Alumni Ventures + Projects
What's distinct about Groundswell is the community that is greater than the sum of its parts – so we can't be defined just by a list of projects. But if you're curious, we invite you to check out some of the many diverse enterprises of our alumni:
Groundswell alumni Sarah Peacock and Tada Ozumi founded Another Space out of the Groundswell Community Based Ventures Program.
Sarah Peacock says, "We started our project in May of 2015 by opening the doors to Vancouver’s very first community-based creative arts therapy studio. Since, we have grown into something that is more than just a physical space. Another Space has evolved into a platform that promotes workshops around personal growth and healing by helping to increase their value and visibility."
Groundswell alumni Chris Nichols and Jessica Valentine are worker-owners in a cooperative that upcycles waste wood into custom furniture, a venture founded in Groundswell's Venture Program that attempts to address both economic inequalities and waste in the city.
Watch the video to meet Chris and learn more ▶︎
Healthy Eats for Growing Peeps!
Chirp is a range of fresh, plant based, nutrient dense baby purees and toddler snacks.
Counter Cultures runs workshops and events with focus on fermented food and beverage.
Our mission is to bring more creative programs and outlets to schools, and provide opportunities for youth of all ages to explore art, dance, music, martial art and more.
MatterForms is a project for finding uses for waste materials through art and creative up-cycled products.
Empowering Philippine coffee growers through direct relationships & sustainable sourcing
Consulting with a focus on helping organizations with a social mission measure and improve their social impacts. At ImpactFull, we help you “do good” even better!
Expanding the reach of its Life Skills community reintegration programming through mobile & kiosk applications
A design agency communicating climate change with clarity, compassion and hope.
A pilot project that will empower youth 9-12 year old to learn about social ventures, gain confidence in their ideas, and learn and try out their ideas with support from community, local businesses, and their peers.
Awakening social stories. Coffee roasted by groundswell small batch roasters funds future students.
This week, we’re profiling Groundswell alumni Amanda Slater. Amanda founded Rebel Soup, working with local farmers to turn unsellable produce into delicious and healthy soup!
Reducing food waste, one bowl of soup at a time.
Growing farmers on 300 acres of fertile land in the Nicola Valley.
Expose Yourself is an erotically themed, multidisciplinary art exhibition based in Powell River, BC, happening in March 2017.
ART // HUMANITY // HUMOUR
Make it yourself greeting card for your Granny or Honey-Boo.
Events and workshops with storytellers who use photography, film or dialogue to showcase their connection to our natural environment.
Immersive Live Action Role Play game for children, designed to help build a more empowered and confident generation.
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We mentor youth in Vancouver through movement and mindfulness, provide world-class personal training, and promote the art and science of movement.
We provide purpose-driven talent with the tools and resources to build careers with a positive impact.
Job development for individuals with hearing loss and education surrounding deafness and cultural awareness for employers
Frameworq is a Design Lab, advocating the principles of Circular Economy through a series of upcycling workshops and events to promote healthy and sustainable closed loop practices by designers, consumers and retailers.
We make it easier for your family to eat well. We use edible home gardens and community food programming to provide the skills, tools, and support you need to make fresh and flavourful food a part of your everyday life. Everything we do, from creating edible gardens to delivering vegetable starts and teaching tasty and simple meal preparation, is always directed towards the same goal: making good food easy.
An intuitive healing practice to identify and overcome challenges in your life
Kim Del Valle Garcia, Stuart Higgs, Alicia Tallack and Jocelynn Rodrigues
Permaculture inspired courses, custom garden builds and perennial nursery.
Sasha Mann, Sarah Lum, Shawnee Gaffney and Kelsey Corbett
The Surrey Youth Space is a collectively-run drop-in centre for youth by youth ages 13-22. Getting ready to launch September 2015 in Whalley, we offer resources and programming to make art, music, and learn about social justice issues - ALL FOR FREE. Brought to you by Groundswell participants Sasha, Sarah, Shawnee and Kelsey!
Everything has a story. When we engage in the automatic-throw-away lifestyle, these stories cease to exist. By fixing, we continue to tell stories, pass items down through generations and have stories told well beyond our time. By fixing we repair not only physical objects but our relationships to ourselves, to each other, and our collective mother, earth.
Another Space is an innovative arts-based wellness studio in East Vancouver. Sarah and her partners created the studio, recognizing the need for a dedicated space for artists, wellness practitioners and community members to express their creativity through movement, arts, crafts and community connection.