February Community Calendar

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If the February drizzles are getting you down, join some of the social, recreational, and educational events and programs happening in the community this month!

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป Join our free Employment Skills Workshops with Work BC facilitators to learn how to write an awesome resume and interview with confidence. 5-6:30pm at the school Tuesday Feb.7 and Wednesday Feb.8; pizza will be provided!
๐Ÿฆช The Bamfield Aquaculture Program are visiting the Nova Harvest hatchery to learn about oyster farming on Friday Feb.10 from 9-11:30am, contact us to join the field trip!
๐ŸŽฒ Join us for a rousing night of board games and a community dinner at the school on Monday Feb.13 between 5:30-8:30pm!
๐Ÿงธ Little Buddies Playtime is planned for Thursday Feb.9 and Feb.23 – we hope to see wee ones and their guardians for songs and stories, games and crafts, and playtime with friends!
โค๏ธ The next Anacla/Bamfield Community Potluck at the House of Huu-ay-aht is scheduled for Monday Feb.20! Come and share food and friendship with your neighbours!
๐Ÿ“ฝ Join us in celebrating Black History Month on Friday Feb.24 from 7:30-9pm. Enjoy a night of film screenings and resource sharing that will highlight histories and stories from some of Canadaโ€™s diverse Black communities.
๐Ÿ–ผ Huu-ay-aht First Nations are hosting a Nuu-chah-nulth Artist Symposium from 9am-6pm on Saturday Feb.25 at the House of Huu-ay-aht and the Anacla Government Office.
๐Ÿ“– Join us for Books and Brunch – breakfast and storytime at the community library – on Sunday Feb.26 from 10:30-11:30!
๐Ÿคพโ€โ™€๏ธ If you want some fun and silly exercise, come to $5 drop-in Dodgeball on Thursday nights from 6:30-8:30pm!
๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ / ๐Ÿ‹๏ธ Yoga and Circuit Training will continue their biweekly rotation on Wednesday nights through the winter – $5 drop in for chill and non-judgemental exercise and breathwork, no equipment or experience required.
๐Ÿ€ Tuesday night basketball is now taking place at the House of Huu-ay-aht instead of the Bamfield Community School.

Dodgeball League Returns!

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The BCSA Dodgeball League is back! Join us on Thursday nights for laughter, exercise, and silliness from 6:30-8:30pm, starting on January 19th. You may create or join a team of up to 6 people for a season of friendly competition, or drop in as a free agent when your schedule allows.

The fee for 14 quality weeks of our dodgeball league is $50 per player; drop ins are $5 per week. Youth 19 and under play for free. The funds we raise through registration and drop in fees support the children’s programs run by the BCSA, allowing us to offer them free of charge. You can get hit by balls for a great cause! If the fee is prohibitive, please reach out – we want everyone to be able to play!

January Community Calendar

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Happy new year! There’s lots of exciting things happening at the Bamfield Community School Association this month, including some new programs and fun events!

๐Ÿฅณ The Friday Night Chill, a chance for youth 12+ to hang out, enjoy games and music, access safety planning and harm reduction supplies, and eat pizza, is on Jan. 6th!
๐Ÿ€ Basketball is back every Tuesday night for ages 15+. All-ages basketball will recommence in March.
๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ Need a little re-centering after the holiday season craziness? Drop-in Yoga is every other Wednesday from 5-6pm.
๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ Come get sweaty in a fun and supportive work out environment! Drop-in Circuit Training in the BCS gym will alternate with Yoga every other Wednesday from 5-7pm.
๐Ÿ“– Come share your love of reading with the kiddos at school every Thursday from 1-1:30pm.
๐Ÿงธ Wee ones and their guardians are invited to Little Buddies Playtime on Thursday Jan. 19 – join us for stories, sing alongs, crafts and play!
๐Ÿคพ DODGE! DIP! DUCK! DIVE! DODGE! Come try a night of free dodgeball on Monday Jan.9th, and get inspired to form a team for our Dodgeball League, running from Jan.19 – early May.
๐Ÿ Mark your calendars for a Community Lunch on Thursday, Jan. 26th! Charlene is planning a delicious and nutritious meal for us to enjoy, and we encourage you to stay for Reading Buddies. $10/adult, proceeds will buy new books for the library!
๐ŸŸ Youth 12-30 are invited to join the Bamfield Aquaculture Program for fun field trips and interesting workshops to learn about local biology and ecology, food sovereignty, and potential job and economic opportunities in our community.
๐Ÿฅž Come to the library for Books and Brunch on Jan. 28th! We will enjoy tasty waffles and a delightful storytime, and you can borrow some library books to enjoy at home!

Reading Buddies is Back!

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Every Thursday at 1pm, starting Oct.27th, community members are invited to the Bamfield Community School to share their love of reading with the students! Volunteers will be paired with students, and will have the opportunity to read children a story, or provide encouragement while being read to by a student.

No registration is required. Please arrive 10 minutes early for your first reading buddies for an orientation to the program!

We are Hiring a School Lunch Caterer!

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The BCSA is seeking a passionate chef to prepare daily lunches for the 48 students of the Bamfield Community School!

Applicants must be dedicated to serving healthy meals to the students, and must complete Food Safe Level 1 and a Criminal Record Check for the vulnerable sector. The BCSA is happy to support applicants to receive the necessary qualifications.

The Lunch Caterer will receive $1500/week for wages and groceries, and is responsible for planning, grocery shopping, preparing, and serving healthy meals in accordance with Canada’s Food Guide. The Lunch Caterer has an opportunity to educate the students about nutrition and a healthy diet, and to be a supportive adult in the lives of the awesome children and youth at the BCS.

Please contact bcsacoordinator@gmail.com with any questions, or to apply!

Hand Built Pottery Workshops!

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Are you ready to get creative with clay? Join us at the Bamfield Community School to learn how to hand build and glaze pottery with Julie Bradley from Sea Star Ceramics! Over 8 sessions, students will make 3-5 glazed stoneware pieces to take home – a platter, a soap dish, a bowl, and 1-2 mugs.

The workshop series will cost $225, which includes instruction and the use of tools and equipment. Funds raised from adult programming allow us to offer programs for children and youth free of charge, and we appreciate your support! Contact bcsacoordinator@gmail.com to register for one of the limited spots, or to arrange for a sliding scale option – no one will be turned away for lack of funds!

We’re hiring!

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Bamfield Community School Association Coordinator
Bamfield, BC, CANADA

About us

The Bamfield Community School Association (BCSA) works to enrich the lives of youth, families and adults in our growing small community of Bamfield and Anacla. We are an independent organization based in the Bamfield Community School. We offer a variety of educational and fun programs and services in recreation, literacy, health, wellness, and community development. bamfieldcommunity.ca

Bamfield and Anacla are located on the stunning west coast of Vancouver Island, in the heart of
Huu-ay- aht First Nationsโ€™ Traditional Territory. The community is home to a small, but diverse population with a high level of civic engagement โ€“ many services found in larger centres are offered here by dedicated volunteers. Surrounded by ocean and forest, it is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and armchair naturalists alike.

Role Overview

The BCSA Coordinator provides overall leadership to the programs, activities and projects of the Bamfield Community School Association. Our programming includes several perennial activities (ex. provision of daily school lunch and monthly community lunch program via a contractor, public library and computer access point, afterschool club and summer day camps, gymnasium access for sports and fitness groups) and other programs according to the needs and interests of community members (ex. seniorsโ€™ programs, cooking classes, adult upgrading, workshops in health, gardening, art etc). The role requires excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and the ability to work independently. The Coordinator makes the daily decisions regarding the operation of the organization and support staff, with oversight from a Board of Directors.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Coordination of literacy, wellness and community development programs independently and under direction from BCSA Directors
  • Facilitate inter-agency cooperation in the delivery of services, recreational, cultural and non- curricular educational programs.
  • Collaborate with community resources/organizations and the Bamfield Community School staff to facilitate the integration of those resources into the regular school program, where welcomed by school staff.
  • Build and maintain positive connections with the communityโ€™s youth, families and adults.
  • Become familiar with the social and economic structure of the community, identify community needs and interests and facilitate the development and implementation of programs, services and activities to meet those needs.
  • Promote full utilization of the publicly available Community School facilities (library, computers, gym, atrium etc); ensure maintenance and security of School District and BCSA assets.
  • Report to and consult with BCSA Board of Directors regularly, including written and verbal reports at monthly Board meetings. Maintain an up-to-date understanding and positive working relationship with the Association for Community Education in British Columbia (ACEbc) on behalf of the BCSA, including attendance at their annual conference.
  • Manage all aspects of corporate finances, including budgeting, payroll, fundraising and financial reporting.
  • Hire and supervise BCSA staff (generally 1-2 Assistants and 1 Lunch Program Contractor) and short-term facilitators for individual programs.

Qualifications of Ideal Candidates

Ideal candidates are independent and creative with the ability to maintain our baseline operations and to develop new initiatives to meet the needs and interests of our diverse community. They will possess:

  • Undergraduate degree or 2 years experience in a related or administrative role, including experience in:
    • Financial administration
    • Event coordination
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills
    • Ability to prioritize and multitask, effective time management skills
  • Experience with the not-for-profit sector and grant writing
  • Excellent computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office Programs
  • FoodSafe Level 1 Certification (or willingness to obtain)
  • Valid Class 5 Driverโ€™s License (Class 4 is an asset)
  • Basic First Aid certification (willingness to obtain)
  • Ability to pass a Criminal Record Check
  • Basic knowledge of Quickbooks accounting software and payroll experience is desired

Regular Full-time position
Salary: Based on experience
Benefits: $2500 towards Professional Development per year, 2 weeks paid vacation + paid week off during winter break.
Reports to: BCSA Board of Directors, a group of dedicated community volunteers

Position open until filled. Application review to begin Friday August 26th, 2022.

Please submit a resume and cover letter that outlines why the position interests you and clearly addresses how you meet the listed qualifications to the BCSA Board of Directors: bcsa_board@googlegroups.com

BCSA Community Calendar – May 2022

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Spring has sprung! Here is the BCSA Community Calendar for May ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒž

Little Buddies Playdate continues at the school from 1:30 to 3:30pm on Mondays

Dodgeball League starts at 6:30pm on Mondays – we have recently opened it up for $2 Drop-in from 6:30 – 7:30, so come check it out if you are interested!

NEW – BCSA Kids Creative Corner begins on May 10th and runs for 6 weeks on Tuesdays after school, for kids and teens ages 8 to 15. Contact Renee at BCSAASSISTANT@GMAIL.COM to register your creative kiddos.

Drop-in Yoga continues on Wednesdays, led by the wonderful Jaslyn in our BCS Gym. This is available to all by donation, doors open at 5:15, class begins at 5:30pm.

BCSA Kids Creative Corner!

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Are you ready to get creative?!

Kids ages 8-15 are invited to sign up for a six-week after school program, run every Tuesday from May 10 to June 14. We will be planning a huge array of creative projects, games, and endeavours, with lots of projects to take home and admire!

The fee is $60 per child for 6 weeks. We will operate a punchcard system, and payees will be reimbursed at the end of the course for any classes that were not attended. The fee includes a healthy snack, supplies, and instruction and fun with BCSA staff and volunteers. We have arranged transportation home on the bus at 4:30.

Note: No child will be excluded due to financial need. Please contact Renee at BCSAASSISTANT@GMAIL.COM to register your creative kids today! ๐ŸŽญ๐ŸŽจ๐ŸŽธ๐Ÿ™‚