Smart & Caring Community Fund (Victoria Foundation)
Our Impact Why We Exist
“...Join me in imagining our country as it could be...a smart and caring nation, where all Canadians can succeed, contribute, and develop their talents to their fullest potential."— His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada
In May 2011 the Governor General of Canada, called on the Community Foundations of Canada to join him in bringing to life his vision. As we approach our country’s 150th birthday the Governor General has challenged Canadians to imagine our country as it could be — a smart and caring nation that holds promise for all. The Governor General’s call to service has special meaning for community foundations, since he is the patron of our network, Community Foundations of Canada. But more importantly, his aspirations for our country mirror those of community foundations from coast to coast to coast. The Victoria Foundation was the first to rise to his challenge.
Our Story What We Do
In 2011 the Victoria Foundation created the Smart & Caring Community Fund which is being used to support programs that are proactive, measurable and responsive to findings from our local and national Vital Signs® reports. The first initiative focuses on the finding that Canada’s children are less active and at greater risk from childhood obesity than ever before. Read this story about our successful application to the Smart & Caring True Sport matching program, that provides further funding for local initiatives.
Our Programs How We Do It
ABC's of Physical Literacy
Since 2011 the Victoria Foundation has partnered with the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE), to deliver a program of physical literacy, through funding delivered by the Smart & Caring Community Fund. The program provides young children with the skills that establish the groundwork for confident involvement in sports and recreation opportunities. The partnership with PISE has gone on to involve the Cridge Centre for the Family, Craigflower Elementary School, George Jay Elementary School, the Songhees First Wellness Centre and the Tsartlip First Nations LAU WELNEW Tribal School.
The ABC's (Agility, Balance, Coordination, and Speed) are the building blocks of movement, which develop physical literacy. Physical literacy links physical activity and health, helping children build confidence in their physical abilities. Children involved in the physical literacy program come from a wide range of backgrounds: pre-school to school age, those with intellectual or physical disabilities, and those from low income families.
What You Can Do
Smart & Caring Communities is a landmark effort that brings our Community Foundations movement together around two goals: first, to ensure that every community has access to a community foundation by 2017 and second, that communities across the country have access to dedicated resources through Smart & Caring Community Funds established specifically to respond to local priorities. You can help support this effort in our community by making a donation to the Smart & Caring Community Fund. The Smart & Caring Community Fund will continue to focus on physical literacy by supporting local organizations providing young children with the skills and confidence to establish the groundwork for lifelong health and well-being.