Our Programs - Squamish

  • Squamish Community Adult Learning Program

    Weekly 2.5 hour group from September to June and ongoing individual tutoring by trained volunteer tutors at the Hotspot location in Downtown Squamish

    The Squamish Community Adult Learning Program is a volunteer adult literacy tutor program. It is a community-based program that uses a learner-centred approach to creating accessible literacy opportunities for adults living in Squamish. Learners work with volunteer tutors on a one-to-one basis or in small groups with a Capilano instructor. The program runs out of the Hotspot Community Resource Centre.

    Partners: Squamish Volunteer Centre Society known as Hotspot Community Resource Centre

    Funders: Ministry of Advanced Education (AVED) through Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP), Raise-A-Reader Fund


    Squamish Faces Family Learning Program

    Weekly 2.5 hr group at Squamish Elementary September-June

    The Squamish Faces Family Learning Program provides adult literacy and parent education to adult family members in Squamish. The program helps parents and caregivers meet their personal learning goals and become more active and confident in their roles as parents, community members and individuals. Key to our success is developing a welcoming and supportive learning group. Direct adult instruction is offered through classroom-based activities. Other activities, such as field trips, enhance the classroom sessions.

    Partners: Sea to Sky Community Services Society, School District 48/Squamish Elementary School

    Funders: Ministry of Advanced Education (AVED) through Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP), Raise-A-Reader.


    Welcome Sea to Sky

    Service and activities happen year round: weekly drop in, weekly tutoring, monthly training and social recreational activities for immigrants

    In the communities of Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton, the program aims to engage newcomers and immigrants as full participants in their communities by providing leadership, cultural and mentorship training. Immigrants and newcomers will have the capacity to be full participants in their community, to advocate for their own needs, and to contribute to the well-being of others. Immigrant advisory boards in each community guide the project. Advocacy and leadership skills are developed within the immigrant communities via skills and communication training, and practical project development and implementation. Outreach Workers, employed by partner organisations, support the project. Key activities in Squamish include a welcome centre space within the Hotspot, weekly drop ins, community kitchens and/or potlucks and other learning activities for immigrants, annual delivery of a community leadership program from which core projects develop, Peer Educator Program training providing immigrants with the skills and knowledge to support and provide information and referrals to other newcomers, regular support groups and skills training. Funding confirmed by VCH till March 2018.

    Partners: Sea to Sky Community Services (sponsoring agency), Hotspot Community Resource Centre aka Squamish Volunteer Centre Society, Howe Sound Women’s Centre, Sea to Sky Lower Stl’atl’imx Literacy Tables

    Funder: Vancouver Coastal Health, Smart Fund


    Sea to Sky/Sunshine Coast Settlement Program

    Service and activities happen year round and include weekly drop in, weekly tutoring, monthly training and social recreational activities for immigrants Partners: Hotspot Community Resource Centre aka Squamish Volunteer Centre Society, Sunshine Coast Community Services, Sea to Sky Community Services, Whistler Public Library

    Funders: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills

    Settlement and Community Connections provided to IRCC-qualified immigrants. Top up funding from Welcome BC allows non-qualifying individuals (citizens, PNP applicants, refugee claimants, TFWs) to be supported alongside. Partner organisations employ settlement workers providing Needs Assessment and Referrals, Information & Orientation services. Outreach Workers in place via the SMART Fund support community connections activities. Objectives of the program are to connect with IRCC eligible clients through schools, faith groups, workplaces, local governments, health and other community organizations, to develop social supports within and bridges to the local community to encourage and facilitate increased understanding, ability and willingness to participate fully in the local and wider Canadian cultural and community, and to provide ongoing support for Mentors/Volunteer tutors. Core to the program is the facilitation of conversation (ESL) groups delivering life skills, information and community connections. Communities supported: Sechelt, Gibsons, Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton.


    Squamish Community Bookstore

    Co-founded by Capilano U and the Squamish Volunteer Centre Society, the social enterprise provides volunteer training and opportunities for immigrants and literacy learners. Open 6 days a week.


    Dream Makers Community Literacy Coalition

    Working under the name Dream Makers Community Literacy Coalition, three local literacy committees work in the Sea to Sky corridor with community stakeholders to assess literacy needs and create action plans for the communities of the Sea to Sky Southern Stl’atl’imx Region. This initiative has resulted in the development of a vibrant literacy presence in the corridor, including such initiatives as the Squamish Welcome Centre and Welcome Sea to Sky, IRCC funded programs, the Squamish Faces Family Learning program and a range of initiatives undertaken by community partners without a direct Capilano University partnership. Dream Makers also hosts an annual training/literacy awareness event that has brought in such training as Parents as Literacy Supports (PALS, including Immigrant and Aboriginal PALS), financial literacy, 100 Years of Loss, the Reconciliation Blanket Exercise, and much more.

    In Squamish, Dream Makers has also supported the digital literacy and volunteer programming at the Hotspot with training and has partnered in Community Development activities such as the Collaboration Training last year and research this year.

    Partners: Xa’xtsa (Douglas) First Nation, Skatin FN, Samahquam FN, Ts’Zil Learning Centre (Mt Currie), Xit’olowc Community School (Mt. Currie), In’SHICK’ch FN, Pemberton Public Library, Whistler Public Library, Sea to Sky Community Services Society, School District 48, Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, Hotspot Community Access Centre (also knows as the Squamish Volunteer Centre Society), North Shore Multicultural Society, the Chief Newspaper, Squamish Public Library, Vancouver Coastal Health, the District of Squamish, Squamish Nation, Lil’Wat Nation, Squamish Senior’s Centre, Whistler Community Services, Training Innovations, Howe Sound Women’s Centre, Resort Municipality of Whistler, Big Brothers Big Sisters

    Funders: Ministry of Education Literacy Now/Legacy 2010