Canada Post Office
Skate Park
Lakehouse Learning Centre
Cortes Community Radio
Cortes Thrift Store
Cortes Pottery Guild
Reel Youth
Friends of Cortes Island
Summer Youth Program
Family Music Camp
Cortes Island Play School Parents & Tots
Hall Office:
Monday 11-4
Wednesday 11-4
Friday 10-4

Phone: 250-935-0015
Fax: 250-935-0026

983 Beasley Road
Box 222
Manson’s Landing, BC

Full Moon Kirtan Friday June 13th at 7 pm


goddess-mahalaxmi-laxmi-ji-103355Join local devotional musicians of Cortes for a full moon kirtan. Come share in the vibration of call and response chanting to the divine. No experience necessary.

This will be held in the new yoga studio upstairs in Manson’s Hall. Access to the studio is through the main doors. This event is by donation, doors open at 7 pm.

For info, contact Corrin, 250-935-6778.

Summer Youth Program 2014

The 2014 Summer Youth Program is here! Check out the brochure, and register online. Registration opens June 18th. All registrations will be processed in the order they come in. We are very excited about this year’s line up. We have many of your old favourites, like 7 Story Circus, and some new offerings too. For the first time we are offering an incredible 4 day music camp with well know musicians Calvin Cairns and Paul O’Brien. We have opened this up to families as well as individual children. If you have any questions, please call us at 250-935-0015.

REGISTER NOW             SYRP Brochure 2014


SCCA AGM Thursday May 22 at 7 pm

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SCCA AGM Thursday May 22nd at 7pm Manson’s Hall

Come and join us for an open house from 7:00-7:30 pm to see all the renovations we have completed this year. We will have the new Office, Reel Youth, Playschool interior and deck, Lakehouse (old library) and the Arbutus Room (above Pioneer Room) and the new washrooms open for you to see. Check out the new paint job in the hallway too! The meeting will begin at 7:30 pm. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Friday Market Food Vendors



The Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) policies regarding temporary, ie Farmers Markets holds liable both the vendors, and the operators of a market.

For vendors selling products regarded as a health risk, penalties to both the vendor and operator are significant.

The SCCA cannot place itself in a position of legal or financial liability, and is responsible to members, islanders and visitors to operate the Market in accordance with food safety regulations.

The Community Association regrets that food products not in compliance with the “Guideline for the Sale of Foods at Temporary Food Markets” can no longer be offered for sale at the Friday Market.

Regulations can be viewed online:

The community kitchen in the main hall is approved for the preparation of food products that can legally be sold at the Market, provided a vendor follows the applicable Guidelines.

The SCCA Board is considering policies for the use of this kitchen by individual members of the community who wish to use it to prepare fresh, packaged and frozen foods.

We are currently fundraising to renovate and re-equip the former café kitchen. On completion the community association will operate a fully certified commercial kitchen available for use by:

Seniors (for example Meals on Wheels, and social lunches)

Market vendors

Event catering, weddings and community fundraisers

Educational purposes and youth job experience

Regular “café days”, just like the good old days.

The Board thanks vendors and islanders for your understanding and patience while we work on solutions that will serve our community, and meet the challenge of complying with food safety regulations.







Thank You Coastal Community Credit Union

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The SCCA is pleased to be the recipient of a Quadra Legacy Grant from Coastal Community Credit Union. The grant will go towards the renovation of the kitchen at Manson’s Hall. We are grateful to the CCCU for the help in getting our much needed kitchen back up and running!

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program


The SCCA is pleased to support the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program. Nora Disney is our local volunteer, and the can do income tax filing for free for people who qualify. Here are the qualifications for the free service.

  • Single up to $30,000
  • Couple up to $40,000
  • One child up to $35,000  (single parent)
  • Each dependent up to $2,500 more per dependent
  • Interest income up to $1,000

If you qualify, you can call Nora directly at 250-935-6345, or call the hall office 250-935-0015 to arrange to drop off your papers. Here is a list of the information needed in order to file:

  • Full name
  • Current address with Revenue Canada (for NetFile)
  • Birthdate
  • Marital Status
  • Name and birthdate of dependents
  • Contact phone number or email
  • T4s, T5s, childcare expenses, art or sport class receipts for dependents

Ready, Set, Go! Playschool!

New Wall in the Playschool

The SCCA is pleased to welcome Kate DeWitt, ECE, as our new playschool
teacher along with Jes Lennox and Julia Linnay as teacher assistants. Come
meet the teachers and check out the beautifully renovated playschool in
Manson’s Hall.
Children 2.5 – 5 years old and their families are invited to a drop in /
drop off Open House 10am – 2pm on Tuesday, Feb 25 and Thursday, Feb 27,
free of charge. Program tuition is $160/month through June 2014 for the
Tuesday/Thursday 10am – 2pm program, which works out to approximately
$5/hr. Provincial subsidy and partial private scholarships may be
For more information, please contact Mansons’s Hall Manager Mary Lavelle
at 935-0015 or

Meeting for Parents of Playschoolers

PLAYSCHOOL! Calling all parents of children aged 2 1/2 – 5 years!
Renovations to the Manson’s Hall Playschool are nearly complete and we’re
getting ready to move back into the beautiful “new” space in January 2014.
Now is the time to share your ideas, hopes and dreams for the upcoming
program. Join us for a parents only roundtable discussion on Wednesday,
December 4, 11am- 12pm in the Pioneer Room (during playgroup, childcare
provided). To get the ball rolling, and for parents who are unable to
attend, you can share your thoughts (confidentially) here today.

Together we can create a magical year for our preschoolers. For more info,
call Hall Manager Mary Lavelle at 935-0015.

New: Super Tax Credit for Charitable Donors

There is a new “super tax credit” for charitable donations.

Traditionally the Federal Government gives taxpayers a non-refundable credit of 15% on the first $200 of charitable donations, and 29% on the remainder, subject to a limit of 75% of your Net Income.

Starting in the 2013 tax year and lasting until 2017, they will be offering a bonus credit of 25% on the first $1000 of donations for first-time donors. This results in a total credit of 40% on the first $200 of donations, 54% on the next $800, and 29% thereafter.

For the 2013 taxation year, an individual will be considered a first-time donor if neither the individual nor the individual’s spouse or common-law partner has claimed the Charitable Donations Tax Credit in any of the five preceding tax years. Only donations of money that are made after March 20, 2013 will qualify for the First-Time Donor’s Super Credit.

This means that a $200 donation gets an $80 credit, a $500 donation returns $242 and a $1,000 donation only costs $498. The details are on the Revenue Canada site at this link:

In the last week, the Southern Cortes Community Association received more than $4,000 in individual donations to create a new kitchen in Manson’s Hall. We have an approved $3200 grant-in-aid from the Strathcona Regional District and the probability of $2000 more in January. We still need almost $20,000 to expand the existing room and redo wiring, plumbing, wall finish, ventilation, lighting and flooring. If you haven’t made a charitable donation in the last five years, this is a great time to do so. Go to to learn more and help out. Let’s get cooking!

Enter Nail Sail and Bail

Nail, Sail, and Bail
Teams Wanted
Cortes Day July 20, 2013
Each team consists on two persons and there is room at the beach for a minimum of four and a maximum of six teams.
Teams register at Mansons Hall Office with $30 entry fee
Teams assemble at Smelt Bay at 11:00 am. Boat building from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Race starts at 2:00 pm
You must build a BOAT, not a raft or a surf board
Teams will run with their boat to the water and launch. One or both team members, in the boat, will propel the boat around the course markers and back to the beach. You may not interfere with the other teams.
Each participant will receive a Nail Sail & Bail t-shirt.
Winning team gets Glory, cash prize, and trophy rights.

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The SCCA welcomes Diane Daly, David Drysdale and Mags Johnston to the Board of Directors. They were elected at the annual general meeting May 28 when the membership re-elected Julian Ayers, Myrna Kerr, Jim Murphy and John Sprungman to the board. Desta Beattie was elected last year to a two-year term.


At the AGM, the SCCA members and board celebrated the opening of the new Manson’s Landing Canada Post Office with thank-yous from postmistress Jaime laGrandeur and the board to all those who helped create the new space.


The board is also pleased to announce that Jean Fontaine will be the construction coordinator for extensive renovations to the hall beginning this month. Updates will be posted regularly at the hall, on Tideline ( and on the SCCA website ( and in the Cortes Marketer.



Annual General Meeting – 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 28

Manson’s Hall


Official Opening – New Manson’s Landing Post Office

Come and thank the volunteers who made it happen


Major renovations to the hall begin in June

Hear about the plans to revitalize

Our community centre


Refreshments will be provided

See you then and there




Construction Coordinator Manson’s Hall Renovations

New Concept for Manson's Hall Entry with Post Office in New Room. See articles below for details.
The Southern Cortes Community Association is seeking a construction coordinator for renovations at Manson’s Hall. The SCCA has been successful in applications for grants to fund improvements to the main entryway and hall bathrooms, structural repairs and interior refinishing in the upstairs rooms, playschool, thrift store and hall office, the construction of a new covered deck for the playschool, and renovation of the present post office room after the new post office opens.

The coordinator will need to work with the SCCA board and hall staff to plan and schedule work so the hall can remain as functional as possible during construction, to hire crew and provide onsite supervision, and to work with SCCA accounting staff to manage payroll and purchases to meet the reporting requirements of the grants. If you are interested, please submit a letter to SCCA Board of Directors, Box 222, Manson’s Landing, B.C., V0P1K0, or drop it off at the hall office, including your qualifications and experience. Letters will be accepted through Monday, April 29

Thank you, Emcon!

The Southern Cortes Community Association greatly appreciates the support of Emcon Services management and Cortes crew in our current project to improve the access to Manson’s Landing Community Hall. In conjunction with the soon-to-open new office for Canada Post, we are revamping the entryway with an enlarged pedestrian patio and improved parking. Emcon has generously agreed to help by donating quality crushed gravel to provide a base for patio pavers and a better drained surface for parking on the Beasley Road side of the hall. The SCCA also wishes to commend Emcon’s Cortes crew for the work they have done to improve pedestrian safety in the neighbourhood by installing underground drainage where there were ditches.  Emcon’s willingness to partner with community institutions and enterprises to benefit the whole island is gratifying. Give the guys a thankful wave when you see them on the road.

Year End Appeal

Thank you from the SCCA to everyone who donated to our Year End Appeal. All funds will be going towards our current renovations, and will be matched by other grants, so your donations will go twice as far! Currently, the Post Office renovation is underway, and soon we will begin to work on the old library room and the exterior entryway. Look for more updates soon.