2020 North Salt Spring Water District Election Profile: Garth Hendren

About Garth Hendren

My life on Salt Spring has been filled with wonderful people and amazing opportunities. Although I have hardly ever worked on Salt Spring other than in volunteer activities in the public sector, it has been a very satisfying place to live for the past 30 years. I am particularly proud of the work I did to bring to Salt Spring our new public library. In my eyes it shines as an example of what our community can do if we put our mind to it. Mu work in the field of education has taken me off the island to develop privately supported kindergartens, a nationally supported publishing house and the opportunity to oversee the audit of school districts for the Ministry of Education in a neighboring province.

What brought you to the area?

At the time that I was considering resigning from my position in the Ministry of Education in Edmonton Alberta I was given the opportunity to live pretty well where I wanted to in Canada. I was married with two school aged sons. I had heard about School District 64 located on the Southern Gulf Islands of British through the education grapevine. The school district was noted for its remarkable support for its' student population. As result of discussions I had with teachers, principals and district staff of School District #64. I was determined to move myself and my family to Salt Spring. It came to fact and I have no regrets to this day.

What one thing about Salt Spring would you tell someone who has never visited the island?

I would probably speak to whoever asked, about how engaged everyone on Salt Spring is. From public washrooms in the park to policing on Salt Spring everyone has a valid point to raise.

If you could change one thing about Salt Spring, what would you change?

Although I would not want to change our roads I would like to see more resources allocated to our roads so that some day in the not to distant future I could drive any where on Salt Spring without fear of being swallowed up by the pot holes.

Which well known person, living or dead, do you think would be a good addition to the island?

The Greek philosopher Epicurus 342-270 B.C who advocated for living a good life.

What do you think the number one community issue on Salt Spring Island is right now?

Water, quantity, quality and availability.

Which elected position are you seeking?

Trustee, North Salt Spring Water District.

Why should Salt Springers vote for you?

I bring to this improvement district commission an understanding of the issues facing North Salt Spring Water District including, water, water quality, infrastructure costs, management issues and limited financial resources.

Is there a really good interview question we should have asked you?

Why are you running for the position of trustee for North Salt Spring Water District?

How would you have answered your question?

I am running for this position because I can make a positive difference to North Salt Spring Water District

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August 26, 2020 3:38 PM

Community Comments

  • Avatar Brian Pack says:

    Hey Garth, I've seen you around for my twenty-eight years on the rock. I remember attending a birthday party at your place in '92. If anybody has the vision to see the sense of what I'm going to propose, it's probably you. I expect you'd be elected with a landslide victory.

    Here's where I get mercilessly shot down by all of the nay-sayers down but do consider this for your election platform: Saint Mary's Lake (you can tell how long I've been on the island by the way I call it 'St. Mary's' instead of 'St. Mary') can't be all things to all creatures. The solution to as much water as North Salt Spring could ever want to waste is simple. Build a barrier across the vast swamp at the north end of the lake and suction dredge the rest of it into the area behind the barrier.

    Did you know the bottom of St. Mary's has never been found? The reason it's so shallow to the sludge layer (the sludge starts at less than 90 feet) is that at the turn of the last century when Trincomalee heights was logged, they pushed all of the slash (logging debris) into the lake! That's why the water tastes so 'herbal.' Those huge logs are still rotting!

    Are those 'wetlands' at the back of the lake so precious for the geese who spend their days at the golf course that every human relying on St. Mary's needs to be rationed for what they consume? It would be an extremely low budget operation, depending on how inflated the charges for endless preliminary studies would be (remember the bus stop across from Country Grocer?). A small team of divers with a couple of barges and an electric-motored tug to haul them over to the partitioned area and empty them. The floating sediment around the barges would be easy enough to filter if a half-competent engineer or two were consulted (oh, there goes the budget!)

    Will the Powers That Be (aka Islands Trust) permit endless water for Salt Springers? Probably never, but here you have the possibility of water shortages being a thing of the past.