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.

The Bruce Fairbairn Memorial Bursary

The Bruce Fairbairn Memorial Bursary was established in 1999, in the memory of Bruce Fairbairn honoring the encouragement and support that Bruce gave to Hornby musicians.  The intent of the bursary is to help aid Hornby students of any age in their pursuit of post-secondary education at an accredited BC institution. Preference is given to students studying music or fine arts.  The award at this time is $1000. The bursary is to help with tuition costs and payment is made directly to the institution that the student plans to attend in the upcoming academic year. 

Basic criteria for eligibility:

  • Resident of Hornby Island
  • Student must be pursuing studies at an accredited post-secondary institution, preferably in BC, beginning in September 2023.

Applications must be complete and must be received by email by 4pm July 28, 2023.

Submit applications to:  aprilslewis42@gmail.com  and  hiesboard@gmail.com
In fairness to all applicants, incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

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

Open House Celebration

Join HIES in celebrating 40 (+3) years of serving Hornby Islanders. Saturday, May 20th from 11 am – 1 pm at the Room to Grow, School Play Field, and Natural History Centre.

Upcoming 2022 AGM

The HIES AGM will be held November 23rd at 4:00 PM via Zoom. A link will be provided at a later date.

The 2022 Auction

Join us for food, fun, and frolic on Saturday October 8th for the newest episode of The HIES Auction!

Fundraiser: The Auction

Zoom Presentation: Climate, Cultures and Environmental Change

Breanna Bishop presents …   Climate, Cultures and Environmental Change

Sunday February 27, 2022 @ 2pm via Zoom

Preregister @ hieslifelonglearning@gmail.com

In her talk, Breanna will take you on her journey from Hornby Island to Nunatsiavut and share some of her experiences working with Inuit to map changing sea ice and ocean conditions. 

How do different cultures experience environmental change, and how can knowledge of those changes be effectively communicated in cross-cultural settings? Breanna Bishop, PhD student at Dalhousie University, is exploring these questions in Nunatsiavut, the Inuit region in northern Labrador.

Zoom Presentation: Growing Fabulous Tomatoes

Arzeena Hamir presents … Growing Fabulous Tomatoes

March 13, 2022 @ 2pm via Zoom

Organic farmer Arzeena Hamir will talk on how best to start, transplant, grow and harvest this wonderful fruit. She and her husband run Amara Farm, a 25-acre certified organic farm in Courtenay, BC

HIES and Lifelong Learning Winter Program

HIES and Lifelong Learning are pleased to present the winter program schedule.

HIES Fundraiser Tickets

Five fabulous prizes – 300 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $40 each or 3 for $100. Available from HIES board members and at Beulah Creek Nursery. Draw will be held on February 21, 2022, at noon.

Zoom Talk “Dream a little Gene of Me” with Janessa Laskin

On November 21st, at 2pm, Janessa Laskin will discuss how her team are exploring individual people and their cancers through DNA sequencing.

Check out our other Fall sessions on the LifeLong Learning page