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

Film Screening: Directly Affected, Tues. April 3,  7pm at NIC

Film Screening: Directly Affected, Tues. April 3, 7pm at NIC

5 years ago, Vancouver filmmaker, Zack Embree set out on a mission: to understand the impacts of the Kinder Morgan pipeline on local communities and give a voice back to those who had been ignored by the National Energy Board process.

He interviewed residents affected by the 2007 inlet drive spill, and covered the protests on Burnaby Mountain - and journeyed to First Nations communities such as Fort Mackay, Alberta to witness the impacts of fossil fuel extraction, to New Brunswick where many of the energy workers are from, as well as to France for the Paris Climate talks.

What he found was a growing storm of opposition from all walks of life and confusion over Prime Minister Trudeau’s climate plan - how to achieve it while building a major oil pipeline?

Click HERE to watch the trailer

Admission by Donation, everyone welcome.  FMI contact Janet at 250 337-5412



Film Screening: Modified – Tues, March 13th – 7pm at NIC Theatre, Courtenay

Film Screening: Modified – Tues, March 13th – 7pm at NIC Theatre, Courtenay

Modified is a first-person documentary-memoir  that questions why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not labeled on food products in Canada and the United States, despite being labeled in 64 countries around the world.Interweaving the personal and the political, the film is anchored in the filmmaker’s relationship to  her mother, a passionate gardener and food activist. Their intimate mother-daughter investigative journey, fueled by a shared love of food, ultimately reveals the extent to which industrial interests control our food policies, making  a strong case for a more transparent  and sustainable food system. 

Everyone Welcome - Admission by donation

FMI: Contact Janet at 250 337-5412

Watch the trailer below.