Spanish Language Classes for Beginners

Are you interested in learning a new language? Would you like to travel and know a bit of the language before you go? Or would you just like to impress your friends? The Cowichan Intercultural Society (CIS) is offering Spanish classes.

CIS has everything you need to start learning, and we can provide what you need through personalized service. Our multi-lingual staff has worked with people from all backgrounds, and our expertise carries over into the classroom. Cultural diversity is here, right at your door!

Spanish Language Classes for Beginners.
Format: 6 classes for adults
Date: WEDNESDAYS | May 9 – June 13
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Cowichan Intercultural Society, 321 St. Julian Street, Duncan
Fee: $100 for 6 sessions
Enroll Today: 250-748-3112 or contact Francoise at

Early Childhood Educator (ECE)

Employment Posting: Early Childhood Educator (ECE)

Cowichan Intercultural Society’s Childminding Program, offering childminding for eligible newcomer children, ensures that parents can access our other programs & services, secure in the knowledge that their children are on-site, safe & engaged.

This position involves supporting the activities of the childminding centre, including work with parents, other staff and direct care of the children. We will be pursuing licensing to provide full childcare. At that point, this role and the weekly hours will expand.

The candidate must have, or be currently working towards, their Early Childhood Educator certificate.

The ideal candidate will also have:

  •  Valid CPR & First Aid Certificate;
  •  A proven understanding of intercultural and inclusive community;
  •  Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communications;
  •  Demonstrated success in relationship building;
  •  Outstanding organizational skills;
  •  Computer literacy;
  •  Ability to share our vision and mission, and engage others in support of Cowichan Intercultural Society.

This position will start as a part-time role, with hours ranging between 10-15 hours per week, based on required times for childminding. The pay range starts at $17.50 – $19.00 per hour and is a staff position.

NB: This position requires the ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions, and sufficient mobility to engage in floor-based play.


Interested candidates should provide resume and cover letter in PDF format to: Carolina Martino, Development Coordinator, at


Job Description – Early Childhood Educator (ECE)


Childminding/Childcare Program – Estimated time 90%

  • Assist with intake for childcare program
  • Arrange/acquire class space and materials, as required
  • Work closely with other staff to ensure continuity of care for families
  • Advise families of cancellations (ex. snow closures), in accordance with CIS policies
  • Manage conflict or situations of a sensitive nature, in consultation with relevant staff/executive director as required
  • Plan and implement activities to meet the physical, emotional, intellectual and social needs of the children in the program
  • Develop culturally appropriate programming and activities
  • Develop activities that enhance and encourage English language acquisition
  • Ensure equipment and facility are well maintained and safe at all times
  • Promote and represent the childcare program and Cowichan Intercultural Society in the community
  • Ensure provincial & federal legislation and/or funder requirements are consistently met

Reporting and Privacy Management- Estimated time 5%

  • Ensure appropriate data is entered into database
  • Maintain highest standards of privacy and confidentiality (in accordance with PIPA and FOIPA)
  • Complete appropriate reports and evaluations, as required

Other Responsibilities- Estimated time 5%

  • Participate in staff meetings as appropriate
  • Attend Settlement or LINC Team meetings as necessary
  • Other duties as required

Settlement, Integration and Language Team (SILT) Support Worker

The Cowichan Intercultural Society is a Canadian registered charitable organization that has been operating in the Cowichan Valley Region for over 35 years. We are the leading community resource for a variety of settlement services to immigrants, and for education and awareness in developing welcoming and inclusive communities.
Successful settlement and integration into our community is vital for newcomers to reach their full potential in Canada. Our Settlement Team work closely with newcomer individuals and families to ensure they feel welcome, access necessary services, and eventually integrate into the community.
The SILT Support Worker supports the delivery of settlement and integration services to newcomer clients. The incumbent will support the blending of Settlement Services, Community Connections and Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC), as well as provide planning and implementation support for the Home Away From Home, Seniors group and Settlement Gatherings.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • a sensitivity for intercultural and inclusive communities
  • a demonstrated track record of successful program assistance and project management
  • post-secondary education in counselling, social work, psychology or related discipline
  • excellence in verbal, written and interpersonal communications
  • fluency in English
  • fluency in a language other than English
  • a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle
  • ability to work flexible hours
  • experience with non-profit organizations and structure
  • ability to work closely with a team and independently
  • familiarity with MS Office and general computer literacy
  • comfort interacting with databases
  • ability to exercise discretion for client confidentiality
  • ability to share vision and mission and engage others in support of CIS

This is a 15 hour per week position. Salary range is $19-21/hr. Holiday pay accumulates at 4%.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 9am, February 13th, 2018
Interested candidates should provide resume and cover letter attention to Lynn Weaver, Executive Director, in PDF format to:


Job Description – SILT Support Worker

Assist in meeting contract criteria & supporting SILT Team – Estimated time 50%

  • Work with the Settlement Coordinators, Community Connections Coordinators and the Finance Coordinator and LINC Coordinator to meet or exceed targets and budgets, overseeing deliverables for the team
  • Assist in developing communications materials and tools to effectively support the Settlement and Integration program, and the Community Connections program
  • Assist in the integration and cross promotions of Settlement, Language, Integration (Community Connections) and other CIS programs
  • Complete reports in a timely manner, (iCARE and OCMS data entry), including case notes where appropriate
  • Conduct reception/support duties as needed
  • Convene SILT meetings, including preparing agendas and taking minutes
  • Be responsible for circulating the minutes in a timely manner, including highlighting action items for team members
  • Assist in the overall evaluation and monitoring of the program success
  • Coordinate volunteers supporting SILT activities in collaboration with Volunteer CoordinatorDirect Client Service – 40%
  • Provide direct settlement support and guidance to clients, particularly for income assistance support
  • Continue to help develop and expand supports for clients
  • Plan and enhance group sessions as needed; including seniors’ group
  • Assist clients with necessary forms
  • Conduct basic needs assessments and Registration (in-take)
  • Assist clients with transportation needs, including tracking and distributing bus passesOther Responsibilities – 10%
  • File & information management
  • Participate in staff meetings and activities and attend the Annual General Meeting
  • Cover case load of other Settlement staff as needed (ex. holiday coverage)
  • Represent Settlement team as a “Frontline worker” at community tables

Winter Celebration – December 8th, 2017

Brain Fitness with Home Away From Home

You are invited to this month’s Home Away From Home – a support group that offers a safe, caring and supportive atmosphere to newcomers of different cultures. It provides necessary services to meet immigrant and newcomer’s needs, whether they are social, economic, linguistic or community-linking. This month, October 25 at 1:30pm in our classroom, the topic will be Brain Fitness with Chris Rafuse, Rehabilitation Therapist. Chris will demonstrate some activities that stimulate the left, right and whole brain in challenging, fun and enriching ways.

For more information on Home Away From Home, visit the program’s webpage which includes information about upcoming sessions.


Monthly Donor Program

Thank you for your interest in the Cowichan Intercultural Society’s Monthly Donor Program in support of our Capital Campaign for a new Intercultural Welcome Centre in the Cowichan Valley.  For as little as $10/month, you can become a major donor to our campaign and be permanently recognized on our donor legacy wall at the new Intercultural Welcome Centre (an official announcement coming soon!).  In addition, an incredibly generous local donor has come forward to match all donations up to $20,000 total – so your monthly donation will go twice as far!  Please contact Brian for more information on the program and to sign-up today!

Organize a Fundraiser for CIS!

Thank you for your interest in the Cowichan Intercultural Society and in our Third Party Fundraising Toolkit and program.  Our organization strives to build welcoming and inclusive communities across the Cowichan Valley, and we rely on a diversified fundraising plan which you can be an integral part of.   Below is some information about this new fundraising opportunity, and further information including the complete toolkit can be found on our new Third Party Fundraising webpage.

One of the many ways to support CIS is by planning and/or sponsoring an event to raise funds for CIS. This kind of activity is called a “Third Party” Fundraiser. In raising money for CIS, or designating that money to a more focused fund within CIS, you or your group can help support the many great non-profit initiatives & activities which CIS undertakes annually.

Types of Third Party Fundraisers:

  1. A group or individual can host an event or sponsor an activity and make the Cowichan Intercultural Society the beneficiary. (Example: An organization hosts a golf outing and sends CIS a cheque for the net profits.)
  2. The Cowichan Intercultural Society can “piggy back” on an existing event, adding a third-party fundraising element, and receive the income produced from that element. (Example: A company has an annual fundraising week and asks their employees to bring donations for CIS, or a municipality has an annual marathon and the sponsor offers registrants the opportunity to get pledges for CIS.)
  3. Invite the Cowichan Intercultural Society to cooperatively produce an event and share in the profits. (Example: A local business invites CIS to participate in an art auction or grand opening. CIS sends out press releases and provides volunteers to work at the event. In return CIS receives a percentage of the proceeds from the event.)

This purpose of this toolkit is to give you an introduction to our organization, the guidelines of our Third Party Fundraising program, ideas for planning your own third party fundraiser, tools to help you plan & execute your event, and this toolkit contains the Third Party Event Contract which must be signed and submitted before your fundraiser.

To access this toolkit in PDF format, downloadable and printable, please click here.  For more information or to speak about fundraising opportunities, please contact Brian.  Thank you for your interest and support!

Updated Staff Page with Contact Information

Did you know that the Cowichan Intercultural Society has over 20 staff members?  Check out our staff page to learn more about our staff members, their titles & roles, and how to contact them directly.

Happy Thanksgiving – Office Closed October 9th

The Cowichan Intercultural Society would like to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving weekend.  Thanksgiving celebrates the harvest and other blessings of the past year. We hope you are able to celebrate the day with good friends & family, tasty food, and much joy and laughter.

Our office will be closed on Monday, October 9th, so our staff can enjoy the holiday with their loved ones, and we look forward to re-opening tomorrow, October 10 at 9am.

“Thanksgiving has been officially celebrated as an annual holiday in Canada since November 6, 1879, when parliament passed a law designating a national day of thanksgiving. While the actual Thanksgiving holiday is on a Monday, Canadians may gather for their Thanksgiving feast on any day during the long weekend. Foods traditionally served at Thanksgiving include roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet corn, various autumn vegetables (mainly various kinds of squashes but also Brussels sprouts), and pumpkin pie. Baked ham and apple pie are also fairly common, and various regional dishes and desserts may also be served, including salmon, wild game, butter tarts, and Nanaimo bars.” (wikipedia)