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: 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

Job Opportunity with The Kitchen

The Kitchen needs a cleaner/food processor.
This job is 5 hours per week @ $20.
The position requires a Foodsafe certificate.
Deadline February 15th. Apply to hieskitchen@gmail.com.
Any questions, call Susan 335 1629.

Explore the Sun Yat-Sen Gardens through Zoom, January 10th

HIES AGM Notice, November 25, 2020