Wednesday, April 25, 2012

BCHC Newsletter - April 2012


Back by Popular Demand - New Webinar with Phil Hanlon on June 13th, 2012

BC Healthy Communities is excited to host another webinar in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer on June 13th with key speaker Dr. Phil Hanlon from the University of Glasgow. On April 3rd Dr. Hanlon presented his findings regarding some of the challenges to modern approaches to public health practices during the 1st webinar ' Calling for the 5th Wave in Public Health'.   The April 3rd webinar helped describe the challenges modernity poses in the context of health indicators and barriers.  Some of participants responded the following after the webinar:

“I have a better understanding of how to be more effective in being helpful to people who have been marginalized by developing relationships, and more generally for everyone to include the beautiful dimension in the forefront”

‘Thank you very much for this opportunity to hear important perspectives and come away refreshed with new ideas and inspiration’

You can now listen to the April 3rd webinar session online, to start the webinar click here

The June 13th webinar ‘Nudging Us Towards the 5th Wave of Public Health - New Practices and Policies’ will also include a presentation of Anne Docherty from the Storytellers Foundation. More details about the webinar and the registration procedure will be announced on the BCHC website in May. If you want to pre-register you can send an email to


Citizens Series III Coming Your WayKK
Great news for Northern residents! BC Healthy Communities and the Northern Health Authority have committed to deliver another year of FREE webinar series on specific topics that are critical to improving the health outcomes of northern people. BCHC and NHA are continuing their partnership to build on the momentum created through Citizen Series I and II delivered through 2010 -2012.  

The intention of each session will be to involve local citizens, health authorities and local government participants along with guest speakers to share best practices, success stories and challenges from the local/regional perspective. 

Citizen Series III will consist of 4 webinars focused on a specific topic and supported by a Think piece. The new dates will be posted on the BC Healthy Communities website and in our communications. 

Can't wait? Check out the past webinars on our website here

Niagara Grocery

Jennifer McKimmie, proud owner of Niagara Grocery, located in beautiful, historic James Bay. Victoria BC’s oldest grocery store and since nicely updated!

Niagara Grocery in James Bay has been transformed from a tried convenience store into an award-winning neighborhood market. In the grocery store you can buy local produce, daily bread, artisan cheese & sausage, and house-roasted coffees. Jennifer makes the greatest effort to provide not only local foods but also gluten-free products. 

Previously working as the Afternoon Tea Manager at the Empress Hotel, Jennifer recognized that there were growing requests for gluten-free items on the menu and as the new owner of Niagara Grocery she saw this as an excellent opportunity to meet the growing demand for these products. Next time you are in the area you can stop by the original James Bay location or even the newest addition—the Fairfield Market near the corner of Fairfield & Moss street.

(Photo Credits: Eatmagazine)

Chandler- Gonzales Pathway in Victoria to Re-Open!

Back in August, community member Hazel Currie submitted an update on the community vision to re-open the Chandler- Gonzales public walkway in Victoria, providing a safe route to a local elementary school and a pedestrian-friendly link for the entire community.  An exciting news release that just came out announced that Victoria City Council have unanimously agreed to re-open the walkway.  The recent article as follows: After more than 30 years the Chandler-Gonzales Pathway will be re-opened, returning this Greenway to the community and providing a safer route for children heading to and from Ecole Margaret Jenkins School.

“I’m thrilled with the unanimous decision by Victoria City Council to make this project a reality,” said Peter Nagati, spokesperson for the Committee to Re-open the Chandler-Gonzales Pathway. “With the support of hundreds of area residents, local businesses and the city, I’m confident we can have the path re-opened in time for the new school year in September.”

Victoria City Council has approved a budget that will provide for clearing along the right-of-way, chain link fencing with hedging to help ensure the neighbours’ privacy, and a gravel surface along the 250 metre pathway that links Pemberton Park with Chandler Street.  In addition, pedestrian crossings will also be installed on both Gonzales and Chandler Streets.

The Committee to Re-open the Chandler-Gonzales Pathway is made up of a dozen local residents who worked tirelessly to return this public asset to the community.  There are more than 650 letters of support and commitments from local businesses to help provide materials, along with volunteers ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work.
From the early 1900's until the mid-1970's, the pathway existed between Pemberton Park and Chandler Avenue providing a direct connection between the neighbourhoods north of Gonzales Ave. with Ecole Margaret Jenkins School and the neighbourhoods to the south.  Although closed in the 1970's, the City of Victoria had the foresight to maintain ownership of the land.


Youth Arts Festival – May 27 – Centennial Square, Victoria

As part of the City of Victoria’s 150 year celebrations The City of Victoria Youth Council (CVYC) is hosting a Youth Arts Festival which highlights the spectrum of artistic talents of young people in Victoria across three broad areas: performance arts, visual arts and crafts. The events profiles and celebrates the talents of youth in Victoria in a free and exciting, family friendly and age inclusive event.

The CVYC is a youth-driven, grassroots project that offers opportunities for civic engagement to youth who live, work, hang out or got to school in the City of Victoria. The CVYC is hosted by BC Healthy Communities. For more information about the CVYC please visit the CVYC website or contact Sarah Amyot at

Want to see age-friendly communities in action?

Seniors BC has created  Age-friendly BC (AFBC) community videos featuring seniors, local government staff and officials, and community representatives talking about what makes their community or organization age-friendly.

The videos were developed primarily for local governments, but others may find project ideas that fit their own communities as well. You can watch the full video, which includes an introduction to AFBC with all of the topics, or choose a video on one of the specific age-friendly topics from the Seniors BC website by clicking here 

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