In March 2021 I had the opportunity to interview Tanya Henck and James Foster about the work they are both doing in support of women on Cortes Island. This article presents some highlights from that interview. (For a more complete story, listen to the radio version.)
Tanya is the founder and coordinator of the Cortes Island Women’s Resource Centre; readers/listeners may remember her from a previous interview in April of 2020. At that time, official acknowledgement of the Covid-19 pandemic was just ramping up. Almost a year later — and what a year! — I asked Tanya how her work had been affected by the pandemic. Did the Centre have to shut down?
Continue reading Women’s Resource Centre Update
Folk U Radio’s Reporters Roundtable on CKTZ: where we go in-depth on today’s big issues from a small community perspective with the journalists that are researching and writing about them from within these communities. Today’s topic is the unique nature of the the Housing Crisis in rural/isolated and small communities.
Continue reading Folk U Reporter’s Roundtable: the Housing Crisis in rural/isolated and small communities
After almost a year of delays. the Quadra Island Seniors Housing Project is close to opening.
The 16 unit building, beside Q-Cove Plaza in Quathiaski Cove, was almost ready last Spring.
Continue reading Quadra Island Seniors Housing Project close to opening its doors
Donations to the Rainbow Ridge affordable housing project, on Cortes Island, have reached the point that all loans can now be repaid.
A number of people loaned the project large sums of money, at rates as low as 0% interest.
Continue reading Rainbow Ridge debt free: All loans can now be repaid
National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Cortes Island senior Hanyu Wasyliwis in no hurry to unpack the boxes after her latest move.
The 77-year-old is settling into her new digs at her leisure because, for once, she’s not going anywhere.
“I do not intend to pack up and move ever again, God willing,” she said laughing.
Wasyliw is one of the residents moving into new housing at the Cortes Island Seniors Village, which provides stable, affordable units so older residents can age in place among family and friends.
Continue reading Cortes Island takes step to solve seniors housing crisis