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General News · 31st March 2021
COVID-19 vaccinations were provided on our island on the last weekend of March to all who registered. The organization was very good – BIG THANK-YOU to all who organized this vaccination and to those who were jabbing. The next dose of this Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is planned for July. Last provincial update ( new restrictions are in place in our province until April 19.

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. Observing COVID-19 restrictions.


Our group luncheons are on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions. We have two take-out lunches in April, and they are on FRIDAYS:
• April 16 (Sujon)
• April 23 (Carie)
Please call Carina6793 if you are interested.

Literary Afternoon

Though we usually only have Literary Afternoons in the dark time of the year, there will probably be a Literary Evening, either on Zoom or in the Hall. We will keep you posted.

Manson's Hall Friday Market

• Fridays, noon to 3 p.m., Manson's Hall


Folk U Radio brings neighbours and their knowledge and the issues of importance to islanders to CKTZ Cortes Community Radio every Friday, from 1 to 3 p.m., repeats Saturdays, at 5 p.m. Call in with your questions or comments or send ideas, comments, or topics of interest to you to anytime. Listen to past episodes anytime at
• FolkU – 1 to 3 p.m. every Friday at CKTZ, repeats Saturday, 5 to 7 p.m.
• April 9 – Easter & the Coming of Spring (from the Cortes Island Museum, with Jane Newman)

Cortes Island Museum

• Main Gallery, 957 Beasley Road, Friday and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.
• The Big Three Exhibit opening on Earth Day, April 22, 1 p.m., Wild Cortes at Linnaea Education Centre
• Amazing Mason Bees and Museum's AGM – April 25, 1:30 p.m., via Zoom
• Interested in Cortes Island History? Visit the new Online Archives or Museum's website


Better at Home program is coming to our island. Read more in this Tideline article from March 19, 2021.

Co-ordinators are Ester Strijbos ( and Carina Verhoeve (250-935-6793).


We have recently completed a number of training sessions and our volunteers are ready and available to serve our community.
We promote richer and more environmentally sensitive approaches to death and dying, and strive to include death as a part of life on our island.
We continue to work toward creating a Natural Burial section in the Manson’s Landing and Whaletown cemeteries, providing our community with a burial choice that contributes to new life.
To find out more email Margaret Verschuur or call (250) 204-3709.


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, meals, other services, Better at Home, and more.


Have up updated your membership? Would you like to join us? We accept anyone over 50.
The more members we have, the more we can do to help our neighbours on Cortes, and the better impression we 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: CISS MEMBERSHIP FORM.


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