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General News · 3rd November 2022
In this newsletter: Remembering Lore / Our Calendar for November / Christmas Dinner!!! / Better at Home and Seniors Helping Seniors News / BC Hydro Energy Savings Tip / Heat Pumps by FOCI / Seniors Village Administrator / and more ...

To read the full CISS newsletter, click here: CISS November 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.



No organized luncheons are scheduled for November. But why not come to the Cortes Community Cafe, Pioneer Room, Manson's Hall, every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. to enjoy cafe's food and each other's company.
See you there!

Time Change

• Sunday, November 6 - Daylight Savings Time Ends.

Veterans Day

• Friday, November 11

Cortes Island DeathCaring Collective

• Wednesday, November 2, from 7 to 9 pm, in the Manson's Hall, we will gather to remember and honour our ancestors, and those who have gone before us.
• Tuesday, November 22, 2:00–3:30 pm monthly meeting in the Pioneer Room. The Moment of Death with Huguette Ruel.

T’ai Chi Ch’uan

• Tuesdays, Manson's Hall, OM Studio, 9 am, with Judyth Weaver

Heat Pumps – Presentation organized by FOCI
• Saturday, November 12, 4 to 5 pm, Pioneer Room

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
• Thursday, November 17, 10 am to 1 pm, Spin & Knit in Public, all welcome, 957 Beasley Rd


Bring your own wine or beer, and a wrapped gift (new or old, silly or serious) if you want to take part in the gift exchange/swap.
It’s also a good time to renew your membership in the CISS society.
The membership form, with dinner booking, is attached to this article. But hurry! There is a limited number of participants.


We are looking for Seniors Village Housing Administrator!
Job Purpose: To oversee the smooth running of the Seniors Village.
Job description attached to this article. Please send your resume to


Our Better at Home program is temporarily paused due to a funding shortfall. This has occurred over complications involving the timing of grant funds arrival and other unforeseen situations.

Since this affects some services in our Seniors Helping Seniors program, Carina’s involvement and program activities will have to be held back also for the time being.

We regret having to take this step but look forward to reinstating both programs as soon as possible.


The Cortes Climate Plan for Resilience, an action group of Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI), will be doing a presentation on Heat Pumps and Government Rebates for Home Energy Retrofits on Saturday, November 12, 4 to 5 pm, in the Pioneer Room at Manson’s Hall. The presentation will be by Kuan-Jian Foo, a new Cortes Island homeowner who is a certified energy auditor. An energy audit of your home is necessary to qualify for up to $5,000 in federal rebates.
Please come with your questions!

How’s your heat?

FOCI’s project on planning resilience to climate change is working to promote the use of heat pumps instead of burning wood. Canada’s forests used to be a good way to store carbon but due to over harvesting and other factors, harvesting forests are becoming a source of carbon emissions. To judge the level of interest in obtaining assistance with heat pumps and rebates, please help us out by filling in this short survey. Thanks for your help!

You can also fill out the paper copy attached with this post.


If you live in an income-qualified household, you can get a free energy saving kit to help you save energy and make your home more comfortable all year.

To claim your free energy saving kit at BC Hydro go to this link: › residential

the newsletter in pdf format
Christmas Dinner and membership form
FOCI heating survey
Seniors Village Housing Administrator