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General News · 1st May 2024
In this newsletter: Our Calendar for May / CISS AGM / The Free Store – poem by Dianne Hansen / Better at Home update / and 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. To renew your CISS membership, which is only $10, mail your cheque to PO BOX 27 Mansons Landing BC V0P 1K0, or email your dues by e-transfer to


CISS AGM – Annual General Meeting
• Tuesday, May 14, at 1:30 p.m., Pioneer Room, Manson’s Hall

T’ai Chi Ch’uan is offered to Cortes seniors by Judyth Weaver, who received permission to teach TCC from the school of Grand Master Cheng Man-Ch’ing in 1971. Judyth has been teaching it regularly around the world since then. T’ai Chi Ch’uan is a low-impact exercise ideal for seniors. The class is free, and donations to CISS are welcome. All are invited to join.
• Wednesdays, 11 till noon, Om Studio, Manson’s Hall.
In May, classes will be offered as usual on May 1, 8, and 29, but we will have a break on May 15 and 22. We will continue in June.

Community Lunches
• May 9, 14, 23 – more information below

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

DeathCaring Collective
Death Cafés happen all over the world, including Cortes. They are places to gather, eat cake, drink tea, and discuss death. Our culture has few opportunities to talk about death; this gathering is specifically for that topic.
Death Cafés take place in Whaletown on the first Saturday of the month. For more information, contact Darsi at
Our monthly meetings will resume in the fall. If you have any death-related questions or needs, please don’t hesitate to contact us, even on short notice: Margaret at 250-204-3709 or Emma at 250-208-4468.

• Saturday, May 18, Squirrel Cove, at the beach, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Food, Music, Vendors, and lots of fun! Support shellfish farmers. Show up all in Squirrel Cove!

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

• Saturday, May 4 – Spring Migration Birding Day, 9 a.m. at the Museum; more information at the Museum website
• Sunday, May 5 – From the Ground Up: Cortes Island dwellings and their histories – Exhibition Opening, 1 to 4 p.m., 957 Beasley Rd

Museum / Wild Cortes open hours
• Museum/Main Gallery, 957 Beasley Road, Friday & Saturday, noon to 4
• Wild Cortes, 1255 Seaford Road, Friday & Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.

CHS/FolkU: Housing Forum – Community Land Trust
Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m., on Zoom
10-11: guest panelists
11-12: discussions
on Zoom!


The Support Our Seniors Society will be offering the Better at Home program for another year. Please stay tuned for details in the next newsletter regarding the programming for the coming year.
The community lunches will be continuing:
• Thursday, May 9 – Mansons Hall
• Tuesday, May 14 – Gorge Hall
• Thursday, May 23 – Mansons Hall
• Saturday, June 1 – Klahoose
• Thursday, June 6 – Mansons Hall
• Tuesday, June 11 – TBA
• Thursday, June 20 – Mansons Hall (last lunch before the summer break)
The lunches are sponsored by the CCHA Family Support Program and Community Foundations of Canada Equity Fund, Better at Home Food Security Initiative, Klahoose, SCCA & WCC.
Better at Home Cortes


There’s a place where you should go;
When you have an hour or so.
If you feel like a shopping spree,
It’s totally fun, and everything’s free.

For dishes, or books, or clothes, or more;
You’ll find them all at the Cortes Free Store.
If you need clothes for work or play,
There is always something that blows you away!

Some toys for kids; some tools for Dad;
This store’s the best deal you’ve ever had.
At times, there are things we can’t figure out;
Then someone tells us what it’s all about.

Come on in, and chat with the girls;
There are shampoos, and products to fix up your curls!
Some items are sexy; some are square;
Whatever your choice, you will find it there.

-- by Dianne Hansen, April 2024

Jim and Dianne Hansen will be moving off the Island. We will miss them and wish them all the best in their new home.


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 receive an email with the newsletter every first day of the month. If you cannot find it in your inbox, check your spam or junk folder and mark "NOT SPAM." Additionally, add to your email contacts. If in doubt, call Gina at 250-935-0080.

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

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