World Community AGM

Mark your calendars for World Community’s Annual General Meeting - Thursday Nov. 4th at 7pm on Zoom.  After the formal part of the meeting, we will show film trailers of our upcoming film series. The Zoom invitation details will go out to our membership later in October. Non-members who wish to attend can contact us at wcdes.cv@gmail.com

Film Series: Walk On: The Horse Healer – Online Oct. 8-11. 

Film Series: Walk On: The Horse Healer – Online Oct. 8-11. 

The natural qualities of horses can be beneficial for people with physical or psychological limitations. World Community’s film series continues online over the Thanksgiving weekend with the beautiful new film Walk On: The Horse Healer (52 min) by Denman Island filmmaker, Francois Laliberte. The film documents the healing process involved in Equine Assisted Therapy; it will be available to start watching at any time from Friday October 8th through Monday October 11th (with 48 hours to complete).

Tickets are $10/ individual, $16/ household or $8/ limited income.

CLICK HERE to watch the film trailer and pre-order tickets.

There are several touching accounts of providers treating individuals with a horse as partner. Riding instructors, therapists, counselors and riders all witnessed amazing moments of healing and rehabilitation. 

Trudy Beaton, board member of the Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society says ” I have been a fan of this program for many years. More recently, I have truly understood the value of therapeutic riding watching a neighbourhood child blossom in the program, and sharing his family’s pride in his achievements.” 

A bonus feature will be an interview with Francois Laliberte who travelled the country collecting stories and images beautifully demonstrating this unique therapy. Our local Therapeutic Riding Society is one organization featured in the film; proceeds from the screening will be shared with the society.

Film Screening: One of Ours

Film Screening: One of Ours

Black and Indigenous identity issues are the focus of the powerfully intimate documentary, One of Ours (88 min) being co-presented by World Community and the Immigrant Welcome Centre. The film won a Special Jury Prize at Hot Docs and will be available online at any time from Friday September 24 through Sunday September 26.

Tickets are $10/ individual, $16/ household, or $8/ limited income.

CLICK HERE to pre-order TICKETS or WATCH the TRAILER

The film follows Haitian-born Josiah Wilson, who was adopted as a baby by an Indigenous father and white mother living in Calgary. Wilson is part of the Heiltsuk First Nation, alongside his father and siblings. But his sense of belonging was shattered in 2016 when the organizers behind the All-Native Basketball Tournament invoked a blood quantum rule to disqualify the young man from participating with his peers.

With deep compassion for Josiah’s journey, Filmmaker Yasmine Mathurin considers the role experience, connection and affection plays when forming identity, and the role community can play on the path to healing.

 

We are open Saturday mornings 10am-1pm

We are open Saturday mornings 10am-1pm

My name is Carie Curran and I am replacing the lovely Susie McGregor as the Fair Trade Sales Manager for World Community. I am honoured and excited to represent such an amazing organization with values close to my heart.  I am a single mother and have two grown children Alexis and Dylan that I am extremely proud of.  

Come visit our TinTown warehouse and pick up your fairly-traded organic products. Products can also be purchased in the Comox Valley and beyond. #3- 2440 Rosewall Crescent, (Tin Town) Courtenay, BC.   FMI: see our Fair Trade page.

More about Carie:

My family in the Comox Valley goes back for five generations. I remember fondly sunny, summer trips here as a child. I have always wanted to live here and finally had the opportunity with my partner Mike five years ago. We are extremely happy here.

Before I moved the Comox Valley, I worked as Manager of Administration and Customer Care for a company that made over-the-counter orthotics. I worked there for 23 years and really enjoyed it for most of that time because the products helped many people and the company always tried to do the right thing no matter what the cost. After new management came in to replace the retiring senior management team, it wasn’t long before they started putting profits before people and making products that would fall apart on purpose after six months. That didn’t sit well with me. It was a tough decision but I decided to leave and have been reinventing myself ever since.

Film Screening – Los Hermanos: The Brothers

Film Screening – Los Hermanos: The Brothers

Take a musical trip to Cuba with World Community’s next film series offering, Los Hermanos: The Brothers available online anytime from September 10 – 12.

CLICK HERE for film trailer & link to purchase tickets ($10/ individual, $16/ household, $8/ limited income.

Virtuoso Afro-Cuban-born brothers—violinist Ilmar and pianist and composer Aldo—live on opposite sides of a geopolitical chasm a half-century wide. Tracking their parallel lives in New York and Havana, their poignant reunion, and their momentous first performances together, Los Hermanos/The Brothers offers a nuanced, often startling view of estranged nations through the lens of music and family. Featuring an electrifying, genre bending score, composed by Aldo López-Gavilán, performed with his brother, Ilmar, and with guest appearances by maestro Joshua Bell and the Harlem Quartet.

This screening is co-sponsored by the Immigrant Welcome Centre with funding from the province of BC.

Save the date for the next film September 24 – 26.

World Community is seeking expressions of interest for a Part-Time Fair Trade Sales Contractor position. The successful applicant will be the key organizer for our Fair Trade social enterprise.

Duties include:
• distribution of coffee and other goods to retailers and other customers
• ensuring that coffee vendors have enough product on hand
• anticipating amounts needed and ordering coffee from the roaster
• confirming coffee bagging requirements each week with bagging team leaders
• receiving payments from some customers and keeping records
• communicating regularly with customers and within World Community in ways that are
consistent with World Community values
Hours of work are flexible, averaging approximately 12 -15 hours per week based upon
fluctuating demand.
Compensation is $19 / hour plus reimbursement for mileage and out of pocket expenses.
Training will be provided

Qualifications:
• ability to work independently and in collaboration with others
• ability to handle unpredictable work flow
• ability to handle detailed work (including basic math)
• physical ability to lift
• own transportation and driver’s license required
• own computer and basic computer skills required
Preference will be given to:
• individuals with experience in marketing, retail, wholesale, inventory control; or with
other related experience; or with transferable skills
• individuals who are familiar with World Community Development Education Society

If interested, please apply to Lia Pesklevits at liap@telus.net by May 12.
Individuals who are short-listed will be contacted to arrange for an interview.