People Profile: Bill Turner

Community People Profiles is a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island. 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. This week’s featured local people profile is: Bill Turner Here’s a bit about Bill: I have been a busy guy since arriving on Salt Spring in 2002 - I actively substituted at GISS for ten years while operating a very successful B&B called Birdsong (which is still going strong). In my 'spare' time I have been very involved as a board member and current president of GLOSSI (Gays and Lesbians of Salt Spring Island). What brought you to Salt Spring Island? A whim! Following a short three-day initial visit to Salt Spring Island my (late) partner Edward and I decided to pack up and move over from New Westminster to SSI not knowing …
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Video: Gulf Islands International Program

One of the many amazing resources we have on Salt Spring Island is an incredible high school in Gulf Islands Secondary School (GISS). Not only is it an incredible school for locals, but it is also a destination school for the very well respected Gulf Islands International Program. Stewards of the program have put together this incredible video featuring not only the program, the school but a stunning sample of life on Salt Spring Island. Here's more about the program: The Gulf Islands International Program is founded on the principles of global awareness, cultural understanding, and personalized learning for the 21st century. The Gulf Islands International Program embraces the ideals of the cultural mosaic that makes Canada unique in the world. The Gulf Islands International Program is truly committed to ethnic diversity and the synergy that results when young people from around the globe work together to create a better world. The Gulf Islands International Educati…
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Salt Spring Groom Arrested at Wedding

The Times Colonist is reporting a story about a Salt Spring Island groom arrested just just prior to his Beddis Beach wedding. The article aledges that Salt Spring Island resident Shai Topaz was arrested by local RCMP just prior to his wedding last week because of his failure to pay about $7,000 in child maintenance.

Shai Topaz and Claire Fresneda planned to be married on Beddis Beach on Saltspring Island on Saturday afternoon. But as Claire waited in her wedding dress for Topaz to arrive at the ceremony, he was surrounded by RCMP officers, whisked away in his linen suit to the Saltspring detachment, then taken by police boat to the Victoria police station.

“I begged them to allow me to at least see my bride and to have some compassion,” said Topaz, a 47-year-old father of two who works for an international communications company. “Instead, I was taken into custody and my bride was not even informed.”

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People Profile: Peter Prince

Community People Profiles is a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island. 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. This week’s featured local people profile is: Peter Prince Here’s a bit about Peter: Salty has been home for over 25 years and a rich source of inspiration for my craft. For 3 decades I’ve worked as a producer/director/editor/cameraman. Some of my Film/TV projects won national & international awards and aired in over 60 countries. My film work has taken me from Haida Gwaii to Bhutan, while employed by the NFB, CBC, Knowledge, National Geographic & various NGOs. Locals may recall me from my decade as Producer/A&E host for SSTV & Shaw. I'm also a longtime Market vendor, a father of four born & raised Salty kids, pl…
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People Profile: Ken Marr

Community People Profiles is a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island. 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. This week’s featured local people profile is: Ken Marr Here’s a bit about Ken: My life currently revolves around my children and business. I enjoy the challenges and rewards of parenting a 12 year old girl and 16 year old boy....most of the time. Similarly, owing and operating Windsor Plywood is a very rewarding experience in spite of the current business environment. We are very fortunate to have always had fantastic staff and loyal customers. I graduated from GISS in 1983 and began working in the lumber yard at Windsor in 1984, driving forklifts and delivery trucks. In 1989, I became manager and took and ownership position in 1…
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People Profile: Yvonne Poirier

Community People Profiles is a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island. 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. This week’s featured local people profile is: Yvonne Poirier Here’s a bit about Yvonne: This is my 5th year on Salt Spring now and I am as happy and busy as I could possibly be. I have owned Salt Spring Adventure Company for 2 years now and love getting people out on adventures of all kinds. We offer kayak rentals/tours/expeditions, bike rentals, SUP Boards, sailing and yoga! My winters are kept busy with pruning local fruit orchards, as well as working at local vineyards. I love spending the off season with plants! I have been in love with the outdoors from a very young age as I grew up In Canmore Alberta and have been camping, kay…
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People Profile: George Grams

Community People Profiles is a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island. 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. This week's featured local people profile is: George Grams Here's a bit about George: We moved to Salt Spring from the north shore in 2005. I spent the first two years working exclusively on our farm then I became involved in a project that precipitated my interest in island politics. Whilst we've done a reasonable job on the island of preserving and protecting our natural environment, we've been neglectful of greening our built environment which was the thrust of my professional career and which I've experience of other communities using to dramatically reduce their ecological footprint. I can identify only one public building of a…
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Petition: Tree House Laneway Restriction

Local group launches petition requesting that the Harbour Authority of Salt Spring (HASSI) withdraw its request to limit use of the laneway where outdoor seating, dining and music is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. We, the people of Salt Spring Island, in order to preserve our social and economic harmony and promote the enjoyment of the waterfront in Ganges BC, do hereby reject the arbitrary and anti-social actions taken by the Harbour Authority of Salt Spring (HASSI) in its recent notice for the Tree House Cafe to remove tables and chairs from the Manson Road gravel lane. We cite the Department of Fisheries and Oceans objectives established in the guidelines for Harbour Authorities: “Harbour Authorities are essential to the social and economic life of many communities in Canada that depend on local harbours. Harbour Authorities link people to nearby waters by keeping vital harbour facilities in good repair. Harbour Authorities are also key in representing the needs…
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People Profile: Jan Rabson

Community People Profiles is a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island. 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. This weeks featured local people profile is: Jan Rabson Here's a bit about Jan: My job is to pretend to be other people, animals & inanimate objects. I do voices for cartoons (Pixar, Despicable Me 2) & seem to work more in LA than Vancouver. I have a recording studio & when not working or writing I coach improv @ GISS, am involved in Connecting Generations & Career Day programs, drive 2 teens around town, volunteer voice-over including the history of SSI & lifesaving drone apps. I MC comedy, produce radio plays, sculpt, cook & still feel I do ½ as much as other SSIers. What brought you to Salt Spring Islan…
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Islanders Kick Off 'No House Here' Campaign to Protest Development on Grace Islet

The #nohousehere campaign kicked off at Ross Bay Cemetery today at noon with the erection of a mock house over pioneer graves at Ross Bay Cemetery. The graves are of the ancestors of islander Briony Penn, great-great granddaughter of past mayor of Victoria, past Member of the BC legislature and Supreme Court Judge Montague Tyrwhitt-Drake and William Curtis Ward, founder of Douglas Lake Ranch. Penn states, ”Why are my ancestors' burial grounds protected and those of my fellow islander, Joe Akerman (Cowichan Heritage), are not?” Penn and Akerman are urging British Columbians to go to the graves of their own ancestors or a near by cemetery around British Columbia, write #NOHOUSEHERE on their forearm, take a picture and post on their own social media, on the Grace Islet Facebook page and send the photo to the provincial government. Akerman states, “There is a double standard and it has to end. First Nations have been fighting this uphill battle with government to protect their…
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People Profile: Rhonan Heitzmann

Community People Profiles is a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island. 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. This weeks featured local people profile is: Rhonan Heitzmann Here’s a bit about Rhonan: I first moved to the island back in 1983, 9 yrs old. Growing up here was an amazing and rich experience. The community is so full of conscious , artistic , alternative and spiritual people... I grew up exposed to ideas and energy that only later after traveling around the world a bit did I realize was so special. I made many life long friends and consider myself very fortunate! After graduating here in 1991, I went to SFU and hoped to join a consciousness revolution, "the 90's are going to make the 60's seem like the the 50's man" I used to like…
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Photos: Grace Islet Burial Protest

First Nations are outraged and deeply hurt by the disrespect of the BC Government and Archaeology Branch in allowing the desecration of First Nations sacred sites, in particular by issuing permits to build a residence atop an ancient burial ground at Grace Islet in Ganges Harbour. They came today to Salt Spring Island to make their voices heard. Salt Spring Islanders stood with First Nations in calling upon the Minister of Forests Steve Thomson to halt the development and negotiate with the owner to purchase the islet for protection.
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People Profile: Shannon Cowan

Community People Profiles is a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island. 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. This weeks featured local people profile is: Shannon Cowan Here’s a little about Shannon; Called to be a leader, Shannon is most inspired when she is teaching (yoga, botany, childbirth preparation, agroecology, canoeing, or just about anything!), and facilitating healthy conversations. You will find her out on a weekend here and there with partner (James), and kid (Sienna, age 8) and to be sure, they’ll be doing six different things in one day! Shannon links UBC with Salt Spring farms through student learning activities as an Adjunct Professor at UBC in Applied Biology: Food and the Environment Program. Lately, you will also find he…
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People Profile: Melinda Divers

Community People Profiles is a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island. 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. This weeks featured local people profile is: Melinda Divers Here’s a little about Melinda; Mel is a proud mother of 4 awesome kids aged 8 to 24 , 2 steps-sons, and one step grand child. When she is not driving her kids around the island she is busy making healthy elixirs that she sells in the Saturday Market, in front of Ganges Street Food, and in Barbs Bakery. In addition, Mel can be found with her camera shooting events, portraits or products with her partner Jen McLellan together as Click Saltspring. Mel-it-Over, a monthly column in the Fishbowl Magazine has given opportunity for the monthly discipline to write about the stuff th…
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People Profile: Cathy Valentine

Community People Profiles is a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island. 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. This weeks featured local people profile is: Cathy Valentine Here’s a little about Cathy; I am grateful for a beautiful life on Salt Spring. I have a wonderful husband and two sweet sons; my mom and step-father live here, as well as some distant and close relations. We've made good friends over the years. We enjoy our home life on a farm in the Fulford Valley, abundant in simple joys and activities, and a peaceful rhythm. I am honoured to offer Yoga teachings - a multi-year yoga apprenticeship, weekly classes, workshops, and retreats. This work supports our family in living a good simple yoga life. What brought you to Salt Spring…
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People Profile: Pat Preston

Community People Profiles is a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island. 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. This weeks featured local people profile is: Pat Preston Here’s a little about Pat; Three years ago my husband and I decided we wanted a quieter life. We had lived in cities across Canada and in the U.S Both of us had high pressure jobs in government, politics, public affairs and with non-profits. Salt Spring seemed ideal. My doctor told me to minimize stress. Type A personalities are unfamiliar with stress-free environments. We plunged in right away. I volunteered with the Arts Council, the Chamber of Commerce, and most recently as Art Coordinator at the Library. While all were challenging and rewarding, none was stress-free. I …
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People Profile: Shaughn Jenson

Community People Profiles is a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island. 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. This weeks featured local people profile is: Shaughn Jenson Here’s a little about Shaughn; After living on this beautiful land for the past 12 years I am grateful to call Salt Spring home. I have been GM at SS Spa Resort, a Sat. market vendor selling our Ayurveda spa & herbal products, Yoga Teacher & Registered Ayurvedic Clinician at Samya Ayurveda Clinic & Spa offering health consultations, detox, yoga, Ayurveda & meditation classes & a variety of therapies. I've traveled 5 times to India & sponsored Ayurvedic doctors, yoga & meditation experts and others here to practice & teach. What brought you to Salt Spring Island? I mov…
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People Profile: Gary Holman

Community People Profiles is a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island. 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. This weeks featured local people profile is: Gary Holman Here’s a little about Gary; I bought land on Salt Spring in 1978, and moved to the island after a very brief, undistinguished career in the BC civil service. I started working part time for a consulting firm and then moved off island to take a full time position. I moved back to SSI permanently in 1989 and worked as an independent consulting economist, while also serving on the Board of the SSI Conservancy and as Chair of the Islands Trust Advisory Planning Commission. In 2002, I turned to the dark side – local politics - and was elected SSI’s CRD Director in 2002 and again in…
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