Healthy Schools BC Newsletter
June 2014
Stay Connected to the Healthy Schools Movement in BC
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School Grant Opportunities
To check out the following grant opportunities and many more, visit the Healthy Schools BC website here.


BCCPAC Gaming Grant

Deadline: June 30

GoodLife Kids Foundation Grant Program

Deadline: Aug. 22

Coast Capital Savings Community Investment Grant

Deadline: Aug. 28


S'Cool Life Fund

Deadline: Aug. 31

Victoria Foundation Grant

Deadline: Sept. 2



Deadline: Sept. 15


Aviva Community Fund

Deadline: Sept. 30


Vancouver Foundation Education Grants

Year-Round Intake

Computers for Schools BC

Year-Round Intake


BC Hydro Sponsorship 

Year-Round Intake


RBC After School Project Grants 

Year-Round Intake

2014 Summer Institutes & Workshops:  

Enhance your professional development

Enhance your professional development this summer through a variety of summer institutes, workshops and conferences. Click here to view a list of 2014 summer learning opportunities. 



Video of the Month: 2013-2014 Got Health?

Watch the inspiring year-end video from SD#23 health promoting schools initiative, Got Health?. This is the third year of the initiative where students continue to lead the way in making healthy changes in their school! Click here to watch the video. To learn more about Got Health? and watch videos from previous years, click here.



The Healthy Schools BC Newsletter is brought to you by DASH BC. Our vision is that ALL children and youth in BC will realize their full potential as healthy learners who feel connected and engaged in their community.
We are a non-profit society that inspires our partners and stakeholders to improve the health and learning of students in BC by promoting, supporting and facilitating a healthy schools approach. Visit our website for more information. 

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Featured Articles

8th Annual Healthy Schools Leadership Symposium

Let's get lost together


On May 5th and 6th, 2014, DASH hosted the 8th annual Healthy Schools Leadership Symposium. The event brought together educators, health professionals, parents, community organizations, and students to collaborate on topics related to creating healthy schools. Click here to read about the Symposium! 

Healthy Schools Stories

Youth Partnership in Action - HLYC

Mental health week at Princess Margaret Secondary and Summerland Secondary


Healthy Living Youth Council (HLYC) members and alumni have been connecting to create positive change for mental health. Current HLYC member Caitlin partnered with alumna Rylee in planning school-based events to engage youth in talking about mental health. Read their story here.


SACY: A Substance Use Health Promotion Initiative

A whole-school partnership approach in Vancouver


Substance use is an important issue affecting a growing number of youth in the school setting, as well as their connections to school, family, and community. Supports such as the School Age Children and Youth (SACY) substance use health promotion initiative are essential resources for teens and their families who may need support to build and maintain healthy connections in their community, and to learn ways to strengthen protective factors that will promote healthy coping strategies and supports. Click here to read this story.


DASH Update

A Year in Review for DASH

Reflections from Kathy Cassels, Executive Director


It's been another incredible year at DASH! Click here to read the latest blog post from Kathy Cassels, Executive Director at DASH, who provides her reflections on the 2013-2014 school year.


Who's Ready to Walk? 

Register your school before June 30th!  


DASH BC is excited to present the 7th annual walk to school event as part of International Walk to School Week (iWalk). This year's event will take place from October 6th to 10th. Join students, teachers, parents, and community members across BC and celebrate the many benefits of walking or biking to school. Click here to learn more.

Healthy Living Youth Council Year-End Summary

Students as healthy school champions


The Healthy Living Youth Council (HLYC), now coming to the end of its second year, is a group of students from across BC who share a passion for creating healthy schools. These students have trained all year to become healthy school champions. Through webinars, meetings, retreats, and culminating at the DASH Symposium, these students cultivated the skills and tools necessary to become school leaders in the area of healthy living. Click here to read more.


"What Did We Learn?" 

Share your story on the Healthy Schools BC Stories Map


As another school year comes to an end, we are eager to hear about all your amazing efforts in creating healthier schools. The Healthy Schools BC Stories Map is a great place to share your story and reflections. Each story is inspiring is its own way as it applies to the unique context of each school community. Click here to read more.


Teacher Resources

Be Sun Smart This Summer

It's time for sunscreen, sunhats and shade


Summer is just around the corner! As we begin to spend more time outdoors and gear up for sunny days at the beach or the park, it's important to refresh our sun safety knowledge. The BC Cancer Agency Prevention Programs provide many helpful resources and quizzes, including resources specific for BC youth, to help keep youth informed. Click here to read more.

Collective Impact
Working together for positive change


Collective Impact was the theme for the 8th annual Healthy Schools Leadership Symposium held on May 5th and 6th, 2014. Paul Born from the Tamarack Institute led the engaging discussion around collective impact. Collective impact is the commitment of a group of actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a complex social problem. To learn more about collective impact, read this article from Stanford Social Innovation Review.

What Does Youth Mental Health Mean to You?

Call for art submissions from BC's youth


What does "youth mental health" mean to you? BC youth are invited to create artwork that can be used on posters, social media and online to help raise awareness of youth mental health. Two lucky winners will see their artwork promoted across BC and receive an iPad mini! Deadline to submit artwork is June 30th. For more info and submission criteria, click here.

Action Schools! BC Update

What's new for the 2014-2015 school year?


Check out the new Action Schools! BC complimentary resources and supports for the 2014/2015 school year! Action Schools! BC continues to offer teacher workshops, teacher mentorship, student leadership training, half day TTOC funding and more. Click here to read more.