The Change Chats Grant - Vancouver 2017

The grant is for any grassroots project or idea focused on creating positive change.

The money was raised from the proceeds of The Change Chats Vancouver and the support of:

Arran Stephens – Co-Founder, Nature’s Path Foods

Felix Böck – Founder, Chop Value

Rene Gauthier – Co-Founder, Sitka

Slava Goloubov –www.slavagoloubov.com

Marc Schutzbank – Founder & Director, Fresh Roots


The winners

Originally there was to be one winner. Fortunately, the amazing team at Van Urban Timber heard about the grant and decided to match fund the money raised allowing for two grant winners.

The winners were voted on by all the volunteers and other involved in making the event a reality.

The winner of The Change Chats Grant is Conlan Mansfield of Feral Strength

The winner of the Van Urban Timber Grant is Ian Black.

Greater Vancouver is consistently rated one of the the world’s most “livable cities”, and there are many amazing qualities that make me proud to call the coast my home. Unfortunately, it’s not like this for everyone: too many youth in Vancouver deal with heavy gang activity, crippling income inequality, and consistently high child poverty rates. The change I’d like to make: to train and hire marginalized youth to be coaches and mentors at our gym, Feral Strength. I believe that movement practice & mindfulness offer a way out of the streets: an opportunity to build personal character, economic mobility, and social inclusion in a supportive community... Read more about the change Conlan is making and how he plans to spend the money from the grant...

Greater Vancouver is consistently rated one of the the world’s most “livable cities”, and there are many amazing qualities that make me proud to call the coast my home. Unfortunately, it’s not like this for everyone: too many youth in Vancouver deal with heavy gang activity, crippling income inequality, and consistently high child poverty rates.

The change I’d like to make: to train and hire marginalized youth to be coaches and mentors at our gym, Feral Strength. I believe that movement practice & mindfulness offer a way out of the streets: an opportunity to build personal character, economic mobility, and social inclusion in a supportive community...

Read more about the change Conlan is making and how he plans to spend the money from the grant...

Ever since arriving in Vancouver 6 months ago, I have been overwhelmed by the number of homeless people out on the streets.  My plan would be to split the money into 5 even buckets. I would then reach out to 5 homeless people on the street, ask them if they would be open to talking briefly on their experience, and being photographed. I would conclude the interviews by asking how they would spend $100 to improve their day to day life (or their friends if part of a community of some sort). I hope to gain and share insights into the situations of these people, as well as what is most valuable to improving their situations on a day to day scale... Read more about the Change Ian wants to make through this project...

Ever since arriving in Vancouver 6 months ago, I have been overwhelmed by the number of homeless people out on the streets. 

My plan would be to split the money into 5 even buckets. I would then reach out to 5 homeless people on the street, ask them if they would be open to talking briefly on their experience, and being photographed. I would conclude the interviews by asking how they would spend $100 to improve their day to day life (or their friends if part of a community of some sort).

I hope to gain and share insights into the situations of these people, as well as what is most valuable to improving their situations on a day to day scale...

Read more about the Change Ian wants to make through this project...


It's not a lot of money, but as one of the speakers, Marc Schutzbank, said,"You plant a tiny seed, you nurture it and something so much bigger can grow". So, let's see what we can grow from these small seeds.

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