Youth Engagement Report

who 1Bridge for Health created the #EngagewithWHO social media campaign in September 2015 to hear voices from young people on how they would like to participate in global health policy development.

In conjunction with young people and the Public Health Association of BC, we have developed a report to share on:


Engaging the Leaders of Tomorrow: Briefing report on youth engagement for the

9th Global Conference on Health Promotion

October 31, 2015

You can download the PDF document in the link below:

Youth Engagement-9th GHPC

Please feel free to share and mention @Bridge4Health @PHA_BC


Youth Engagement social media campaign-Sept 2015

Iblog on equityOn October 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) will hold their 9th Annual Global Conference on Health Promotion in China on November 21-25, 2016. Some of the most influential decision makers of today will be invited to attend this conference which focuses on: cities and human settlements, action across sectors, social mobilization, and health literacy. Bridge for Health is submitting a briefing report to the conference scientific committee on how to best incorporate youth engagement within these topics, and the conference itself. Bridge for Health hopes to encourage an increased participation and collaboration among youth and the decision makers of today.

We recognize the value of engaging youth within this transformative conversation about the conditions required for a healthy and sustainable future. It is rare to find youth, our future world leaders, seated among today’s decision makers. We hope to change that. We are calling for your help in support of this mission.

Until the end of  September 2015, you can help give youth a voice through your (or your organization’s) social media platforms. We are asking you to lend your support and participate in Bridge for Health’s social media campaign #engagewithWHO that will launch the first week of September and run throughout the month. Together, we can use established social media platforms, and reach a wide range of youth. Hearing the real-life opinions of youth is integral to promote citizen engagement towards health for all.

To support #engagewithWHO campaign, please follow Bridge for Health on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (Bridge4Health). Each week, you will be asked to repost, retween, and/or regram a question regarding youth engagement/heath literacy and be sure to use the hashtag #engagewithWHO. By encouraging youth to share their thoughts and ideas, we are hoping to increase youth involvement in global conversations related to health. All responses will be used to inform and encourage youth engagement at WHO’s 9th Global World conference on Health Promotion.

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Remember you can post your idea, photos or videos and use hashtag #engagewithWHO

We look forward to hearing your voices!


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Prevention of Violence Public Forum

Bridge for Health is pleased to be an organizing partner for a public forum on May 25th at 7:00 pm on Prevention of Violence.This event is free of charge and open to the public, please share among your networks, colleagues and friends.

We request to register online at, seats are limited.
The forum will take place at Hyatt Downtown Hotel in Vancouver at the Regency ballroom on the third floor.
Doors will open at 6:30 pm.

Register today! 

Dr. Gregory Taylor, Sheldon Kennedy, Carol Todd, Dr. Irvin Waller, Dr. Peter Donnelly, Shelley Cardinal
Performing: Local musician Blake Havard and youth performers, Marie Cusson and Josh Bogert



YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Award

IMG_3465This year Bridge for Health Founder Paola Ardiles has been honored to be a YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction finalist in the health and wellness category.  She was nominated by friends and colleagues from Bridge for Health and Simon Fraser University, as well as the President of the Public Health Association of BC. As a nominee, Paola also has the chance to participate in the Connecting the Community Award to get Scotiabank to donate $10,000 towards preventing violence against women.

Paola has chosen to support a YWCA program to prevent violence against women.

“As an immigrant mother, researcher and advocate for women’s health, I have learned that freedom from violence is a critical factor to improve health and mental well-being. Investing in housing is an essential upstream approach to preventing violence against women. I support YWCA’s Munroe House, which offers essential services to create safe environments for women and children escaping violence.” Paola Ardiles

You can vote once per day so you don’t have to choose between any of nominees. All votes go towards a good cause!

Cast your vote today until May 15th, 2015 by clicking HERE and please help spread the word.

February News!

Upcoming Events!

Thank you to those who participated in the discussion Paola Ardiles (Founder of Bridge for Health) led on how to Create Healthy and Happy Workplaces at  Empower Health, Vancouver. This interactive discussion featured our brand new Healthy Business Action Framework that highlights various actions areas and examples of practices to promote wellbeing at work. This is a starting point for Bridge for Health and we look forward to your input. We are building on a model developed at Simon Fraser University. Below is a sneak preview:

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Burnaby Monthly Community Talks

Join us for our next talk on Tuesday April 7th, 6:30-8pm for a discussion on How Intuition can Help you Reduce Stress, Worry and Anxiety with Joseph Eliezer, a Vancouver-based psychotherapist and registered counsellor, best selling author and public speaker. REGISTER TODAY!

Burnaby Public Library (easy access by skytrain and free parking) is supporting our community engagement strategy. If you would like to share your ideas/practice or research with the public, please get in touch with Charlene King our community engagement co-lead

Strategic Planning Update

Bridge for Health core team and global advisory group have been working on a strategic planning process for the last 6 months.  We are excited to announce that Bridge for Health will operate as a social enterprise, with consulting and research services offered to support businesses committed to corporate social responsibility, to incorporate wellbeing into their business practices. The profits generated will be used to support the further development of our community engagement and advocacy work.

Over the next year there will all kinds of exciting opportunities for you to get involved.
We will be reaching out to industry partners and community members both in Canada and abroad, to ensure we continue to build the mission and vision of Bridge for Health. We would love to hear from you if you know others that share our passion for health and wellbeing for all.

If you are interested in any more information please contact us at:

Volunteer Opportunities

In the meantime we find funding to set up our infrastructure, we will be recruiting volunteers to support our business planning, as well as the community/advocacy work. Please visit the website for updates on how to stay involved.

To stay tuned to immediate news and updates please LIKE us at  or follow us @Bridge4Health

We hope to connect with you soon!


Paola Ardiles, Founder Bridge for Health
on behalf of the core team and global advisory group.

Happy and Healthy 2015!

We hope you had a restful and relaxed holiday season.

New Year Celebration! 

For our friends in Vancouver, please join us this Friday January 9th for our next networking event and bring in the 2015 with new friends and old ones too. We will celebrate the many contributions of 2015 and say thank you to our numerous volunteers, students and team members that have made all of this possible.

We will have a chance to hear from (and say good-bye to) Marlies Casteleijn, the graduate student from the University Wageningen going back to the Netherlands to finish her program after working hard on her thesis with us this fall. We also have Maggie de Vries, author and advocate, joining us to share her new book.
You will also have a chance to sign up to deliver one of our monthly community talks at Burnaby Public Library for 2015! There is limited space so register here today! NEW YEAR CELEBRATION at Vital Health in Kitsilano 6-8pm PST on Friday January 9th, 2015.

For our friends from beyond BC and abroad, you have the opportunity to celebrate the new year by getting involved and spreading the word about various local, national and global social media campaigns we are supporting. Follow us @Bridge4Health and like us and also make sure you share with your friends, family and colleagues. We would also love to hear about other campaigns we can support.

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Bringing on 2015!

A leader is anyone who holds her- or himself accountable for finding potential in people and processes. To reignite creativity, innovation and learnings, leaders must re-humanize education and work. Brené Brown (2012).

This year will be an exciting one as we continue with our strategic planning process. We are inspired by the work of Brené Brown PhD. LMSW (researcher and author) and are exploring her definition of leadership as Bridge for Health defines the strategy (what do we want to achieve) and organizational culture (who do we want to be). We hope you will join us on this voyage of discovery.

To get involved and share your ideas email us today at

Fall 2014 Newsletter

arts workshopCheck out our latest newsletter to get updates on our upcoming events, as well as information about the launch of Bridge for Health’s first research project!

To stay tuned to the latest information we encourage you to LIKE and FOLLOW us on Twitter @Bridge4Health.

We acknowledge that we all have knowledge to share about promoting health and wellbeing. You also have stories to share that can make a difference. Share your story and use #sharingourselves