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General News · 1st September 2021
Do you need help with your daily chores? Do you need a ride to a medical appointment? Do you need help with your shopping? Do you know someone who could use these services?

Help is available with Better at Home Cortes program coordinated by Carina – call Carina6793, and Ester – email Ester at

Read more details in the attachment below.
You do not need to be a member of CISS to take advantage of this service.


With COVID-19 cases rising, our activities are again limited.

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 lunches locations, and dates, are TBA (to be announced). CISS members will be notified by email.
• Tuesday, September 7, 12:30 – location TBA
• Tuesday, September 14, 12:30 – location TBA
• Wednesday, September 22, 12:30 – location TBA
• Tuesday, September 28, 12:30 – location TBA

Lagoon Gumbooting

• Sunday, September 5, 10:30 to 12:30 - Lagoon Gumbooting, event sponsored by the Cortes Museum and Friends of Cortes Island, Manson's Lagoon, registration required, call 250-935-6340 before noon, Friday, September 3.

Friday and Saturday Markets

• Every Friday, noon to 3 p.m. Manson's Hall
• Saturday Market at Gorge Marina is closed for the season

Cortes Island Museum
• Main Gallery, 957 Beasley Road - new exhibit Listening to Bees - Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., until Sept. 15
• Wild Cortes, 1255 Seaford Road - new exhibit The Big Three - Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m., until Sept. 15

Both locations will be open Friday and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. after Sept. 15. Masks required in both museum's locations.

• Interested in Cortes Island History? Visit the new Online Archives or

Squirrel Cove Art Shop Co-op

• Every day, from 11 to 4 p.m., until September 7. Closed for the season afterwards.

Old Schoolhouse Art Gallery

The Old Schoolhouse Art Gallery is presenting its last show for 2021. Do not miss it!
Thursday through Sunday, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

• September 2 to 5 and 9 to 12 - Meinsje Vlaming "Tales from the Garden of Insanity"


Did you know that BC Housing has two rental supplement programs for low-income tenants living in the private rental sector?

• The Rental Assistance Program (RAP) provides eligible low-income working families with monthly assistance with their rent.
• The Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER) provides eligible seniors with monthly assistance with their rent payments.

Each year, these programs help more than 35,000 households with monthly rent payments.

For more information, including eligibility criteria and application forms, visit or

If you need help with getting enough information, please contact or call Gina0080 or Carina6793.


There is still nice weather to go on a hike. Check out the Green Mountain trail with the help from Doreen Thompson's detailed description published in the Whaletown National Enquirer in 1993 (available for viewing in the Cortes Island Museum), reposted in our September newsletter, attached below.


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.


The more members we have, the more we can do to help our neighbours on Cortes Island, and the better impression we can make when we approach governments over concerns or apply for housing or other grants. We accept anyone over 50. Our dues remain at a reasonable $10 per person. Encourage your friends to join us. You can get the membership form here: CISS MEMBERSHIP FORM.


Your current newsletter is attached below.
Email your comments to Gina at or call Gina250-935-0080.

If you are a CISS member, you should be getting an email with the newsletter every first day of a month.
If you cannot find it in your email box -- check your spam or junk folder; if it is not there, inform Gina250-935-0080.

You can read and subscribe to our newsletter-by-email here: CISS NEWSLETTER BY EMAIL

Friendly Calls poster
Better at Home Cortes Program (new from Ester)