Hornby Island Educational Society

HIES AGM and Memberships


Follow the links below to learn about becoming a member. HIES envisions a healthy, vibrant, inclusive community on Hornby Island, that includes supported and coordinated lifelong learning. Our mission is to further education and community capacity building on Hornby Island by developing, providing and/or facilitating programs, services and activities through advocacy, coordination and collaboration.

HIES Bylaws – Membership

HIES Membership Form 2021

Talk at Hornby Hall “Vancouver Island Birds” with Mike Yip

On November 4th, at 2pm at the Hornby Hall, Mike Yip will talk about local bird life and introduce his most recently published birding guide.

Check out our other Fall sessions on the LifeLong Learning page

Zoom Talk “Universe and our Skies” with Fraser Cain

On October 17th, at 2pm, Fraser Cain will talk about what we can see above us on a clear fall night.

Check out our other Fall sessions on the LifeLong Learning page

Zoom Talk “Cedar Coast Field Station” with Simon Nessman

On October 3rd, Simon Nessman will talk about the Cedar Coast Field Station in Clayoquot Sound, BC – a remote, off-grid facility dedicated to ecological research and education.

Check out our other Fall sessions on the LifeLong Learning page

Employment Opportunities

COMMUNITY SCHOOL PROGRAM COORDINATOR                                                                

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Oversee development, management, delivery and supervision of afterschool activities including recreational, toddler drop-in and school-based support programs
  • Assist other Island cultural, social and recreational organizations in planning and delivering services to all school age groups in the community
  • Assist school staff in improving school/community relations and identify community resources
  • Initiate and deliver special programs as determined by community needs.
  • Evaluate programs in order to meet the goals of HIES.

Management and Administration

  • Train, support and supervise programs staff, instructors and volunteers including Program Coordinators, Teen Event staff, Parent and Toddler Drop-in, etc.
  • Support the HIES Child, Youth & Community School Program committee.
  • Create, supervise, or assist in the organization of special events and advertising.
  • Prepare monthly and year-end reports to HIES board and year-end reports to School District 71.
  • General office procedure, organisation, collecting stats and recording data for file management.

Fundraising and Financial Management

  • Identify funding sources and prepare and submit grant applications and reports.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with other Hornby community organizations.
  • Co-management of core funding and budget with HIES Administrator
  • Monitor yearly budget with finance committee and meet with C,Y & CSP chair on regular basis.
  • Liaise with SD71 representative as required, and submit financial requests of yearly budgets.


  • Liaise effectively with community groups and the School community
  • Communicate with Program Coordinators, support staff, volunteers and community members respectfully and ensure any conflicts are dealt with in an effective manner.
  • Maintain effective communication between community programs staff, school principal, school staff and HIES chairperson to ensure a cooperative working relationship.
  • Advocate for community school vision, support goals and philosophy of community education.
  • Regular meetings with Child, Youth & Community School Program chair, HIES board representative and the School Principal
  • Attendance at HIES Board meeting upon requested.

Summary of Qualifications and Experience:

HIES seeks an individual who will be a good fit for the organization and is committed to community education on Hornby Island.  The successful candidate will have some combination of the following:

  • At least 3 years of experience working in the not-for-profit sector or equivalent experience working in a leadership position, preferably in an educational setting
  • Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically on financial management  issues                                          
  • Well-developed writing skills and experience in grant writing and fundraising
  • Direct experience managing a team of staff or volunteers
  • Well-developed organizational skills and ability to work effectively with minimal supervision, as well as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate, develop, coordinate and supervise a wide variety of activities and programs
  • Knowledge of the concepts of community education including community schools and integrated services models
  • Strong knowledge of  Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, and various social media platforms 

Wage: $ 25./hour.                                                                                                                                           

Position: Ten months @ 20 hours per week September 2021 through May 2022                                   

Closing date: Open until position is filled                                                                                                            

Email resume and cover letter to: hiesboard@gmail.com

Please note, this position could possibly be combined with the Literacy Outreach Coordinator position.


Position Description

The role of the Literacy Outreach Coordinator, LOC, is to work in conjunction with a local Literacy Task Group to identify the Hornby community’s literacy needs, to facilitate collaboration among various groups and to create and implement a literacy plan.

Overall goal of the position is to facilitate and sustain the literacy programming that results from collaborative community planning. This position is for 5 hours per week September – April. HIES seeks an individual who will be a good fit for the organization and is committed to community education on Hornby Island. The specific LOC objectives are as follows:

Job Description:

  • Identify literacy needs within our community
  • Create awareness and understanding about literacy
  • Develop and strengthen partnerships and communication between community organizations
  • Be a part of province-wide community of literacy practice

Job Qualifications

  • Relevant post-secondary education or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of literacy issues and learning challenges
  • Proven ability to facilitate groups, organize and manage projects
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Community development experience  


  • To identify needs of the adult learners in the community and to coordinate meetings with local groups
  • To oversee development and implementation of the ‘Raise a Reader’ program
  • Work and develop Life Long Learning opportunities within the community as identified by Literacy Task Group and community survey
  • To create community awareness of the different forms of literacy
  • To recruit and support volunteer tutors
  • To organize literacy programs in small group sessions
  • Support literacy instructions in other services such as community kitchen or employment skills program
  • General office procedure, organization, collecting stats and recording data for file management.

Position funded by Decoda Literacy Solutions

Wage: $ 25./hour.

Position is for 5 hours per week September 2021 through April 2022

Closing date: Open until position is filled.

Email resume and cover letter to: hiesboard@gmail.com

Please note, this position could possibly be combined with the Community School Program Coordinator position.

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.