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Following the tragic deaths of his sons, Dillon (2015) and Payton (2017), Tom Budd has expanded his giving to create a separate fund for mental health initiatives. Lets Do Some Good and help support a great cause and reduce teenage suicide. https://tabf.ca/donate/ Also if you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Foundation directly.
Employers and employees throughout B.C. who work in the tourism, hospitality and community social services sectors now have access to vital mental health resources with the creation of a digital resource hub.
The online hub offers a range of tools to help address common workplace concerns, such as bullying, harassment, COVID-19 exposure, coping with stress and more.
“The pandemic has had a devastating impact on people working in tourism, hospitality and social services,” said Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. “I’m grateful to workplace leaders stepping up to promote positive mental health for their employees. This will have a lasting impact on people in the months and years ahead.”
The new hub provides workshops, webinars and information to help employees manage stress and build resiliency. It also provides tangible steps for workers at all levels to improve their overall mental health, as well as navigation support to connect to other mental health services, including counselling and peer support. To access the hub, visit: www.workmentalhealthbc.ca
In May 2021, the hub will expand to include a made-in-B.C. training and coaching platform that will provide managers and leaders in these sectors with personalized guidance to help make meaningful and lasting change at work. Participants will gain knowledge and practical tools, apply learning and strengthen peer connections to help make continuous improvements that support the long-term well-being of their employees.
The new hub is being developed in partnership with the BC Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association and health and safety associations, such as go2HR.
In a year like no other, Canada’s 2021 Top Small and Medium Employers (SMEs) are being celebrated for their resilience in these challenging times.
Numerous B.C. businesses are on the list, including those from Victoria, Mission, Burnaby, Delta, Richmond, Surrey, and Vancouver, as selected by Mediacorp Canada Inc.
With SMEs employing 90 per cent of Canada’s private sector labour force, these companies have not only shown persistence and agility, but also compassion. Most outstanding are the myriad of initiatives targeting the well-being of employees, from increased safety measures on site to additional physical and mental health benefits for all.
Staying connected has proved to be not only important for business, but also for a sense of camaraderie. Until staff can get together physically, companies have launched numerous online social activities to help keep employees in-touch while working from home.
First West Foundation and the Valley First Community Endowment have been proud to partner with the YMCA of Okanagan and its Young Parents Program since 2017.
- Why does Valley First and the First West Foundation support your local Y?
The Y is a trusted partner in the community providing services and programs for all ages—from our littles to our older adults. We’re proud to financially support Y programming and lend our expertise—and our enthusiasm! We’ve been thrilled to invest over 250 hours of volunteer time knitting and sewing baby blankets for infants and toddlers in the Y’s Young Parents Program; our business banking advisers have lent their expertise with financial literacy training for youth; and our employees enjoy lacing up their sneakers to participate in the Cycle for Strong Kids ride. The Y not only offers a variety of well-being, physical and mental health programs, but welcomes our support in helping them, help our community. That’s something we can get behind!
- What do you think are the biggest issues facing our community?
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been significant and continue to be felt all across our community. At First West Foundation, we’ve seen an increase in requests for support of food programs, counseling, and—for the sector itself—financial support for operating costs to keep services and programs available for those in need. The charitable sector, our local businesses, and community are rallying together to help. It’s very inspiring to see the breadth of support rise when it’s needed most.
- How do you feel the Y helps those in need?
The Y, its team and leadership, do an outstanding job providing programs that grow with each of us. I love that a young child can begin their relationship with the Y at a tender age in childcare. Then throughout their life they can always have an organization where they will have quality, caring programs designed to help them thrive well into adulthood.
- What are you personally looking forward to/planning for the future?
Shout out to all the amazing volunteers in communities all across BC. Did you know that Volunteerism across Canada represents 1.1 Million Full time Jobs? What would we do without volunteers? Say thank you and recognize volunteers in your community!!!
A new female-led B.C. restaurant, Cordelia's Locket to open in Squamish in May, plans to uplift women and reinvent the business.
Who launches a restaurant during a pandemic? If that sounds like a crazy idea, Elizabeth Mah, Melissa Steacy and Kelly Ann Woods should convince you otherwise.
Besides turning a profit, Mah, Steacy and Woods have made it their goal to help women return to work. Since last February, some 80,000 female workers have left the national labour force, according to Statistics Canada—more than triple the number of men. Meanwhile, women make up the majority of employees in hospitality, one of the sectors hit hardest by COVID.
Seeing that the pandemic has also left women shouldering the bulk of caregiving and homeschooling duties during lockdown, the partners asked what they could do to help. “Women are the first in line to step back into domestic roles, particularly with the way that COVID has happened, where everyone was forced back to their homes,” Mah says. “What we’re trying to do is allow them to still grow a career that is fulfilling as well as very complementary to their lifestyle at home.”
To that end, Cordelia’s Locket will give female employees the flexibility they need. Part of that is figuring out which tasks, such as ordering or scheduling, can be done remotely, Woods says. “How do we bring that into the hospitality model?”
Getting people back to work calls for different approach to hiring, Woods maintains. “Maybe you’ve never served tables before, but it’s not rocket science,” she says. “We want you to come in and want to grow with the team and contribute to something and feel like you’re part of a team. Our mandate is definitely to support women in getting back into the workforce, but we wouldn’t turn down a man because he’s a man.”
Cordelia’s Locket—which will pay a living wage and provide benefits to anyone who works three shifts a week—is also looking at ways to support people with disabilities, Woods says. “It’s really about creating a different model and figuring out a way to support people that have been struggling through this whole thing that’s been happening to all of us.”
In response to a high number of applications, the B.C. government is investing an additional $30 million in the Launch Online Grant program.
The Launch Online Grant program provides up to $7,500 to businesses to help build or expand an e-commerce site to reach more customers and to sustain and grow their business.
An online presence is integral for businesses that want to adapt their operations to better reach customers in their community, throughout B.C. and beyond. These changes will help approximately 4,000 more businesses market their products and services online.
“Many small businesses have had to change the way they operate as more and more people shifted to online purchasing during the pandemic. Our government has been there to help these businesses adapt,” said Premier John Horgan. “By expanding eligibility to our successful launch online program, more B.C. small businesses from the hardest hit sectors will have access to the tools they need to boost their online presence, grow their e-commerce capacity and become more resilient as we build toward a brighter future.”
The new funding is in addition to the February 2021 announcement of $12 million to support 1,500 businesses to enhance or establish their online presence. Currently, over 3,500 businesses from around the province have applied, demonstrating the need for these supports.
Businesses in the hard-hit tourism sector, like tour operators or hotels, and businesses in the service industry, such as massage therapists, personal trainers or hair stylists, can now access the grants to build or improve their online booking systems.
As part of the eligibility enhancements, 30% of the grant funds will now be reserved for Black, Indigenous and people of colour-owned (BIPOC) businesses, as well as rural businesses. This is expanded from the original 25% of grant funds that were reserved for Indigenous and rural businesses.
“The Launch Online Grant program responds to the way the pandemic has changed the business world, and the strong demand shows we are filling an untapped need,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation. “In addition to expanding the program, we are reserving a portion of the funds for BIPOC businesses because our recovery must be inclusive, taking care to not leave people behind.”
To say the last year has been challenging for people around the world would be an understatement. Now more than ever, people are reflecting on their lives, on the world around them, and on what matters most.
Hour4Our is a unique community initiative that was founded in 2020 and works with Rotary International to build a cleaner, greener, healthier and more peaceful world for everyone. Hour4Our asks people to donate ONE hour of income or ONE hour of their time to support community projects that create positive change in communities.
The Hour4Our team needs help to continue to fulfill its mission and is looking for volunteers (including someone who can help with communications and social media) as well as other roles.
This is a chance to help support and grow an amazing cause, and have an impact locally and across so many communities!