A voice of experience. Susan Russell, a business woman, teacher and community volunteer served as a Salt Spring PARC commissioner for 6 years. Having worked within the current system, she became an advocate for a municipal governance.
"As a PARC commissioner I helped with the community process of initiating and approving the Rainbow Road Pool, including the successful referendum, ensuring funding, and ensuring community support. I worked with good people as fellow commissioners, but the biggest stumbling block to our initiatives and successes was the lack of an incorporated municipality.
I attended meetings, and followed the proceedings of the Island Trust. I came to appreciate the role of the Island Trust in their "preserve and protect” mandate for our community and our values."