17. Public Health Association of BC – Community Garden Stories


Project Title

Community Gardens Stories

Organization Name

Public Health Association of BC


Community gardens, Story-telling, Interview, Content creation, Blogging

Related Course Concepts

Food security, Asset based community development

Organization Information

Organization Name

Public Health Association of BC

Mission and Vision of Organization

Founded in 1953, the Public Health Association of BC is a non-profit charity organization that provides public health leadership to promote health, well-being and social equity for all British Columbians. We fulfill our mission through advocacy, collaboration&engagement activities, education and research throughout though the spectrum of public health practice including prevention, promotion, protection and policy. Our priorities include eliminating poverty; reducing health/socio-economic inequities; addressing climate change &healthy environments; contributing to a sustainable, equitable economy; and preventing violence. The Board of Directors is composed of public health leaders from various organizations across the province including Health Authorities, the Ministry of Health, post-secondary institutions, and the non-profit sector and the association has over 500 members.

Guiding Principles + Values

PHABC’s has four guiding principles to our work: 1) health surveillance, evidence and innovation; 2) monitor performance and continuous improvement; 3) equity; 4) working together.

Contact Information

  • Primary Contact Person(s): Aaren Topley
  • Email: [[1]]
  • Phone: 250-885-7752  
  • Address: 550-2950 Douglas Street
  • Website: www.cydi.ca  

Preferred Method of Contact

  • Best method(s) to contact: Email, Phone
  • Best day(s) to contact:Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, During work hours 9 am to 4:30 pm
  • Best time(s) to contact: Mornings, Afternoons

Preferred Platform(s) for Remote Collaboration

  • Email, Zoom, Phone Calls
  • No

Project Description

Context: What challenge or issue does the project aim to address?

There are hundreds of community gardens programs across the province. All of them have their own unique aesthetic look, way of governance and community engagement. We want to tell the stories of these community gardens and share them with a broader audience.


Main Project Activities

  • •Interview 5 to 6 Garden Coordinator in the City of Vancouver •
  • Collect recent contact information from the garden coordinators and asking them if they want to part of the provincial listserv of garden coordinators •
  • Write blogs and develop social media posts to share the stories of these gardens

Expected Project Deliverable(s)

5 to 6 blog and social media posts with graphics or images to share the story of the gardens you interviewed

Intended Project Outcome

Gardens are able to share their story in a social media-friendly format. PHABC develops a provincial listserv to provide resources and networking opportunities to garden coordinators

Student Assets and Skills (preferred or required)

  • • Be enthusiastic, patient, creative and committed; • Enjoy working with others; • Have a desire to practice and strengthen their writing skills; • Be interested in social media and storytelling; • Be dependable, flexible and resourceful.

Student Assets and Skills (to be developed through the project)

  • • Acquire knowledge about how to get your message out there through social media channels; • Develop interview skills; • Learn more about community gardens in Vancouver.

Are there any mandatory attendance dates (e.g. special event)?

  • No

Is a criminal record search (CRS) required?


If a criminal record search is required, when should the process be initiated?  

Preferred Days of Week and Hours


Related Community Service Opportunities for Students

Students will have the ability to keep writing blogs for us after the semester if they are interested.

Required Reading

Project/Partner Orientation Materials

Students should review these materials prior to the first partner meeting:

Additional Project/Partner Orientation Materials

The following will be provided at the first community partner meeting:

  • Online Orientation to the project.

Expected Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

I hope students will learn about...

  • The community engagement involved in community gardens

I think students will come to appreciate...

  • The stories of community gardens in Vancouver

Through this project, students will develop...

  • Interview and story writing skills

Organizational OutcomesHow does the student project contribute to your organization's mission and long-term vision?

Helping us develop a network of community gardens to gain a better understanding of what is happening across the province.

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