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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!
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.
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SFU health sciences lecturer Paola Ardiles is honoured by the Surrey Board of Trade for social trailblazing with a Women in Business award.
SFU health sciences lecturer Paola Ardiles has been honoured with a 2017 Surrey Board of Trade Women in Business award for her role as a community “social trailblazer.”
The annual awards recognize the work of Surrey’s businesswomen and their contributions to the community. Ardiles is cited for contributing to myriad public health areas including mental health promotion, health literacy, cultural competency, immigrant and refugee health and women’s mental health.
Ardiles provides mentorship and supervision for students interested in the public health field. She recently co-designed the new Health Change Lab at SFU Surrey, in partnership with SFU’s Radius Social Innovation Lab, Beedie School of Business.
The Health Change Lab launched as an experiential program to help students co-design innovative and entrepreneurial solutions to complex social/health problems in partnership with City of Surrey, Fraser Health Authority and various community partners.
Such partnerships ensured that students were working with mentors and coalitions to support priority areas identified by the Surrey community, such as food security, active transportation for seniors, mental health and substance use issues.
This past week her fourth-year students participated in the Surrey arm of Metro Vancouver’s Homeless count and saw first-hand the impact of homelessness and poverty.
“I’m incredibly honoured to receive this award, and will continue to work with our students and community partners towards solutions to our most urgent public health issues,” says Ardiles, who shared the award with her two co-nominees, Jen Temple of the Trademark Group and Alice Sundberg of Surrey’s Poverty Reduction Coalition.
Paola Ardiles and Surrey Board of Trade speaker and SFU alumna Margaret Trudeau
Ardiles has placed a particular focus on youth engagement and leadership development over the last few years. In 2015, she launched a social media campaign for youth and with youth to answer the questions of why and how to best engage youth in global health policy development.
Ardiles joined SFU’s Faculty of Health Sciences in 2013 to design and teach a new curriculum on health promotion in the Canadian context for the Master of Public Health program. The same year, she founded Bridge for Health (B4H), a local and global network focusing on social innovation to promote health and wellbeing.
Since forming the network, Ardiles has worked to engage students, academics, professionals and organizations to share their talents, ideas and solutions in the B4H creative space. She also created an advisory group of global research and policy experts, whose initial report instigated the creation of a youth symposium at the World Health Organization’s international conference in Shanghai last fall.
For the past eight years, she has been a board member of the Public Health Association of BC and is past president of the non-for-profit organization, which advocates for healthy public policies. Her collaborative efforts led to the first public dialogue between the business sector and B.C.’s public health community, the first of its kind in Canada.
The idea of using sustainable business practices as a force for good health led her to enrol in SFU’s part-time MBA program in Surrey to study the concept. That led to the recent launch of the Bridge for Health Cooperative, to support businesses to design healthy social and physical environments in the workplace.
In 2016, Bridge for Health piloted its Well-being at Work Innovation Labs in Surrey with some local businesses as part of a Surrey Board of Trade event. The co-op will be implementing the labs in Brazil in May 2017.
The awards luncheon feature speaker, Margaret Trudeau, an SFU outstanding alumni award recipient, praised the work of all the award nominees.
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.
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
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Bridge for Health Coop Launch Event!
We are happy to announce that we will be hosting the launch of our new Coop Association in Vancouver on Wednesday September 28th, 2016! We have a very special evening lined up including a talk with renowned author and best seller Dr. Gabor Maté! Tickets are going fast and seats are limited so make sure you purchase your ticket today!
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