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.



Child Car Seats Available for Low-Income Families


Thanks to the generosity of BCAA and United Way (Lower Mainland), low-income families on Cortes Island can apply to receive a free child car seat through the Cortes Community Health Association Family Support Program.
No proof of income is required. According to 2015 census data, many families of young children on Cortes have a household income well below the poverty line. 2015 Median Income for 2 parent families on Cortes Island: $47,616 gross compared to $111,736 BC median. 2015 Median Income for lone-parent families on Cortes Island: $32,683 gross compared to $51,056 BC Median.
To apply for a child car seat for your family, please complete this short application form.

Standard First Aid + CPR-C

If you would like to be put on the waitlist to attend this date and/or to hear first about a possible second date at a rate similar to what you would pay in town, please contact

First Aid Training
Standard + CPR-C
June 15 +16
Limited Space Available

-Red Cross First Aid Instructor
-Comprehensive two-day certificate course
-Content meets worker safety requirements
-Saturday 10am – 5pm + Sunday – 9am – 4pm
-At Linnaea Farm Education Centre
-Bring lunch, water and snacks

Course/Materials: $70 Adult / $50 TeenSzene

To register contact:

Mental Health First Aid Training


If I sprain my ankle, chances are you’ll know what to do.
If I have a panic attack, chances are you won’t.

If you’ve taken an emergency first aid course, you’ve learned the skills needed to help someone experiencing a sudden illness or injury. People can also experience mental health crises, and it is important that more of us know how to provide help.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a training course designed to give health professionals and members 
of the public the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. MHFA is an interactive, 12 hour workshop, offered over 2 days and is being offered to health professionals and members of the public on Cortes Island. It will teach participants to recognize the signs that a person may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis and how 
to provide initial help and guide the person to appropriate professional resources.

What you can expect from this course:
– Gain the confidence and skills to engage someone with an emerging mental health problem or in a mental health crisis;
– Greater recognition of mental health problems;
– Decreased stigma; and
– Improved mental health for yourself.

MHFA does not teach participants to become therapists or counsellors. Rather, it provides the skills, knowledge, and attitudes 
that allow someone to offer effective first aid intervention.

Friday, June 7 & Saturday, June 8, 2019
8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Klahoose Multipurpose Building
1790 Tork Road, Squirrel Cove
Cost: FREE

Registration deadline is May 30, 2019. Complete registration form HERE or contact, or call 250-935-8558.


Family Gathering February 2


Let’s gather to celebrate the stirrings of Spring!

Many traditions have feast days in early February, the mid-point between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. These include Candlemas, Chinese New Year, Chandeleur, Imbolc, Liichtmëssdag, St. Brigid’s, Fiesta de la Candelaria and even Groundhog Day.

Cortes families are invited to Linnaea Farm on Saturday, February 2 from 1 – 3pm for beeswax candle rolling and other festivities. Your ideas and volunteerism most welcome!

Date: Saturday, February 2
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Location: Linnaea Farm, Lakeview Room
Bring: (optional) Finger-food snacks, bread or garden seeds to share