Community of Practice

Community of Practice

The Alliance is developing a Community of Practice (CoP) made up of individuals, organizations, business, and community groups who are interested in the science of resilience and wish to apply it to their work.

The CoP offers the opportunity to connect with fellow members, to access tools and resources, and to share resilience-building best practices along with their impact on the communities they serve. Projects funded through the Focusing Action for Positive Change Grant Program are helping to advance resiliency and strengthen the capacity of organizations on PEI to deliver more upstream or preventatives approaches and improve mental well-being outcomes for all Islanders.

Below, you can learn more about how each project is connected to the science and read about the work each grant recipient will undertake

2022-2023 Summer Cycle

Stay tuned for the annoucement of our 2022-2023 Summer Cycle Recipients!

2021-2022 Inaugural Cycle
Stream  Project Title  Organization   Action Areas  Summary 
1  Outdoors is for Everyone!   Sierra Club Canada Foundation 

– Supports responsive relationships 

– Builds core life skills 

Outside is for Everyone! will make the PEI Wild Child programs more accessible to families and enhance the ‘Wild Child Nature Immersion’ programs. These programs are child-led, inquiry driven and nature/play based activities. ($280,552.23 over 3 years) 
1  Brave Spaces: Fostering compassionate community for 2SLGBTQ+ Islanders  PEERS Alliance
  

-Supports responsive relationships 

-Builds core life skills 

-Reduces sources of toxic stress 

The Brave Spaces project will provide training and support for PEERS Alliance staff and volunteers that will allow for enhanced community-based programming within the 2SLGBTQ+ community. ($300,000.00 over 3 years) 
1  The 4titude Project    Connection 2 Employment  

 -Supports responsive relationships 

-Builds core life skills 

-Reduces sources of toxic stress 

 

The 4titude (Fortitude) Project focuses on improving mental well-being and strengthening resilience in Island youth. A comprehensive mental well-being toolkit and a series of corresponding workshops focusing on the three principles of the resilience scale will be developed. The 4titude Project Coordinator will serve as an onsite mental well-being coach, administering Mental Health First Aid practices along with a continuum of well-being services dedicated to prevention, early identification and intervention. ($252,968.00 over 3 years)  
1  Sharing our Culture-Sing, Dance, Drum   Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors  

-Supports responsive relationships 

-Builds core life skills 

The Sharing our Culture-Sing, Dance, Drum project will increase youth and community awareness of Mi’kmaq culture through stories, songs, dance and drumming.   ($300,000.00 over 3 years)  
1  Investing Upstream: Placing infants, children and youth at the forefront of lifelong mental well-being – a shift in policy direction for Prince Edward Island   Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities  

-Supports responsive relationships 

-Builds core life skills 

Investing Upstream will increase cross-sector collaboration for the promotion of upstream mental well-being supports and policies on PEI. ($298,770.00 over 3 years)  
1  Ready Set Learn Enhancement Project  PEI Literacy Alliance 

-Supports responsive relationships 

-Builds core life skills 

The Ready Set Learn Enhancement Project will integrate social support and preventative approaches into the Ready Set Learn program to address the mental well-being needs of children in PEI. ($141,369.00 over 3 years)  
1  Triumph Through Adversity  Camp Triumph Society 

-Supports responsive relationships 

-Builds core life skills 

-Reduces sources of toxic stress 

Triumph through Adversity will allow children who have a family member with chronic illness or disability to receive year-round access to programs and outreach support. ($297,050.00 over 3 years)  
1  Optimizing Mental Health and Well-Being in Grand-Families on PEI  Building GRAND-Families Inc. 

-Supports responsive relationships 

-Reduces sources of toxic stress 

Optimizing Mental Health and Well-Being in Grand-Families on PEI will increase public awareness and understanding of grand-families; build capacity to engage, serve and support grand-families; and develop professional and family competencies to meet the unique needs of grandchildren and youth living with their grandparents. A peer support community and extended network of support will also be created through this project.  ($295,000.00 over 3 years)  
1  Rejuvenate 4-H Prince Edward Island  4-H PEI
  

-Supports responsive relationships 

-Builds core life skills 

The Rejuvenate 4-H Prince Edward Island project will evaluate and revamp the existing 4-H provincial program. The project will maintain its focus of supporting the growth and development of youth aged nine to 21 around the following principles: leadership, executive training, public speaking, agriculture awareness, community service and life skills projects. ($300,000.00 over 3 years)  
  Village des Sources l’Étoile Filante Youth Mental Wellness Camps 

Centre Goéland Inc. 

 

– Supports Responsive relationships  

– Reduces sources of toxic stress  

– Builds core life skills 

Village des Sources l’Étoile Filante Youth Mental Wellness Camps offer mental health programming for school-age students.  This project will allow for increased capacity and delivery to more students in English and French School Boards on PEI. ($87,000.00 over 1 year)  
2  Creating Resilience
  
Blooming House Women’s Shelter Inc 

– Builds core life skills  

– Reduces sources of toxic stress   

Creating Resilience will deliver ‘Community in Conversations’ through ICT (integrative community therapy). Regular weekly ICT (groups) will be established providing a safe space of inclusion and diversity for sharing experiences to promote healthy coping strategies and creating and reinforcing social/support networks. ($50,000.00 1-year funding)  
2  Care4Caregivers: Mental Health Support to Build Resilience for
Caregivers  
Association for Community Living 

– Supports responsive relationships  

– Reduces sources of toxic stress  

Care4Caregivers: Mental Health Support to Build Resilience for Caregivers will provide Care4Caregivers, a group-based, self-care and resiliency training program designed for those who are full-time continuing care providers. ($49,273.00 1-year funding)  
2  Making Something from Nothing: Family Maker Time  STEAM PEI
  

-Supports responsive relationships 

– Builds core life skills 

-Reduces sources of toxic stress 

Making Something from Nothing: Family Maker Time provides an opportunity for families to build their resiliency and core life skills through engineering challenges, guided discussion and journalling. The program aims to build communication, problem solving and collaboration skills. ($18,209.00 1 year funding)  
2  Community Ceilidh Concert Series (CCCS)  Under the Spire Music Festival 

– Supports responsive relationships  

– Reduces sources of toxic stress 

The Community Ceilidh Concert Series (CCCS) grew from recognition of barriers for audiences searching for accessible entertainment. This free concert series will feature four ceilidhs celebrating different communities: Families (July 2), LGBTQIA2S+ community (July 19), Franco-Acadian community (August 20), and the final ceilidh entitled Nostalgia (Sept 10) is dedicated to Island seniors. ($43,157.40 1-year funding)  
2  The Greenhouse Project   The PEI Food Exchange Program Inc.  

-Supports responsive relationships 

-Builds core life skills  

-Reduces sources of toxic stress 

The Greenhouse Project is an incubator program that can help communities across Prince Edward Island establish new, revitalize old, or strengthen existing gardening projects.  The Greenhouse Project will provide support to participating communities in three main ways: community networking, experiential learning opportunities, and consultation. ($25,000.00 1-year funding) 
2  Building Resilience with Community Gardens  Immigrant & Refugee Services Association PEI and the City of Charlottetown 

– Supports responsive relationships 

– Builds core life skills 

– Reduces sources of toxic stress 

 

Building Resilience with Community Gardens will improve mental well-being for all ages. This project will create a community garden space that can be accessed by anyone, from children attending alongside their parents to plant, weed or harvest, to seniors looking for a low-impact activity and way to be involved with the community. ($32,200.00 1-year funding)  
2  Building Resilient Coaches in PEI Communities
(Preventing “Burnout” in Coaches and navigating Athletes in Distress) 
Sport PEI 

-Supports responsive relationships 

– Reduces sources of toxic stress  

Building Resilient Coaches in PEI Communities will develop tools and identify supports needed for Island coaches in moments of need for themselves and their athletes ($50,000.00 1-year funding)  
2  Legacy Garden Therapeutic Horticulture Pilot Program  PEI Farm Centre 

-Supports responsive relationships 

-Builds core life skills 

-Reduces sources of toxic stress 

The Legacy Garden Therapeutic Horticulture Pilot Program proposes to help participants, adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and senior citizens learn new skills or regain those they’ve lost; it will also help participants improve their memory, language skills, cognitive abilities, and socialization skills. ($25,000.00 1-year funding)  
2  Caregiver Hospice Peer Support Program   Hospice Palliative Association of PEI (Hospice PEI)   

-Supports responsive relationships 

-Reduces sources of toxic stress 

The Caregiver Hospice Peer Support Program will provide specialized training to current hospice volunteers, hospice staff and new volunteers by adding a caregiver support component. The Support Program will help caregivers emotionally, build on their resilience and give them tools for self-care and to navigate systems for their specific needs as a caregiver on their end-of-life journey with their loved one. ($25,000.00 1-year funding)  
2  Enhancing Seniors’ Mental Wellbeing Through Safe and Sustainable Programming and Partnerships   Young at Heart Musical Theatre Company for Seniors Inc. (Young at Heart Theatre)  

– Reduces sources of toxic stress 

  

Enhancing Seniors’ Mental Wellbeing Through Safe and Sustainable Programming and Partnerships will develop a strategy to find new ways to engage with seniors which will be safe, accessible and sustainable now and in the future. This strategy will build Young at Heart Theatre’s capacity to expand its reach to more seniors on PEI. ($40,200.00 1-year funding) 
2  Mother’s Home Programming  Island Pregnancy Centre 

-Supports responsive relationships 

-Builds core life skills 

-Reduces sources of toxic stress 

Mother’s Home Programming provides essential supports to at-risk single mothers within a supportive housing environment. ($50,000.00 1-year funding)  
2  Expanded dance education in three parts: Inclusive Dance, Post-Natal Yoga, My Parent & Me  Confederation Centre of the Arts 

– Supports responsive relationships  

– Reduces sources of toxic stress 

This project will support outreach and engagement efforts to make access to the arts more accessible through three programs: Inclusive Dance, Post-Natal Yoga and My Parent & Me. ($15,480.00 1-year funding)  
2  BPOC Peer Support Program & Mental Well-Being Anti-Stigma Campaign  Black Cultural Society of Prince Edward Island Inc. (BCSPEI) 

-Supports responsive relationships  

-Reduces sources of toxic stress  

The BPOC Peer Support Program & Mental Well-Being Anti-Stigma Campaign will offer mental health support for PEI’s Black and People of Colour (BPOC) communities while running an anti-stigma campaign around mental health within the BPOC communities. ($50,000.00 1-year funding)  
3  Kensington Music and Wellness Week (KMWW)  Under the Spire Music Festival  – Reduces sources of toxic stress  Kensington Music and Wellness Week will work with local businesses to provide a week of mental well-being and resilience development programming paired with arts and culture. KMWW is a collaboration between Under the Spire Music Festival and the Town of Kensington to incorporate music into movement activities, community outreach, and resilience-based activities like exposure to music therapy and a Music and Wellness Lecture series. ($34,267.50 1year funding)  
3  Queer Youth Group Writing Club  PEI Writers’ Guild
  

– Supports responsive relationships 

– Builds core life skills 

– Reduces sources of toxic stress  

The Queer Youth Group Writing Club will create a writing club for 2SLGBTQ+ youth and allies aged 12-18 with the goal of producing a collaborative book and creating a familiar and safe space in order to nurture and develop an encouraging environment to build supportive relationships. ($50,000.00 1-year funding)  
3  The Creative Well-Being Initiative  Creative PEI  

– Supports responsive relationships  

– Reduces sources of toxic stress 

The Creative Well-Being Initiative will address two areas of collaboration. The first is to enlist the help of the mental health community in promoting the mental well-being of arts workers who often struggle with the emotional strains of making creative work, challenging working conditions and precarious employment.  The second is to identify ways that artists can support the mental health community by developing the capacity to use art as a means of promoting mental well-being for the community at large. ($48,600.00 1-year funding)  
4  Handle with Care–Strengthening Program Evaluation  Early Childhood Development Association of PEI 

– Supports responsive relationships 

– Builds core life skills  

 

Handle with Care– Strengthening Program Evaluation will allow the Early Childhood Development Association of PEI to create an evaluation plan for the Handle with Care Program. The Handle with Care program consists of simple, interactive strategies that build on the strengths of parents and caregivers to help promote the social and emotional well-being of young children from birth to six years. ($10,000.00 1-year funding)  
4  Exploring Youth Vaping/Smoking Cessation and Prevention on PEI   Lung Association of Nova Scotia and PEI 

– Supports responsive relationships  

– Reduces sources of toxic stress 

Exploring Youth Vaping/Smoking Cessation and Prevention on PEI will create a better understanding of the challenges and barriers youth and young adults encounter when trying to make a quit attempt, highlight opportunities for improvement to help youth who are addicted and provide evidence-based recommendations for advanced youth-focused cessation opportunities. ($30,000.00 1-year funding)  
4  Liberation School for BIPOC Resilience and Mental Well-Being
  
BIPOC USHR
  

– Reduce sources of toxic stress 

– Build core life skills  

Liberation School for BIPOC Resilience and Mental Well-Being aims to increase the ability of BIPOC communities on PEI to “regain a sense of hope and imagine a positive future” in the face of daily racial trauma and re-establish a sense of safety, belonging, and dignity, both at the individual and community level. Based on the theories of decolonization, liberation psychology and critical consciousness, the curriculum of the school will be designed to increase confidence, pride, self-concept, and to improve knowledge on BIPOC histories, traditions, and approaches to mental health and addictions. ($70,911.50 1-year funding)