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General News · 1st January 2021
Sandra Wood
We came to the end of what was a globally challenging year, and yet here on Cortes, together we pulled off a community miracle. Phase 1 of the ambitious Cortes Housing Society’s massive effort to provide affordable housing is complete.

It did not come without a cost, without sacrifice from many who will never formally be thanked or even acknowledged. To that end, today we wish to acknowledge:

The amazing residents of the Seniors Village who had their much-deserved peace and quiet utterly disrupted by close-in construction for the past seven months.

The countess hours of care and attention to details by the carpenters, their helpers, the experienced sub trades, the guidance of a professional contractor and the back-office staff from Kinetic Construction; together they delivered 4 new seniors cottages on time within all the BC Housing guidelines.

The untold volunteer hours by the directors of both the Senior Society as well as the directors and staff of the Housing Society to get us where we are today.

The overwhelming outpouring of support from every corner of our community who took the time and effort to advocate for the rezoning of Rainbow Ridge.

The sadness of not being able to provide all the features that we might have preferred. The internal effort required of not permitting perfection be the enemy of the greater good when it came to design choices.

The financial stretches that so many have made to make this project fly, whether it was hosting or creating fundraising events, to donating building materials, to our local loaners and donors without whom we could never have begun this initiative.

On the 20th of December, two dearly beloved and long-time island residents moved into their new stable year-round affordable rental cottages and in spite of the hardships along the way whilst building safely during a pandemic, we celebrate this and all that will follow in the New Year as we develop the next 20 units.

We know, as never before that it does take a community to raise a village and this community is the best. Thank you, thank you all.

With love and gratitude,

Sandra, Elizabeth, Priya on behalf of Cortes Community Housing Society.