Focus on Women

There is something for everyone this month as Focus on Women continues its presentation of events that will appeal to all. As part of the Salt Spring Public Library’s Art Program, March features a variety of entertainment from an evening with former broadcaster Vicki Gabereau to poetry and music, a film and documentaries and an afternoon tea. Ongoing throughout the month at the Library is an exhibition focusing on the contributions older women have made and continue to make to the island community. The exhibit highlights women whose ages run from 60 to 99 and is a combination of portraits by local artists and photographers, all of whom volunteered their time and expertise. Events include: An Evening of Music and Poetry with Lorna Crozier and Phoenix Lazare on March 14, 7 pm at the Library. Vicki Gabereau will talk about reinventing herself and interview audience members about their shoes (so bring your oldest, fanciest, most ourtrageous) at Artspring on March 19, 7:30…
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People Profile: Melanie Mulherin

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: Melanie Mulherin Here’s a bit about Melanie: Melanie Mulherin Busy Mom OR Jam Empire builder! As it happens both and more, market vendor & artisan food producer. Her company SaltSpring Kitchen co. is steadily gaining recognition both on and off island for her small batch, artisan preserves. Specializing in savoury preserves to pair with cheese and unique bread spreads. She love to experiment and push the envelope with unexpected flavour combinations. In addition to building her jam empire, Melanie is working with a group of passionate and dedicated market vendors to produce the very f…
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People Profile: Shane Hooper

Community People Profiles ‘Campus’ interviews are a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic Gulf Island with student interviews from Gulf Island Secondary School (GISS) by Amaranta MacAllister, a student who resides on Salt Spring Island. This weeks featured local people profile is: Shane Hooper At sixteen years old, the GISS student has already made a name for himself as a successful folk musician. His debut EP, Orange Honey, was featured under iTunes' 'New & Noteworthy', but he's no newcomer to the music industry. Shane has been preforming since early childhood, and is no stranger to the stage. I catch up with with Shane in between classes and ask him a version of the infamous five questions. He sports a warm-looking tan bomber jacket and a turquoise cap, exhibiting a fine taste in eclectic, indie style. Q. Describe a defining moment in your life. A. I'd say there are lots of defining moments. But, one, that I guess, …
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People Profile: Jimmy-Joe Pearson

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: Jimmy-Joe Pearson Here's a bit about Jimmy: My family used to spend most of our vacation time here on Salt Spring Island. From a year or two before I was born (1964) until 1079 or 80 we would spend our long weekends, spring breaks, summer vacations or any spare time at Rainbow Beach Resort. The Staceys had about a dozen cabins next to Booth Bay at the end of Rainbow Road that had cold water taps, potbelly stoves, bunk beds,an outhouse & a row boat for every cabin. as a young boy it was paradise. Salt Spring Island is my Happy Place. What brought you to Salt Spring Island? When I…
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Salt Spring Film Festival Program and Schedule

The Salt Spring Exchange and the Hello! Salt Spring App are proud major sponsors of the best film festival to be found anywhere, The Salt Spring Film Festival! Here is the full program guide and schedule to help you get ready and excited for another great year of films on Salt Spring Island. [gview file="https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/saltspringexchange-downloads/2014+Salt+Spring+Film+Festival+Program.pdf" width="620" height="800"] [gview file="https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/saltspringexchange-downloads/2014+Salt+Spring+Film+Festival+Schedule.pdf" width="620" height="400"]
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Video: Salt Spring Style Luge - Toboggayaking

Well the Olympics and gold medal hockey were capped off with the biggest snow yet this winter. Best thing to celebrate is to get out in it, Salt Spring style. What do you get when you cross Salt Spring's favourite water sport (Kayaking) with a dollop of winter snow and a great sloping hill? We call it Toboggayaking! Toboggayaking - Salt Spring Style Two Man Luge - Salt Spring Style
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People Profile: James 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: James Cowan Here’s a bit about James: I'm a small town kid who moved to the city to pursue a music career, which led into a career producing major festivals across Canada. Now I get the best of both worlds by being able to live on Salt Spring with my family and work on festivals and events, doing what I love to do. It's my second year as the Coordinator for the Salt Spring Film Festival which brings both of my worlds together. The Film Fest has a great group of people at the core and it's a shining example of a small town event. What brought you to Salt Spring Island? We moved to Sa…
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People Profiles: Gleb Kotov

A regular interview series with a "Campus" focus carried out by Amaranta MacAllister, Gulf Island Secondary School (GISS) student who hopes to pursue a career of film and fine art. This week she catches up with Gleb Kotov, a seventeen-year-old senior student, who moved to Salt Spring Island from Ukraine 2 years ago. We join him in the Gulf Islands Senior Secondary cafeteria over some lunch. He wears a leather jacket and fingerless gloves. His smile is wide and charismatic as we ask him five short questions. Q. Describe a defining moment in your life. A. Probably... I was in a plane, and I was going to Canada, and I saw everything changing. The trees, the water. I could feel my life changing. Q. What brought you to Salt Spring Island? A. My mom Elena and my stepfather, Ronald, got married. She moved to Salt Spring five years ago, and 2 years after that, she made everything possible to move me here too. Q. What is your favourite thing about GISS? A. How kind and open …
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People Profile: Jim Burrows

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: Jim Burrows Here’s a bit about Jim: For going on 19 years, I have been running food and beverage establishments on Salt Spring Island, a full generation of looking after and providing entertainment to Salt Springers. I have had a great time serving and operating from the Harbour House to the Vesuvius Pub to the Local and to Moby's. For the last 2 years I have been running the Clubhouse Bar and Grill ( which seems to be the Island's best kept secret ) at the beautiful Salt Spring Golf and Country Club. Non-members are welcome. Q: What brought you to Salt Spring Island? Visiting my pa…
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People Profiles: Mr. Donaldson

A regular Salt Spring Exchange interview series with a "Campus" focus carried out by Amaranta MacAllister, a student who resides on Salt Spring Island. This is her first time working with Salt Spring Exchange. She hopes to pursue a career of film and fine art, but for now she regularly attends Gulf Island Secondary School (GISS). Where she caught up with the drama teacher, Mr. Donaldson and asked him a version of our favourite five short questions, and got five slightly longer answers- Q. Describe a defining moment in your life? A. When I was in the eighth grade I was moving between Comox and Vernon and doing my course selection for the new school year. In Comox, I was inspired by my woodworking teacher Mr Owen Leung and wanted to continue this passion. All I knew was that I loved woodwork and I didn’t care what courses I had as long as woodwork was on the top of my list. In Vernon I didn’t click with my new woodworking instructor and so I switched into a Drama class and me…
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People Profile: Elizabeth May

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 (honorary) local people profile is: Elizabeth May Elizabeth May is an environmentalist, writer, activist, lawyer, and leader of the Green Party of Canada. Elizabeth became active in the environmental movement in the 1970s. She is a graduate of Dalhousie Law School and was admitted to the Bar in both Nova Scotia and Ontario. She held the position of Associate General Counsel for the Public Interest Advocacy Centre prior to becoming Senior Policy Advisor to the federal minister of the Environment from 1986 until 1988. Elizabeth became Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada in 1989, a position she held until M…
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People Profile: Kelly McAree

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: Kelly McAree Kelly McAree brought his family from Kelowna in 2010 to be the manager at Hastings House, he has been active in many of the tourism related committees on Island and is often quoted in off island publications telling the world about how wonderful Salt Spring Island is. We caught up with him in the winter season as he juggles a number of hotel duties from greeting guests to stoking the fire, all without missing a beat and asked him our favourite five short questions. Q. What brought you to Salt Spring Island. A. I had the tremendous opportunity to lead Hastings House Country H…
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People Profile: Celia Duthie

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: Celia Duthie Celia Duthie, at times a world traveler, successful entrepreneur, leader of a once BC corner stone "Duthie books" and trail blazer in online virtual stores. All before 1999 when she decamped with husband and 2 kids to the Gulf Islands to start another chapter, opening Salt Spring Woodworks that proceeded to grow in size and reputation, now Duthie Gallery and Outdoor Sculpture Park has become a serious fine art gallery representing many prominent artists. We chatted with her in the sculpture park surrounded by monumental figures and asked her our favourite five short questions. …
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People Profile: Linda Ramsey

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: Linda Ramsey Linda Ramsey, a life long Islander and one of the owners of Pharmasave Salt Spring, is currently celebrating the 50 years her family has had a stake in the Pharmacy. Linda joined the Pharmasave team as a partner, along with her husband Gary, in 1997 and loves the creative day to day opportunities and working with her valued customers and team. We caught up with her as she zipped between the downtown and uptown stores and asked her our favourite five short questions. Q. What brought you to Salt Spring Island? A. My parents, Les and Sue Ramsey, moved over to the island from V…
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People Profile: Lisa Cherneff

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: Lisa Cherneff Lisa Cherneff, businesswoman, mountain runner, islander and billboard star. Born and raised on Salt Spring with a spell in the big city for University and back to the Island to start with Salt Spring Air, when it was not much more than a plane and an idea that flew. Lisa has become the smile that greets tens of thousands of islanders and visitors a year as they enter her office at Salt Spring Air. We caught up with her between scheduling flights and keeping fit by running up a mountain and asked her our favourite five short questions. Q. What brought you to Salt Spring Island…
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People Profile: Becky Julseth

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: Becky Julseth Becky Julseth and husband Neil Cooke-Dallin purchased the old Gulf Islands Brewery on Furness road in 2009 and created Salt Spring Island Ales. Becky is the driving force behind a whole bunch of new hop farms on the island, and is well on the way to having Salt Spring Island Ales become the first Non-GMO certified brewery in North America. We caught up with her in the tasting room with the smell of hops brewing and asked her our favourite five short questions. Q. What brought you to Salt Spring Island? A. My family spent several vacations on St Mary’s Lake when I was a kid, …
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People Profile: Celeste Mallett Jason

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: Celeste Mallett Jason Celeste Mallett Jason, author, yogini and teacher for over 30 years certificated in Yoga Therapy, Iyengar, Sivananda, and Ashtanga methods. After studying with many popular North American and European teachers she landed on Salt Spring having taught at various locations throughout the Island, including the Salt Spring Centre where she was a guiding instructor in the teacher-training program, she opened her own studio in 2001. We caught up with her in the Ganges yoga Studio breathed deeply, relaxed and asked her our favourite five short questions. Q. What brought you t…
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People Profile: David Wood

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: David Wood David Wood, market vendor, farmer, cheesemaker, foodie and island ambassador. Born in Scotland, educated in England, and a businessman in Toronto, from 1984-90 he  founded three speciality food stores in the toniest areas of Toronto, before arriving on the Island and sharing his passion for cheese. In his office on the Salt Spring Cheese farm with goats bleating in the background we asked him our favourite five short questions. Q. What brought you to Salt Spring Island. A. Lady Luck, Serendipity, the high school, hospital and liquor store. Q. What one thing about Salt Spring…
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People Profile: Gary Quiring

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 Quiring Gary Quiring, describes himself as being raised on Salt Spring Island by blue collar hippies. Once his hippie raising was complete he left the island to pursue his passion for music, which led to a career in show business for almost 20 years. Before he decided to escape the Rat Race and returned to Salt Spring Island to raise a family and assist the family business. We caught up with him at the Saltspring Soapworks downtown to ask him our favourite five short questions. Q. What brought you to Salt Spring Island. A. My Parents moved us here from the mainland to become hippies i…
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People Profiles: John Cade

Community People Profiles is a new series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our dynamic local island community. 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. John Cade, Island Resident, family man and local business owner. An Islander for over 20 years, with Salt Spring roots going back to the 60's. Over the years John has done many things on the Island; Owned The Vesuvius Store, started a bus transit company and of course since 2000 his the real estate business at Pemberton holmes. We caught up with him at his office downtown to ask him our favourite five short questions. Q. What brought you to Salt Spring Island. A. My parents bought property in the 60’s. I spent my summers here so it was like coming home. The decision to buy the Vesuvius Store and move the family here was …
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Annual Library Giving Campaign

Dear Neighbours, It’s hard to believe close to a year has passed since our new Library building opened its doors. Since then, giant steps have been taken toward making our library what we always hoped it would be—the heart of our community. Adequate and well lit display space for the entire collection, local artwork throughout the building, an outstanding children’s collection, a program room heavily used both for library events and by other community groups, all this and so much more. It’s all there because of remarkably dedicated volunteers past and present, because of knowledgeable Chief Librarians, current and previous, and because the taxpayers of Salt Spring overwhelmingly voted to provide the funds needed to match federal and provincial grants. Also, and certainly not to be forgotten, are all the donors who for some years have generously supported a wide variety of the Library’s past “enhancement” and “enrichment” initiatives. But with another year comes another…
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