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: Celia Duthie
Celia Duthie, at times a world traveler, successful entrepreneur, leader of a once BC corner stone "Duthie books" and trail blazer in online virtual stores. All before 1999 when she decamped with husband and 2 kids to the Gulf Islands to start another chapter, opening Salt Spring Woodworks that proceeded to grow in size and reputation, now Duthie Gallery and Outdoor Sculpture Park has become a serious fine art gallery representing many prominent artists. We chatted with her in the sculpture park surrounded by monumental figures and asked her our favourite five short questions.
Q. What brought you to Salt Spring Island.
A. We followed our kids here for the high school in 2002 but what determined that we'd stay was the welcoming and creative spirit of the community, the vibrant art scene, the rambling pastoral landscape, the market, bookstores, friends, good food and the Vortex gallery.
Q. What one thing about Salt Spring would you tell someone who has never visited the island.
A. Give yourself enough time to explore the island in a relaxed manner: walk, kayak, browse, enjoy.
Q. If you had a magic Salt Spring wand, what island thing would you change.
A. If I had a fairy wand I would make the ferries free, like the inland ferries.
Q. Which well known person, living or dead, do you think would be a good addition to the island.
A. Benedict Cumberbatch.
Q. Is there a really good interview question should I have asked you....and what would the answer be.
Q. What do you do to get through the long dark winter?
A. Answer: read, walk, play bridge, make woodblock prints and curl up by the fire.