Hornby Island Community Economic Enhancement Corporation (HICEEC)
HICEEC is a non-profit corporation established in 1996 to foster a healthy, sustainable and diversified economy on Hornby Island. HICEEC administers its own programs and works with partners towards achieving this goal. We are located at 2115-B Sollans Road (Next door to the Union Bay Credit Union)
Our Mission and Vision
The mission of the Hornby Island Community Economic Enhancement Corporation or HICEEC (pronounced "high seek") is to take leadership in developing and implementing solutions to social and economic issues facing the citizens of Hornby Island. Our vision is a healthy, sustainable, resilient and diversified economy on the Island.
Who We Are
- Darren Bond (Chair): Darren is an urban professional who has recently relocated to Hornby Island and brings an extensive background in finance and business practices.
- John Heinegg (Vice chair): John works from home as a medical editor and has a particular interest in food issues.
- Gary Manzer (Treasurer): Gary has wide-ranging experience in both the business and non-profit sectors. Since relocating to Hornby Island in 2012 he has enthusiastically embraced community engagement and also sits on the Boards of the HD GPA and Heron Rocks Friendship Center.
- Matthew Fredbeck (Secretary): Matthew is co-proprietor of Ford's Cove, a well-established Hornby business; he has an MBA and extensive international business experience.
- Gerald Hodge: Gerald is one of Canada's foremost authorities on planning and is author most recently of the Geography of Aging. Gerald is an honorary lifetime director.
- Rachelle Chinnery: Rachelle is ceramicist and writer with a home-based business.
- Daniel Siegel: Daniel has extensive experience with non-profit entities and is currently Vice President of the Hornby Island Residents' and Ratepayers' Association (HIRRA) which appointed him to the HICEEC Board. He works from home teaching and consulting as part of the leadership team of a rabbinical program.
- Joanne Ovitsland - Executive Director
- Kevin McMahon - Website development and maintenance and technical support
- Sonja Goldsmith - Bookkeeper
- Comox Valley Regional District: CVRD is HICEEC's major funding partner. HICEEC has a 5-year agreement with the regional district to provide economic development services on Hornby Island.
- Hornby Island Residents' and Ratepayers' Association: HIRRA appoints one of HICEEC's directors and has generously provided office space for HICEEC's use free of charge.
- Denman Works: Denman Works - which provides economic development services on Denman Island - and HICEEC keep in close communication and look for opportunities to share information and to work together.
HICEEC is a member of the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce and works with other partners on specific programs and projects.
Programs and Activities: 2011 to Present
The HICEEC Board was pleased to confirm a five year funding agreement with CVRD, our primary partner, in Spring 2011. Secure funding has allowed us to implement an ongoing cycle of fund disbursement and establish a physical office. Community consultation will continue to be instrumental in determining the development of programs of activities.
Marketing is a key element in the success of community businesses, most of which are home-based. HICEEC continues to operate realhornby.com as a valuable community marketing platform and to provide businesses, organizations and residents with information and links to resources. Realhornby.com continues to evolve and grow and offers:
- A regularly updated web-site which enables residents, seasonal residents and visitors to stay connected with Hornby Island and all it has to offer via events listings, community written blog posts, photo essays and more.
- Comprehensive free web listings in support of local business/services, arts and culture, healing arts and recreation based operators.
- Quarterly newsletter highlighting seasonal events and profiling island businesses and artists.
- Outreach activities, including a presence at the Farmers' Market.
- Development of a comprehensive “Buy Local” campaign for 2013.
In 2012 we upgraded realhornby.com to be optimized for viewing on hand held devices and we are continually increasing content.
Tourism and off-season visitation
Tourism is a major element of Hornby Island's economy. It also presents challenges in terms of the annual "boom and bust" cycle, the stress it can put upon the Island at peak times and its vulnerability to external factors.
HICEEC continues to work with partners and stakeholders to help shape the kind of tourism that works best for Hornby Island.
Business and employment support
HICEEC provides support to businesses and members of the workforce in a variety of ways:
- Ongoing community consultation and support via regular open office hours.
- Liaising with other community organizations to identify needs and develop appropriate actions and solutions in regards to employment support.
- A virtual resource centre on realhornby.com.
In 2012, HICEEC presented a very well attended workshop "Knowing Yourself, Knowing Your Work", facilitated by Darlene Gage, and co-presented with Denman Works!, a Community Tourism Foundation Workshop facilitated by BC Tourism (see final report here).
In January 2013, HICEEC once again partnered with Denman Works! to present a workshop on Peer-to-Peer Lending. We also held a workshop in April, Putting the Pieces Together - A Social Media Primer for Artists and Small Businesses, facilitated by John McLachlan.
HICEEC welcomes opportunities to work with community partners with similar goals. We recently established a granting cycle that will see us accept funding applications in April and November. Click here for more information and for the grant application
We are pleased to provide support for many sectors of the community, including; arts and culture, food and farming, housing, job creation, and community organizations addressing capacity challenges. Full list of grant recipients and the projects funded:
- Hornby Denman Tourist Services Society - 2011, 2012 and 2013 HD Tourist Brochures
- Hornby Island Arts Council - 2012 Studio Guide and Video Project
- Hornby Island Education Society - partnering on workshops
- CAST - Community Solutions Together - ongoing administrative support / meeting facilitation
- Elder Housing - maintenance project and web site development
- HD Growers Producers Alliance - equipment purchases / 2012 Food & Farming Guide / workshops / administrative support / film series and potluck to support sustainable food production
- Hornby Island Pre-School - maintenance project
- Island Gallery - one time renovation costs related to Gallery move
- Farmers Market - financial support to build an electrical shed
- Hornby Island Radio Society (CHFR fm) - official sponsor / administrative start-up support
- Natural History Exhibit - marketing collateral
- First Edition - equipment upgrades
HICEEC is also participating in community discussions to determine the feasibility of establishing a commercial community kitchen to be used to process food to address both food security issues (personal use) and economic (commercial use) needs.
HICEEC has developed a comprehensive database system to manage membership and volunteer needs of local organizations. This service will be managed and maintained by HICEEC at no / minor expense to the users and will support administrative capacity and revenue generating abilities of the organizations.
We continue to pursue the possibility of establishing mechanisms in which to provide community micro-loans in support of business and entrepreneurial efforts.
For more information on activities and programs that took place from 2002 to 2010 please click here.
The HICEEC board developed a Strategic Plan to guide the organization's work over the coming years.
A five-year strategic plan was adopted by the Board of Directors of HICEEC on 26 April 2010. It is envisioned as a rolling five-year plan which will be updated each year.
Its purposes are to:
- Guide decisions of the Board of Directors
- Shape the development of work programs
- Provide clarity about the organization's goals to funders, partners and the community
HICEEC's Operating Principles
- Pro-active - HICEEC initiates and carries out programs in pursuit of its goals
- Collaborative - HICEEC works with partners on programs that achieve common goals
- Responsive - HICEEC provides support to others whose initiatives support HICEEC's goals
- Facilitative - HICEEC provides opportunities for community exploration of how to achieve goals
Goals and Objectives for 2011-2015
To facilitate the availability of resources to respond to economic needs and opportunities.
Click here for more information.
- To develop HICEEC's governance, financial, human and partnership resources
- To provide Hornby residents with access to information, education and financial resources
- To support capacity-building for community organizations generally
To enable the successful marketing of Hornby products on and off Hornby Island.
- To maintain and develop the realhornby web-site and electronic marketing program
- To support small businesses in developing their marketing capacities
- To undertake local and regional marketing initiative
To support the growth of a year-round economy to reduce dependence upon the peak season.
- To promote off-season events and other opportunities for visitors
- To contribute to enhancing summer tourism as one component of a year-round economy
- To provide support for economic activity that is not based upon summer tourism
To promote economic resilience to external factors, including by meeting local needs locally.
- To foster the development of on-Island food production
- To promote the availability and use of local goods and services to meet local needs
- To pursue transportation and energy alternatives
To encourage diversity and capacity through the participation of all age groups in the economy.
- To help incorporate the needs and assets of senior residents into the Island economy
- To increase the presence and participation of younger adults in economic activities
- To address the community's succession needs
Key HICEEC Documents
- 2007 Financial Report
- 2008 Financial Report
- 2009 Financial Report
- 2010 Financial Report
- 2011 Financial Report
- 2010 Budget
- 2011 Budget
- 2007 Annual Report
- 2008 Annual Report
- 2009 Annual Report
- 2010-11 Annual Report
- 2011-12 Annual Report
Reports and Discussion Papers
- Quality of Life Report - 2002
- Hornby Island Community Vision - 2003
- Economic Renewal Project - 2004
- A Sustainable Community Economic Development Strategy for Hornby and Denman Islands -(prepared by Lifeskills Unlimited Development Institute for the Comox-Strathcona Regional District) - 2007
- Gem of the Gulf: Community-based Tourism on Hornby Island (Informed Leisure Practice -The Recreation and Tourism Research Institute) - 2007
- Community Tourism Project - 2007
- Visitor Survey - 2008
- Enabling Secondary Accommodation Units on Hornby Island (an ACT project) - 2008
- Housing Needs on Hornby and Denman Islands (Eberle Planning and Research) - 2008
- Housing Needs on Hornby Island - Summary - 2008