Systems Change

Community Development

Systems Change

Systems Change brings communities together by taking action to solve the root causes of complex social problems. This means challenging ideas, beliefs, and behaviours of individuals, communities, organizations, and institutions. Through Systems Change, neighbours have the power to advocate and lead justice in the communities and places they care about and live in. We accomplish this through initiatives focused on anti-racism, equity, and justice. 

For more information or to get involved, email Sarah Kim at

What is a system?

A system is a set of things — people, organizations, the environment or whatever — that works together in such a way that they produce their own pattern of behaviour over time. The system works to achieve an objective. For example, we can think of the way that we access food in Vancouver as a food system. We can think of the way that people attend school as an education system. The city government that makes our laws is a government system. Systems are part of our everyday lives and make important decisions on how we live. 


Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network Spoke

In July, 2020 CNH was designated as a spoke in the Resilience BC Network (weblink coming soon). We are supporting anti-racism and anti-hate work throughout Vancouver.

Scale Your Impact: Systems Change Certificate

This community-based certificate brings together community partners, volunteer leaders and artists in a classroom setting. In this nine-month program, participants learn about the concept of systems change. They work with a cohort to learn how to address complex societal problems and create lasting change in their communities. This program runs annually from September to June.

The Vancouver Plan

CNH is collaborating with a network of neighbourhood houses to engage in the Vancouver Plan of the City of Vancouver ( Across neighbourhoods, we are connecting with equity-seeking groups to have conversations about the future of the city where we live. We are collecting their feedback to inform municipal policy. Our goal is to work with the City and neighbourhood houses to plan and co-create an anti-racist city. 

Anti-Racism Resource List

Interested to learn more about anti-racism and what you can do? No matter where you are in your journey, we have collected online, free anti-racism resources to support your learning. View the list at

The Systems Change Initiative is funded by the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver Foundation and the Province of BC.