Each summer the EMCS Society hires a Summer Youth Engagement Coordinator to facilitate FOR youth BY youth events, grassroots community action, and participation in regional decision-making. The objective of Youth For Sooke is to initiate and organize new events and initiatives for youth in our region.  See what's happening now HERE.

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Now in its 10th year, this summer program provide a rich play-based learning environment for 4 weeks, immersing students in literacy & numeracy activities designed to foster their existing academic skills, and to improve their self-confidence and enjoyment in these subject areas.

In 2020, the program was funded by the EMCS Society, Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, the Rotary Club of Sooke, Excellence in Literacy Foundation, Decoda Literacy Solutions – Sooke Region Literacy Task Group, School District No. 62 (Sooke), Sooke Harbourside Lions, HRSDC (Canada Youth Summer Jobs), and The Edith Lando Charitable Foundation. These funders made it possible to offer the camp to families at no charge.


Sooke Literacy Outreach has exciting projects such as Books for Breakfast and the Book Bin program. 

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Literacy Connection Westshore hosts a variety of events such as Story Walks and the Summer Reading Club. 

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The Garden Coordinator works closely with a primary point person in each school:  EMCS, Belmont Secondary, Royal Bay Secondary, and Westshore Annex. This core team works together to inform priorities and goals for the Garden Coordinator and the EMCS Society is the fiscal host for the position.

Matthew Kemshaw has been supporting garden maintenance, electronic educational resource development, regularly harvesting and distributing food to school meal programs and local food banks. Finally, bee habitats have been established at 3 school site.

Crate of Vegetables

Good Food Box is an alternative food distribution system for sustainably grown fruits and vegetables. The highest quality produce is purchased which ensures variety, freshness and affordability. Priority is given to locally grown produce with a focus on seasonal fruits and vegtables.

Call the Program Office to order: 250-642-6371.

Collect your Good Food Box at the high school between 1-5 pm on our pick up date. 

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