Community Programs

Community schools are natural centres for activity in neighbourhoods and can play a key role in improving outcomes for communities.

LTCES offers regular community drop-in programming, workshops, and events, providing safe and accessible points of connection for community members.

We are continually building community partner relationships and providing joint programs such as the Repair Café, Earth Day Free Store, and Community Connections Day.

We are working to build connections to place and land through use of the Roy Stewart Morrison Forest and our Community School Garden and Outdoor Hub.

Upcoming Programs

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Clothes Closet Cleanout

April 3 – 18 (school days only)
9:30 – 11:30am or 1:30 – 2:30pm

LTCES is taking donations for our third annual Earth Day FREE Clothing Store!

Bring your gently used, clean clothes and accessories to Lake Trail Community School, 805 Willemar Avenue. Donations will be accepted April 3-18 (school days only), from 9:30-11:30am or 1:30-2:30pm.

If you are unable to drop off your donations during these times, email to make arrangements.

The Free Clothing Store will take place on Monday April 22, 3:30 – 5:30pm.


Growing Great Tomatoes

Thursday, April 11, from 6:30pm – 8:30pm 

Have you ever wanted to start your own plants from seed but don’t know where to start? Or have your attempts at growing seedlings resulted in skinny, leggy plants? Farmer and garden instructor Arzeena Hamir will help demystify the technique, recommending equipment that’s already in your home or recycling bin.

Facilitated by Arzeena Hamir. Arzeena Hamir has a love for food and community and brings these two passions together through her work as an organic farmer and food security activist. She received her undergrad in Crop Science and her Master’s in Sustainable Agriculture. Arzeena has worked internationally with small scale farmers in Jamaica, India, Thailand, and Bangladesh and in BC with West Coast Seeds, UBC, Richmond Food Security Society, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She and her husband moved their family to the Comox Valley in 2012 and run Amara Farm, a 25-acre certified organic farm in Courtenay, BC.



Edible Landscaping and Ornamental Kitchen Gardens

Thursday, April 18, from 6:30-8:30pm 

Get ready to move out of the back yard and into the sun.

Cottage gardens make the most of small spaces, combining beauty and productivity. Harmonious blends of food, flowers, and herbs can increase the health and vigour of plants, improve pollination, and discourage pests.

Perennial beds and companion planting are the themes for this session.

Facilitated by Elaine Codling. Elaine Codling is a Permaculture Design Consultant and lifelong organic food gardener. She teaches classes in permaculture, gardening, and garden design. She believes that food spaces should be productive and delightful, and that the natural abundance of a well managed garden can be restorative to the land and to the people.



Earth Day Free Clothing Store

Monday, April 22, 2024
3:30 – 5:30pm

LTCES is hosting our third annual Earth Day FREE Clothing Store!

This is a great opportunity to update your wardrobe with free clothes and accessories.