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General News · 1st October 2022
In this newsletter: Our Calendar in October / Queen Elizabeth II Cortes Connections / Medical Alert System Info Session Sign-up Call / CISS Members Meeting / Cortes Community Housing News / Photo Gallery / and more ...

To read the full CISS newsletter, click here: CISS October 2022 News.

You are invited to join the Cortes Island Seniors Society (CISS) if you are 50+. To find more information about our programs and activities, check this Tideline link or our Facebook page: Facebook.

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 and mark "NOT SPAM"; if it is not there, inform Gina250-935-0080.



Please call Carina if you would like to come to CISS luncheons. Registrations are necessary for all catered lunches and appreciated for bring-your-own lunches or picnic lunches. All lunches start at 12:30 pm. Sign up with Carina6793.

• Wednesday, October 5
• Wednesday, October 12 (date TBA)
• Wednesday, October 19
• Wednesday, October 26

Cortes Island DeathCaring Collective
• Tuesday, October 18, 2:00–3:30 pm in the Pioneer Room, presentation on Wills, Power of Attorney, and Advance Care Planning

CISS Members Meeting
CISS Members Meetings will happen four times per year with special presenters and talks on topics of interest to our members.
• Tuesday, October 25, Pioneer Room, 1:30 pm, Sustainability with Bruce Ellingsen

T’ai Chi Ch’uan
• Tuesdays, Manson's Hall, 9 am, starting from October 11, with Judyth Weaver

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!

Outdoor Markets
• Fridays, noon to 3 pm, Manson's Hall

Cortes Island Museum and Wild Cortes
Fall hours: Friday and Saturday, noon to 4 pm
• Sunday, October 12, All About Bees with Jane Newman, 1–3 pm. Bring your kids and grandkids! 957 Beasley Rd.
• Thursday, October 20, Spin and Knit in Public, all welcome! 957 Beasley Rd.


I can hear you think: “not for me,” but these devices can be a very helpful gadget sometimes. If not for yourself, then maybe for someone you know. So, we invite to sign up if you are potentially interested in this info session in early November when a team from Lifeline is interested in visiting Cortes to talk about their Medical Alert systems. They are doing a three islands tour: Cortes-Quadra-Gabriola.

We need 20 interested people to show interest for the free info session for them to get their trip approved and subsidized through their company.

We have had quite a few seniors on Cortes that have used this or similar device in the past or at present and for people that live alone this can bring a great peace of mind for yourself and/or your family members.

Medical emergencies and falls can happen without warning at any time, and it can be a great relief knowing that help is always just a push of a button away. Seniors can feel safer and more relaxed knowing they can pursue their independent, active lifestyles and remain in their own homes, confident that assistance is always available if they need it.

There are many medical alert systems available in Canada, each promising to deliver peace of mind. However, not all these systems are the same and they often don’t offer the same level of reliability and service delivery. Lifeline representatives will share information to help you know what to look for so that you can choose the medical alert system that meets your specific needs if that time arrives at some point in your future.

So, give it some thought and if you want to sign up (free) just call Carina at 250-935-6793 between 10 and 5, Monday–Friday, or send an email to Ester PLEASE RESPOND BY OCTOBER 10!


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).


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 to us.


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.