headwaters group

This is a program created for youth inspired by their interests in creative self-expression, justice, and community engagement. Working together we will build a community of trust and respect to explore our stories, develop creative actions of hope, and transform our culture!

Our world is abundant and bursting open with creative potential, just look to nature for countless examples. But sometimes our imagination and sources of inspiration are squashed or locked up. We believe that your voices and energy, as young people, are needed to help restore and make free the abundant potential of our world. To help make a community that is better for everybody. So, it’s important to unleash your creativity, to be expressive and value others, and to surprise yourself with what you can do!

Ages 15 – 19
All genders, races, abilities, sexualities, religions, immigration status, languages, bodies welcome!

Date/Time: September 2016 – June 2017, Registration is ongoing – join us anytime!
Thursdays 3:30pm – 6:00pm, weekly, or other days/times may be determined by the group

Cost: FREE, no $ needed

We have honorariums to support folks who might otherwise need to work, as well as bus tickets, and snacks + meals are provided at each gathering. If there are other barriers, please contact us and we’ll do our best!

Location: Victoria High School.
Building, rooms and bathrooms are physically accessible and we will do all in our power to accommodate specific needs. All activities are taking place on traditional Lekwungen Territory.

Registration form

To register, and share comments or questions, please email Paul at collective@fairfieldcommunity.

Headwaters Collective Logo BoxWill You Join Us?

If you have experienced discrimination, witnessed environmental destruction, and want to contribute to ending the harm, we invite you to join us to form a creative community and create acts of hope to transform our culture<3

We’ve found that these skills have contributed to our relationships with others and ourselves, our mental health, our work place environment, and we believe that they will assist you in your life, too.

Bring your joy, your passions, your anger, and all the rest of you—we welcome all that you have to offer! All welcome and no “arts” or “creativity” experience necessary. Membership for this project will be 7 to 12 youth.

Our Role: We, the Youth Support staff from the Fairfield Gonzales Community Association, will act as: facilitators, skill- and experience-sharers, space caretakers, community organization connectors, resource scroungers, open-ear-open-heart listeners, and we are willing to explore other support roles.

flock magazineFLOCK magazine

FLOCK: an up and coming local magazine that amplifies the creative power of young people in Victoria BC while addressing social issues in our community. Headwaters Collective works together to publish this monthly magazine, focusing on a different them for each issue.

Young people in Victoria, ages 12 – 19 are invited to have your creations published and be paid. Submit your poems, paintings, photographs, links to videos, sketches and stories, sculptures, and other creative pieces to FLOCK magazine.  If your creative piece is selected for publication in the magazine we’ll pay you $25.00 (plus you’ll become a wee bit humbly famous).

PaulPaul Wartman ~  Headwaters Collective Coordinator

You can reach Paul at  collective@fairfieldcommunity.ca

Paul joined the FGCA in September 2015 as a Youth Leader and Programmer. He was born and raised on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada), by his loving family whose grandparents emigrated from Europe. He is a son, a brother, and a husband. In his life he works within community to design spaces and systems that help everyone to meet their needs in ways that are people-based, interdependent, and restorative in nature. His formal education is in regenerative agriculture and community engagement from the University of Guelph (B. Sc (H) 2012, and M.Sc 2015). Outside of university he is certified in Permaculture Design (2010) and as a Permaculture Teacher (2015), as well as being trained in Transition Town Initiatives. Paul loves to sing, draw, and share skills for creative expression, cooperative action, and restorative earthworks.


irisIris Moore ~ Headwaters Collective Arts Facilitator

Iris joined the FGCA team in November of 2015 and is now working as the Arts Facilitator for the Headwaters Collective. Born and raised on the west coast, she spent five years in Montreal attending Concordia University to attain her BFA in painting and drawing. Now in Victoria,she works a visual artist, using various mediums ranging from painting and stop-motion animation, to fibre arts and jewelry making. She is passionate about facilitating community-building and youth-empowerment from a creative, arts-based approach.