Hornby Island Educational Society

Upcoming Zoom Talks

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.

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

Community School Coordinator – Job Opportunity


Principle Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Oversee development, management, delivery and supervision of community programs, 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 and supervise programs staff, instructors and volunteers including Program Coordinators, Teen Night 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 and 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 Financial 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 SD71 on behalf of the Community School.
  • 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
  • Mandatory attendance at HIES Board meeting quarterly or as 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 a school
  • 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
  • Demonstrated 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.

Closing date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 @ noon

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

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

Literacy Outreach Coordinator – Job Opportunity

Literacy Outreach Coordinator – 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, stabilize and sustain the literacy programming that results from collaborative community planning. This position is for 5 hours per week September – May. 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 develop and implement 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

Position funded by Decoda Literacy Solutions

Wage: $ 25./hour.

Closing date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 @ noon

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

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