Setting the Table – Camera Creating Community

A video production mentorship and community documentary project for people 55 years or older which highlights food related stories!

Join in Nanaimo Foodshare’s video production training and community documentary project! If you are 55 years or older, wish to learn video production skills (training in phone apps use, audio, video and interview production) and want to highlight a food related story (community organizations, programs or your own skills and experiences), this project is for you!

You will create videos that examine the connections between food, community and inclusiveness. Some of the potential themes and topics to explore include food skills, health, nutrition, aging, identity, community involvement, helping those less fortunate, sourcing traditional foods for both new comers 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!

Join an educational and skill sharing community based on kindness and fostering team work trust!

All skills levels and abilities are welcome and anyone over the age of 55 can get involved in the project in a wide variety of ways depending on their individual interests including planning, coordination, research, camera and editing, interviewing and being interviewed. 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.

This project also provides a valuable community service to profiled non-profits in each video. 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. This project empowers seniors to engage in our community by building on personal strengths and life experience, and building capacity to share experiences.

Become a part of a close community and find out what happens behind the camera!


What our past participants have said:

“The reason I came to the first meeting was curiosity.  Curiosity about what was involved in the making of documentary videos.  Here it is two years later, and I am immersed with every aspect of video making.”

“I enjoy being behind the camera learning photography and camera filming and much much more.”

“I wanted to learn how to create and edit videos.  Being in this group gave me a sense of community, and always wanting to return to learn more.”

“I have always enjoyed watching films, movies and documentaries, watching with a critical eye, then critiquing with friends. One thing I have discovered during the past two years is, I am more comfortable in front of a camera then I am in front of a live group or audience.”

Thanks to generous support from the following sponsors and organizations.

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.

This video profiles Theo Frederick of Fredericks honey. Now in his 80’s Theo has been actively involved in beekeeping since he was a child. Theo teaches free workshops to new bee-keepers 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 Setting the Table project 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

A Market for All Seasons – 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.

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.