“Good and Full Lives, for Everyone.”
Why innovate? That’s why.
It’s easy to get stuck. We all fall into ruts. Organizations and systems do it, too.
The community living sector hasn’t changed much in the last 30 or 40 years. Not really. Maybe there have been some tweaks to programs and services, but much remains the same: what they look like, how they run, who makes decisions, the logic behind them, what’s important to count and what isn’t, who organizations ultimately report to, our relationship with those in our services (and their families)…and so on.
The most important question—“Are people leading good and full lives?”—gets shuffled down the list because of other imperatives like safety, task completion, and compliance to systems.
How do we change that?
For the past decade, we have been deeply invested in applying new ideas and methods to develop new sets of purposes, practices, roles and frameworks. Our aspiration is one thing only: to create the conditions for people to lead meaningful lives, filled with purpose, beauty and love.
Below is the story of some of that journey. We are still a work in progress.
2009 – present
In 2009, we partnered with MOSAIC and Kinsight and founded an inclusive community gardening project called Can You Dig It! We envisioned community gardens with intergenerational, multicultural, and all-incomes households working shoulder to shoulder, and building their own support networks. We created and supported community gardens on public and private lands throughout the Lower Mainland, becoming experts at building gardens and developing resources for food-growing. The project succeeded in bringing people together, though the relationships we hoped to foster among the gardeners were slow to develop.
In 2019, we turned the program over to the Public Health Association of BC (PHABC) because they had the vision, values and ability to take it even further. Can You Dig It now supports communities across the province to create inclusive and welcoming food-growing gardens.