public and health care professional education program that uses video, music, art and other activities, and is geared towards decreasing antibiotic overuse and misuse and the spread of resistant organisms.  DBND focuses on three key messages: 1. Handwashing is the best way to stop the spread of infections; 2. Not all bugs are created equal. Both bacteria and viruses cause infections but antibiotics only work on bacteria; and 3.

The Downtown Intercultural Gardeners Society promotes intercultural relations between Canadian-born and non-Canadian-born residents of the downtown peninsula of Vancouver through organic, community gardening in a supportive, healthy and inclusive environment. They strive to build a welcoming, democratic and diverse community of members. Ethnicity is an obvious example of diversity, so foreign born people make up 40% or more of the project participants, reflecting the demographics of the downtown peninsula.

Embrace Aging Through the Arts and Community is a special program designed to provide art instruction to complex care residents from Island Health's Aberdeen Hospital, both onsite and in the community.  The program is spearheaded by the Recreation Therapist from Aberdeen Hospital, and stems from a partnership between the Greater Victoria Eldercare Foundation, The District of Saanich's Arts Centre at Cedar Hill and the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria.  An instructor from The Arts Centre leads art classes with residents at Aberdeen Hospital and once per m