January 2022 Newsletter

Dear Bridge for Health community,

We hope your 2022 is off to a great start and that you are keeping well.

The last year we grappled with the horrific uncovering of the unmarked graves of children in residential schools across Canada; evidence of the on-going racism and discrimination faced by First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples. We also coped with severe climate change events and of course the on-going effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We acknowledge that the socio-political and economic context we face have put pressures on our health and wellbeing, at the personal and community level. As we embark on a new year, we reflect on the grief and loss our community faced, and we renew our energy and commitment to tackle some of the challenges we face.

We would like to take a moment to update you on our activities from 2021, recent changes to our board, and our plans for the year ahead, including how you can get involved. Read more in our latest newsletter.

B4H January 2021 Newsletter

Hello Bridge for Health Cooperative members!

Happy New Year! We hope that you had time to rest and recover over the holiday season. We welcome the New Year 2021 with the acknowledgement of all the suffering and loss that we experienced in 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the spread of misinformation and increased inequalities that have impacted our elders, our health-care workers and many of the essential workers that cannot afford to stay home and follow the public health guidelines.

Last year also highlighted the extreme injustices and discrimination that our Indigenous, Black and racialized communities face every day due to systemic policies, barriers and attitudes at every level of society.
We are proud to say that Bridge for Health emerged out of 2020 with a newly elected board of directors that represents the diversity of experience and expertise to be able to  renew our commitment creating a healthy and safe future for all. We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new members, volunteers and partners who contributed to our work this past year as is highlighted in our newsletter.


Dear Bridge for Health friends,

We hope that you are staying safe and healthy in these unprecedented times of COVID-19. On behalf of the board of directors we would like to inform you of two items:  A) our upcoming virtual Annual General Meeting, and B) new Create Hope Mural art-based initiative.

You are all invited to attend our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday May 6, 2020 at 5-6:30pm PST. The goal is to introduce board and new members, update members on our activities in the last year, as well as to learn more about the Create Hope Mural campaign and other COVID-19 related activities. This is an opportunity to hear from our members so please feel free to bring forward any project ideas or supports needed. Please email info@bridgeforhealth.org for login information as this will be a zoom meeting.

Read more.

Innovation for Gender Equity, Youth & Representation [Symposium]

An evening of talks and networking to generate discussions surrounding social innovation, gender equity & representation, and youth development within communities, in alignment with Bridge for Health’s Youth Engagement initiative and proud supporter of Women Deliver 2019 — the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women in the 21st century.

What does social innovation look like beyond Vancouver? How can we think global, but act local to support our own community? As we move towards progress and changemaking, how can we simultaneously promote gender equity & representation to reflect our diverse communities?

Bridge for Health is an international cooperative of changemakers. By shifting dialogue and practices about health, from absence of illness to wellbeing, we can mobilize the change towards a safe, sustainable, and healthy future for all.

Patrick Mwesigye (Team Lead of the Uganda Youth & Adolescents Health Forum) will be presenting his talk “Young People at the Periphery of Universal Health Coverage – A case of Uganda Youth and Adolescents Health Forum”

Each presenter will share personal presentations about their work. The theme is “Social Innovation, Gender Equity & Representation, and Youth & Community Development”. Click ‘attending’ on the event to stay updated on our speaker announcements!

Tickets are free but limited – RSVP before they run out!
Link: http://b4hsymposium2019.eventbrite.com
#B4HSymposium2019 #WD2019

Please email Larissa (larissa@bridgeforhealth.org) for accessibility requests or more information.

B4H November newsletter


Hello Bridge for Health Cooperative members!

Bridge for Health Cooperative has been undergoing a strategic development planning process, through consulting the Board, committees, industry professionals & mentors, and most importantly, the cooperative members! In doing so, we aim to bring value to our members through strengthened partnerships, increased opportunities, relevant policies & best practices, and regular updates for you – through FacebookTwitterInstagram & our website!

We look forward to continuing our dedicated work and welcome you to get involved, check out some openings here and follow us on our media platforms to stay in the loop.


Congratulations to Bridge for Health changemakers!

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

Health Promotion Canada Mid Career award for our Founder Paola Ardiles

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!

Click to see full awards

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.

Being part of the Canadian Co-operative movement

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.