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General News · 29th February 2024
In this newsletter: Our Calendar for March / Message from the CISS Board / Free Yoga Classes / Sue Ellingsen in Person of the Month / and some more ...

You are invited to join the Cortes Island Seniors Society (CISS) if you are 50+. The Society manages the current Seniors Village, pays for renting Manson's Hall for certain seniors' activities and meetings, sends out a monthly newsletter with news relating to Cortes seniors, and organizes some island-wide events.

To find more information about our programs and activities, check this Tideline post or our Facebook page.

Membership in the Society is very important as it shows your support for the organization and its programming.


The Cortes Island Seniors Society is coming to the end of another year, and our AGM will be upon us in no time when we hope to recruit new board members.

New board members must be over 50 years old to qualify and are expected to attend five or six meetings each year; other than that, no other qualifications are required.

If you're new to the Island and would like to meet new people, this is a great way to get out and socialize. We run bingo, bowling, and T’ai Chi Ch’uan classes and organize our annual Christmas Dinner.

Our main responsibilities include running the Seniors Village with ten one-bedroom houses, so any interest in gardening, building maintenance, grant writing and water systems would be most welcome. Please contact Carolyn Howson at 250-935-0281.


We take a break for the summer.

Carpet Bowling
• Sundays/Wednesdays. Call De0305 for more information.

This activity is now cancelled. If you are still interested, please contact Gina0080.

Spring Time Change
• Sunday, March 10 – spring your clocks forward!

DeathCaring Collective

See for more information. All are welcome to our events.

• Saturday, March 23 – Death Care Directives with Margaret Verschuur, in the Lakeview Room, Linnaea Education Centre, at 10:30 a.m.

Literary Afternoon

The event on February 25 was a great event. There were many writers, wonderful stories, music by Rick Bockner, lots of chocolate cookies, some donated by The Sunflower, some by attendees, and coffee donated by Becca’s Beans. Lots of people in attendance. Now we take a break for the summer. Thank you, Carina, for organizing these events!
See you in the fall.

Free Community Lunches.
Come warm up with some social time. Everyone welcome! Free for the whole community.

• Thursday, March 7, Mansons Hall
• Tuesday, March 12, Gorge Hall
• Tuesday, March 19, Gorge Hall
• Thursday, March 28, Mansons Hall

Funded through the CCHA Family Support Program and Community Foundations of Canada Equality Fund & New Horizons for Seniors, Better at Home Food Security Initiative, Klahoose, SCCA and WCC.

Walking Group

The walking group meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9 a.m. in Manson's Hall parking lot for a 30-minute to one-hour walk, followed by coffee – location TBA. The walks are never cancelled. No kind of weather stops the walking group folks! Come and join us.

Cortes Island Museum and Wild Cortes

• Museum/Main Gallery, 957 Beasley Road, Friday & Saturday, noon to 4
• Wild Cortes, 1255 Seaford Road, Friday & Saturday, noon to 4

Cortes Book Club
Contact Rebeka for more information:

Free Yoga Classes w/Kelly will continue until mid-March

• Wednesdays, March 6 and 13, Gorge Hall, 2 to 3 p.m.
• Thursdays, March 7 and 14, Mansons Hall, Om Studio, 11 to 12 noon

With help from the New Horizons for Seniors Program, we can provide free fitness classes and free/subsidized activities for seniors.
Please email or call Kelly to register for a class – any or all of the sessions: or 604-209-3081

Your Happy Back
*FREE* Presentation & Self-Treatment Workshop w/Sean Lymworth, RMT
DATE: April (2 sessions - exact date TBD)
LOCATION: Manson’s Hall
If you're interested, please sign up with Ester so we can decide which room to rent in Manson’s Hall. Register by email at or call 250-204-2116.

Great FolkU Programs in March
• Friday, March 1, 1–2:30, CKTZ, Cortes Island Academy
• Saturday, March 2, 2:30–4, Linnaea, Practical Math Class w/Rex Weyler
• Friday, March 8, 1–2:30, CKTZ, Cortes Island Academy
• Saturday, March 16, 10–noon, Zoom, Housing Forum–Home-sharing


A story written by Sue Ellingsen. See our email newsletter or the PDF version attached below.


More can be found in the pdf attached below and the email version of the newsletter delivered to CISS members' email boxes on the first day of every month.


If you are a CISS member, you should be getting an email with the newsletter every first day of the month. If you cannot find it in your email box, check your spam or junk folder, mark "NOT SPAM," and add to your email contacts. If in doubt, call Gina250-935-0080.

To read the newsletter sent by email, click here: CISS Newsletter, email version

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