ALIVE Communications and Workshop Facilitator

Overview:

The ALIVE (Aboriginal Life in Vancouver Enhancement) Society Communications and Workshop Facilitator will help plan and oversee a variety of activities throughout the summer that advance and promote a community-led Reconciliation Strategy, working with ALIVE and mainstream community partners in East Vancouver. This includes a focus on a Community Resilience and Inclusion Hub Strategy, Indigenous and Inner City Youth Engagement Work and Policy Development and building a Local Youth Hip Hop Network with a Reconciliation lens.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Assist to develop communication materials to share information strategically to diverse audiences including partner organizations, funders, government and media contacts and with Indigenous residents to support them to a) take advantage of local programs, social amenities and low-barrier access to resources, and b) become engaged as members of Community Boards, Parent, Youth and Elders Councils, tenant groups etc. in the neighbourhood.
  • Participation in a range of stakeholder engagement and strategy sessions, events and meetings with a focus on neighbourhood-level inclusion and reconciliation and building better futures for vulnerable and low-income children and families in the Inner City of Vancouver.
  • Capturing and sharing the wide-range of activities that ALIVE, Britannia and other neighbourhood partner groups are currently undertaking.
  • Monitoring activities with participants of all age groups, to ensure that activities are safe.
  • Assisting to lead groups in crafts, games, and/or cultural activities where fun and participation rather than skills development are the primary concern.

Qualifications:

  • Some experience working/volunteering in a community setting and an understanding of how to be culturally competent in approach.
    • Good computer, social media and communication skills, and knowledge of Indigenous cultures and immigrant and Indigenous issues.
    • Some knowledge of the behavior, needs and interests typical of children and youth.
    • Some knowledge of the practices and procedures used in recreational programs and activities.
    • Ability to effectively monitor activities and the behaviour of groups including those made up of several young children.
    • Ability to render basic first aid as required.
    • Ability to perform minor clerical and basic clean-up tasks.
    • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationship with other facility staff, parents and patrons.
    • -Must be between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment
      -Were registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year, and intend to return to school on a full-time time basis during the next academic year
      -Are a student in a secondary, post-secondary, vocational or technical program
      -Are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and
      -Are legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulation

The ALIVE Communications and Workshop Facilitator will work for a total 30 hours a week for 8 weeks @ the rate of $19.65 hour plus % in lieu of benefits starting the week of July 2nd, 2018. To apply to this posting please send your resume and cover letter to Scott Clark at info@alivesociety.ca or drop off in person at the Ray-Cam Community Centre by June 18, 2018. For more information about Aboriginal Life in Vancouver Enhancement Society: alivesociety.ca

ALIVE Summer Reconciliation Project Coordinator 2018

Overview: The ALIVE (Aboriginal Life in Vancouver Enhancement) Society Reconciliation Project Coordinator will help plan and oversee a variety of activities throughout the summer that advance and promote a community-led Reconciliation Strategy, working with ALIVE and mainstream community partners in East Vancouver. This includes a focus on an Elders Inclusion Research Project, and supporting neighbourhood-level inclusion and accountability.

 

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Work with ALIVE and partners to develop and implement activities and events that bring Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal people together in the community
  • Work with the ALIVE and community centre staff teams to help develop and lead a variety of relevant workshops with volunteers, community members, support workers and relevant professionals
  • Support research activities including: intercultural gatherings and sharing circles, interviews and implementing research plans, asset-mapping, summarizing findings, preparing reports and make presentations on key learnings, takeaways, etc.
  • Assist with volunteer and student scheduling, monitoring and mentorship
  • Other duties as requested

 

Qualifications

  • Some post-secondary education experience.
  • Experience working with seniors, youth, special needs and minority populations including Aboriginal people. Understanding how to be inclusive in approach and responsive to the health and social needs of those with disabilities.
  • Good communication, research and writing skills, ability to manage projects and work independently.
  • Must be between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment
  • Were registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year -Intend to return to school on a full-time time basis during the next academic year.
  • Registered as a student in a secondary, post-secondary, vocational or technical program.
  • Are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
  • Are legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulation.

 

The project coordinator will work for a total of 10 weeks for 30 hours per week starting June 18th, 2018 @ the rate of $18.70/hr plus 12% in lieu of benefits. To apply to this posting please send your resume and cover letter to Scott Clark at info@alivesociety.ca or drop off in person at the front desk at Ray-Cam by June 1st, 2018

Free Summer Programs At Inner City Community Centres

Enjoy these free Summer programs offered by Britannia, Ray-Cam, Strathcona, Mount Pleasant and Trout Lake Community Centres! Also included is information about the Leisure Access Program and Britannia Subsidy Policy, which can allow you to access programs and services at a discounted rate!

 

Free Summer Programs Directory by Centre(2)
ALIVE free programs adults
ALIVE free programs children family all ages
ALIVE free programs seniors
ALIVE Free programs teens

Britannia Salish Community Honouring Ceremony

I was very honoured today to witness the Britannia Honouring Ceremony, where community members were blanketed in recognition of their work with at risk youth and in many other fields. The traditional Coast Salish ceremony included drumming and singing and is just one example of the grassroots work for reconciliation taking place in our city- Geoff Meggs, Deputy Mayor (via facebook)

I was so happy to be able to take part in Salish Ceremony in my own neighbourhood. This was a great experience, and I hope these types of opportunities continue- Indigenous Elder

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On February 28th Britannia hosted its first ever Salish Honouring Ceremony. This inclusive, Salish-style ceremony was an opportunity to hold up the individuals who go above and beyond in our community.
Under the direction of Sam George and Kat Norris, recognized Salish cultural leaders, the Britannia Community Honouring Ceremony recognized a diverse group, consisting of residents, staff and volunteers who were nominated by their peers, fellow community members, friends and/or colleagues to represent the collective achievements of our community through their own valued contributions. The ceremony was intended to reflect the spirit of the Reconciliation and Inclusion work currently underway at Britannia which aims to build on local strengths and engage the various parts of our neighbourhood to create meaningful and sustainable change.
Witnesses included Deputy Mayor, Geoff Meggs, VPL Manager Megan Langley, VSB District Principal for Aboriginal Education, Don Fiddler, Vancouver Park Board General Manager, Malcolm Bromley,and Danica Djurkovic, City of Vancouver.

Honourees:
John Pozdik, or “Tall John,” is a lifelong community volunteer, having volunteered since the age of 14 locally in places including Mt. Pleasant Elementary, BYRC, and programs at Britannia. He lives in Vancouver and currently works in construction. (Nominated by Britannia VPL)
Andrew Coombes has 12 years experience working in the field of mental health and addictions with at-risk youth. For the last five years he has worked with dedication and compassion doing street outreach to at-risk youths in the Britannia area. (Nominated by Britannia VPL)
Allan Williams Jr, or AJ, is well-known and connected in the East Vancouver community. He is a familiar face at Britannia, Raycam, and the Aboriginal Friendship Centre. You might recognize him at community events, sharing his drumming and dancing along with his family as the Four Fires Society. (Nominated by Britannia VPL)
Annie Danilko was born in Queen Charlotte City in 1961 and lived in Masset, BC until she was 12. Annie moved to Vancouver in 2003 to be with family and started working for the community at the GV Food Bank. Annie has shared her time mentoring youth at Off The Grill, volunteering and participating in Elder’s programs and preparing food to share at community events. (Nominated by Grandview-Woodland Food Connection)
Bill Lightbown is a Haida-Kootenay Elder who has lived in the Commercial Drive area on and off since he first moved here at the age of 15. Bill attended high school at Britannia and was a regular at the Grandview Pool Hall. Bill recalls how some of his first encounters with racism in this neighbourhood motivated him to get involved in politics and dedicate his life to improving the conditions for Indigenous peoples in Canada, alongside his partner, Lavina. In April, Bill will be turning 90. Some of his accomplishments include helping to create the BC Association of Non-Status Indians (later the UNN) and Vancouver Native Housing. He was also a prominent figure in the 1995 Gustafsen Lake Standoff. Bill continues his service to this neighbourhood, sharing his vast knowledge with younger generations, combatting social isolation (if you sit next to him on the bus, be prepared to have a conversation) and volunteering as a director for ALIVE and the North West Indigenous Council. Haida Gwaii is home to Bill. (Nominated by “Our Place”)
Lori Snyder works as our resident Indigenous herbalist and on the carving Pavilion Garden. Lori is also working closely with the Britannia garden program and Outreach Alternative in the carving pavilion garden and in class. Lori leads Britannia towards innovative food practices with her strong vision of a re-indigenized food system. Her projects include the planting of indigenous berry bushes all around the site and the community where people can freely harvest healthy Indigenous food.(Nominated by Grandview-Woodland Food Connection)
Anne Prince – also known as ‘Annie’ is Residential School Survivor from the Takla Lake First Nation. She is Beaver clan and her traditional name is Kqueast. She is a mother, grandmother, and great, great, great aunt.
She has been a resident of metro Vancouver since 1965 and dedicated her life and career to helping people.Today Anne continues to work as an Urban Aboriginal Learning Outreach Facilitator where she assists people, of Aboriginal ancestry, prepare for higher learning and employment and is a valued member and leader in the Britannia 55+ Centre. (Nominated by Britannia Seniors)
Todd DeVries also known by his Haida name “Giihlgiigaa” shares his skills, knowledge, and stories with others in Britannia’s weaving circles. He welcomes everyone, young and old into his classes and reminds us he does not “own” the skills. His patience, humour, and cultural sharing makes everyone feel welcome and included. (nominated by Britannia seniors)
Yukiko Tosa is the long-time director of the Britannia VPL branch. She is a graduate of Britannia Secondary School, where she began her advocacy as a student, working together with fellow students and her teacher Mr. Minichiello to begin the development of the vibrant community space that Britannia has become. She remains a passionate promoter of the young people in this changing community, working to create opportunities for everyone in the community to feel included and to succeed. (Nominated by Britannia Board)
Rebecca Jules is a community advocate. In her work at Britannia, she has connected with and advocated for many of the hardest to reach youth. She has provided opportunities, teachings, and safe spaces, encouraged positive lifestyle choices, and connected youth to services, programs and adult mentors. She also worked with the community to educate in cultural practices and understanding. (Nominated by Britannia Youth)