Executive Director, Maternity Leave

Oasis seeks an energetic Executive Director to cover the maternity leave of our current ED.  The Executive Director will be accountable to the Board
of Directors and be responsible for the operational management of the society including strategic and operational planning, programs and services, fiscal management, resource development, human resources,  administrative operations and external relationships.

The closing date for this job posting is Friday, May 4th.

Executive Director Posting

November 2017

What a great November!  We just finished another Nurture in Nature retreat up in Ucluelet and Tofino.  We are so grateful to the peoples of those traditional territories for the opportunity to bask in the beauty and tranquility of their home.  The rain held off for the most part, so we were able to do several outdoor activities.  We had a chance to participate in a sweat ceremony, a traditional brushing ceremony, a sunrise ceremony, we took long walks on Long Beach and explored the Ucluelet inlet, and we shared stories and food in community.  Thanks, once again, to our Elder and traditional Nuu Chah Nulth healer, Levi Martin for his leadership and welcome.  Along with delicious food, we came away with a great sense of rest and peace of mind, body, and spirit.

Our Share in Sustenance program has seen a boost in participants as some of the participants from the Nurture in Nature retreats have started attending and inviting others to join them.  All are welcome, and everyone definitely gets an extra boost from the added energy and sharing around the table.  Our Indigenous Outreach and Support Worker was also quite active this month, making new contacts around the city.  The highlight of November was a special shopping outing with one participant who was excited to share their growing financial management skills.
Just a reminder of our Christmas Celebration coming up on December 5th at 4:00PM.  Find more details here – we look forward to sharing an afternoon of celebration with you.

Writing Contest – Call for Volunteers

Are you interested in all things literary?  Join our Writing Contest project!

We are seeking individuals that are interested in a project to raise the profile of the Oasis Society through a writing contest.  We are grateful to Elizabeth Summers, Oasis Society member, for agreeing to take the lead and hope to add some more heads and hands to her team.  Please contact her directly if you would like to know more about what this commitment would entail at stories@oasisvic.org.

 

October 2017

During October, our Share in Sustenance program continued to host a community night weekly.  We welcomed everyone around a family sized dining room table (yes, sometimes it gets a little cozy) to share a home cooked meal.  We spend the evening in community, sharing stories and laughter over warm food.  Thanks to our volunteers, with a special mention this month to Marg L., who help with the shopping and the cooking.

Our Nurture in Nature program took us back up island this month to a large home on the Ucluelet inlet.  Ten participants were invited into two days of ceremony and culture under the guidance of our Oasis elder and traditional Nuu Chah Nulth healer, Levi Martin.  Our participants enjoyed the tranquility and beauty of this natural setting, as well as the opportunities to connect to one another and self.  Thanks to the help of a phenomenal cook, we ate very well over the two days, giving an overall experience of nourishment to body, mind and spirit.  We offer special thanks to our host for having the fire going when we arrived!  We felt most welcome in this beautiful and inviting space.

September 2017

This September, we headed to Long Beach, Tofino as part of our Nurture in Nature program.  Our participants set up camp on the sands of Long Beach, on the Esowista Reserve.  Our self-appointed fire keeper made it his business to keep a fire going from the time we arrived to the time we left, which offered wonderful opportunities for sharing and laughter among the group.  Our Oasis elder and traditional Nuu Chah Nulth healer, Levi Martin, led us through a number of healing ceremonies – offering traditional medicines and practices for our ongoing use upon returning home.  Together we prepared and shared meals of moose stew and sockeye salmon, among other delicious menu items.  There was a wonderful spirit of collaboration within the group.  We offer a special word of thanks to Mark L. for his donation of moose and salmon, and all those who assisted us in making this retreat a huge success.

Traditionally prepared salmon

Our Share in Sustenance program hosted a community night meal once a week over the month of September.  This is typically a time of laughter and reflection, and September brought much conversation around new beginnings.  Thanks to all who came to participate and those that helped prepare the food.