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General News · 9th April 2024
Margaret Verschuur
We are grateful to the community for making this educational series a huge success! All three workshops were well attended, and each of the presentations, well-received. We are grateful for the Grants-in-Aid from the SRD, supported by the Cortes Island Community Foundation. Without their financial aid, this series would not have been possible.

In the first session, Sally Houghton, Quadra’s Notary Public, provided valuable information about the Legal Documents; Wills, Power of Attorney, and Representation Agreement. People can schedule an appointment with her/ the comes to the Pod in Mansons Landing on the second Tuesday of every month.

The next session was Advance Care Planning with Bernice McGowan. This involves thinking about and writing down your wishes or instructions for present or future health care treatment in the event you become incapable of deciding for yourself, or communicating your wishes. Without a written plan or person to speak on your behalf, people may be subject to health care interventions they would prefer not to have, or to be cared for in ways that are not helpful.

In the third and final session, Margaret Verschuur talked about Death and After Death Care. We are used to a funeral home taking charge of the death-related tasks; many people are not aware of how much they can do themselves, and how helpful it can be to participate. In our community, there are trained volunteers who can come alongside a family or group of friends to provide support, encouragement, and guidance. Knowing your options and being prepared are essential for this alternative approach to death care.

A huge thank you to the cooks, Georgina and Yasmina, who provided delicious and nourishing community lunches for us to enjoy while connecting with one another and discussing what we learned. Appreciation to Seren, for looking after the children so their parents could do the difficult but necessary task of ensuring they will be well cared for if something should happen to them. Thanks to Noba for facilitating the series with ease.

May our community be another step closer to Being Kind To Those We Leave Behind.