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Why is supporting community grants important to you?

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Kelsey Yarmish (Regional Director, Population Health Programs, Northern Health) • My programs partner on / fund: IMAGINE Community Grants, Partnering for Healthier Communities Grants As a health director, I am inspired by our northern community partners. We know that health happens in community, and that a passion for wellness exists all across the north. I most often see the expression of this passion through local innovation and an enthusiasm for healthy people in healthy communities - where all of us live, work, learn, and play. We are honoured to support this innovation and to support healthy northern communities! Northern Health’s Regional Population Health Programs are home to the IMAGINE granting program. I believe that IMAGINE serves community.

community bike safety An IMAGINE grant funds a new shed and workspace in Queen Charlotte to support safe biking. Shelley Termuende

Northern Development Initiative Trust, Local Government Management Intern, Village of Queen Charlotte


he Bike Repair and Safety Program began as an initiative to create a central and permanent space where bike safety and alternative transportation could be promoted to the Queen Charlotte community. With that focus in mind, the Village of Queen Charlotte decided to create a bike shed and outdoor work area at the Queen Charlotte Youth Centre, which is adjacent to BMX and skate park facilities. At the shed, Haida Gwaii Bike Re-Psych can store their equipment and more easily host repair and maintenance events. Haida Gwaii Bike Re-Psych is a bike repair and maintenance organization that promotes safe, outdoor physical activity and sustainability through island-wide bike recycling and repair initiatives.

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Tires, bikes, and tools fill custom-built shelves inside the completed bike shed at the Queen Charlotte Youth Centre.

What worked?

Debra Uliana, Chief Financial Officer, Village of Queen Charlotte “It was a fairly straightforward project. The actual construction of the shed was done in-house by Village of Queen Charlotte public works staff and the Village was able to purchase needed supplies on-island so there was not a long wait time. The administration on the IMAGINE grant was fairly streamlined. Once you get your grant application, then it flows from that. I found that the reporting requirements were quite reasonable with this grant.”

Healthier You Northern Health winter2016 web  
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