By Emily Guinane for Denman Island Community Education Society
As the winter winds wrap around us, it is drawing closer to the Holiday Hamper season. It’s that magical time of year where the community comes together to share with those of us who are in need.
The Holiday Hampers are made up of several boxes filled with wrapped presents, fresh produce, turkey, ham, or vegan options, treats, and of course, basic groceries to last the festive season. They support food security for the families and individuals in our community who need it. The hampers are fully organized and funded by the generosity of Denman Islanders by way of donations and volunteer efforts. The requests for hampers has increased by dramatically and we delivered 46 hampers last year. As the use of the Food Bank has increased since last year we are expecting an even larger number of requests for support this year. DICES welcomes your donations!
To donate gifts and treats: Gifts, treats and specialty items can be dropped off at the Hardware store during business hours. We welcome gifts for kids and adults alike. For a wish list please see our website www.dices.ca. Basic groceries will be purchased with the money that is donated.
To donate cash: Cash and cheque donations can be dropped off at the foyer of the Community School in the drawer marked Community Programs or in the donation jars at the local stores. Cheques need to be made out to DICES.
To donate via E-Transfer: E-transfers can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org (please specify Holiday Hampers and your address in the memo). You can also make a donation online at www.canadahelps.org (search DICES).
Monetary donations over $20 will receive a charitable tax receipt and it is helpful if we receive the donations by December 12.
To Volunteer: This year, we will be wrapping the presents and packing the abundant boxes of food at the Community Hall on the morning of Thursday, December 22nd. To lend a hand as a present wrapper, food packer or delivery driver please email Emily at email@example.com or call 250 335 2058.
To receive a Holiday Hamper: please fill out a form and drop it off in the Community School Portable, in the envelope at the General Store, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 250 335 2058. Forms can be found at the General Store, at the Food Bank in the Community School Portable, or on our website www.dices.ca. Please return the forms to the community school by December 12th to help us plan for the hampers. The forms will be treated with confidentiality and every effort is made to respect the privacy of hamper recipients.
We have chosen to call this community service Holiday Hampers to make it inclusive for everyone, regardless of cultural background or religious beliefs.
Thank you Denman Islanders for your continuous support for the Holiday Hampers and the Food Bank!
Denmand Island Community Education Society
The Community Programs Co-Coordinators work to plan and deliver programs to youth and children at the Denman Community School, and provides support and assistance to Denman Island Community Programs in general. The Co-Coordinator reports to the Executive Director. There is up to 10 hours per week available for this role.
- Commitment to Community Education with an interest in developing programs.
- Reliability, and ability to commit to a schedule that includes:
- 1 evening per week, Friday Teen Night 7pm-10pm
- a minimum of 2 weekdays, 2pm – 4pm
- Ability to work as part of a team and collaborate with others
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Strong computer and organizational and planning skills
- Training and/or successful work experience in areas such as child education, adult education, community development, community education, health, justice, recreation, and social work
- Experience working with and supervising all ages (children, youth, adults)
- Must pass a current criminal record check
- Must have or be willing to get First Aid/CPR training
Specific Duties for the Co-Coordinator include:
- Deliver programming directly for children and youth, including spring/summer programs. This is to include Teen Night (4 hours per week) and at least 2 afterschool programs per term.
- Co-develop and follow proper procedures for booking and distributing programs that reflect community needs for a broad range of individuals and groups.
- Co-Plan, produce and distribute brochures throughout the year for programs and special events with help of the Executive Directors.
- Encourage community involvement in various ways and initiate special programs as determined by community needs.
- Support school-based programs as requested by the Executive Directors.
- Liaise effectively with the Co-Coordinator and Executive Directors in the planning, and implementation of programs.
- Liaise effectively with community groups on behalf of the Community School, and communicate in a respectful manner.
- Maintain a cooperative working relationship with teachers, school support staff, and Vice- Principal to ensure any conflicts are dealt with in a proactive manner.
Administration and Management
- Organize or assist with special events, advertising, and programs.
- Follow general office procedure, organization, file management, and tidying.
- Monitor use of facilities by community user groups, ensuring that established protocols are followed.
- Collect and receipt course fees and facility use fees.
What we offer:
- Deep connection to the community.
- Access to professional development opportunities.
- Opportunities to take initiative and develop programs according to your interests.
- $20-$22 an hour based on experience, plue 6% vacation pay.
- A supportive and positive work environment.
- Due November 28th, 2022
- Please submit a resume and coverletter
- References will be requested after an initial interview
We received a grant from the Comox Valley Community Foundation for our ‘Reconnecting After COVID’ request.
This grant of $5000 (for two consecutive years) will go towards our Parent & Tot, Teen Night and School Garden programs.
DICES will create opportunities for Denman Island residents to mend the social fabric in the community through the following programs:
- Parent & Tot invites children ages 0-5 and their caregivers to a fun-filled morning with games in the gym, stories, crafts and snacks. This is a great way for the children to socialize, to be introduced to the community school and for parents to meet other parents. This is an ongoing program that will be expanded.
- Teen Night is a weekly evening drop-in opportunity for youth to meet-up and hang-out in a relaxed environment. The program is facilitated by DICES staff and activities are organized in collaboration with the youth. This is an ongoing program that will be expanded to facilitate field trips such as movie nights or bowling in town.
- Garden Parties is a monthly program where the community is invited to the school garden to help with maintenance and learn new skills in a festive environment. Garden parties would feature local musicians, provide snacks and workshops that are facilitated by knowledgeable community members who will share their farming, gardening and crafting expertise. This is a new program that will support and expand other DICES programs such as the School Lunch, Full Circle Foods, Food Bank and Gardening After-School Programs.