Bridge for Health Co-operative is very pleased to announce that Larissa Chen, our newest board member and Marco Zenone, long standing youth engagement lead at Bridge for Health have both been awarded Surrey’s Top 25 under 25 Awards by the Surrey Board of Trade on Thursday April 26th, 2018. The two youth are soon to be graduates from Simon Fraser University (SFU), Faculty of Health Sciences. During their time at SFU they have both demonstrated excellent leadership skills and engagement qualities during their time at the University. Bridge for Health board is very fortunate to continue working with Larissa and Marco to fulfill our mission and vision. We invite all of our members and friends to extend a very warm congratulations to both of these inspirational young people creating a better tomorrow. #25U25
The Surrey Board of Trade has just announced that two of our members Larissa Chen (newest board member) and Marco Zenone (Youth Engagement lead) have both been awarded TOP 25 under 25 award!
More information coming soon!
Welcome to 2018!
Bridge for Health co-lead & founder Paola Ardiles sets off the year in positive light as she emerges winner of Health Promotion Canada 2017 Mid-career Award!
Paola was described as a current leader in health promotion in Canada, who is destined to be a future one as well, and was hailed for a stellar track record of accomplishments in #publichealth and a strong history of progressive advancement in leadership & management roles!
We are beyond proud and inspired!
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Photo: (left to right) Trevor Hancock, Irving Rootman, Paola Ardiles, Ann Pederson at the launch of Health Promotion in Canada: New Perspectives on Theory, Practice, Policy and Research (4th edition) November 2018, Vancouver, BC.
By Marco Zenone
As we start the new year I wanted to share some reflections of one of my highlights for 2017. This past November, I was exceptionally fortunate to be invited to represent Bridge for Health co-op at the Canada Co-operative & Mutuals National Meeting in Ottawa and be recognized as an emerging co-operative champion. We were invited to the conference for our exceptional contributions to meaningful youth engagement and emerging recognition of our innovative, process based outlook on workplace health and well-being.
The conference was an informative and engaging 4-day event, that included a parliamentary reception with several Members of Parliament. Our role in the conference was to share our story as an emerging cooperative to the conference attendees and provide a glimpse into our rationale for utilizing the cooperative model. It was a fantastic experience to share the work of Bridge for Health to the participants of the conference. I shared the story of how Bridge for Health was developed: from the idea that health is more than just healthcare. I further explained that all our work is socially minded and we collaboratively and empirically rally around common causes to promote holistic and upstream change in local, national, and international contexts. Conference participants were very impressed by how much our cooperative has accomplished in the just over a year since we were formally created.
I learned that the number of cooperatives has been increasing and that there have been sizeable investments from the private sector to support the cooperative movement in Canada. The federal government has noted that cooperatives are clearly the best type of organization to work towards the UN’s Sustainability Development Goals; and this conference had a clear focus to create an actionable strategy to obtain more concrete federal support for cooperatives.
To me, this conference solidified how innovative the Bridge for Health model is and how strong a force we can be to genuinely ignite sustainable change. Utilizing the cooperative model is innovative; however, I think we are redefining what a cooperative model can accomplish. We are adopting an approach that is focused on setting a platform for equity and well-being that can be adopted in any context and on any issue. As Bridge for Health grows and continues to inspire future members, I have no doubt we will be continued to be seen as a field leader and be recognized as true innovators.
Check out Bridge for Health’s latest news and updates:
September 2017 Newsletter
On February 15th, 2017, Bridge for Health Coop receive SFU’s 2017 Coast Capital Savings Award for Social Impact!
Bridge for Health is proud to announce that Marco Zenone, youth engagement lead had the opportunity to introduce video Engaging the Leaders of Tomorrow at the 6th Global Health Promotion Forum being held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada on October 16 and 17, 2016.
Just released by Simon Fraser University!
Advisory: New co-op to be “a force for good health”
Paola Ardiles, an SFU lecturer in health sciences created Bridge for Health as a Vancouver-based volunteer network to promote citizen engagement in health. Enabling people to have more control over the conditions that impact their health is the impetus for turning the network into a social enterprise. The launch of B.C.’s new Bridge for Health Co-op takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 28 in Vancouver.
The goal of Bridge for Health is to work with community organizations and businesses to co-design healthy social and built environments that promote wellbeing. Bridge for Health Innovation Labs aim to get at the root cause of illness in order to reduce stress and burn-out, which is causing huge social and economic impacts in the workplace.
Since its inception three years ago Bridge for Health has reached people across Canada and abroad and is evolving into an incubator of social innovation in health, with empowerment and community engagement at its core. A number of SFU students are also involved.
The co-operative model resulted from Ardiles’ consultations with the health, business and NGO sectors, and she says it’s an example of using innovative business models “as a force for good health.” Co-ops promote inclusiveness, collective leadership and shared ownership, all concepts core to promoting health and wellbeing.
The new B.C. Co-op will focus on social innovation research and consulting. The launch party will include a talk with best-selling author, physician and SFU alumnus Dr. Gabor Maté.
What: Party for Bridge for Health’s co-operative launch
When: Wednesday, September 28 at 6:45-9 pm
Where: Centre for Peace, 1806 W 15th Avenue, Vancouver
Who: the general public is welcome
More information and purchase tickets here.