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