About Us

The Cowichan Valley Community Radio Society is a not-for-profit, volunteer run organization which operates Radio Station CICV 98.7 FM , in the Cowichan Lake area of Vancouver Island, BC. Our mission is to provide accessible communication to the residents of the Cowichan Valley. We undertake to be responsive to the needs and interests of the citizens of the Cowichan Lake Area. Our top priority will be the broadcasting of local events, encouraging local talent, and providing a reliable source of information especially during emergency situations.

The thing that makes CVC Radio different from all commercial stations and most other public radio stations is that we are owned by the community that we serve. Our Board of Directors is elected by our listeners who support us and by our active volunteers and DJ (CVC Radio's term for on air host or dj). Our programs and programmers are selected by a Programming Committee that is elected by both the Board and by the station's volunteers.

The Cowichan Valley Community Radio Society is a volunteer organization. We rely on membership dues, sponsorship and advertising revenues, municipal grants and public donations to keep us on the air.

We encourage you to join us! If you choose to help On Air we provide all training ... Free of Charge. ( Volunteer DJ looks pretty good on a resume!) Donations to CICV can be made at any Island Savings Branch.


Join our Radio Club

Join our growing list of volunteers. CICV is a community focused station. We broadcast from various live locations, The Great Lake Walk finish line, The Country Grocer and Home Hardware customer appreciation days.

Board of Directors

  • Gordon Davidson


    Gord and his wife Rose are Youbou residents. A semi-retired exploration geologist, he has had the pleasure of exploring for gold and uranium deposits throughout northern Canada and internationally.

    Gord is a music fanatic, and enjoys an eclectic variety of music genres that he would like to share with the Cowichan valley. His other objectives in serving as a director with Radio Cowichan include discussing important issues of interest to valley residents such as earthquake preparedness and lake and river stewardship.

    Gord is also currently volunteering with the Cowichan Lake and River Stewardship Society.

  • Pauline Thompson


    Pauline lives in Lake Cowichan and with her husband Dave they own and run “The Studio – By Us”.

    Pauline has been involved in many aspects of volunteering within the community. This involvement has led her to be and still is the treasurer for 7 different groups. One of these The Kaatza Art Group, is now a twenty year position. Pauline is also a Director on the Board of the Cowichan Valley Arts Council in Duncan. As a member of the Kaatza Art Group, Warmland Calligraphers, Tuesdays Art Tools and Techniques. She works at finding the time to do what she calls playing.

  • Les Gardner


    I have been employed in the Canadian Forces, our country’s military service since 1991, serving domestically and overseas. I possess a depth of knowledge and grounding that has brought me to this junction where employment skills, communication skills, and my desire to help community, merge together. 25 years as mechanic/soldier for Canada. I concurrently earned a BAPC degree completing an intensive Professional Communication degree program at Royal Roads University in 2012, earning the Founder’s award, another achievement, in the process. I had my eye on becoming a Public Affairs Officer yet things somehow changed. I spend my time self-employed I am surviving so I can build a couple of hot-rods and paint automotive artwork (self-employed). I am happily living in the town of Lake Cowichan for only a year now, and am still transitioning from the Westshore. My partner Monique and I love it here and see ourselves as part of this fantastic community. I am mindful of my ethics and the rules of fair play which I am sure have helped.   


  • Betty Riel


    Betty Riel grew up here in Youbou and Lake Cowichan, always loved the beauty of the Lake and Mountains. She is an avid swimmer and love the outdoors.   She worked in the seafood industry in Campbell River for 15 years.   After that flipped houses with my husband for the last 10 years until we decided to slow things down and moved to the Lake two years ago.

  • Don Kitsch


    Don is a small business owner and lives in Youbou. He has lived on Vancouver Island most of his life, except when he took off around the world for two years where he learned the Indian tablas and the African Djembe.

    His hobbies are music, playing drums, video audio production and photography.

    He found out about the radio station in Lake Cowichan, and has fit in well with the diverse mix of volunteers.

  • Shelley Coburn


    Shelley Coburn has been living in the Lake Cowichan area since 1998, while her family has been in the area since the early 1980's. Married to Ed Coburn, she lives in Lake Cowichan, has 6 cats,  and would love more, but need a bigger house. Shelley has been volunteering with Radio Cowichan since  October, 2015.  Being a DJ, does the Country Show,  Flash Back, and Pop.  All depends on her mood she said. Shelley is also the Secretary for the Radio Cowichan Board of  Directors, Lead of Fundraising, and Marketing. Shelley also works with the students, training them to be student DJ's. Between Shelley and Gordon, they also make sure that you have great music during the day, Old Time Radio, and the local interviews. She is a Christian, who loves her music, (Country and Oldies being her favorite), also loves animals, doing her own photography, and working with computers.