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General News · 1st June 2019
There was a nice turnout of CISS members at the 2019 AGM meeting in May. Thank you all for coming.

Here are some of the June announcements. For more details, see the PDF version of the newsletter below.

June Luncheons
Most start at noon, except for the Hollyhock lunch.
• Wednesday, June 5: Sue and Andy Ellingsen, 1472 Norton
• Wednesday, June 12: Toki Bap
• Thursday, June 20: Hollyhock, 12:30 p.m.
• Thursday, June 27: 456 Christina and Paul, Smelt Bay Road
A big THANK YOU to our hosts.

Stitch in Public (this time at the Cortes Market)
• Thursday, June 6, 10 a.m. till noon

Memoir Writing – takes a break for the summer

Meals for Seniors
There is a new source of frozen prepared meals in Campbell River. It is called the Good Neighbour Project and is operated by Evergreen Seniors Home. Meals are available for cash&carry, pickup at their new thrift store (220 Dogwood St.) or can be pre-ordered by phone or from (250-286-7274) and picked up at the thrift store. The meals look very interesting and can be gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian, heart-health or diabetic friendly. Entrees are $8.95, 12 oz. soups $4.95.
– from Bernice

Are You a Caregiver?
The website provides links to lots of resources for people who are caregivers of family or friends, including access to a toll-free caregiver support line.
– from Bernice

FolkU takes a break for the summer. Here is a message from Manda:
I’d like to extend a very special thanks to the Cortes Seniors, both as a society and as individuals, for all the support of Folk University and Cortes Literacy Now.

In just one year’s time, Folk University went from conception to a reality that, in dozens of ways, has helped neighbours share with neighbours their interests and passions. Founded as part of Cortes Literacy, Folk University was responsible for 33 Folk U Friday sessions plus one field trip, 10 hand work days, 8 all-island book clubs, 30+ literature clubs, a CKTZ partnership to bring Folk U Friday interviews to the radio, two in-depth workshops, and one prom. All of that—including paying island speakers and all operations—was made possible with a $6,000 grant from Decoda that Cortes Literacy Now and Cortes Island School manages. Additional grants and contributions from Cortes Senior Society and Linnaea Farm helped to pay the rent and support a space for these activities. Cortes Literacy partnered with Folk University, Cortes Community Health Association (CCHA), and Linnaea Farm to provide more seed grant dollars than ever before to further the mission of building community through literacy activities. This year saw the onset of Queer & Allies Cinema, book clubs, Community Dinners, Waste-To-Creation projects, Wild Cortes Discovery boxes, Mindfulness for Children, First Nation’s storyteller collaboration, Creative Writing programs, Musical Theatre, and the onset of new community lending-library collections. And there is more to come!

This is a remarkable amount to have accomplished with so little money in such a short time and it couldn’t have happened without YOU!

Please send me your ideas for next year or sign up to share your interest or passion at
– Manda Aufochs Gillespie

Quadra Studio Tour, Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2
A superb lineup of more than 40 artists has put Quadra Island on the studio tour map for 17 years. Come see for yourself and experience some island flair on Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2.
Map tickets are $5 each. Children 12 & under, free.
Tour hours: Saturday 10–5, Sunday 10–4

Tickets are available at the Campbell River Art Gallery and Comox Valley Art Gallery or on the island at the Tourist Booth located near the Credit Union (just up from the ferry terminal) and also at Inspirations at the Cove, or Works of H'Art in Heriot Bay and at island resorts. For more information visit: