About the CILC

Who We Are

The Children's International Learning Centre was established on October 24, 1970, as a volunteer project of the Hamilton-Wentworth United Nations Association. It is a not-for-profit organization supported by admissions, memberships, donations, grants and volunteers.


A world of care and respect for all people and our environment.


Promote respect for diversity and awareness of our world community through guided discovery and interactive artistic programmes.

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Governance Excellence Award
Cowan Foundation and Capacity Canada - Governance Excellence Award

Our Approach

The Children's International Learning Centre is a not-for-profit organization supported by grants, donations, admissions, membership fees, fundraising and volunteers.

Registration Charity # 13042 1456 RR0001

History of the Children's International Learning Centre

25th anniversary of the United Nations

The CILC was established in Hamilton, in October 1970, to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the United Nations. The CILC, housed in a single room and requiring untold volunteer hours to set up temporary displays in schools and libraries, dreamed of acquiring artifacts from every continent.

Class visits

In January 1972, the CILC received the official approval of the Director of Education for Hamilton Public Schools for classes to visit. For many years, school classes and community groups visited the CILC in a permanent space at the MacNab St. YWCA. By 1990, the Children's International Learning Centre, had grown to be a free-standing not-for-profit organization with its own Board of Directors and was working from its own suite at 100 James St. S., using artifacts from over 92 countries, to produce interactive educational programming for all ages.


The Children's International Learning Centre continues to grow and develop great hands-on programming. We are able to do this at our home at 189 King William St. We even have a green space in the urban downtown core!

  • 1970 - CILC began as an Information Centre on Children's Cultures
  • 1972 - Official approval of the Director of Education for Hamilton Public Schools for classes to visit the Centre in the YWCA
  • 1988 - Incorporated as The Children's International Learning Centre (Hamilton) and granted a charity registration number
  • 1990 - Opened location at 100 James St. South, Hamilton from 1990 - 2000 (leased)
  • 2001 to present - Operating continuously at 189 King William St, Hamilton.
  • 2017 – Designed a new logo
  • 2017 – Created a vision statement to reflect the growth of the CILC since its humble beginnings
Board of Directors

The CILC has a Board of Directors, with a maximum of 15 members, which meets once a month. The Board uses a governance model and members also serve on one or more CILC committees.


Meet the Team

The late Sheila Davies



Lana Lowe

Executive Director

Jess Letman

Programme Manager

Current Board Members

Mr. Kevin McNally


Ms. Aha Blume
Director of Programmes


Ms. Chelsea MacDonald


Ms. Olwyn Moxley
Past President


Ms. Janet Liu


Ms. Eleanor Chithalen



Mr. Curtis Davis

Ms. Justine Dennis

Mr. Keith Doyle

Ms. Isabella Marchese

Mr. Chris Parkinson

Ms. Luciana Marginean

Mr. Jim Watts

Mr. Eric Noue

How to help

If you share our vision and would like to support the Centre, there are many ways you can help!

To find out more, visit our Volunteer and Membership pages.