Community Virtuals


Get Connected, Get Inspired, Get Funded

Looking for inspiration to make your neighbourhood even better?

Meet us online for our newly created Community Virtuals series of Lunch and Learns. Topics are centered around ideas to help build strong, resilient neighbourhoods, including personal connections within communities. 

Join us online:

We will resume our monthly Lunch & Learns in Fall 2021. Stay tuned for our 2021/22 schedule and topics to be posted later in the summer.

Previous Events:

Placemaking Toolkit – Wednesday, May 19
Ever thought about improving your neighbourhood with a physical legacy? Join us in learning about how to enhance and create new public spaces as our panel of experts discuss all things placemaking, including the City’s new toolkit for residents.

Neighbours Helping Neighbours in Community Preparedness – Wednesday, April 21
Did you know your neighbours are often your first responders in an emergency? Preparing with your neighbours will help you respond and recover from emergencies. This session was about why connecting with neighbours is important, learning about great projects already happening in the City, and providing resources to get started.

Growing in the City – Wednesday, March 17
Planting season will soon be here! City staff and community gardening practitioners explored the many opportunities and resident-focused programs for gardening available to Victorians.

The Power of Community Art - Wednesday, February 17
Our Arts, Culture and Event team and community art organizations discussed what’s possible when thinking about getting more art popping up in your neighbourhood.  This panel presentation included an opportunity for questions and discussion.

Engaging Your Neighbours – Wednesday, January 20
Got a great idea to improve your neighbourhood, but not sure how to get feedback and support from your neighbours? This panel included tips from City engagement staff and community groups who have recently engaged their neighbours in the process of applying for City funding. 

“The Great Disconnect” Documentary and Discussion - Wednesday, December 9
In December, a time when loneliness can be extra challenging, the Neighbourhood Team will host a screening and discussion of “The Great Disconnect”, a documentary the health and social impacts of loneliness about why neighbourhood connections are so important.  The film will be followed by a Q&A with the director, Tamer Soliman and retired UVic professor Dr. Trevor Hancock, who is featured in the film.

Watch The Great Disconnect Trailer here.

Victoria's own Dr. Trevor Hancock is featured in the film.  Get a sneak peak of what he has to say now.

Trees in the City Panel - Wednesday, November 18
Thanks to everyone who joined us and connected with our City of Victoria Urban Forest staff and community partner organizations on all the ways to "Have you Tree and Eat it too!" This lunch and learn explored the importance and impact of the urban forest, how residents and communities can get involved with the Trees in Cities Challenge, explored City resources to choose the best tree for your property, community food tree initiatives and harvesting opportunities in the wider community.

Thanks to special guests from the James Bay Neighbourhood Association's Urban Food Tree Stewardship program and LifeCycle Project Society's Fruit Tree Project for joining us!

My Great Neighbourhood Grants

Once you have an idea for a community project or event apply for a My Great Neighbourhood Grant. Up to $5,000 is available per grant for projects and up to $1,000 for activities. Learn more.

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