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. 

Colorado Ballet presents Peter Pan (Almost Live!)








Everyone is welcome to an all-ages almost live screening of the Colorado Ballet’s performance of Peter Pan. Children and youth must be accompanied by an adult.

Thursday, February 6
3pm at Manson’s Hall

Peter Pan will take audiences on a high-flying adventure to Neverland where Peter Pan, Wendy, John and Michael experience pirates, Lost Boys, Captain Hook, an infamous crocodile and a bit of pixie dust as this brilliant story unfolds.

Popcorn and entrance by donation to the CCHA Family Support Program.

The Nutcracker Ballet – Livestream December 6

Youth, families and the young at heart are invited to the Folk U room at Linnaea Ed Centre to watch Colorado Ballet perform The Nutcracker ballet. LIVE!

Friday, December 6, 2019
Doors at 9:30AM Show at 10AM
By donation to the CCCHA Family Program’s Holiday Smiles Gift Fund for low-income island kids

Cortes Community Health Association Family Support Program gratefully acknowledges Colorado Ballet’s Educational Program for making this live streaming event available to Cortes youth and families.

2019 marks the 59th season that the Colorado Ballet is performing this classic holiday production. Synopsis is below. Hope to see you there!


The curtain rises to reveal Herr Drosselmeyer in his workshop preparing for the party at the home of Dr. and Frau Stahlbaum. It’s their annual Christmas Eve Party. The magical and eccentric Herr Drosselmeyer has planned a special surprise for his beloved godchild, Clara Stahlbaum. He presents her with a wonderfully mysterious wooden Nutcracker.

Clara is immediately taken with the gift. Clara’s brother Fritz is jealous and steals the Nutcracker from Clara. In the chaos of his teasing, Fritz accidentally breaks the Nutcracker. Herr Drosselmeyer comes to the rescue and assures Clara that all will be well.

The party ends and Clara, just before the stroke of midnight, returns to the darkened living room to check on her Nutcracker. She is frightened by large mice, but suddenly, Herr Drosselmeyer appears and the mice flee. Much to Clara’s amazement, Herr Drosselmeyer commands the Christmas tree to grow to such an enormous size that it pushes away the entire room. Next, he changes her little wooden toy into a life-size Nutcracker. The Nutcracker introduces himself and his soldiers to Clara.

The mice suddenly reappear, and a vicious battle ensues. The soldiers seem to be winning, but the great Mouse King appears and the tide turns. The Nutcracker and the Mouse King fight, and just as the Mouse King is about to overpower the Nutcracker, Clara distracts him, giving the Nutcracker the chance to overcome the Mouse King.

To Clara’s delight and surprise, the Nutcracker is transformed into a handsome young prince, who takes her off on an enchanted journey. He takes her to the Land of the Snow, and then to the beautiful Kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy, where Clara is entertained by dances from many lands. Clara and the Prince dance together surrounded by radiant flowers. The Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier then dance for Clara and the Prince. The Prince carries a sleeping Clara back to her home, where she awakens uncertain if her magical journey was a dream or reality.

Kids Gifts & Gear Swap

Join us if you’d like to set up a free table to sell your gently loved kids items, kid oriented hand-made items, or even household items that would be useful to families. Youth may set up a table with adult permission. Reserve your table today.

Join us if you’d like to purchase planet-friendly gifts for young loved ones. 

Join us if you’d like to donate quality, gently loved items for sale with proceeds going toward the CCHA Family Program’s Holiday Smiles Fund to purchase holiday gifts for low-income local kids. Drop-off is at 2:30. Advance notice appreciated.

Buy, Sell & Trade
Gently loved items for kids and families

Thursday, November 28 – All welcome
3:00 – 4:00pm at Mansons Hall

Childcare provided by donation during this adult-oriented event.
(Uninterrupted time to shop!)

…baby carriers, strollers, bikes, books, highchairs, homeschool supplies, sports equipment, craft supplies, lego sets your teenager has outgrown, dolls and dinosaurs with lots of play left in them, musical instruments, good condition clothing, outerwear, footwear etc…

This is a project of the Cortes Community Health Association Family Support Program. If you’d like to make a secure, online donation to our Holiday Smiles Fund, visit Canadahelps. Tax-receipts are available for contributions $20+. If you would like to nominate a family for the program, please contact cortesfsc at

Video / Discussion Group for Parents – October 19 & 26

“In a world of increasing cultural chaos, a consciousness of attachment is probably the most important knowledge a parent could possess”  
G. Neufeld

Relationship and connection with caring adults are what matter most in building confidence, empathy, resilience and well being in children.

Parents, grandparents and anyone who works with children (birth to teen) is invited to this video presentation and discussion. 

Relationship Matters
Saturdays, October 19 & 26
10:30 am – 12:30pm
Pioneer Room Manson’s Hall 
Childcare by donation. Please pre-register. 
Info & Registration:

Strong trusting relationships give adults the power to parent and teach children. Our confidence to guide and lead the children in our lives depends on their attachment to us. We have to matter… more than peers and more than pop culture. The foundation of confidence, empathy and resilience in children is built on deep caring connections with adults in family, school and community. How can we best put our focus on what matters most? What choices can we make to align with our deepest understandings of the needs of children?

In these 2 video sessions Gordon Neufeld gives an introduction to his relational/developmental approach to parenting. We will watch the videos together and have time to discuss the material and bring it into the context of our lives.

These sessions will bring insight into aggression, tantrums and oppositional behaviour, discipline practices, challenges with food, separation anxiety, peer attachments and support for co-parenting after divorce.

The discussion will be led by Dayna Davis, B.Ed., Certified Neufeld Institute Course Facilitator and K-1 teacher at Cortes Island School. Dayna has worked with children for 30 years, is a parent of 2 young adults and believes that we change the world as we understand and honour children.

Sponsored by the Cortes Community Health Association Family Support Program.