Nanaimo Foodshare’s Camera Creating Community is a video production training and community documentary project for seniors. This project empowers seniors to engage in our community by building on personal strengths and life experience, and building capacity to share experiences.
Participants create videos that examine the connections between food, community and inclusiveness. Some of the potential themes and topics to explore include:
- food skills
- community involvement
- helping those less fortunate
- sourcing traditional foods for both newcomers and indigenous people
- how food can bridge ethnic communities and create inter-cultural connections. The need for healthy nutritional food is a common denominator for all cultures!
The finished videos are broadcast on the Shaw Community channel, posted on YouTube, Facebook and the Foodshare website, as well as featured publicly at multiple viewing events.
To participate you should be:
- 55 years or older – all skills and abilities welcome
- interested in learning video production skills (training in phone apps, audio, video and interview production)
- want to highlight a food-related story (community organizations, programs or your own skills and experiences
This project provides a valuable community service to the non-profits profiled in these videos. Those involved participate as volunteers in a wide variety of food related organizations. These organizations can use the finished videos on their websites and social media to promote their services and generate public awareness of their work.
See examples of videos produced by program participants:
Abundance: A foodbank story
Abundance: A foodbank story is a video produced through Nanaimo Foodshare’s Setting the Table project. The video profiles Nanaimo Loaves and Fishes and the community members who use, volunteer and operate this progressive and successful Foodbank. Resources such as this help to build Nanaimo’s sustainable food system.
Food Fun and Advocacy
The Self Advocates of Nanaimo are a group of adults with diverse abilities (rather than disabilities). In this video, they explain what it means to be a self-advocate and how programs such as the Good Food Box and Cooking Out of the Box help them access affordable, nutritious food, teach them cooking skills, create community and keep them involved in the wider community.
I’m a Bee Man
This video profiles Theo Frederick of Fredericks honey. Now in his 80s Theo has been actively involved in beekeeping since he was a child. Theo teaches free workshops to new beekeepers and maintains beehives at the Empress hotel in Victoria as part of his personal mission to educate and pass on the importance of bees to the public.
Nanaimo Community Gardens with Donna Lee
This video takes a look at the Nanaimo Community Gardens with Donna Lee and how important this organization and activity are in her life. You can find out more about the gardens at www.nanaimocommunitygardens.ca
The Island Roots Market Coop with Larry Whaley
This video profiles Larry Whaley, a local senior and president of the Island Roots Market Coop, and his vision for a permanent indoor year-round farmers market for Nanaimo.
The Best Summer Ever
This video profiles some of the seniors who use the BC Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program operated by Nanaimo Foodshare. This program provides coupons to low-income families and seniors so they can access locally produced food at the local farmers’ markets. In the words of one low-income senior who used the program, it made the market more accessible and affordable and she had her “best summer ever”.
Fermenting Vegetables with Ingy
Ingy Bloodsworth is so passionate about fermented foods that she volunteers to do a series of workshops every month to teach people the basics of fermenting vegetables and the benefits of adding fermented foods to your diet. This is both a how-to and why-you-should video.
Memories, Food and Eden Gardens
Eden Gardens is a care facility in Nanaimo specifically designed and operated for seniors with dementia. A number of volunteers with the organization are also seniors. The smells, tastes and textures of certain foods can trigger memories for people who are struggling to remember. This video looks at the role of food and nutrition in the health, wellbeing and quality of life for seniors suffering from dementia.