Elizabeth May - 2015 Federal Elections Candidate People Profile

Community People Profiles for Elections is a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island who are running for elected office. 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 run their respective election campaigns. This profile is for Elizabeth May, Federal Green Party Candidate, who is running for re-election as our Member of Parliament in our Saanich—Gulf Islands riding. Here's a little bit about Elizabeth: Elizabeth May worked over decades in the environmental movement – as a volunteer, as a lawyer, as the Senior Policy Advisor to the minister of the environment (1986-1988) and as executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada (1989-2006). In 2005 she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for her work to protect Canada’s ecological richness. In 2006 she became leader of the Green Party of Canada and…
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Tim Kane - 2015 Federal Elections Candidate People Profile

Community People Profiles for Elections is a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island who are running for elected office. 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 run their respective election campaigns. This profile is for Tim Kane, Federal Liberal Candidate, who is running for Member of Parliament in our Saanich—Gulf Islands riding. Here's a little bit about Tim: Tim Kane – Federal Liberal Candidate in Saanich-Gulf Islands. I’ve lived in Saanich-Gulf Islands since 2009. Over the course of my working career I’ve founded several successful businesses. Delta Media, the communications company my wife Sheena Pennie and I started at our kitchen table, grew to become part of a global enterprise and provided many good jobs for Canadians. During my 30 years in Ottawa I first was a public servant th…
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People Profile – Elections: Maxine Leichter

Community People Profiles for Elections is a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island who are running for local office. 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 and as they run their respective election campaigns. This profile is for Maxine Leichter, who is a candidate running for 2015 Fire Board Trustee Election. Here's a bit about Maxine; My husband and I moved to Salt Spring in 2003, fulfilling a lifetime dream to live in the country, away from the big city. We spent the first few years building our off-grid house and getting to know Salt Spring. We enjoy being part of a small community where we meet friends every time we go to town. My passion for local government has resulted in my learning all I can about the various government entities on S…
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People Profile – Elections: Mitchell Forest

Community People Profiles for Elections is a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island who are running for local office. 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 and as they run their respective election campaigns. This profile is for Mitchell Forest, who is a candidate running for 2015 Fire Board Trustee Election. Here's a bit about Mitchell; I purchased land on Salt Spring in 2002 and we built a home here with the plan of creating a homestead type existence. Farming and producing our own foods was our goal. It has taken hard work to get there and today we are pleased to be producing organically grown hops that are used by Salt Spring brewery as well as produce for ourselves. Each year we add to our crop selection, this year barley is sprouting nic…
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People Profile – Elections: Derek Hill

Community People Profiles for Elections is a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island who are running for local office. 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 and as they run their respective election campaigns. This profile is for Derek Hill, who is a candidate running for 2015 Fire Board Trustee Election. Here's a bit about Derek; My wife Betsy and youngest daughter Jesse moved to Salt Spring from a small ski town in Quebec in 1994. Our other 6 children were working or at university and 3 of them were already out west. We built a house and cottage on Ganges Harbour and ran Anchorage Cove B&B for 10 years. I was a Captain at Air Canada and commuted to work via float plane till 2003. Our daughter Jesse went through the school system here. We have…
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People Profile - Elections: Norbert Schlenker

Community People Profiles for Elections is a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island who are running for local office. 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 and as they run their respective election campaigns. This profile is for Norbert Schlenker, who is a candidate running for 2015 Fire Board Trustee Election. Here's a bit about Norbert; I've lived on Salt Spring for 15 years. I'm a (mostly retired now) personal financial advisor and operate a computer refurbishing business here. I have served in many volunteer roles since coming to Salt Spring: treasurer and president of ArtSpring, president of the Stingrays summer swim team, treasurer of the Saltspring Island Sailing Club, member of the Advisory Planning Commission, and co-ordinator of the …
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2014 Election and Referendum Results

Thank you to all of the candidates who bravely stood up and offered their time and resources to run for these locally elected positions and to everyone who supported the voting process. Thank you also to everyone who voted. Here are the official preliminary results from today's voting. These results are the official preliminary results. Final official results will come from Chief Election Officer Tom Moore in a few days time.       Capital Regional District Director (One Position Elected) Hendren, Garth - 549 McIntyre, Wayne - 1903 (Elected) Islands Trust Trustee (Two Positions Elected) Grams, George - 1577 (Elected) Grimes, Christine - 976 Grove, Peter - 2035 (Elected) MacDonald, Vincent - 179 School Board Trustee (Three Positions Elected) Lee, Ken - 755 Macdonald, Nancy - 1732 (Elected) Pingle, Rob - 1628 (Elected) Wakefield, John - 1391 (Elected) Wilkinson, Neal - 537 Transportation Referendum Results Are you in favour of the…
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2014 Election Prediction - Straw Poll Results

Our online straw poll closed this evening and based on the results over the last 9 days, the Salt Spring community is leaning towards some pretty clear potential outcomes on election day this Saturday. These are just straw poll results of course, and though in the past these Salt Spring Exchange polls have in many cases reflected the final official results. Unless something dramatic happens in the final days of the campaign, these just might be close to the final results of the election. Check back on the Salt Spring Exchange Saturday evening. We'll have final office results the moment they come in. Thank you to all of these candidates for stepping up and running for these leadership roles. It takes courage and we thank you for it. Make sure you get out and vote. Capital Regional District Director (One Position Elected)  Islands Trust Trustee (Two Positions Elected) Poll Results: School Board Trustee (Three Positions Elected)
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Voting 2014 - When, Where and Who

Salt Spring Island electoral area voting information for the 2014 elections. Here are all of your election candidates. You can learn all about each candidate by reviewing their profiles if they have provided one and vote in the online straw polls.       Capital Regional Director Candidates Garth Hendren Wayne McIntyre Islands Trust Trustee Candidates Peter Grove George Grams Vincent MacDonald (Profile not yet provided.) Christine Grimes School Board Trustee Candidates Ken Lee Nancy Macdonald Rob Pingle John Wakefield Neal Wilkinson Here are all the details you need for voting. In-person Voting Day Locations and Times Voting places will be open from 8am - 8pm on Saturday, November 15, 2014 to qualified electors at: Community Gospel Chapel, 147 Vesuvius Bay Road, Salt Spring Island, BC Fulford Elementary School (Gym), 203 South Ridge Road, Salt Spring Island, BC Salt Spring Island Public Library, 129 McPhillips Avenue, Salt…
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John Wakefield - 2014 Election Candidate - People Profile

Community People Profiles for Elections is a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island who are running for local office. 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 and as they run their respective election campaigns. This weeks featured local election people profile is: John Wakefield Here's a bit about John: Here’s a bit about John:
I was born and raised in the Lower Mainland. I have lived in five southwest BC municipalities and travelled extensively. I obtained my BA from Simon Fraser University and am a lifelong learner. I am a husband, father, brother, son and uncle. Professionally I am a small business owner, and volunteer as vice-chair of the Salt Spring Island Public Library. I have also served other island organizations such as ArtSpring, a…
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Christine Grimes - 2014 Election Candidate - People Profile

Community People Profiles for Elections is a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island who are running for local office. 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 and as they run their respective election campaigns. This weeks featured local election people profile is: Christine Grimes Here's a bit about Christine: Part of my plan in becoming an RMT (Registered Massage Therapist) was to have a bifurcated career, because it is the kind of work that is physically very challenging to do full time and I have a degree from Emily Carr and wanted to be developing a creative practice with a sense of purpose. However, the vibrancy of this community grabbed my attention and supported my passion for environmental and social justice. It was the Save the Sa…
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Wayne McIntyre - 2014 Election Candidate - People Profile

Community People Profiles for Elections is a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island who are running for local office. 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 and as they run their respective election campaigns. This weeks featured local election people profile is: Wayne McIntyre Here’s a bit about Wayne: I have a very diverse background but here's a little bit about me. I have been a single dad, successful in business both in a corporation and running my own .As a single dad I came to appreciate the role of communities in raising a family. This encouraged me to be active in all the communities I have lived in: coaching kid’s sports, volunteering on numerous committees and in the past as an elected politician in a small municipality. In my cou…
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Neal Wilkinson - 2014 Election Candidate - People Profile

Community People Profiles for Elections is a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island who are running for local office. 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 and as they run their respective election campaigns. This weeks featured local election people profile is: Neal Wilkinson Here’s a bit about Neal: I live in the south end of Salt Spring Island with my beautiful wife and two young daughters (5 and 8) who attend Fulford Elementary. I am a furniture maker and have my workshop on our property, enjoying flexible hours with my own business so that I can remain involved in my daughter's day-to-day activities. What brought you to Salt Spring Island? My wife and I moved here 7 years ago, when our oldest daughter Sofiya was just a year old. …
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Garth Hendren - 2014 Election Candidate - People Profile

Community People Profiles for Elections is a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island who are running for local office. 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 and as they run their respective election campaigns. This weeks featured local election people profile is: Garth Hendren Here’s a bit about Garth: I am a long time educator, who has worked as a consultant for the past 15 years.  However there was a period in the nineties, when I worked in the film business, principally as a money man, read executive producer.  In the recent past I have been spending time in Khazahstan setting up kindergartens in the private sector.  There are common factors, children and teachers, but the cultural and educational differences are enormous.  Although the n…
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Rob Pingle - 2014 Election Candidate - People Profile

Community People Profiles for Elections is a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island who are running for local office. 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 and as they run their respective election campaigns. This weeks featured local election people profile is: Rob Pingle Here’s a bit about Rob: I love the ability to get involved on this island. When we first moved here I was primary caregiver for our girls and had the opportunity to spend a lot of time at Salt Spring Elementary, especially the Early Learning for Families program, and the Tuesday Market in the Meadow. I enjoyed finding areas where I could volunteer my time like coordinating the Toy Library for Community Services, supervising at The Wall Rock Climbing Centre and chairing th…
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George Grams - 2014 Election Candidate - People Profile

Community People Profiles for Elections is a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island who are running for local office. 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 and as they run their respective election campaigns. This weeks featured local election people profile is: George Grams Here’s a bit about George: We share our north end farm with our two horses, our cat and with the considerable wildlife that inhabits the 6 acres of second growth woodland that we have set aside as their sanctuary. The farm needed work and we've built a barn, workshop, office and stables, moved and remodelled the house, restored the original farmhouse, built a riding ring and fenced. We milled much of our own timber on a sawmill I purchased for the process and then resol…
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Nancy Macdonald - 2014 Election Candidate - People Profile

Community People Profiles for Elections is a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island who are running for local office. 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 and as they run their respective election campaigns. This weeks featured local election people profile is: Nancy Macdonald Here’s a bit about Nancy: I'm not sure I need to say much but here goes… I am a Salt Spring Islander in spite of my recent 8 years working in Saanich. I began my career as a French Immersion teacher at Salt Spring Elementary School in 1984, when the school had 400 kids. In 1989 I moved to GISS and became Vice Principal in 1991. In 1998 I was thrilled to become GISS Principal and enjoyed eight wonderful years building programs, working on school improvement and wor…
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Ken Lee - 2014 Election Candidate - People Profile

Community People Profiles for Elections is a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island who are running for local office. 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 and as they run their respective election campaigns. This weeks featured local election people profile is: Ken Lee Here’s a bit about Ken: I retired to Salt Spring from Ontario in 1991. Born in the UK and emigrated to Canada after graduating from Cambridge University in 1957. Served 2 years during National Service as RAF aircrew – stationed for a year in Winnipeg. Worked as a Geologist with Shell Canada in Alberta for 5 years. Secondary School Principal for 30 years in Ontario and at CFB Baden Soellingen in Germany. Father to 2 children and grandfather to 4 all living in BC What broug…
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Peter Grove - 2014 Election Candidate - People Profile

Community People Profiles for Elections is a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island who are running for local office. 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 and as they run their respective election campaigns. This weeks featured local election people profile is: Peter Grove Here’s a bit about Peter: I am a member of the SS Sailing Club, the Lady Minto Hospital Foundation, Community Theatre, Salt Spring Island Conservancy, Artspring, Salt Spring Literacy, the Chamber of Commerce, the Salt Spring Forum, All Saints Anglican Church, the Community Economic Development Commission and am a POD, emergency leader. Last but not least, I am an Islands Trust Trustee, on the point of completing my first three year term, and on the eve of the election…
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