Who We Are
Creekside Commons Cohousing is an inclusive and sharing community of thirty six families in Courtenay BC. We make conscious choices about how to live with each other in an ecologically and socially responsible manner. Creekside people range in age from young children to elders. We are intentionally inclusive and support a diverse range of family constellations. There are singles, couples, empty nesters and families and lots of surrogate grandparents, aunties and uncles enjoying time with the community’s children.
While some of us are long time residents of the Comox Valley, many arrived to become owners at Creekside Commons from other parts of British Columbia, Canada and the United States. Some of us came to Creekside while it was developing because we were looking to create intentional community. Others discovered Creekside while looking for a better way to live in our increasingly complex and impersonal world.
People here have a diverse range of interests, skills, passions and commitments that they share with our community, the Comox Valley and the world. Some Creekside people work full or part time at home or away, some are students and others are recent or long-time retirees. Members are employed or have worked in many fields: healthcare, counseling and social work; education; journalism; engineering; the trades (forestry workers, carpenters, electricians, and mechanics). Others of us have deep commitments to organic, sustainable gardening and permaculture. We have arborists, landscapers, and environmental engineers. We have professional musicians, potters, stained-glass artists, movement teachers, coaches, writers, singers and songwriters in our midst.
Our children are both schooled and unschooled, some learning at home and some at the new Waldorf inspired Saltwater School nearby or in other alternative education programs.
Pets are welcome and enjoyed (within bylaws and guidelines). We love to dry our clothes outside and express ourselves through the spaces around our homes as well as within.
From time to time, Creekside people spend extended times away from home, making it possible to have renters and house sitters join the community. Woofers come spring and fall to help with the garden and landscaping. We’ve even found ways sometimes to welcome folks for a period of time who want to try living in our community before they make a decision to buy a home. While it’s hard to say goodbye to those who have come and gone, that’s part of living in community too and it also means we have friends who come ‘home’ to visit at Creekside from time to time.