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General News · 21st July 2020
Hayley Newell
The Cortes Island Seniors Society (CISS) is excited to announce that their Housing Committee (HC) has officially been incorporated as an independent non-profit society: the Cortes Community Housing Society (CHS).

The new Housing Society was established at the request of the Seniors Society, so that affordable housing could be offered to all ages (not just seniors). The two organizations will continue to work together in the following ways delivering more affordable housing options for Cortes Islanders:

The Seniors Village Expansion: CHS is the delivery team in charge of completing this construction project for the Seniors Society. CISS will continue to operate the Seniors Village.

Grants: Both societies will work together on grants and provide volunteers to fundraising events in order to build more non-profit rental homes on Rainbow Ridge for all ages including seniors

Mandate: The CHS Housing Society constitution states that we will provide and operate affordable housing and incidental facilities by providing housing for low to moderate income households on Cortes Island.

The Board of Directors for the Cortes Community Housing Society (CHS) includes a great mix of experienced islanders:

Elizabeth Anderson (CHS President & CISS Liaison)
Bill Weaver (CHS Vice-President & Multi-Media)
Carol London (CHS Treasurer & Secretary)
Aaron Ellingsen (Forest Co-op Liaison)
Andrea Fisher (Hollyhock Campus Director)
David Rousseau (Architectural Consultant)
Ruth Riddell (Outreach & Research)
Valerie Wernet (PR & Website)

The hardworking dedicated Supported Staff for the Cortes Community Housing Society (CHS) continue to be: Hayley Newell (Administrator), Ian Scott (Development Consultant), Cathy Winter (Bookkeeper), and Sandra Wood (Project Coordinator).

We all look forward to continuing this important work as colleagues and neighbours. You can help us succeed by becoming a monthly supporter or making a one-time donation at Every dollar counts. Cortes Island consistently proves that it takes a community to build a village.

Elizabeth Anderson on behalf of CISS & CHS