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

  • Mike Bishop


    Mike lives in Youbou with his wife Sue Shot. Mike is retired from BC Hydro and is a Commissioned Officer in The Royal Canadian Navy (Ret’d).

    Mikes interest in Radio goes back to his school days when he and others started Radio Acadia at Acadia University, Wolfville NS, he also served for a year as a News Reporter/DJ for the Annapolis Valley Radio Network head office in Kentville. (Stations CKEN, CKBW, CKDY and CFAB).

    Mike joined the Cowichan Valley Community Radio Society the day CICV went on air and has enjoyed his volunteer positions at Radio Cowichan ever since.

  • 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.


  • Tony Robertson


    Tony is a lifelong Cowichan Valley Resident, musician and all round good guy!

    He takes care of the live mix at our "Summer Nights" and plays guitar at the senior center.

  • 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 married to Ed Coburn, and have been living in Lake Cowichan area since 1998. She started to volunteer ,as well as the secretary and lead fundraiser, at the radio station since October 2015. She is a Dj on the "Country Time show" on Wed from 10-1 pm and the "Golden Oldies" with my co-host Julie Black.

    She is a Christian and love all kinds of music, country and oldies are her favorite. She loves cats, photography and working with computers.