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General News · 2nd January 2021

Unfortunately, not much in our calendar for January 2021. Things may change depending on COVID-19 situation. We will keep you posted.

Walking Group

The walking group meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9 a.m., Manson's Hall parking lot, for 30-min to one-hour walk, followed by coffee in the outside seating of the Co-op café. All – following COVID-19 restrictions.

Mansons Hall Activities

Carpet bowling, jazzercise, chess, luncheons – on hold until allowed again by our Provincial Health Officer.


Group lunches are still on hold. We will keep you posted by email about take-out lunches.

Literary Afternoon

Literary Afternoon is planned for Sunday, January 24, 2021, pending COVID-19 restrictions. Let’s hope we can listen to Yvonne Kipp, Dayna Davis, Norm Gibbons, Annie Rosenberg, and Brian Hayden reading from their own work at 2 p.m., Manson’s Hall.

Gardening Club

GARDEN TALK #1: Monday, January 4, 3:30 p.m. on Zoom “Seeds Matter: Selecting Seeds for Success” Our Guest Presenter: Adam Schick, Organic Farmer, Professional Market Gardener, Permaculture & Self-Sufficiency Educator. Join Zoom Meeting:

Cortes Island Museum

• Main Gallery, 957 Beasley Road, Friday and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. (closed Jan. 1 and 2)
• Wild Cortes at Linnaea Education Centre is now temporarily closed due to recent COVID-19 restrictions.


Do you have any predictions for 2021?
Send them to by January 15, 2021.
You can sign your name or you can sign “anonymous.” We will “open” them in December 2021 and we will see how close you were. Have fun!

RALPH NURSALL, December 25, 1925–December 5, 2020

as remembered by Elinore Harwood
He was really the founder of Seniors Helping Seniors, back in 2003, and possibly also the founder of CISBS, which is the old name for Cortes Island Seniors Society. CISBS stood for Cortes Island Seniors Building Society before it was changed to CISS, so you can see that Ralph was part of the original vision of building houses for seniors. ... (read more in the newsletter attached)

Obituary by John Nursall appeared on Tideline on December 9. If you missed it, you can read it here:


-- by Carina
We could not get together in Manson's Hall to make Christmas centrepieces this year, but something else happened. ... (read more in the newsletter attached)


Call TECHspert – Clio250-202-3219


Carina Verhoeve is the coordinator for Seniors Helping Seniors. She may be contacted Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 250-935-6793. Please respect Carina's days and hours when calling unless it is an emergency. Contact Carina about seniors' lunches, seniors' meals, masks, and more.


Have up updated your membership? The more members we have, the more we can do to help our neighbours on Cortes, and the better impression we can make when we approach governments over concerns or apply for housing or other grants. Our dues remain at a reasonable $10 per person. You can access the membership form here:


Your current newsletter (pdf) is attached below.
Email your comments to Gina at

If you are a CISS member, you should be getting an email with the newsletter.
If you cannot find it in your email – check your spam or junk folder; if it is not there, call Gina250-935-0080.

You can read and subscribe to our newsletter-by-email here:

pdf January 2021 NEWSLETTER