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: Jim Burrows
Here’s a bit about Jim:
For going on 19 years, I have been running food and beverage establishments on Salt Spring Island, a full generation of looking after and providing entertainment to Salt Springers. I have had a great time serving and operating from the Harbour House to the Vesuvius Pub to the Local and to Moby's. For the last 2 years I have been running the Clubhouse Bar and Grill ( which seems to be the Island's best kept secret ) at the beautiful Salt Spring Golf and Country Club. Non-members are welcome.
Q: What brought you to Salt Spring Island?
Visiting my parents in Cobble Hill, I happened to be in a bank in Duncan and ran in to an old friend from Calgary. He and Stan Walker had just purchased the Harbour House Hotel. I was at loose ends at the time and they brought me over to have a look at Salt Spring. I immediately fell in love with the Island, took the job and the rest is history. My first day of work was Friday of the May Long Weekend! Welcome to Salt Spring, Jim! Back then, there were over 600 partying soccer players.
Q: What one thing about Salt Spring would you tell someone who has never visited the island?
Be prepared to discover an amazingly eclectic environment. When I first arrived I was surprised to see hippy women dropped off at the Market by guys in pick-up trucks with gunracks. Now, nothing would surprise me about this Island unless the BC and Canadian governments decided to do the right thing and include the ferry system in the national road network. I have met the most interesting and the most bizarre people enjoying a beer with each other. This in itself is the character of SS Is.
Q: If you had a magic Salt Spring wand, what island thing would you change?
My first wish would be a bridge to Vancouver Island and my second would be a direct ferry from Tsawassen to Long Harbour every day. Either of these would provide the necessary access to our paradise, boosting the economy, yet not interfering in the rural way of life.
I also agree with the idea of a post secondary school of some sort. Something that would match the character of Salt Spring. Perhaps, music, fine arts or agriculture.
Q: Which well known person, living or dead, do you think would be a good addition to the island?
We have had so many interesting people here, famous and infamous that I am not sure anyone I could mention would enhance the environment. On second thought, how about Pierre Elliot Trudeau? His presence would surely spark things up.
Q: Is there a really good interview question we should have asked you?
Your favorite pastime?
How would you have answered your question?
That would be walking with Patti and Lucky in Duck Creek Park. No matter what your mood, you come out of there with a smile on your face after watching the interaction of the great dogs and people who frequent this gem. Make sure you take the path along the creek. Kudos to the PARC people for the maintenance of this wonderful space.