LifeLong Learning

Resurgence during these Covid Times . . .

September 2020

The spring launch of HIES Life Long Learning program was completely sidelined by the arrival of Covid 19. But we are now back and looking forward to creating exciting opportunities for Hornby’s adult learners within the context of Covid protocols.  

In mid-September, a survey to garner input from members of our community will appear in The Tribune. An electronic version will be made available here. We are looking for your feedback. Your suggestions will help us develop programming relevant to your needs and wants.

We are also interested to hear from people in the community who may have a hobby, passion, talent or skill they would like to share with other members of the community.  To explore these possibilities, please connect with Martha Gerow or Joy Jeffries, through email at

Presently, we are rescheduling the spring series of one-off talks with a couple of changes. Due to the Covid 19 protocols, we will be holding some talks at the Community Hall in order to ensure safe seating space with a limit of 25 participants. Small workshops, limited to less than ten participants, will be held in the Room To Grow. Pre-registration for the talks and workshops will be absolutely necessary. In order to recuperate costs associated with presentations and workshops, modest fees will apply.

Our first talk will be with Dr Susan Booth from White Cedar & Grow Wise Health. Dr Booth will be presenting her talk – Cannabis: Miracle Cure or Snake Oil on October 5th. Please register by email at by October 3, 2020. We look forward to seeing you there. Also, this fall, look for an exciting adult art workshop with Rae Mate. Date TBA.

Room to Grow Wonders How Does Your Garden Grow?

March 2020

Life Long Learning! What does that mean to you? The Hornby Island Education Society is excited to offer once again new learning opportunities for the adult learners.

We will be launching a series of one off talks starting in March. The general format for these talks will be to have guest speakers present their topic and then have time for a question and answer session. Each session will be 1.5 to 2 hours and will be offered on a Sunday or Tuesday afternoons at Room to Grow.

The first offering is coming up on Sunday, March 15th with Arzeena Hamir. Arzeena is an organic farmer and agronomist from Merville, BC. She and her husband own Amara Farm, a 26-acre certified organic vegetable and blueberry farm. Amara Farm was one of the founding members of Merville Organics Growers Cooperative.

She will be presenting a two hour talk on Food Growing Success – Tips & Tricks to Get the Best Production, including Using Greenhouse & Direct Seeding vs Transplants . Arzeena will be happy to take questions after the presentation. We hope that with the many gardeners on the island that this topic will be of great value to both new and old gardeners. Cost for this event will be by donation at the door on the day of the talk.

The second talk will be on Tuesday, March 31st, An Introduction to Mason Bees. This is an excellent follow-up from the first talk on gardening. At this talk, Al and Nancy Morton, from Comox will talk about the life cycle of the amazing mason bee, talk about how to make nesting tubes, boxes and a starter house. There is a $15 fee which includes a starter kit and an optional additional charge of $20 for 20 cocoons. Mason bees are an amazing addition to any garden. Pre-registration for this talk will be required as there is a hands on portion and limited seats. ( or 250 335-1443)

We are still working on finalizing presentations for April, May and June so stay tuned for updates. One in particular to watch for is Cannabis: Miracle Cure or Snake Oil?  Presented by Dr. Susan Booth. We are excited! See you there. Martha Gerow, HIES