Resilient Neighbourhoods ENews - Elders as Assets, Emergency Preparedness & More!

WELCOME! This section includes updates and resources from our partners related to what we're up to in Greater Victoria. Further down, you can read more about what we have happening further afield across "BC and Beyond", as well as some great community-building resources.

It’s not too late!

Become a Connect and Prepare pilot block or building

Deadline for Expressions of Interest: December 7th, 2017

We are looking for groups of neighbours living on the same street or in the same apartment/condominium building within the City of Victoria to be part of an exciting new pilot project called “Connect and Prepare”. As part of Building Resilient Neighbourhood’s Resilient Streets program, this project is being offered as part of a collaboration between Building Resilient Neighbourhoods and Victoria Ready.

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Building great communities with “Pocket Places”

“Start small and build incrementally,” was presenter Teale Phelps Bondaroff’s advice to 30 participants at our November 5 Pocket Places workshop.

“People have a passion for the hyper-local — small nodes on their own streets,” noted co-presenter Lorne Daniel. So the workshop explored opportunities for Greater Victoria residents to start from their own homes and built community connecting places. Early experience with little free libraries, boulevard gardens, and small seating refuges is that all of these contribute to building important neighbour-to-neighbour bonds. READ MORE

Calling all

Help build
resilience through
“Streets to Homes”

At Building Resilient Neighbourhoods, we define “resilience” as our ability to respond and adapt to change in proactive ways that build local capacity and ensure people’s essential needs are met. Affordable, accessible, available housing is one of those “essential needs” that contributes to individual and community resilience.

Greater Victoria’s current housing crisis, with a vacancy rate hovering around 0.6%, makes our region particularly tough terrain for moving homeless adults into permanent, market-housing. Pacifica Housing reports to us that their “Street to Homes” program offers a range of supports to landlords and their clients, including a Landlord Liaison, client “Ready to Rent” training, rental subsidies and support workers. According to Pacifica, this has facilitated a 100% retention rate among those landlords connected to the program.

So if you are a landlord that cares about community resilience and is interested in supporting people transition into stable and healthy homes, Erica Champion at Pacifica Housing invites you to contact her at 250-415-5417 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about this program and the supports available.

"Hey Neighbour": Social Connectedness in Multi-Unit Dwellings in the City of Vancouver

Apartment or condominium living often presents unique challenges and opportunities to building community and feeling connected to your neighbours. As our cities become increasingly densified, that’s why we’re so excited to learn from the City of Vancouver’s recent research focused on social connectedness among neighbours in multi-unit dwellings.

Recently, the City of Vancouver launched the "Hey Neighbour" field trip, which saw 40 developers, property managers, architects and planners visit 8 sites that showcased friendly, sociable multi-unit buildings. This project was based on research undertaken during the summer by Aylin Tavakoli, one of the City of Vancouver’s Healthy City Scholars. Check out Aylin’s report here.

If you live in the Greater Victoria region and are interested in being part of our upcoming Resilient “Vertical Streets” pilots to build greater connections between neighbours in apartments or condominiums, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know.

Resilient Streets - On the Road!

Building Resilient Neighbourhoods team members Michelle Colussi and Stacy Barter have been on the road this October and November delivering Resilient Streets workshops for new collaboratives who will be implementing the Resilient Streets program in their respective communities of Whistler, Powell River, Sunshine Coast Regional District and Richmond.

With support from PlanH Social Connectedness grants, the fall workshops brought together a cross –section of organizations and sectors in each community to explore the unique challenges and opportunities for building greater social connections between neighbours. Together, the groups in each community will form a Community Partners Table through which they will work collaboratively to implement Resilient Streets over the coming year. “We have found that in any given community, there is usually a diverse array of organizations who care about increasing social connectedness, though often through different lenses such as community safety, emergency preparedness or community inclusion, to name a few”, says Barter. “We want the Resilient Streets program to provide a platform for all of these organizations to take a joined-up approach and have greater impact by working together.”

Read more about this “action learning” initiative HERE!

Elders As Assets : Ibasho

At Building Resilient Neighbourhoods, through our partnership the Greater Victoria Eldercare Foundation, we are exploring ways to promote opportunities for inter-generational connections and sharing through Resilient Streets. Recently, we have been inspired by the work of Ibasho, a Japanese organization that looks at “creating socially integrated and sustainable communities that value their elders” and view elders as resources rather than liabilities.

Check out this video about elders leading resilience when they empowered to help the community recover after the great earthquake in Ofunato, Japan in 2011.

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