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General News · 3rd October 2019
CISS in October 2019

We have five lunches:
• Wednesday, October 2, Raven Rose Farm, starts at noon, 478 Manson Road
• Wednesday, October 9, Hollyhock, lunch starts at 12:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, October 16, location/time TBA
• Tuesday, October 22, Quadra Outing (more information below)
• Tuesday, October 29, Gillian & Gary Fast, lunch starts at noon, 315 Whaletown Road

Contact Carina, our Seniors Helping Seniors coordinator, for more information or to register for the lunches. Carina may be contacted Monday to Friday, at 250-935-6793. Unless it is urgent or time-sensitive, please call Carina between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Quadra Outing, Tuesday, October 22
We will visit Ann McLean, an artist, who will give a presentation about her work in the Boat Shed Studio. She also writes amusing political satire poetry, and she is willing to talk about how she has arranged her own home support service for her husband. That might be inspiring for some Cortes seniors too. For lunch, we will go to the Heriot Bay Inn.

After lunch, Kris Wellstein will sing folk songs. Also at the HBI.

We will leave Cortes on the second ferry, at 9:50 a.m. Quadra seniors will drive us to Ann McLean and then back to the HBI, close to the ferry, so we don’t need to take any cars over to Quadra.

Because of arranging to carpool, Carina would like you to sign up ASAP and before Thanksgiving.

Literary Afternoons
The season will begin on Sunday, October 27 at 2 p.m. in the Cortes Museum.

Five Cortes writers will read from their own work. After readings, around 3 p.m., you can talk to the authors and your friends, while enjoying refreshments.

The second Literary Afternoon will be on November 24.
Our readers, also the January and February event dates, will be announced later.
If you would like to read on one of these events, please contact Carina.
Mark your calendars for these popular events, a co-production with the Cortes Museum.

See our October CISS calendar of events in the pdf attachment below.


Folk U

The Cortes Seniors are especially invited to get involved with our second season of Folk University.

What is Folk U?

Folk Education is an old movement that continues to flourish around the world today in the form of Folk High Schools, Folkuniversitetet, and Folk Universities. Folk Education focuses on helping individuals become more intelligent, more competent in practical skills, and in developing as “whole” beings. At a time when our ideas and differences are being used to bring us further apart, can we as an island of people use these same tools to grow us each up, and make us more resilient? We are an island blessed with riches of resources, learning, arts, writing, music, woodwork, handwork, gardens, scientists, multiple generations and beauty. Let’s share what we know. And have fun doing it.

What is on the schedule?

Friday Workshop Series: from 10 to 12, from October 4 through November 8: Six Week Sewing Class with Jade Jordan.

Friday evenings in mid-October will see the beginning of weekly movie nights at Linnaea. Stay tuned!

Folk U Friday Talks are every Friday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Linnaea Education Centre. Bring your lunch & your curiosity. Tea provided. All welcome (designed for the 12 to 112-year-old mind).

October 4 – Civics 101 (in two parts): How our government works: a short explanation with Ashley Zarbatany.

October 11 – Civics 102: What does civic engagement look like and how to participate in it.

October 18 – Local Issues & Civic Engagement with Noba Anderson

October 25 – Reality 101 (in two parts) with Rex Weyler: What’s economy, environmental and social indicators tell us about the real state of the world.

November 1 – Reality 102: Realistic responses to today’s problems.

November 8 – End of Life Planning What You Need to Know with Margaret Verschuur

November 15 – DIY Funeral Instead of Calling the Funeral Home with Margaret Verschuur

How to get involved?

Folk University relies on the support of Cortes organizations and neighbours. You can support Folk University through a 2019/2020 Class Pass which gets a holder into the 30+ Friday lunchtime Talks for free and discounts on workshops, Friday cinema evenings, and includes a donation towards Linnaea Education Centre as well. Individual class passes are $50. Family class pass of up to two adults and all children – $100. Or you can support Folk University through signing up to teach a Friday Talk (we can work together to hold a workshop series), or help host the Friday talks (or conversations after). As well, we are looking for individuals to help host book clubs and support groups (such as a mental health peer support group).
If you have an idea or time to get involved or would like to sign-up for a workshop or a class, send an email to or call Manda at 250-935-0111. Learn more or sign up for the FolkU newsletter at

– by Manda M Aufochs Gillespie


Housing Post – Cause for Celebration

On July 31, due to the amazing support of many, the Cortes Community Housing project is now that much closer to realizing affordable and year-round rental accommodations than ever before.

Carol Newell hosted a magical evening that was inspirational and re-affirmed above all else how deeply those of us who live here, whether it’s part-time or full-time, love this island, this land, and this community. All benefits from this fundraiser went to support the Cortes Community Housing project.

We were happy to learn at evening’s end that one wondrous but anonymous donor had gifted the project with a large parcel of land in Whaletown.

This land gift is so significant for the project. It is a game-changer:

Giving us an additional asset with which to leverage maximum funding for the proposed 20 new units on Rainbow Ridge in Mansons Landing.

Providing the community with a potential second land site for future development in Whaletown, to service so many who may wish to stay in that neighbourhood.

Legitimizing Cortes Community Housing as a serious organization capable of raising both cash & land for the provision of long-term affordable housing solutions.

Taking us over the financial hump, even if not quite to the finish line.

We are still accepting more cash donations to reach our fund-raising goal of $1.7 million, which will help retire some of the short-term land debt to our Rainbow Ridge local lenders, but after that evening, we are so much closer.

Nothing seems impossible, because of such strong community support, since we know:

It takes a community to raise a village.

Together we are doing it. Thanks to all from your Cortes Housing Committee. Donations can be made online via:

– by Hayley Newell