Author Index

Odette Auger (Sagamok Anishnabek)

Odette moved to the traditional territories of the toq qaymɩxʷ (Klahoose) in 1999. She has worked with island youth as facilitator in local programming for 17 years, and works as Program support for Tides Canada Initiatives project Indigeneyez. She started working with Cortes Radio in 2013, fundraising and project management. Writing and producing for the Deep Roots Initiative (2016 -2019) gave an outlet for Odette’s storytelling skills, and a lasting love of the listening, story gathering, and collaborative processShe is one of the producers for Cortes Radio’s 2020 Local Journalism Initiative Grant. Odette is also a Vancouver Island reporter for IndigiNews. Access her articles on this website here.

Anastasia Avvakumova

Anastasia has followed her curiosity to live on four different continents and has earned a living in a wide variety of jobs, including voice talent and writing for magazines in Asia. She is delighted to have settled into west coast island life, where she spends her time in the healing arts, glassblowing, gardening and reporting the local news for Cortes Community Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM. Access her articles on this website here.

Rochelle Baker

Rochelle is a staff reporter with Canada’s National Observer, thanks thanks to a grant from the Local Journalism Initiative of the Government of Canada. She previously worked as a newspaper reporter and photographer in BC’s Lower Mainland for over 7 years and is also the Vice President of Cortes Community Radio, CKTZ, 89.5 FM. Access her articles on this website here.

David P Ball

David is a multimedia journalist who has appeared in the Globe & Mail, The Guardian and National Post. He’s won Canadian Association of Journalists and the Jack Webster Foundation awards, and was previously a reporter for The Tyee and Toronto Star, before which he co-hosted the Vancouver Co-op Radio morning show for five years before returning there in 2020 for The Pulse as part of the LJI program.  Access his articles on this website here.

Rod Burns

Rod has lived and travelled across Canada, from Yukon, Newfoundland to coastal B.C.  In the past 35 years, work in British Columbia has included being a high school teacher, co-owner operator of C to C Tours, Victoria  and 22 years co-owner of Bold Point Farmstay, Quadra Island. Major accomplishments include:  a) bicycling solo across Canada, b) being the photographer – curator of Roadside Heart, a documentation of murals across Canada, c) Education Supervisor / Chief Interpreter at Salmonier Nature Park, Newfoundland. Access his articles on this website here.

De Clarke

De is a sailor, photographer, retired software engineer and intermittent author who since the late 70’s has published both technical writing and essays on various topics ranging from feminism to technology and environmental issues. She has lived on Cortes since late 2011. Her motto: Show me the math.  Access her articles on this website here.

Zoë Ducklow

Zoë is the Local Journalism Initiative reporter for Black Press in northern Vancouver Island. Zoë reports on regional issues such as forestry, logging, fisheries, the environment and First Nations current affairs. Access her articles on this website here.


Bruce Ellingsen

Bruce is one of the founders of the Cortes Community Forestry Co-operative and is one of the six members of the Cortes Fortestry General Partnership. Prior to that he was president of the Cortes Ecoforestry Society. A logger turned oyster and organic fruit farmer, Ellingsen is a fourth generation descendant of the first European family on Cortes Island and grew up in coastal logging camps. He graduated in commerce and business administration from UBC and has been involved in Island politics since the 1970s. Access his articles and podcasts on this website here.

Francesca Gesualdi

Francesa is an author/producer living on Quadra Island. She produced Cortes Radio’s contributions to the National Campus and Community Radio Association’s 2018 and 2019 Rendevous de la Francophonie marathons and has been contributing to Cortes Currents since 2019. Access her podcasts on this website here.

Manda Aufochs Gillespie

Manda is a writer. She’s the author of the Green Mama series of books.   Manda is also a mother, neighbour, and founder of Folk University (  She has been a contributor to Cortes Currents since 2019, is host of Folk U Fridays on Cortes Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM, and is one of the Cortes Currents producers for the Cortes Radio 2020 Local Journalism Initiative Grant. Access her podcasts on this website here.

Guest Posts

Cortes Currents occasionally publishes items which it believes to be of value to the community at large. These can be from organizations or individuals. You can access them here.

Roy L Hales

Roy is the editor of Cortes Currents and also the Cortes Radio Society, where he has produced a web platform and radio program (originally called the ECOreport, now Cortes Currents) since 2014. He has had over 2,000 articles published, in print or web publications, since 1982. A large number of the latter were republished on the environmental news website Clean Technica. Roy lives at Squirrel Cove, on Cortes Island. Access his articles and podcasts on this website here.

Hayley Newell

Hayley is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor as well as a certified Synergetic Play Therapist and certified Relational Somatic Therapist. She currently practices on Cortes and Quadra Islands, as well as the Campbell River and Comox Valley areas. Hayley is also  the Administrative Assistant for Cortes Community Housing. Access her articles and podcasts on this website here.

Binny Paul

Binny Mary Paul is the Local Journalism Initiative reporter for Black Press Media’s Campbell River Mirror. As part of the LJI program, funded by the government of Canada, she reports on civic issues in underserved and remote communities on Vancouver Island. Access articles on this website here.

David Shipway

David started learning about forestry in the early 70’s, first in engineering and survey with MacBlo on Vancouver Island, then in treeplanting all over BC. He discovered Cortes soon after the ferry service started, and bought a home in the early 80’s, making his living in construction and woodworking. “By managing my own land I realized it takes at least a century to grow big trees that produce good wood.” David became active in conservation issues. Access his articles and podcasts on this website here.

Jenny Mei Xi Tan

Jenny Mei Xi Tan (陳美希)has served in print, podcasting, and radio journalism. Prior to co-hosting The PULSE, Vancouver Co-op Radio’s morning news program founded by the Local Journalism Initiative, she produced the podcast The Canadian Diaries which highlighted stories of sustainability, race, and food. She also served as one half of a two-woman newsroom in Nipawin, Saskatchewan, where she covered all beats from civic politics to agriculture. She’s grateful to be constantly learning from the people she interviews, especially Indigenous folks, folks of colour, and women.  Access her articles on this website here.

Max Thaysen

Max immigrated to Cortes Island from Vancouver in 2007. He has been elected to the board of the Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI) in 2009, and served as president since 2012.  He is one of the Cortes Currents producers for the Cortes Radio 2020 Local Journalism Grant. – Access his articles and podcasts on this website here.

Tara Warkentin

Tara grew up on Cortes. She studied Human Geography at Quest University Canada, where she wrote her undergraduate thesis on oil corporations and Canadian law. She’s curious about community food systems, the role of stories in anti-oppression work, grandmother’s recipes, and what lies underneath beach stones.  She is one of the Cortes Currents producers for the Cortes Radio 2020 Local Journalism Grant. – Access her articles on this website here.

Rex Weyler

Rex is a writer, ecologist and co-founder of Greenpeace International. His books include Blood of the Land, a history of indigenous American nations, nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; GreenpeaceThe Inside Story, a finalist for the Shaughnessy-Cohen Award for Political Writing; and The Jesus Sayings, a finalist for the BC Book Award. He lives on Cortes Island and currently posts the “Deep Green” column at the Greenpeace International website. Access his articles and podcasts on this website here.

Maureen Williams, ND

Maureen earned her doctorate in naturopathic medicine at John Bastyr College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1995 and has been practicing for 22 years. She also teach community health classes and does literature-based research and writing, which keeps her current in the scientific findings regarding natural therapies. Access her articles on this website here.

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