Community

Post Secondary Distance Ed Support
Adults who are pursuing post secondary education through Distance Learning also receive support through HIES, through the use of the Computer Site and/or having their exams invigilated on the island by the Community Programs Coordinator. Funding for this service is provided by the Ministry of Education. UVIC SFU UBC TRU NIC

Computer Access Program (CAP) site
This service, located in the Room to Grow building, offers public access to computers, a color printer, and Wifi. A suggested donation of $2 per hour is suggested, but all are welcome regardless of ability to pay. Computer Access Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm.   Saturday  10am to 3pm The CAP site offers employment related information and information from Comox Valley community resources. This program is funded through donations, and fees. ValleyLinks

Job Shop
The Job Shop is a service that offers assistance with career planning, job search, interview skills, resume preparation, liaison with training and funding opportunities, and small business support. It also provides access to ad/or loans of books on employment and small business related issues. The Hornby Job shop is a subsidiary of the Job Shop in Courtenay, and all appointments must be booked through the Courtenay office at 250 334-3119. Located in the Room to Grow building, starting in September, the Job Shop will be open on Tuesdays from 10am to 2:30pm by appointment only. In the meantime, if you have any employment related needs, please call Renee, the case manager for Hornby at 250 334-3119. This program is funded by Creative Employment Access Society in the Comox Valley and the space for the service is provided by HIES. Creative Employment

Gym Rental
This service coordinates and oversees the rental of the School gym, the only gymnasium on the island. Current user groups include badminton, soccer and basketball for adults, Teen Nights for youth and the after school programs for the elementary aged children, including circus, gymnastics, floor hockey and indoor soccer. Gym rental costs are coverd by grants from the Recreation tax dollars budgeted through the Recreation Committee and HIRRA, the Ministry of Education, gym user fees and funds from the BC Gaming Commission.

Hornby Island Community Fund
This special fund within the Comox Valley Community Fund has been established by HIES to encourage those who care about this community to make donations, gifts, and bequests, to create an endowment fund dedicated to fulfilling Hornby community dreams. A HIES sub-committee oversees this project and meets regularly to plan activities to raise the profile of the fund and to fundraise to cover the advertising and administration costs. The capital fund is currently at $180,000 and generates approximately $6 to $8000 in interest that is distributed to community groups annually. An application process is in place and a selection committee follows clearly established criteria and guidelines when evaluating each application. Learn More.

Natural History Centre
The Hornby Island Natural History Centre offers events, programs, and a natural history collection to foster knowledge and appreciation of nature. During the summer, the Centre is open five days a week. The exhibit remains available throughout the rest of the year through classes and scheduled openings. Updates to this section coming soon. Learn More.

The Kitchen
Previously known as The HOPE Kitchen – Hornby’s Opportunity for People to Eat. The intent of the program is to feed those folks who may be needing some support around healthy eating and to provide an opportunity for all Hornby Islanders to come together to share food, build connections between all ages and socio-economic groups, and to celebrate community. The Kitchen, housed in the clubhouse at the Joe King ballpark is open Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 12:30 to 1:30pm for lunch from mid-October to mid-June, with tasty, nutritious meals prepared and served by cooks and volunteers with Food safe training. The program is currently financed by donations from the community of both food and money, HIES and the BC Gaming Commission.

Food Bank/Give Aways
A Food Bank also operates on Mondays from 10am to 12 at Joe King using donations from community members, stores and restaurants, farmers and fishers.  Call Susan at 250 335-1629 to speak about donations of food or funds.