Our alumni ventures + stories
Below you'll find Groundswell alumni community-based ventures and a collection of videos and interviews to get first hand accounts of our community's experience in the Groundswell Social Venture Program.
Many of these videos are casual conversations between alumna Tammy Lea Meyer and her peers captured with a simple web video conferencing platform, or quick clips captured on a smartphone in the Groundswell clubhouse, so you'll hear down to earth, unrehearsed videos of our community member speaking from the heart.
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. We invite you to check out some of the many diverse community-based ventures of our alumni:
Groundswell alumni Tania brings her outdoor photography inspired custom prints and eco-conscious slow fashion to several markets this year. And if you're a friend of Groundswell's she'll hook you up with a deal!
An online store and design studio that provides an ethical, accessible way to shop for sexual health goods in a way that aligns with your values.
Where Woodshop and Wellbeing Come Together
Professional writer and translator (French, English, Spanish) using words for the common good
A healthy meal prep service that offers three ways to help people focus more on their health with less time in the kitchen.
Celebrating the food, culture and stories of immigrant and refugee women in our communities through pop-up community dinners, cultural cooking classes and subscription ethnic meals - "Every Dish has a Story"
Creative community ventures: Supporting local artists and connecting art curious and art shy folks with their inner artist. Host of Art Jam!
A platform marketplace for hyperlocal services that helps anyone create a team of skilled neighbours and social connections.
Grinding Gears is a peddle powered cafe that will be serving a unique coffee experience in the city of Vancouver and its parks from a bike. Organized as a co-operative not only is about amazing coffee but also creating truly livable jobs and a community of shared success.
A network that brings Early Childhood Educators together through skills development workshops and providing support to individuals in the profession to improve quality of care.
Creating awareness, Setting standards and Raising expectations around care + education for children, their parents, their caregivers and everyone else.
Empowering urban families!
DiverCity Games is a series of mobile, small-scale events that focus on building social connections in the gender diverse community via interactive games.
slow fashion & collaborative pop-ups | adapt. express. create change
Improving communication ~ one role at a time.
International touring ensemble from Uganda.
We use the primal transforming power of music and dance to raise awareness and improve the way of life for children in war torn, disease stricken, and impoverished communities.
FAREWICK is growing a network of local food producers here in Vancouver; village living in the city.
Rebuilding soil microbiology for higher yields and healthier humans.
Consultancy. Soil Testing. Land Management.
Creating community in Chilliwack through art.
Who's in your Kitchen? What's Cooking?
Kitchen Literacy Coaching, Training, and Consultancy.
Workshops, consultancy & training to facilitate a nature-based childcare approach.
Amacata by Daphne Woo: Dyeing for an Awakening
Slow Fashion | Workshops | Awareness
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 ▶︎
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
Expanding the reach of its Life Skills community reintegration programming through mobile & kiosk applications
A design studio communicating climate change with clarity, compassion and hope.