Hornby Island Educational Society

Literacy Outreach Assistance for Adults

HIES LLL is also offering Literacy Outreach support to the community on Friday’s at Room to Grow from 1 – 3pm by appointment.  We are pleased to announce that adult educator, Wendy Burton, will provide free support for any adult looking for support in translating and completing government forms, resumes, applications, etc. Please call to make an appointment with her @ 250-335-1085.

Zoom Talk “The Body Politic Sight/Site of Social Agency” with Sara Vipond

On June 6th, join Sara Vipond, artist and educator, for an Art History & Visual Culture lecture.

Zoom Talk “Narrative and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy” with Meredith McEvoy

On May 13th, Meredith McEvoy will discuss facing challenges differently, understanding the role of counselling, and tools for your own mental health tool kit.

Bruce Fairbairn Memorial Bursary

The Hornby Island Educational Society and the Hornby Island Community Fund Society are pleased to continue their partnership in the stewardship of the Bruce Fairbairn Memorial Bursary. 

This award was established in the memory of Bruce Fairbairn in 1999, honoring the support and encouragement that Bruce gave to Hornby musicians.   The intention is to support a Hornby student of any age in their pursuit of post-secondary education at a BC accredited post-secondary institution. Preference is given to students studying music or fine arts.

To be eligible for this year’s bursary, students must be enrolled for the school semester beginning September 2021.  The bursary is to be used to cover the cost of tuition and payment is made directly to the institution.  

Please find the application details at hornbyeducation.com or at hornbycommunityfund.org.

Bruce Fairbairn Memorial Bursary

Application Form

The application should include the following information:

  1. A letter of Introduction

Topics to be included:

  1. Introduce yourself
  2. Outline details of your residency on Hornby Island (length and schooling)
  3. Outline your educational achievements
  4. Explain your post secondary educational plans, the institution you plan to attend and your ultimate career goals
  5. Describe your personal interests
  6. Describe your community involvement
  7. Contact Information
  • Financial Need

As accurately as you can, outline your financial need and the impact that receiving his bursary would have on you and your family.

  • Budget

You must include the following items and amounts in your anticipated budget:


a) Parents

b) Bursaries/Scholarships

c) Work

d) Loans/Savings

e) Other

Total Income for the academic year


  1. Tuition
  2. Room and Board
  3. Books and Supplies
  4. Travel
  5. Other

Total Cost for the academic year

  • Letters of Reference

You must include two letters of reference that are current within the past year.

  • Proof of Registration

You must include proof of your application/registration to the post secondary institution you are planning to attend. Once it is received, proof of acceptance must be forwarded to the Bursary Selection committee.

If you have any questions, please email April Lewis at aprilslewis42@g ail.com or Joy Jeffries at hiesboard@gmail.com

Zoom Talk: Bonnie Zand on Native Bees

On April 25th, 2:00 pm, Bonnie Zand, Integrated Pest Management Consultant, will give a Zoom talk on Native Bees. By donation. Please pre-register by email at hieslifelonglearning@gmail.com

Zoom Talk: “Journey Into Medieval Japan” with Christina Laffin

On April 18th, Hornby Island School alumnus, Christina Laffin will talk about her book Rewriting Medieval Japanese Women, to share the life of a prolific writer and contentious woman known as Abutsu. Her talk will retrace the steps of a Medieval Japanese Noblewoman. 

Upcoming Zoom Talks

Zooming in on 2021!

Life Long Learning kicked off the new year with a wonderful first. The virtual garden tour of Vancouver’s Dr Sun Yat-Sen Garden zoom presentation by Hayne Wai and Bob Wilmott was well attended and received great positive feedback. On the heels of the garden tour, we were able to connect with local filmmakers Dale Devost and Brian Kittleson who shared a shorter version of their film ‘A Friendly Bridge’, which followed the creation of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden to the opening in 1986. After the viewing, there was a question and answer period with the film creators. We are thrilled to see so many islanders and off islanders joining us for these different presentations.

Unfortunately the art talk by Sara Vipond had to be postponed to a later date. Please stay tuned for a future date and time.


Basics of Seed: Zoom Talk with Arzeena Hamir

Join us for Basics of Seed Starting February 21@ 2pm via ZOOM

Job Opportunity: Child and Youth Programmer

Position Title:

Child & Youth Programmer      

Position Summary: 

The Children’s Programmer will work as a member of a team to ensure all program areas and activities are as safe as possible and to act as good role models for children. The Children’s Programmer must work within the guidelines, policies, protocols and mission of HIES Child, Youth & Community Program and will be responsible for all the work assigned within their area of the HIES organization.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Support all aspects of program development, delivery and supervision of child, youth and teen programs. Communicate with program mentors and families. Acquire and prepare materials in support of programs. Prepare advertising and promotion of activities. Organise and oversee community programs aimed at young people.

Position most suitable for a flexible, adaptable creative problem solver with experience working with children and youth.


  • Ability to interact with people of all ages and cultural backgrounds
  • Willingness to work collaboratively and as a member of a team
  • Understanding and acceptance that hours will vary depending on program needs
  • Positive outlook and non-judgemental attitude
  • Experienced working with children
  • Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Current Criminal Record check upon hire     
  • Emergency First Aid/CPR training would be an asset                                

Position Specifics:

This position is for 12 – 15 hours per week, February through May 2021. Days of the week are to be determined. The wage is $20.00 per hour.

Closing date: February 11, 2021 @ noon.

Apply to: hiesboard@gmail.com