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!

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)

Help Us Win $100k For a New Home

Voting begins next week for this year’s Aviva Community Fund grant opportunity – help us win $100,000 towards a new Cowichan Valley Intercultural Welcome House! All you have to do is click below, register & vote to help us win. If you want to go the extra mile, please share our campaign with your friends and family. Register today so you are ready to vote next week!

For more information on our project, please visit our project page or feel free to contact Brian with any additional questions.

Thanks for your support!