Red Fox Healthy Living Society

Active Play & Volunteer Project

Grant Program: Community Grants

Funder: Irene Carpenter Fund, Howard Martin Memorial Fund

Red Fox Healthy Living Society transforms the lives of children and youth through the power of recreation and mentorship. We do this by providing free active recreation, arts and Indigenous cultural programs to children at schools, parks and community organizations and training and mentoring local youth who face barriers to deliver the programs.

With the help of a Community Grant in 2023 Red Fox increased the sense of belonging among children and youth on the North Shore through our Active Play and Youth Leadership programs. We delivered 70 Active Play sessions, at Chartwell Elementary School and John Lawson Park in West Vancouver, and at XweMelch’stn Norgate and Queen Mary elementary schools in North Vancouver (including two special events). We fostered environmental awareness by bringing our Art Cart with environmental art and theatre activities to Chartwell and twice to XweMelch’stn. The participants, youth leaders and Red Fox staff members are from diverse backgrounds, including from Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw. Together, they participated in a range of civic engagement activities, fostering inter-cultural rapport. 

We engaged a total of 394 individuals in our programs and special events. (273 children and youth, 121 adults)
– 167 West Vancouver residents at our Chartwell program (52) and John Lawson Park program (115).
– 70 North Vancouver children and youth in our Active Play programs at XweMelch’stn Norgate Community School (35) and Queen Mary Elementary School (35).
– 212 individuals at two special events at Queen Mary Elementary School (112 new, 70 repeating and 30 registered) and 75 individuals at a special event at XweMelch’stn Norgate School (45 new, 30 registered).

This year, we engaged more youth than ever before on the North Shore, through the youth leadership program. Some of the youth are neuro-diverse and many are new to Canada. 

The grant funds came at such an opportune time: due to sudden funding criteria changes from the United Way of BC, Red Fox lost the Schools Out funding. The grant funds allowed us to maintain our programs as we pursue other sources of sustainable funding. Thank you!