Our 2016-2017 Annual Report is Now Available

Click here to read our 2016-2017 Annual Report.  This document outlines all of our programs, initiatives and accomplishments in the past fiscal year.  Click here to access previous year’s annual reports as well as this year’s for future reference. As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions or to learn more about our […]

Donating to the Cowichan Intercultural Society Has Never Been Easier!

We would like it to be as simple as possible to donate to the Cowichan Intercultural Society, and we now you can donate directly through our webpage!  Click this link to check out our new Donate Now page where you can choose your donation level (or set your own), learn more about monthly donations, and where you can designate what programs/areas of our organization you would like your donation to support.  It’s never been easier!

Thank you to all of our annual and monthly donors.  Without your generous support, many of our initiatives would not be possible!

Our office will be closed on Monday, July 3rd

The Cowichan Intercultural Society’s office will be closed on Monday, July 3rd, in honour of Canada Day.  We wish all our clients, volunteers and staff a happy and fun long weekend, and we look forward to re-opening our office on Tuesday, July 4th at 9am.

Check out our “Intercultural” Scarecrow in “The Good Old Daze” Festival July 4-13 in Mill Bay

Be sure to check out the Cowichan Intercultural Society’s entry into “The Good Old Daze” Mill Bay Scarecrow Festival from July 4th-13th (see map below). The celebration on Thursday July 13th from 4:30-6:30 includes a BBQ, live music and prizes!

Community Celebration for Families in Centennial Park – June 15th

You are invited to join the Multicultural Leadership Group (MLG) as we host, along with some of our community partners, our year end event on June 15th, a Community Celebration for Families at Centennial park! Activities include:
• Cob oven pizza
• Homemade community entertainment including the Tzinquaw Dancers and MLG performances
• A story-telling station (hosted by the Inclusive Leadership Cooperative)
• A theater games station (MLG)
• An art station – co-creating a world worth living in (MLG)
• An inclusive games station – spin the wheel – (Safe Youth Cowichan)
• A seed mosaic activity, making parent cards (Cowichan Green Community)
• Bikeworx Bike Shop – doing what they do best!

Youth Volunteers Wanted for our Intercultural Summer Camp

Volunteer call-out! Once again, we will be organizing an Intercultural Summer Camp this summer and we are looking for youth volunteers to support the four-week program. Camp will take place July 4-27 in the Duncan area and we are looking for volunteers to assist on a part-time or regular basis. Check out our volunteer registration forms below or contact Jennifer for more information – jennifer@cis-iwc.org.

Job Oppportunity: Summer Student Assistant Web & Mobile App Developer

Cowichan Intercultural Society provides services and support to newcomers to Canada settling in the Cowichan Valley, and activities to create a more welcoming and inclusive community.

The Assistant website & mobile app developer will assist in the refreshing of the Cowichan Intercultural Society website and mobile app. The student will assist in the development of a few key areas of the app including implementing a feature allowing clients to book appointments, exploring the role of the app in fund raising campaigns, and syncing the CIS calendar with the app.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Identify key areas of webpage in need of updates (new technology/applications to incorporate into webpage, ensuring entire the webpage is mobile friendly, updating donation page/platform)
  • Create and brainstorm ideas for site layout and appearance
  • Building, improving, and managing multiple web properties using WordPress
  • Troubleshoot issues, implement fixes
  • Design, develop, and test mobile based applications on Android and/or Apple iOS platform
  • Identify areas where products/applications/systems can be improved
  • Develop HTML based e-newsletters for online marketing
  • Develop training / troubleshooting / reference materials that support product offering
  • Work closely with other departments to ensure any new / existing web applications meet the organisation requirements
  • Assess the website for bugs and errors
  • Other duties as assigned

The ideal candidate will have  

  • Experience with or knowledge of implementation of social API’s like Facebook, Twitter, etc
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical thinking/innovation, communication, interpersonal, and facilitation skills.
  • Ability to collaborate in a team environment, while being able to work autonomously with minimal supervision
  • Ability to effectively, demonstrate patience and understanding of user’s expectations of immediate problem resolution
  • Current enrollment in a recognized University or College in Computer Science or related studies
  • Superior computer skills (MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word, research abilities, etc.)

This position is funded by Service Canada for a 9 weeks part-time position, working 32 hours weekly. The opportunity is for young people aged 18 to 30 who are full-time students intending to return to their studies and must be enrolled in post-secondary education for the next school year to meet the eligibility.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4 pm Wednesday May 31, 2017. Interested candidates please provide resume and cover letter in PDF format to: Caro Martino, Director of Operations, at career@cis-iwc.org.

Job Opportunity: Summer Student Promotional Film Assistant

Cowichan Intercultural Society provides services and support to newcomers to Canada settling in the Cowichan Valley, and activities to create a more welcoming and inclusive community.
The Promotional Film Assistant will script, film, edit, & produce a short 3-7 minute film highlighting the services & programs of the Cowichan Intercultural Society (CIS).  CIS has the necessary technology, including the camera, computers & editing software.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Read, research and assess ideas and finished script, create and brainstorm ideas for site layout and appearance
  • Oversee the post-production process, including editing, special effects, music selection, and a performance’s overall tone
  • Coordinate the activities of the production process
  • Monitor post-production processes in order to ensure accurate completion of all details
  • Plan meetings with staff to discuss production progress and to ensure production objectives are attained
  • Other duties as assigned

The ideal candidate will have

  • Creativity and vision, planning and organisational skills
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical thinking/innovation, communication, interpersonal, and facilitation skills
  • Ability to collaborate in a team environment, while being able to work autonomously with minimal supervision
  • Current enrollment in a recognized University or College in film studies or related studies
  • The opportunity is for young people aged who are full-time students intending to return to their studies and must be enrolled in post-secondary education for the next school year to meet the eligibility

This position is funded by Service Canada for a 9 weeks part-time position, working 32 hours weekly. The opportunity is for young people aged 18 to 30 who are full-time students intending to return to their studies and must be enrolled in post-secondary education for the next school year to meet the eligibility.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4 pm Wednesday May 31st, 2017. Interested candidates please provide resume and cover letter in PDF format to: Carolina Martino, Director of Operations, at career@cis-iwc.org

Summer Student Job Opportunity

We are delighted to offer a summer job position to an eligible student!

The Summer Camp Facilitator will assist in planning and lead the implementation of the CIS Summer Camp Program, with a focus on the integration of refugee and immigrant children and youth.  The Facilitator will develop, implement and evaluate summer camp activities.

This position is funded by Service Canada for a 9 weeks part-time position, working 32 hours weekly. The opportunity is for young people aged 18 to 30 who are full-time students intending to return to their studies and must be enrolled in post-secondary education for the next school year to meet the eligibility. APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4 pm Wednesday May 23 rd. 2017.

Click here for a full job description: Summer Camp Facilitator Profile

Interested candidates please provide resume and cover letter in PDF format to: Caro Martino, Director of Operations at career@cis-iwc.org