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The Hornby Island Educational Society (HIES) is a non-profit organization with charitable tax status whose current mandate is to support life-long learning for all community members and encourage individual and community capacity building.

The Society was created in 1980 to oversee the building of Room to Grow and has since developed into the organization that operates a variety of youth and community programs in partnership with the Hornby Island Community School and Hornby/Denman Community Healthcare Society.

The Board responds to the direction of the community and under its Community Programs aspect, initiates, facilitates, coordinates and sustains programs in a variety of areas that meet a broad range of community needs.

The Board’s main tasks are to oversee the Youth and Community Programs, maintain the platform for the various HIES programs and manage the Room to Grow building, which it owns.

Our Programs include:
Youth – Afterschool Programs, The Youth Group, School Curriculum Enhancement, Teen Night, Toddler Drop In, LifeLong Learning and Bursaries.

Our Platform:
HIES provides the platform for the Natural History Centre, The Kitchen, Youth & Community Programs, the School Renewal Fund, LifeLong Learning and the Hornby Island Community Fund.

The primary mandate of HIES is to provide accessible services and programs for all island residents who wish to participate. Funding for the various programs, projects and services comes from a variety of sources including user fees, fundraising and donations. The Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Children & Family Development, Decoda Literacy Solutions, BC Recreation & Parks, Food Banks BC, the Gaming Commission, the Hornby Island Community Fund, the Comox Valley Community Foundation, Comox Valley Regional District and the United Way have all provided funding, at one time or another for specific programs or projects. Only with the generous support of these agencies and organizations are we able to provide services to address the needs in our community.

Our Vision
A healthy, vibrant, inclusive community on Hornby Island, that includes supported and coordinated lifelong learning.

Our Mission
To further education and community capacity on Hornby Island by developing, providing, and/or facilitating programs, services and activities through advocacy, coordination and collaboration.

Current  HIES Board Members

  • President: Joy Jeffries
  • Vice President: Phoebe Long
  • Treasurer: Mark Jones
  • Director: Braea Walmsley
  • Director: Martha Gerow
  • Director: Verlie Gilligan


  • SD 71 administrative representative from Hornby Island Community School: Alissa Pratt, Vice Principal
  • CUPE representative from Hornby Island Community School: Florette MacLean, Librarian
  • The Kitchen founder and representative: Susan Crowe
  • CDTA representative: Judy Ayers


Hornby Island Educational Society
2100 B Sollans Road
Hornby Island, BC V0R 1Z0


Community Programs

Room to Grow Bookings
Joy Jeffries: bookingroomtogrow@gmail.com

The Kitchen
Susan Crowe: 250 335 1629

Hornby Island Natural History Centre
Sarat Colling: hornby.naturalhistory@gmail.com

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Partners and Funders