Film Screening: After Spring – Tuesday Sept. 25th at 7pm

Film Screening: After Spring – Tuesday Sept. 25th at 7pm

World Community is partnering with the Immigrant Welcome Centre for a special screening of the award-winning documentary, After Spring, at 7pm, Tuesday Sept. 25 in the Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College, Courtenay. The film, produced by Jon Stewart, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival.

With the Syrian conflict now in its eighth year, millions of people have been displaced. After Spring is the story of what happens next. By following two refugee families in transition and aid workers fighting to keep the camp running, viewers will get glimpses of what it is like to live in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees. With no end in sight for the conflict, everyone must decide if they can rebuild their lives in a place that was never meant to be permanent.

Snippets from home movies provide an illustration of Syria before the war, with scenes of people shopping, dancing, sunning themselves on the beach. The images represent a stark contrast to the current lives of Zaatari’s residents. But life goes on. The camp is in effect a functioning city with over 80,000 residents, and it bustles with activity, including restaurants and retail shops. A Korean instructor offers courses in Tae Kwan Do.

“It is a touching and unexpectedly positive message that makes After Spring a valuable contribution to the range of documentaries emerging from the conflict in Syria.”- Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

Click Here to watch the trailer

All are welcome. Admission is by donation. FMI: 250 337-5412.

Fairly traded, Organic Products for sale

Fairly traded, Organic Products for sale

FairTradeProducts-2016Come visit our booth at MusicFest - July 13,14 & 15th.   

You can also visit our warehouse every Thursday 10am - 12 pm when we’re open for sales of fairly traded, organic products.

We sell fairly traded coffee, tea, chocolate, hot chocolate, cocao, olive oil, spices & more.

Location: #3 - 2440 Rosewall Cres.,

We hope to see you there!!

We are particularly proud of our ongoing relationship with our coffee growers in Pancasan and Dalia, near Matagalpa, Nicaragua. These producers get a guaranteed price above the world market price, freeing them from the risks of its fluctuations. Not only is this coffee superb, the gourmet Arabica beans are freshly roasted in small batches each week at Creekmore’s Coffee in Coombs, B.C.

World Community AGM – Wednesday, June 27th – 7:30pm – Creekside Commons, Courtenay

World Community AGM – Wednesday, June 27th – 7:30pm – Creekside Commons, Courtenay

Come learn more about World Community at our Annual General meeting.  Following the business portion of the meeting, Filmmaker, Ed Carswell will show a sneak preview of a new film about World Community Coffee.

Carswell has just returned from a trip to Nicaragua and will share stories and video of his encounters at several coffee farms and co-ops in both Pancasan and Dalia, Nicaragua (the source of World Community Coffee).  The farmers talk about the benefits of fairly-traded, organic coffee and what working with the co-ops  has meant to their daily lives.

“It was an incredible experience. The images and sounds were all-encompassing”. says Carswell. “We were in some very remote areas with people eager to share their deep  knowledge of the land and all its biological diversity.  We learned how shade grown, organic coffee plantations can be part of a healthy ecosystem. In the tiny pueblo of  Pancasan farmers sell not only coffee to the co-ops but also cocoa and milk.  In the larger town of Dalia they sell coffee, cocoa, and honey.”

The film was partially funded by both World Community Coffee and Cafe Etico (CoDev). will create a short promo film for both organisations as well a a longer version. 

Creekside Commons is at 2202 Lambert Drive, Courtenay -  Click here for MAP

Everyone Welcome   -  For more info call  (250) 337-5412

World Community’ works to foster greater awareness of the social, economic and environmental consequences of human activity at both the local and global levels.


Film Screening: Metamorphosis  Tuesday, May 15th – 7pm – Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College, Courtenay

Film Screening: Metamorphosis Tuesday, May 15th – 7pm – Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College, Courtenay

A poem for the planet, Metamorphosis takes the pulse of our earth and bears witness to a moment of profound change: the loss of one world, and the birth of another. The film captures the true scale of the global environmental crisis, a crisis that is also an opportunity for transformation. Programmer Janet Fairbanks notes “The filmmakers use beautiful images throughout the film, including powerful installations from a variety of artists responding to the difficult issues we are facing. The life cycle of monarch butterflies serves as a metaphor for how we need to change from caterpillars eating everything in sight to a new way of being”.
The filmmakers are optimists even in the middle of the most dire crisis. Metamorphosis carves a path from the present to the future, and offers a bold new vision for humanity and the world. Click Here to view the film trailer

Velcrow Ripper will join us via Skype for a post-screening discussion.
Admission by donation - Everyone Welcome

FMI contact Janet at 250 337-5412


Guest Speaker: Robert Massoud – Monday, May 7th – Comox United Church, 250 Beach Ave, Comox

Guest Speaker: Robert Massoud – Monday, May 7th – Comox United Church, 250 Beach Ave, Comox

Palestinian-born and Canadian-raised Robert Massoud, who hails from Toronto, is the founder of Zatoun fair trade products from Palestine. Moussad will be visiting Vancouver Island in May, engaging Canadians to learn more and empathize with Palestinians and their struggle for a just peace for Israel/Palestine. A non-profit, volunteer-run organization founded in 2004, Zatoun is North America’s oldest remaining seller of Palestinian fair trade olive oil. Locally, Zatoun products are distributed through World Community’s fair trade sales program.

Zatoun builds bridges between Palestine and North America using fair trade olive oil as a symbol of light, hope and peace, and also as a life-giving substance which binds us together in the human experience of eating and sharing. More practically, it provides Palestinian farmers with means of livelihood under difficult conditions.

According to Massoud, “A critical way to save human life on the planet is to rescue international law and global governance from impotence and irrelevance. The best place to begin is a true and just peace in Israel-Palestine. Insisting on applying international law and an end to coddling and protecting Israel’s actions in the UN will help bring back leadership and moral authority to set a healthy agenda for the planet. No guarantee - just a good place to start.”

Zatoun also initiated a worldwide project called Trees for Life – Planting Peace in Palestine, to plant 10,000 olive trees every year in Palestine. Zatoun is also a major supporter of Project Hope providing “art as therapy” to help heal many thousands of children living in refugee camps in Palestine. Since 2004, Zatoun has contributed almost $450,000 to these two projects.

The May 7th talk is co-sponsored by the Comox United Church’s Social Justice & Outreach Committee Mid-Islanders for Justice & Peace in the Middle East, and World Community. Zatoun products will be for sale, and will be featured in complimentary samplings of hors d’oeuvres, along with fair trade coffee/teas. The event is open to the public and admission is by donation. FMI: 250-331-9391.

Judy Goldschmidt

Comox United Church’s Social Justice & Outreach Committee, Mid-Islanders for Justice & Peace in the Middle East

Celebrating The Tragically Hip & National Canadian Film Day

Celebrating The Tragically Hip & National Canadian Film Day

Epic. Goosebumps. Tears.

A reminder of how much Gord will be missed.

Emotional rollercoaster ride from start to finish.

As part of the annual celebrations for National Canadian Film Day, the Sid Williams Theatre Society and World Community Development Education Society proudly present a screening of Long Time Running on Monday April 16 at the Sid Williams Theatre.

“I would have loved to say thank you face, to face, to face - to everybody, somehow,” Gord Downie declares in one of the interviews featured in the latest film from renowned Canadian documentary filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier (Manufactured LandscapesAct of GodWatermark).

Long Time Running chronicles the emotional and epic 2016 tour The Tragically Hip embarked on after iconic frontman Gord Downie announced that he had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Intimate moments, behind-the-scenes and on-stage footage, and personal interviews with the band and close friends, reveal the heartbreaking final performances of that now-legendary tour.

No other band encapsulated the rugged soul of Canada quite like the Hip, and it was completely in character for Downie – the everyman poet laureate of Canada – to go out on his own terms, with a powerfully galvanizing tour that delivered some of the most exhilarating performances of the band’s history.

Long Time Running, named after a languid blues song from the band’s second album, is both a history lesson and a eulogy for a group with 16 Juno Awards to its credit,” writes Brad Wheeler of The Globe and Mail.

Featuring fierce performances of Hip favourites like “Blow at High Dough,” “Grace, Too” and the heartrending tribute to endurance that gives the film its title, Long Time Running is neither morbid nor unduly sombre. Rather, this is a film about wonder, perseverance, and feeling alive even when dark shadows loom.

National Canadian Film Day (April 18) is REEL CANADA’s annual day-long celebration of Canadian film, through screenings, events, panel discussions, and conversations across the country.

Admission for the film is by donation (at the door) to World Community Development Education Society. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the film begins at 7:00 pm.

For more information, please visit

Tara Murphy

Marketing & Development Coordinator, Sid Williams Theatre Society