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Bruce Ellingsen: 2022 recipient of the Jo Ann Green Award

Every year, the Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI) give the Jo Ann Green Award to a Cortes Islander who has made a significant contribution to the environmental wellbeing of the community. Bruce Ellingsen is this year’s recipient.

“Jo Ann Green was an exemplary environmentalist who came to Cortes in 1969, and she immediately became involved in social environmental activities on the island,” explained Helen Hall, Executive Director of FOCI. 

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Becoming Cortes Island’s Regional Director, first steps 

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.

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Local bands are buzzing for upcoming Halloween dance

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It’s been three years since the Whaletown Community Club (WCC) has hosted an indoor event for Halloween but this season, the WCC is celebrating the scary season with three local acts at the Gorge Hall on Oct. 29.

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2014: Whaletown Commons Became a Park

(From the Archives: Nov 4, 2014)

There was a celebration on Cortes Island a little more than a week ago. Close to a hundred people came out in the rain to munch on some of the goodies and listen to some of the community’s elders. After more than a quarter of a century, Whaletown Commons became a park.

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The Still Spirits set their sights on Cortes Island

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The Still Spirits are making their way to Cortes Island next week.

The six-piece yardcore band from Maple Ridge, BC, includes members Willie Navarro, David Gough, Johnny Aaron, Erik “Skiff” Kallweit, Wes Courdare, and Jeremy Addinel. They have been an ensemble for over ten years, blending bluegrass and punk rock. The musicians just returned from a regional tour that included Calgary and Wayne, Alberta. The Whaletown Community Club (WCC) will be presenting the Still Spirits at the Gorge Hall on Sept. 30. This will be the yardcore band’s first performance on Cortes Island.

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