Move it! Exploring Active Community Innovations – A Virtual Forum

Date(s) - May 17, 2017 - May 18, 2017
9:00 am - 11:45 am

As part of the Active Communities grant application process, a half-day web forum will be held on May 17th, 2017. The forum will assist applicants from the Island Health and Interior Health regions to better understand the issue of physical activity and to inspire ideas for innovative applications. 

This half day online forum is presented by BC Healthy Communities Society (BCHC) in collaboration with Island Health and Interior Health.

More information on the Active Communities Grants can be found here.

Time: 9am – Noon

Location: Online

Agenda Download session descriptions and and speaker bios [pdf] 

The purpose of the forum is to:

EXPLORE the role of local government and community partners in addressing physical activity through accessibility, inclusion, community design and public policy;
IDENTIFY how partners addressing physical activity can use collaboration and collective action to achieve greater impact;
DISCOVER innovative approaches to creating active communities and moving the needle on physical activity; and
SHARE stories and dialogue with members of your community and with active communities champions across the province.

This forum will be interactive and offer opportunities for participants to engage in facilitated discussions, exercises and questions with the speakers. 

Who Should Attend?

The target audience for the forum is local governments, health authorities and community partners in the Island Health and Interior Health Regions.

How Do I Participate?

Register here for the virtual forum.

We strongly encourage groups of stakeholders from all communities interested in applying for an active communities grant to attend the virtual forum.  Wherever possible, we encourage you to gather together in-person at a host site to participate in the forum with your community/project partners. Groups will need to be self- organized but information on the necessary supplies and equipment to coordinate a host site will be made available.

What is a Host Site?

A host site informal gathering place where people can convene to watch and listen to the virtual presentations together and participate in group discussion.

A host site could be a classroom, a public meeting room, or even someone’s living room; as long as there is an internet connection, a phone line (with speaker capability), and a screen big enough for a group to view the presentations.

Responsibilities of the host include: 

  • Sending direct invitations to community colleagues to join you in person and participate together;
  • Securing a venue with internet and speakerphone capabilities, as well as a computer that can be connected to a large computer screen or projector. (Audio will be via telephone NOT through the online connection);
  • Providing host site details to the conference organizer to be shared online, including a contact email that would be made available to other registrants from your community/region who would like to participate at your site;
  • Providing a contact email that can be shared with registrants to your session who may have questions about the host site;
  • Ensuring there is a live “host” or facilitator present at the site to set up the room and equipment, welcome people;
  • Participating in a preparatory teleconference to review logistics and to discuss questions regarding host site operation.

Please Register here for this event

For more information about this half-day online forum or if you have questions, please contact Celeste at

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