All CCHA Youth Programs on Pause – no programs until further notice


*This announcement applies to KIA, AIL, Teen Szene and Cortes Cougars Sports

In light of the BC Ministry of Education’s decision to close schools, and the SD72 district’s enforcement of that decision, the Cortes Island School is closed indefinitely. The CCHA Youth Programs understands the serious nature of British Columbia’s work to contain the spread of COVID-19 in order to protect vulnerable people and not overwhelm the healthcare system.

In support of those efforts, as of Friday, March 20th, 2020, the CCHA Youth Programs will pause, and not resume programming until the schools are given permission to re-open. The remaining programs scheduled for the last week of March are all cancelled.

If you have any questions about the resumption of programming, please email Jodi Peters, or phone 250-935-6608.

Take care, get outside, maintain your 2 meter social distance, but feel free to hug a tree!

Parent Book Discussion Group


Join other island parents and caregivers to discuss Susan Stiffelman’s book Parenting Without Power Struggles. Parents/guardians of children of all ages are welcome. 
Saturdays 10:30am – 12:00pm
Feb 22, 29, Mar 7 & 14 at Manson’s Hall
Childcare by donation, please RSVP.
Contact to arrange pick up of a loaner copy of the book. 
Feb 22 – Chapters 1 – 3

In collaboration with Cortes Island Literacy Now, the Cortes Community Health Association Family Support Program polled parents for book suggestions, followed up with a vote. This is the winner. Here is the write up.

Parenting Without Power Struggles
From Susan Stiffelman, MFT, family therapist, parenting expert and respected advice columnist for AOL’s HuffPost Parents, comes a unique approach to parenting that can help eliminate drama, meltdowns, and power struggles.

Do you ever find yourself asking . . .

• How can you get your children to do their homework without meltdowns, threats or bribes?

• How can you have a drama-free morning where the kids actually get out the door in time for school?

• How can you better manage your kids’ screen time without making them want to hide what they’re doing from you?

Family therapist Susan Stiffelman is here to help. While most parenting programs are designed to coerce kids to change, Parenting Without Power Struggles does something innovative, showing you how to come alongside your children to awaken their natural instincts to cooperate, rather than at them with threats or bribes, which inevitably fuels their resistance. By staying calm and being the confident “Captain of the ship” your child needs, you will learn how to parent from a place of strong, durable connection, and you’ll be better able to help your kids navigate the challenging moments of growing up.

Drawing upon her successful practice and packed with real-life stories, Parenting Without Power Struggles is an extraordinary guidebook for transforming the day-to-day lives of busy parents—and the children they love.