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Silver lining: Cortes Community Economic Development Association receives government funding during pandemic

By Greg Osoba, CKTZ News, through an LJI grant to Canada-info.ca

This past year CCEDA (Cortes Community Economic Development Association) leveraged provincial and federal government grants, available for pandemic relief, and donations, amounting to more than $50,000. This has aided the organization in fulfilling its mission in supporting “actions taken by people locally to create economic opportunities that improve social conditions.“ The organization provides seed money for both social and entrepreneurial enterprises.

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Folk U: Chief Kevin Peacey – Making it on Cortes

Chief Kevin Peacey of the Klahoose First Nation presents Klahoose Success and Strong Leadership and answers neighbours questions.

Then Colin Funk gives a brief update on the Cortes Community Economic Development Association and Carrie Saxifrage gives an update on the Community Forest.

This was part of the Making it on Cortes forum, providing resources and a network for neighbours making a life and a livelihood on Cortes.

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Folk U: The Art of Community Leadership

Folk U Radio: Art of Community Leadership 101. 

In this episode Colin Funk joins to discuss with host Manda Aufochs Gillespie to look at the idea of community leadership a little deeper. What is the mix of magic and resourcefulness and entrepreneurialism that makes an effective community leader? How do we cultivate that resilient and spontaneous aspects of our selves? And how do we create organizations that will support us in being responsive and visionary to the needs of a community? Even harder, how do we pivot organizations and businesses and ourselves when it is time for things to change or to let old-ways go?  Jenny Evans from North Island Employment Foundation also joins to discuss a bit more about how individuals can pivot in their work lives. 

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Economic Development While Preserving Cortes’ Core Values

By Roy L Hales

When the Cortes Island Business and Tourism Association (CIBATA) was launched, it faced some tough challenges. Some believe Cortes is still stuck in the seventies and many residents would like to preserve that. Yet there is a need for the same business sectors you find everywhere else: retail, health, building and trades, tourism medical marijuana, aquaculture, learning / professional development and social profit. On February 24, CIBATA will be unveiling the draft of Cortes Island’s Local Economic Action Plan at the Klahoose Multipurpose Building, between 10 AM and 4 PM. In this morning’s program the association’s President, Colin Funk, talks about economic development while preserving Cortes’ core values.

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