Food company offers Pay It Forward program to help donate meals, starts home delivery service

Food company offers Pay It Forward program to help donate meals, starts home delivery service

Sunflower Foods, a local food company, launched a Pay It Forward program this winter as a way to donate healthy pre-made meals to the food bank. “We wanted to find a way to provide food for people who couldn’t afford it, who were on disability, who did need some sort of subsidy. At first we were just marking down the price for them and it was coming out of our pockets. It started to get a little more difficult for us and we didn’t wanna start losing money on this. And so we came up with the idea of having the community donate,” said Carrie Taylor, founder of Sunflower Foods. The Pay It Forward program started on Feb. 21. If someone wants to donate the cost of a pre-made Sunflower Foods meal at the local food bank, Sunflower Foods will match that donation. “So for the first month we didn’t have anything but the second month when we started the program, after we started the meal delivery service, we had something like 70 meals go in. So we had 35 donations. We matched it with 35 meals, and we had given away all those meals for free to people who needed them.” The company also launched a new meal delivery service on Cortes Island Feb. 1; this is currently the only delivery service available on Cortes since Meals on Wheels stopped during the pandemic. “There were a lot of people reaching out that wanted to make sure their elderly family members were eating well. Some of the people who used to rely on them Meals on Wheels program that...
Local band celebrates 20-year-anniversary with live show

Local band celebrates 20-year-anniversary with live show

Editor’s Note: Greg Osoba is a CKTZ News contributor.  A local band is hosting a free show to celebrate their 20th anniversary. Six Foot Johnson — a band including Garden Stein on drums and vocals, Danfver Johnson on harmonica, rhythm guitar and vocals, Dave Murray on lead guitar, and Greg Osoba on bass and vocals — has practiced “over 800 times at about 40 practices a year,” including numerous live shows, over their 20 year career. The group considers themselves “Cortes Island’s house band.” “Well, 20 years ago I rented the Gorge Hall and I set up a bunch of instruments and invited everyone on the island to come and jam for my 35th birthday. And out of those jams, I met the guys that became Six Foot Johnson. And I said, ‘wow, we should keep playing, this is good music,'” said Stein. “And the band grew from that night, so I thought it would come full circle to rent the Gorge Hall 20 years later, set up the gear and play music with the same guys again.” The show will be free of charge and have a selection of DJ’s playing before and after Six Foot Johnson’s two one hour long live sets. “It’s a celebration, but we’re doing it as a gift to the community,” said Osoba. “It’s a 20 year anniversary and we are doing the show for free because it’s a give back to the Cortes community after all these years.” The show is on June 3. Doors open at 8 p.m. Listen below for more on CKTZ:...
Cortes Island grants program launches again, focuses on youth led projects

Cortes Island grants program launches again, focuses on youth led projects

The MicroGrants for Neighbours program is back once again and is looking for youth-led ideas on the island. The program gives small amounts of money ranging from $50-$500 to local residents of Cortes so they can do things that benefit the community like put on workshops, host gatherings and build micro-libraries, according to organizers. Micro Grants for Neighbours is a program that’s been going on in Cortes under different names for about 10 years now. It was started through Cortes Literacy Now program and the Dakota Literacy program. The Cortes Community Foundation got involved for the last two years and launched it as MicroGrants for Neighbours, which ran in 2021. MicroGrants for Neighbours is now run by the Cortes Foundation with support from the Cortes Community Health Association, the Neighbourhood Small Grants Island Network, and a jury of locals to ensure good quality projects are funded. This year the foundation will be “prioritizing projects that are youth led and youth empowering,” said Isabella McKnight, executive administrator for the Cortes Island Foundation. They classify youth as anybody under the age of 32 but are encouraging all to apply regardless of age. “So say you wanna learn wood carving, but you don’t necessarily know how to wood carve, this is a great opportunity to reach out to members in your community and essentially hire them to teach a skill that you might wanna learn,” said McKnight. The grants are open officially as of March 15. Go to the website for more information. Listen below for more details on CKTZ:...
Dillon Creek Wetland restoration project wraps up with celebration, documentary film release

Dillon Creek Wetland restoration project wraps up with celebration, documentary film release

The Dillon Creek restoration project is coming to a close and is celebrating with a event that includes the premier of a documentary film about the project. Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI) and Linnaea Farm are hosting the Dillon Creek Wetland Restoration Community Celebration Friday to showcase the two-year community led wetland restoration project that was implemented to mitigate nutrient inputs to Hague and Gunflint lakes, and to provide critical habitat for wildlife. Miranda Cross, Dillon Creek wetlands Project Manager, said she hopes people come out to “learn about the project success and next steps.” Local filmmaker Beatrix Baxter spoke about her documentary film focused on the project in an interview with CKTZ. “The purpose of the film was to create a really wonderful record of this community initiative that unfolded over two years. We wanted to let everybody remember the story of this restoration project and inspire other projects like it,” said Baxter. Schedule of events for the Friday, March 31 event at Linnaea Farm Education Centre: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wetland tour led by Miranda Cross 6-7 p.m. Community potluck 7-7:30 p.m. Dillon Creek Wetlands Project Documentary film screening Listen below for more from CKTZ:...
Cortes Island Academy opens registration for second year after successful pilot, prioritizes local and Klahoose students

Cortes Island Academy opens registration for second year after successful pilot, prioritizes local and Klahoose students

Editor’s Note: Manda Gilepsie is a radio host with CKTZ. Registration for the second Cortes Island Academy is open after the high school program celebrated a successful pilot year in 2022.  Prospective Klahoose and local-to-Cortes students will be prioritized and will make up about half the program says Manda Gilepsie, lead administrator of the Cortes Island Academy. “Right now in Canada, rural and remote students are undereducated and underperform in every measurable outcome. They drop out of high school at almost double the rates of their urban counterparts. I believe this is because they’ve not had options,” says Gilepsie. The academy has a new application process this year due to the high interest: Instead of just simply registering, students must now go through an application process, including creating a video to explain your interest in the program, and references filled out by someone close to you. With only 20 spots available, Gilepsie said they may have to turn people away depending on the number of applications they receive. There’s also a new tuition cost for the five month program. Tuition will be $3,500 (including homestay costs if required) for 2023/2024, but the CIA can provide support for low income families, says Gilepsie. “We are looking for students who are living in often rural, remote and isolated communities and are hungry for something new to be able to show that they are capable.” Applications must be completed before March 30 at midnight PST. For more information about the registration process, contact apply@cortesislandacademy.ca or visit the website. Listen below for more on CKTZ:...