Contrary to what a lot of people believe, Mark Vonesch is not yet the Regional Director for Cortes Island. That will happen on November 9, when he and the other Directors are all sworn in at the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) building in Campbell River. In today’s interview Vonesch talks about some of the preparations, the first things he hopes to accomplish as our Director and his new Alternate Director.Continue reading Becoming Cortes Island’s Regional Director, first steps
Noba Anderson was first elected as Regional Director for Strathcona Regional District Area B (Cortes Island) in 2008. She served 4 terms (two three-year and two four-year) for a total of 14 years in office, making her the longest-serving Regional Director in the island’s history.
Some other Strathcona Regional Directors (notably those from Oyster River and Quadra Island) have held office for far longer, running repeatedly for decades without successful challengers. In 2022, however, Oyster River’s Brenda Leigh was defeated at the polls and Jim Abram of Quadra chose not to run again. Noba Anderson also chose not to run again.
Cortes Currents asked Noba if she would be willing to participate in an “exit interview” — a look back over her long run as our representative at SRD. She was interviewed in mid October.Continue reading Noba Anderson: The exit interview
The Cortes Island Community Foundation (CICF) is partnering with the Community Foundations of Canada, the Equality Fund, and the Government of Canada to focus on local gender equality initiatives.
The Fund for Gender Equality “looks to support local initiatives in over 20 communities across Canada. Hosted by local community foundations, the Fund builds on efforts to shift power to women, girls, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse people, and will work towards a future grounded in justice and gender equality,” according to the Community Foundations of Canada.Continue reading Gender equality fund to be awarded to island projects, applicants
There’s a new public resource in Mansons Landing thanks to a recent joint community effort.
A group of non-profits—the Cortes Island Social Profit Network, The Cortes Community Economic Development Association (CCEDA), the Cortes Island Community Foundation, and Cortes Community Health Association (CCHA)—all contributed to “The Pod Project,” now located at the Village Commons in downtown Mansons.Continue reading Non-profits collaborate to boost public infrastructure in Mansons Landing
[From the Archives: Mar 4, 2022]
Could it be true? What does it mean? How can my kids or I participate/help/get involved? Jeff Lontayao, District Coordinator of Student Options and Opportunities, Rhonda Teramura, Homestay Coordinator, join host Manda Aufochs Gillespie to discuss the Cortes Island Academy and what this innovative high school program means for the Cortes Island community.Continue reading Folk U Radio: The Cortes Academy brings High School Programming to the island