Community People Profiles is a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island. Our People Profiles are short interviews with one answer questions to share with you a little about what each of the people we will feature are thinking about as they go about their lives living on Salt Spring Island.
This Weeks Featured Local People Profile is: David Wood
David Wood, market vendor, farmer, cheesemaker, foodie and island ambassador. Born in Scotland, educated in England, and a businessman in Toronto, from 1984-90 he founded three speciality food stores in the toniest areas of Toronto, before arriving on the Island and sharing his passion for cheese. In his office on the Salt Spring Cheese farm with goats bleating in the background we asked him our favourite five short questions.
Q. What brought you to Salt Spring Island.
A. Lady Luck, Serendipity, the high school, hospital and liquor store.
Q. What one thing about Salt Spring would you tell someone who has never visited the island.
A. The island is beautiful but the people are even better.
Q. If you had a magic Salt Spring wand, what island thing would you change.
A. The "drawbridge" thinking that says "Now that I am here, I don't want anything to change"; with more open minds, the issues that divide us could become a more interesting exploration.
Q. Which well known person, living or dead, do you think would be a good addition to the island.
A. The Buddha - he would be amazed at how many devotees he already has here.
Q. Is there a really good interview question should I have asked you....and what would the answer be.
A. If I don't know Salt Spring, what is the best way to get to know it?
1. If you just have a couple of days, then come on a summer weekend when the weather is great and the Market is in full swing.
2. If you have a bit longer, early September is a great time; go round the Studio tour, which allows you to drive up some driveways and to see how people really live here.
3. If you are thinking of moving here, come in the winter and make sure you can take the dark, rainy days, long nights and the fact that most of the islanders have moved to Mexico for the duration.