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Neighbourhood Small Grants Launched on Salt Spring

    Health & Wellness, People & Places    September 5, 2018

Carolling by canoe on Cusheon Lake, the Firefly Lantern Festival, public pianos, Earth Day in Centennial Park, Art Jam, and a neighbourhood potluck party on Park Drive. What do all of these have in common? They are all colourful and joyful expressions of Salt Spring culture, local projects and events run by people who are […]

Salt Spring Island Foundation Spring Grants Support Youth Recreation Programs

    News & Events    June 13, 2018

The Salt Spring Island Foundation is pleased to announce over $206,000 in grants for local charities, including $97,000 targeted to youth recreation programs. These grants would not be possible without the support of our many generous donors, who share the Foundation’s vision of a healthy and caring community  Greenwoods Eldercare Society For a fall prevention […]

Salt Spring Island Foundation Fall Grants Support Affordable Housing Projects

    Health & Wellness, News & Events    November 23, 2017

The Salt Spring Island Foundation is pleased to announce over $100,000 in grants for local charities, including $50,000 in support of local affordable housing projects. Affordable housing is shown to be a critical need in Salt Spring’s 2017 VitalSigns® report. These grants would not be possible without the support of our many generous donors, who […]

Report: How Are Salt Spring’s Vital Signs?

    Health & Wellness    October 4, 2017

Think you know Salt Spring Island? For the past six months, the Salt Spring Island Foundation has been compiling VitalSigns®, a compelling report that looks under the covers of our little island and reveals some fascinating facts. The 24-page Vital Signs report explores 12 areas of special interest, including arts and culture, health and wellness, […]

Vital Signs Report Coming Soon!

    Health & Wellness, News & Events    September 27, 2017

The votes have been counted, the referendum arguments finally won or lost, and Salt Spring will go on going on. But how much do you really know about the place you call home? For the past six months, the Salt Spring Island Foundation has, with professional help, been compiling VitalSigns®, a compelling report that looks […]

Salt Spring Island Foundation Launches Vital Signs® Survey

    Health & Wellness    March 8, 2017

What do you love about living on Salt Spring? What would make your life better? The Salt Spring Island Foundation is inviting all local residents to complete Salt Spring’s Vital Signs® 2017 survey. A crucial part of the Vital Signs community consultation process, the survey seeks local opinion on quality-of-life areas to be included in […]

Salt Spring Island Foundation Invites Community to Vital Signs® Open House

    Health & Wellness    February 22, 2017

What do you love about living on Salt Spring? What challenges do you face? What local issues would you like to see highlighted in Salt Spring’s first Vital Signs report? On March 2, the Salt Spring Island Foundation is hosting a Vital Signs Open House at the library program room from 2 to 5:30 p.m. […]

Salt Spring’s Vital Statistics

    Health & Wellness, News & Events    January 11, 2017

Island charity launches ambitious survey of our community and its challenges – Think you know Salt Spring? Ever wondered what makes this island of 10,000 very different souls tick? What it’s got—and what it needs? Have you thought about the issues that most concern islanders? Are we happy? Miserable? Or are we just muddling along? Over […]

Salt Spring Island Foundation Announces Fall Grants

    News & Events    November 15, 2016

The Salt Spring Island Foundation is pleased to announce over $64,000 in grants for local charities. These grants are made possible through the support of the many generous donors who share the Foundation’s vision of a healthy and caring community. Big Brothers Big Sisters For supplies and materials, such as games and crafts, for the […]

Salt Spring Island Foundation Fall Grants

    News & Events    November 24, 2015

Salt Spring Island Foundation Fall Grants – Support Youth Services, Mental Health Initiatives and Much More. The Salt Spring Island Foundation is pleased to announce over $60,000 in grants to nine local charitable organizations. The projects funded this fall aim to build a more sustainable, caring and sharing community through youth programs, mental health services, […]

Salt Spring Island Foundation Spring Grants Support a Wide Range of Community Projects

    News & Events    May 21, 2015

The Salt Spring Island Foundation is pleased to announce over $100,000 in grants to 13 island charitable organizations. The projects funded this spring address many important community priorities, including services for children, youth and seniors, mental health, housing, the environment and the preservation of Salt Spring’s history and cultural heritage. As part of its Smart […]

Salt Spring Island Foundation Fall Grants Support Significant Community Projects

    News & Events    November 20, 2014

The Salt Spring Island Foundation is pleased to announce the recent approval of over $80,000 in grants to island charitable organizations. The funded projects tackle a wide range of community needs and will have a significant impact on the quality of life on Salt Spring. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada To purchase supplies for […]

Salt Spring Island Foundation Marks 30 Years of Giving

    News & Events    August 21, 2014

John Lees would be proud. But no doubt the man who first envisioned the creation of the Salt Spring Island Foundation would also be astonished at the Foundation’s legacy over the past 30 years. By 2014, it had granted the amazing sum of over $1.5 million to help support the work of local charities. On […]

Salt Spring Island Foundation Announces 2014 Grants

    News & Events    June 12, 2014

The Salt Spring Island Foundation is pleased to announce the recent approval of over $79,000 in grants to nine island charitable organizations. The projects funded this spring address a wide range of areas, including mental health, affordable housing, children and youth, and the arts. Since 1984, the Salt Spring Island Foundation has granted more than […]

Salt Spring Island Foundation Grants $50,000 to Local Organizations

    Health & Wellness    January 1, 2013

The Salt Spring Island Foundation is pleased to announce the recent approval of approximately $50,000 in grants to 10 organizations. Many of the projects funded address the most critical needs identified by islanders in the Foundation’s 2012 Community Needs Survey. Since 1984, the Salt Spring Island Foundation has granted more than $1.3 million to local […]

Salt Spring Island Foundation Announces Spring 2012 Grants

    Health & Wellness    July 17, 2012

Did you know that since 1984, the Salt Spring Island Foundation has granted more than $1.2 million to over 70 local registered charities? Every year, the Foundation invests in our community through its Community Endowment Fund, which was developed and continues to grow through donations and bequests from residents and friends of Salt Spring Island. […]

Salt Spring Island Foundation Announces Community Needs Survey Results

    News & Events    July 12, 2012

The Salt Spring Island Foundation thanks everyone in the community who took the time to complete the Foundation’s recent online Community Needs Survey. The survey asked what residents saw as the most critical issues facing the community and the island’s not-for-profit organizations. There were 446 responses to the survey, a good representation of the island’s […]

Salt Spring Foundation Community Needs Survey

    News & Events    March 26, 2012

What do you think are our community’s most critical needs? On March 15, the Salt Spring Island Foundation is launching an online survey that will give islanders an opportunity to identify the most important issues facing our community. The survey will be available until April 15 and is intended to provide island charitable organizations and […]

Community News

  • 2018 Salt Spring Chamber Salty Award Win...

    by on November 9, 2018

    The Salt Spring community came out last night for a beautiful evening to celebrate local businesses, people, places and the many charms of Salt Spring Island. After numerous years of experimenting with the format for honouring local businesses and people, the Salt Spring Chamber really seems to have struck a nice rhythm of creating a […]

  • Thoughts on My Trial

    by on November 7, 2018

    This last March 23rd, I was arrested protesting in front of Kinder Morgan’s gate in Burnaby — now Trans Mountain Corporation, bought by all Canadians in August for $4.5-billion. I wrote an Exchange piece, published on March 29th, called  “Thoughts on My Arrest”. Time for an update. In Vancouver’s B.C. Supreme Court last week, I […]

  • Forum: From Ferries to Floatplanes

    by on November 7, 2018

    With many new pipeline projects stalled & existing ones running at capacity, oil patch producers are turning increasingly to rail to transport their product. How safe is this? Should we be concerned? What about ferries and floatplanes? Ferry accidents claim thousands of lives in other countries, but not in Canada. Floatplanes are one of the […]

  • Salt Spring’s Firefighters – Lieut...

    by on November 6, 2018

    Raised on Salt Spring by a family that supported the community through a variety of volunteer roles, it was only natural for me to follow that same path of volunteerism. In high school, I was a member of the Youth Coast Guard in Mill Bay. I was a member of the local Land Search and […]

  • Poll: Pro Rep Referendum Vote Mail In Pa...

    by on November 4, 2018

    Local proportional representation advocates gathered this past Saturday to share their support for changing our provincial voting system to a proportional system from our current first past the post system (FPTP). British Columbia is having a referendum on what voting system we should use for provincial elections. The referendum is being held by mail from […]

  • Forum: 2017 Massey Lecturer

    by on November 2, 2018

    The “us versus them” rhetoric increasingly employed by politicians is endangering human rights around the world. What are some of the major human rights struggles of our times, and what we can do about them? Payam Akhavan – renowned human rights scholar, former UN prosecutor at The Hague, and 2017 CBC Massey Lecturer – has […]

  • Leaf Mulch, Clean Bees and Cutworms

    by on November 1, 2018

    Here is my usual seasonal reminder to collect fallen leaves for garden mulching while they are all around us and to be had for free. Do collect enough to mulch the garden for the winter and also to stockpile for mulching next summer. I store leaves for summer use in bags or covered bins, keeping […]

  • How Safe is Your Lovely Roaring Fire?

    by on October 29, 2018

    Did you know that chimney fires are the most common fire emergencies  this time of the year?  – As our weather cools, and you begin enjoying your roaring fire, there are important safety tips you should know. Each year, Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue (SSIFR) is called to between 7 and 15 chimney fires. As these fires […]

  • VIDEO: Understanding PR & Electoral ...

    by on October 29, 2018

    In the lead up to the provincial referendum in British Columbia on proportional representation (happening now), the Salt Spring Forum hosted University of British Columbia Professor Max Cameron, a world-leading expert on democratic theory and electoral design. Professor Cameron teaches comparative politics, constitutionalism, and democratization at UBC, where he also directs the Centre for the […]

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