LifeLong Learning

Zooming into Fall!

Life Long Learning has an exciting new program for Fall 2021! Presenting Graduates of Hornby Elementary School…mostly! We are pleased to announce that on October 3rd, Simon Nessman will do a Zoom presentation about the Cedar Coast Field Station in Clayoquot Sound to discuss it’s history and current projects. Then on October 17th, Fraser Cain, Author of Universe Today and cohost for the podcast Astronomy Cast will will present Universe and our Skies – a talk about what we can see in the skies on a clear fall night. On November 14th, Mike Yip will share his wealth of knowledge about Vancouver Island Birds in person at the Hornby Hall! And finally, on November 21st, Janessa Laskin will present Dream a little Gene of Me to discuss how her team are exploring individuals and their cancers through DNA sequencing.

Register @
Suggested donation for each session $6 or $20 for all four presentations
Payments can be e-transfered to or cheque payable to HIES

DON’T FORGET: HIES LLL is also offering Literacy Outreach support to the community on Friday’s at Room to Grow from 1 – 3pm by appointment.  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.

Fall 2021 Program

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.

Before wrapping up until the fall, we have 4 more offerings that we are pleased to announce.  April 11th Hornby Island School alumnus, Christina Laffin will talk to 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.  Then April 25thBonnie Zander, of Bonnie’s Bugs will talk about native pollinators for our gardens.  May 3rd, another Hornby School Alumnus, Fraser Cain will do a talk about the Night Sky and June 6, Sara Vipond will wrap our winter spring offerings with a talk about the history of the body during Renaissance Dissection Theatre linking it to the work of Canadian Artist Rebecca Belmore. Registration details will be sent out by email, social media and local paper. Stay tuned.

NEW Initiative: 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.

Sara Vipnond Art History LLL (1)

Meredith McEvoy LLL (1)

Native Bees LLL Bonnie Zand

Medieval Japan Christina April 2021

UPDATE December 2020 . . .

First off, great news for Life Long Learning. We are delighted to announce that HIES has recently hired Nina O’Donnell as the Literacy Outreach Coordinator. Nina’s role will be to help support all literacy learnings and offerings in the community. Please, stay tuned for updates and watch for posters of future events as more information will be released in January.

Upcoming Events

Life Long Learning has two excellent presentations to start off 2021.

On Sunday, January 10th @ 2pm, we will be presenting a virtual garden tour via zoom of the Classical Chinese Garden, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens in Vancouver. The presentation will have live commentary by Hayne Wai and Bob Wilmott. Preregistration for this tour is required. You may register at or call 250-335-1085.

On January 28th @ 2pm there will be a presentation by local artist and art historian, Sarah Vipond. Her focus will be on the history of drawing human anatomy. At this point, we hope to be able to present at the Hornby Community Hall, however given the COVID restrictions at that time, we may have to move to either a zoom presentation or will postpone until a time when we are able to have gatherings in larger numbers.

Resurgence during these Covid Times . . .

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.

Upcoming Events

November 30, 2020 @ 2pm

Introduction to Bird Watching
Are you looking to learn more about bird watching? Are you looking for a gift idea for the bird lover in the family?  HIES is delighted to say that we have been able to secure Mike Yip, Vancouver Island’s bird expert to give a presentation on an Introduction to Bird Watching. Mike is a retired teacher who became fascinated in birds 14 years ago after observing an odd-looking bird near his home in Nanoose. “He’s considered a go-to guy for amateur and expert birders because if it eats, flies or nests on the Island, Yip has likely observed and photographed it.”( TC Sept 1, 2020). Yip’s presentation will be a look at the variety of bird species that regularly call in or visit Vancouver Island. Hornby’s Natural History Centre has sponsored Mike on other occasions and HIES is pleased to be able to present him once again. Mike will bring his newest publication A Beginner’s Guide to Common Vancouver Island Birds for sale. The presentation will be at the Hall on Monday, November 30th at 2pm.  Seating will be limited. Pre-registration for attendance is necessary due to Covid protocols. 

Register at with the heading of Birds or you may leave a message with your name and telephone number at 250-941-1940 (Martha Gerow).

November 16, 2020 @ 2pm  

How to use Zoom – a Tutorial  Reina La Baron will share her expertise with Zoom. Reina is very familiar with using Zoom. She will show participants how to use zoom to connect with friends and family, how to participate in a meeting, how to host a meeting and describe how to use various Zoom functions (e.g. chat, poll, share screen). Participants need to pre-register and will need access to a device (laptop, smartphone, tablet, computer) that will allow them to connect with internet. In person participants will require portable devices that can access Wi-Fi. Once you are registered you will be sent a link to join the session. We will have room for 6-8 participants in Room to Grow  who prefer to have a “hands on” approach and we will be able to accommodate  4-6 more from the comfort of their own home. As per Covid protocols, wearing a face mask will be required for in person attendees. 

Suggested donation of $5. To register please email or call 250-941-1940 and leave a message with your name, telephone number. The link will be sent to you by Sunday, Nov 15 to link with the tutorial.

November 9, 2020 @ 2pm Room To Grow

Ins and Outs of Using a Cell Phone – iPhones/Androids  and what it can do . Julian Laffin will be sharing his knowledge and expertise here. You will need to have your own cell phone to participate in the workshop. Pre-registration is essential as there will be a maximum of 6 -8 people for this first offering. As per Covid protocols, wearing a face mask will be required for in person attendees. 

October  5, 2020 @ The Hall

Our first presentation will be at the Hall with Dr Susan Booth from White Cedar Grow Wise Health
She will be presenting her talk, Cannabis: Miracle Cure or Snake Oil
Preregistration is essential.
Email or call 250-941-1940 before October 4, 2020.
We look forward to seeing you there.

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