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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
This service, located in the Room to Grow building, offers public access to computers, printers, Internet, scanners, CD burners and a phone/fax machine. A suggested donation of $2 per hour is suggested, but all are welcome regardless of ability to pay. A skilled help desk person is available at different times throughout the year, depending on funding and/or volunteer capacity. Computer Access Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm. The CAP site also offers a library of University and College calendars as well as employment related information and brochures from Comox Valley community resources. This program is funded through Industry Canada, Comox Valley Community Information Services Society, the Island Communities Network, Human Resources Canada, donations, and fees. ValleyLinks
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 334-3119. Located in the Room to Grow building, the Job Shop is open on Mondays from 9am to 4:30pm by appointment only. 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
This service coordinates and oversees the rental of the School gym, the only gymnasium on the island. Current user groups include badminton, volleyball 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 covered by grants from the Recreation tax dollars budgeted through the Recreation Committee and HIRRA, by the Ministry of Education and by gym user fees.
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 $140,000 and generates approximately $4,800 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.
This program operates in conjunction with the K-7 program staff and offers public access to the School’s extensive Natural History exhibit. A student is hired to staff the exhibit for the summer months and hosts it for the public 5 days per week throughout the summer. The exhibit remains available for public access throughout the rest of the year through classes and scheduled openings. Funding for this project is from Human Resources Canada, the Ministry of Education and HIES.
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 (the old RCMP residential trailer beside the clinic) is now open Monday, Wednesday and Fridays with tasty, nutritious meals prepared and served by cooks with Food safe training. The program is currently financed by donations from the community of both food and money, HIES and funds from the BC Gaming Commission.
A Food Bank also operates from The Kitchen using donations from the Salvation Army in Courtenay, local donations from community members, farmers and fishers and donations from local and off island businesses as well