Alissa MacMullin - School of Population & Public Health
Alissa is working with the Good Night Out Vancouver Association (GNO) to pilot a project to reduce the occurrence of homophobic and gender-based violence in Vancouver. They aim to launch a promotional campaign and a text-based reporting system that allows reporting of criminal and non-criminal harassment and safety concerns to better understand where and when incidents occur. By the end of the project, the data provided by this system will help GNO determine if this is best reporting service and how to best offer targeted interventions.
Sashka Warner - Land and Food Systems
Sashka has partnered with the Sumas First Nation to monitor the on going quality and quantity of their traditional water ways. They're interested on how agriculture, mining, and climate change impacts their local streams. Together, they'll be utilizing open-source technology to collect and analyze data that will improve water stewardship policies in the area and protect remaining waterways for a more sustainable future.
Shawna Narayan - Faculty of Science
A former recipient of the Connect to Community Grants - Shawna is expanding her work with the Surrey School District to implement after school programming for inner city youth. Their workshops, presentations, and resources packages aim to help inner-city students achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals. Due to the success of these programs, Shawna is also looking to expand them into additional schools in Burnaby and Vancouver.
Minnie Teng - Faculty of Medicine
Minnie is working with Aquafit for All & Building Life After Stroke Together to improve physical activity and social connections for stroke survivors in Vancouver. By adapting existing aquatic exercise programs, they hope to bring their programming to a group of individuals who are often underserved in Vancouver.