Cortes Community Housing

It’s happening!

affordable year round housing
for community members
of all ages.


The Cortes Island Seniors Society (CISS), whose commitment to the welfare of seniors have propelled them to make affordable housing a possibility for more seniors and beyond. Their board members are as follows:

Sue Ellingsen (president), Peter Elliott (secretary), Brad Betz (treasurer), Elinore Harwood, Judy Malek, Wilson Baker, Peter Henbury, Carolyn Howson,

Elizabeth Anderson (liaison to CISS housing committee).

The Cortes Island Foundation (CIF) whose mandate is to foster a culture of giving and to support a wide range of emergent community needs. Their board members include: David Rousseau, Deepa Narayan, Ian Watson, Jodi Peters and De Clarke

The Housing Committee (HC) is a subcommittee of the CISS. It is charged by both parties to envision, fund and execute this bold housing initiative, which was initially conceived and inspired by the CIF. Their members are:

Elizabeth Anderson (CISS liaison)
David Rousseau  (CIF liaison)
Aaron Ellingsen                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Paul Fournier

Supported By: 

Sandra Wood (Project Coordinator)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ian Scott (Development Consultant)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hayley Newell (Project Administrator)                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cathy Winter (Project Bookkeeper)


We give special thanks to individual loaner/donors who stepped in wholeheartedly to support this project, some of whom wish to remain anonymous.  In addition to the following foundations for their grants, donations and seed fund contributions: Tides Canada-USA, BC Housing, Victoria Foundation, Coastal Community Credit Union, Canadian Mortgage & Housing Corp, BC’s Rural Dividend Fund, Somerset Foundation, and Canada Helps.

Thanks to their generosity and the work of those mentioned above, we can now say…

It’s happening!