Great Canadian Giving Challenge – Help Us Win $10,000!

Get charitable this June! You can help CIS win $10,000 for a playground for our Child Care kids! Visit

What is the Great Canadian Giving Challenge?
It is a national public contest that benefits registered Canadian charities. Every $1 donated in June via enters the charity to win an additional $10,000. Each $1 = 1 Entry to win the $10,000. The big draw is on Canada Day.

The Cowichan Intercultural Society provides licensed child care to newcomer children while their caregivers study English. We’ve got a wonderful interior space, but the kids also need an outdoor playground for active play. Help build a wonderful playground for these deserving kids!

We’re excited to recognize the Laketown Benevolent Society for kicking off this years Giving Challenge with a $1500 donation to our playground fund!

What’s Ramadan All About?

Ramadan – it’s not actually a month of suffering, it’s a month of celebration and community for most of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims. It is a time to spend with loved ones in deep contemplation of one’s relationship with God – extra prayer, and increased charity and generosity mark the month when the faithful try to be the kindest, best people they can be.

Fasting is incorporated into the daily rhythm of family, work schedules, and responsibilities during the month of Ramadan. No food or water is taken from sunrise to sunset, and then family and friends break the fast by sharing the evening meal. Children, pregnant and nursing women, travellers, the elderly and the ill, are all excused from fasting.

You may encounter someone in the community who is celebrating Ramadan – a neighbour, the barista making your latte, a shopkeeper, your child’s teacher – you could try a “Happy Ramadan!” or standard Ramadan greeting: “Ramadan kareem” (“have a generous Ramadan”) or “Ramadan mubarak” (“have a blessed Ramadan”).

Youth Action Day (May 15, 2019)

Golden Connections

Skilled Trades Employment Program

Food Safe Course

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!