AGM & Annual Reports

Thank you for coming to our AGM!

Thank you all who attended our AGM and the launch of Jeanette Taylor’s newest book: Sheltering in the Backrush: A History of Twin Islands.

After a short business meeting, Jeanette gave us a fascinating and lively presentation about the history of Twin Islands, with numerous readings from her new book.

Following the presentation, we held our raffle ticket draw for a spot aboard a Misty Isles Adventures historic cruise.
And the winner is … Dana Solomon! Congratulations!

The afternoon was completed by book sales and signing by Jeanette, in partnership with Marnie’s Books.

Many thanks to all who attended our AGM.

And thank you so much to all who supported our Fundraising Raffle.


Annual General Meeting for Fiscal Year 2022 – Saturday, 6 May 2023


 Announcing the Cortes Island Museum & Archives 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

  • Manson’s Hall, Saturday, May 6, 2023
  • Doors open at 12:30 for new memberships, renewals, and raffle tickets sales
  • Meeting starts at 1 p.m.

AGM documents (Agenda, Annual Report, Financial Statement, Minutes from the last AGM to be approved at the meeting) are provided below, with printed copies available at the meeting.

Following the brief AGM business meeting, we invite everyone to stay for a special presentation by historian and author Jeanette Taylor. Jeanette will share some of the amazing stories and images featured in her newly published book, Sheltering in the Backrush: A History of Twin Islands.

Copies of the book will be available ($24.95).  Books signing by Jeanette will follow her presentation.

We will have the Misty Isles Adventures Cruise Raffle just after Jeanette’s presentation.

Refreshments will be available. Everyone welcome!


Meeting Documents

Prior to the meeting please have a look at our AGM documents:

Printed copies of these documents will be available at the meeting.

If you have not yet done it, renew your membership.


Misty Isles Cruise Raffle

Buy your ticket for a 2023 Misty Isles cruise raffle! In addition to the amazing Misty Isles Captain and crew, each of these historical trips features a Cortesian as your local guide. Get your tickets at the AGM or avoid the crowds by visiting the Museum on Friday or Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m.

Draw date — May 6, following the Cortes Island Museum’s AGM.

The winner can reserve one of these trips before May 15.

  • Low Tide Cruise with George Sirk, July 13, from Cortes Bay, 9 a.m.—4 p.m.
  • Refuge Cove Cruise with Norm Gibbons & Lisa Weyler-Gibbons, July 27, from Cortes Bay, 10 a.m.—5 p.m.
  • Háthayim/Von Donop Inlet Cruise with Bruce Ellingsen, August 13, from Mansons Landing, 10 a.m.—5 p.m.


Jeanette Taylor

A little bit about Jeanette Taylor…

Jeanette Taylor has four non-fiction books, currently in print, on the history of the British Columbia coast. A writing instructor and coach, Jeanette also regales passengers aboard historic cruises with coastal tales.  She lives on Quadra Island, writing from her 120-year-old log house that overlooks orchards, gardens, fields and the sea.

About the new book…

Twin Islands is a small place with a big history and an intriguing cast of characters, from its earliest Indigenous residents to an irascible, one-legged Scotsman; Irish nobleman whose murder was never solved;  Americans fleeing their expat home in Japan on the cusp of WWII; German nobility; Queen Elizabeth and family; spies and espionage; and an heiress who saved the island from logging.

Jeanette Taylor pulled the islands’ engrossing history together for current owner Mark Torrance and the resulting book has just been released this spring by Harbour Publishing. Jeanette will give us a slide presentation, sharing some choice selections of photographs gathered during her research to illustrate some highlights from the new book.

“Taylor’s passion for history and ability to tease out a good story seamlessly carries the reader from past to present, making this book a delight to read.” —Sandra Parrish, Executive Director of the Museum at Campbell River.




If you are already a member, thank you!

If you have yet to renew your membership, you may:

  • visit us in person to renew your membership: Main Gallery, 957 Beasley Road, Friday or Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.
  • donate or renew your membership using  CanadaHelps
  • e-transfer your membership to
  • use the membership form available on our Membership page and drop it off at the museum or mail it, or
  • sign up at the AGM membership table

Your membership is important to us. It encourages our funders and allows us to provide programs and exhibits to the Cortes Island community. You can become a member by donating your time or money. And to vote at the AGM you need to be a member. You can renew your membership on our Membership page.

Annual Reports for the
Cortes Island Museum & Archives Society

2022 (PDF)
2021 (PDF)
2020 (PDF)
2019 (PDF)