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The Children's International Learning Centre (CILC) was established on October 24, 1970 as a not-for-profit organization. Governed by a Board of Directors, staff and volunteers deliver programmes to the community with the goal of celebrating diversity and inclusivity by acknowledging the uniqueness, connections and similarities amongst us.
Vision: A world of care and respect for all people and our environment.
Mission: Promote respect for diversity and awareness of our world community through guided discovery and interactive artistic programmes.
The CILC endeavours to spread the message of inclusivity with acceptance of diversity through hands-on and virtual programme content.
Through 60 or 90 minute presentations, participants are invited on a journey of discovery to learn about various celebrations and cultures, while finding similarities between the celebrations and making connections to themselves. Participants ask questions and discover answers through hands-on exploration of cultural artefacts from over 100 countries.
Part of display from Play! It’s Universal 2020
Festivals of Light
A collection of diyas (oil lamps) lit for Diwali, a Hindu celebration
The nativity scene, the birth of Jesus, is displayed on drapes for the celebration of Christmas (Festivals of Light (FOL), 2020)
Our display of the Mid-Winter ceremony shows the interior of a long house, a traditional Indigenous house, with a fire in the middle and other related artefacts (FOL 2020)
A table topped with a menorah, candles, and other items for Hanukkah (FOL 2020)
Our display of Lunar New Year, showing lanterns and other decorations. (FOL 2019)
“Festivals of Light” or FOL, a favourite annual programme of both participants and CILC volunteers, is now in a travelling format and delivered from November to January.
Through our programme, we highlight forms of light, elements of gift-giving and gatherings of family and friends.
Related crafts and activities reinforce the key learnings and create meaningful connections to sustain an increased understanding of the value of diversity.
Mileage will be determined from: 145 King St. E, Hamilton, for a 25 km radius.
In some situations, special arrangements may be made but
not guaranteed for more distant locations by calling the office.
How You Can Support Us:
As a not-for-profit organization, we rely on grants and donations to help fund our operating costs. We also participate in fundraising activities throughout the year.
There are many ways to help support the work we do:
You may also e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail a cheque to our post office box.
Please consider a membership gift for a friend or loved one. Membership is $25.00 (or $10.00 minimum, for those who require a charitable tax receipt) and includes a quarterly newsletter, special access to CILC events, and some very special perks.
To book our programme or for any more information, please feel free to contact us.
PO Box 57128 RPO Jackson Square, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4W9