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General News · 3rd January 2020
CISS - Gina
It is hard to believe it is already 2020! And our January calendar is busy!
If you are 50 or better, consider joining Cortes Island Seniors Society.

Here is our CISS calendar for January.

We have four lunches, all start at noon
• Wednesday, January 8, Judy and Ron's, Green Mountain
• Tuesday, January 14, Raven Rose Farm
• Wednesday, January 22, Manson's Hall, Pioneer Room
• Wednesday, January 29, Sarah's/Andy Vine's
Contact Carina6793, if you would like to come.

• Sunday, January 26 and February 23, in the Museum, 2–3:30 pm.
The readers will be announced in an email to the membership and on Tideline and Museum's website.
Everyone welcome. Refreshments provided. A small contribution to cover expenses appreciated.
Contact Carina6793, if you would like to read your work at one of these afternoons.

• Tuesday, January 14, 2–4 (location TBA)
• Tuesday, January 28, 2–4 pm, at Carina's

Would you be interested in participating in a writing group?
Besides memoir writing, it could also be poetry, short stories, creative writing, etc.
The first meeting will be on Monday, January 13, in the Pioneer Room in Manson's Hall, hosted by Carina.
For more information call Carina (Monday–Friday, 10–5) at 250-935-6793.

• Tuesday, January 14, 7 pm, Manson's Hall
"Growing Your Best Garden Ever" with Adam Schick

Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9 am, in Manson's Hall
For more information contact Ruth6478.

Every Wednesday, 1–3 pm, in Manson's Hall
For more information contact De0305 or Carolyn at

Every Friday, 12–1 pm, Cortes School
For more information contact Bobo0194.

• First singing on Wednesday, January 22, 7–8:30 pm, Cortes School Library
Isle Sing, Cortes Community Choir begins a new 8-week session!
Wednesday evenings.
7 to 8:30 pm
Cortes School Library
January 22-March 11
For more information contact Dayna at

End of Life Planning ... it's a huge gift to those you leave behind and although important for everyone to do, especially important for seniors. The Cortes DeathCaring Collective is running a series of four workshops from January 9 to February 6 with the intention of helping you get the basics of your end of life planning completed. We will guide and direct you to ensure that what you have is good enough and up-to-date. There will be work to do in and between the sessions. Let's support and encourage one another and commit some time and energy to reach this worthwhile goal.
For more information email or call Carina at 250-935-6793.
Thursday, January 9, 2–3:30, Workshop #1,
Thursday, January 23, 2–3:30, Workshop #2
Thursday, January 30, 2–3:30, Workshop #2, cont.
All workshops with Margaret Verschuur.

CSIL (Choice in Support for Independent Living) is a program that is available through the Health Authority to all British Columbians who have high personal care needs. To be eligible they must meet residency requirements, be Canadian citizens and be age nineteen or older. They must be able to self-manage the program or appoint a representative or a support group who is able and willing to manage it for them. As this program can apply to a very wide spectrum of the population ranging from young adults with handicaps and disabilities to the senior population ranging from age-related disorders and chronic degenerative diseases, the information available about the program can be overwhelming and often discouraging. While this program may not be suitable for everyone, more awareness and education are needed so that the general public are informed that they have access to this choice.

If it is difficult for you to get the regular home care on Cortes, even though you qualify, it might be good to know that there is a way of organizing home care for a loved one yourself and getting paid for it – via CSIL.
We saw a good example of CSIL in practice during our Quadra visit in November, and we will have more about it in the next newsletter. You can also find information on Google and here or call Carina for more information.

Check the attachment for a calendar in a pdf format.

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