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Shark's Spit, Marina Island, photo Peter Whittall
General News · 1st August 2022
In this newsletter: Our Calendar / Looking for Volunteer Drivers / Are you FireSmart? / Like us on Facebook / Community Events / Remembering Louis Janda / King Karl Celebration of Life / Royal Couple – Centennial Cortes Day / and more ... to read the full CISS newsletter, click here: CISS August News

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.

Cover photo: Shark's Spit, Marina Island, Peter Whitall, brother of Lynne Jordan

You are invited to join the Cortes Island Seniors Society if you are 50+. To find more information about our programs and activities, click on this Tideline link.

We (CISS) now have our own Facebook page. More content will be added with time. Like us here:



Carina is working hard to find cooks who can prepare our luncheons!
Here is our luncheon schedule for August. Some Tuesdays, some Wednesdays.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!
–Tuesday, August 2, 5 pm – dinner at Karen & Rod Lee's, sign up with Carina6793.
–Tuesday, August 9, 12:30 pm – lunch at Sue & Andy Ellingsen's
–Wednesday, August 17, 12:30 pm – lunch at Emilia Hansen's
–Wednesday, August 24, 12:30 pm – at Gina and Jurek's – bring your own lunch
–Wednesday, August 31, 12:30 pm Gorge Harbour Marina's lawn, The Sunflower Food Truck

Meals on Wheels
If you would like to sign up, we ask you to sign up for Better at Home as well, as it is a Better at Home service.
For more info, please contact Carina: 250-935-6793.

Body Toning / Jazzercise
• we take a break for the summer

Carpet Bowling
• Wednesday and Saturday, Manson's Hall. Call De0305 for more information.

Walking Group
The walking group meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 am, Manson's Hall parking lot, for 30-min to one-hour walk, followed by coffee. Coffee location TBA. Thank you, Myrna, for organizing coffee for the walking group!
You do not need to be a CISS member to join the Walking Group.

Love Festival
• Sunday, August 14, Linnaea Farm, 11 am to 9 pm. Buy your tickets early at local stores.

Sandcastle Day
• Saturday August 27, Smelt Bay

Outdoor Markets
• Fridays, noon to 3 pm, Manson's Hall
• Saturdays, 10 am to 1 pm, Gorge Marina

Cortes Island Museum

• Cortes Museum, 957 Beasley Rd., Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm
• Wild Cortes, 1255 Seaford Rd., Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 4 pm
The Suitcase Project – new exhibition opened on July 10, on display until November 29
Climate Change: The Cascading Effect – new exhibition at Wild Cortes, 1255 Seaford Road

• Lots happening at the Cortes Island Museum this summer. Thank you, Laura Balducci, for your efficient organizing of the Museum's events. In August, the Museum has Art in the Garden every Tuesday, two book-launch events: Oriane Lee Johnston's – Aug. 3, and Katie Welch's and Brian Hayden's – Aug. 11, in cooperation with Marnie's Books, historic Misty Isles cruises with Misty Isles Adventures, Gumbooting the Lagoon with Friends of Cortes Island, and more. Please check the Museum's website, Facebook, and Tideline for the latest updates.

Old Schoolhouse Art Gallery
• Falling Boundaries, David Ellingsen, July 29 to August 7
• Annual Members Show, August 12 to 21
• Water/Colour, Judith Williams, August 26 to September 4
Gallery is open on Fridays, 6 to 9 pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 2 to 6 pm


A message from Carina:

Our volunteer drivers are driving seniors to appointments on and off Cortes Island. There are a few but not many volunteers who are willing to take the time to drive someone off island.

To spread the “workload” we are looking for more volunteers who would want to drive seniors to and/or from town, mostly to the hospital in Campbell River. Your ferry costs and gas will be paid for.

Sometimes, but not always, the client and you would get priority loading. You might have time to tend to some of your own errands. You would always have the choice to say “yes” or “no” when I (Carina) call to ask if you can do it on a particular day.

It might happen just once a year or a few times, depending on how many volunteers we have, and how many requests.

We – the seniors who need these rides and I (Carina) – would be most grateful if you can volunteer for this service.

Feel free to contact me, Carina6793, for more information or for signing up.

Carina Verhoeve
Coordinator of Seniors Helping Seniors and Better at Home
250-935-6793 (weekdays, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.)


At our last CISS AGM, the FireSmart program was presented by Kate McLean from Quadra Island. She spoke very knowledgeably and clearly about the program designed to assess residential properties and she made recommendations for eliminating or improving conditions to make properties more resistant to fire in case there were to be a forest fire situation.

Kate McLean was involved in the development of the program and knows it inside out, allowing her to answer all questions from the audience.

The Seniors Society made arrangements to have Kate do an assessment of the Seniors Village and she presented a thorough report with a number of suggestions for improvement. CISS was most impressed with her presentation and report and is currently moving toward enacting those suggestions.

In May and June, individual property owners on Cortes were also offered a free fire assessment by the FireSmart program. If you missed that opportunity, visit, the FireSmart website. It offers lots of advice regarding how to be fire smart in B.C.


Carina Verhoeve is coordinating the Seniors Helping Seniors program. Contact Carina (250-935-6793) with any questions regarding CISS, Better at Home program, seniors’ lunches, Meals on Wheels, Literary Afternoons, and other programs sponsored by the CISS. Respect Carina's hours: call Carina Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (unless emergency).

Did you know that Seniors Helping Seniors and Better at Home have a listing in the 2022 Cortes Phone Book? If you ever wonder where you can find Carina's work phone number, besides in this newsletter, you can find it under "S" and under "B."

Carina's husband appreciates it when you phone this number (250-935-6793) instead of their private number


Call Carina 250-935-6793 (Monday–Friday, 10–5) or email Ester at for an intake form.
Any questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out.


Your current newsletter (PDF) is attached below; the electronic version is available here: CISS NEWSLETTER BY EMAIL

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.

Jim and Dianne Hansen, Royal Couple, Centennial Cortes Day, photo Carolyn Howson
Jim and Dianne Hansen, Royal Couple, Centennial Cortes Day, photo Carolyn Howson