I Heart Dunbar

Dunbar

I Heart Dunbar

An exercise in bolstering disaster preparedness through neighbourhood pride and connectedness.

School:

Langara

Course:

APPL 5230: Social Planning & Community Development

Instructors:

Kathryn Nairne

City of Vancouver Partners:

  • Katie McPherson | Resilience

Student Team:

  • Anke Hurt
  • Lex Dominiak
  • Sean Montgomery
  • Felipe Rosado Lima
  • Alec Young

Strategy:

  • Healthy City Strategy
  • Resilient Cities
  • Emergency Management

Summary

Supporting the development of connected communities is one of the most important measures in preparing for and reducing the effects of disasters. Neighbourhoods where individuals know their neighbours and have pride in their community will take better care of each other and ultimately be more resilient in emergency situations.

To bridge the disconnect that many community members feel exist in their neighbourhoods, the Dunbar Team has developed a simple community asset map, along with the “I Heart Dunbar” brand. These tools are intended to circumvent language barriers, ageism, community disconnectedness, and more importantly, to foster community pride, awareness, stewardship, and understanding of Dunbar’s assets – especially in the event of a disaster.

The asset map will be available on T-shirts and other apparel, as well as reusable grocery bags which are to be distributed through neighbourhood retailers and at community events. Both options will promote an individual’s support and care for their community, as well as act as a tool for spreading awareness for disaster preparedness. Furthermore, it is our hope that the bags and T-shirts will act as a conversation starter among community members that may not have interacted otherwise.

I Heart Dunbar
I Heart Dunbar

Next Steps

To bring this project to life, further connections will need to be made with neighbourhood business, community services, special event orgnaizers, and emergency preparedness groups who may be interested in distributing the bags and T-shirts. Furthermore, the development of a business plan and fundraising model will ensure this project is cost effective and sustainable. This asset mapping and branding tool is also highly adaptable and could be created for other areas as neighbourhood partnerships are developed.