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Black History Month: Sylvia Estes Stark, Matron of Salt Spring

    People & Places, People Profiles    February 19, 2019

During Black History Month we celebrate pioneers who were a key part of BC and Canada’s history. Sylvia Estes Stark immigrated to Canada in 1858, settling on Salt Spring Island in 1860. Having been born into slavery in the United States, Sylvia Stark embraced the pastoral life on the island, and was a true homesteader […]

Winners! – 2019 Country Grocer Valentine’s Photo Contest

    People & Places, People Profiles, Photos & Videos    February 14, 2019

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Country Grocer Valentine’s ‘Show Us Your Love’ photo contest. The winning participants receives a $150 dinner at Auntie Pestos, two runners up get a $50 Country Grocer gift card and each participating couple receives a one-time Country Grocer voucher for 15% off which expires on March […]

Video: Local Love – Conversations Collected by Billie Woods

    People & Places, People Profiles, Photos & Videos    February 13, 2019

I have wanted to do this project for a few years now. I am so curious about relationships. What makes them work and what keeps them good. I had the chance to sit down with 4 Island couples to ask them just about that. This is a very small portion of the question + answer’s […]

2019 Country Grocer Show Us Your Love! Valentine’s Day Photo Contest

    People & Places, People Profiles, Photos & Videos    February 8, 2019

Every season is the season for love. Let’s face it: Love is trending 365 days a year. But Valentine’s Day adds a dash of spice and invokes romance. It reminds some of us to do something different and extra special, perhaps with a bit more flair or creativity, to say, “Thank you for being so […]

Let’s Win the Lottery Together Salt Spring Island!

    News & Events, People Profiles    October 24, 2018

If this ticket wins the big draw of the LOTTO MAX on Friday this week, with an estimated $60 million dollar jackpot, we’ll share the winnings with everyone from Salt Spring Island that has LIKED and SHARED this post on Facebook. Open to Salt Spring Island full-time residents only!

People Profile: Dr. Bob Richmond

    People & Places, People Profiles    June 22, 2018

Community People Profiles on the Salt Spring Exchange feature local personalities on our island home. These profiles are short interviews to tell us a little about what each of these folks are thinking about as they go about their lives and work on Salt Spring Island. Dr. Bob Richmond, affectionately known by many as Dr. […]

Islands Trust – Regarding Beachside (Island Escapades)

    Governance & Politics, People Profiles    April 27, 2018

I have received numerous calls and e mails from islanders who are concerned about a stop work order on the renovations to the Beachside, formerly Island Escapades, property on the Ganges waterfront. It is a valued business and benefits our community. We would all like to see it succeed. However as in any jurisdiction, whether […]

People Profile: Kiran Dhingra

    People Profiles    August 2, 2017

Community People Profiles are a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our island home. These profiles are short interviews, with one answer questions to share with you a little about what each of these folks are thinking about as they go about their lives living on Salt Spring Island. This weeks […]

People Profile: Meet Peter Parker

    Local News, People Profiles    May 26, 2017

This People Profile is the fifth in a series of profiles about people who work at Pharmasave here on Salt Spring Island. These profiles are short interviews that give islanders some insights into the lives, careers, and daily experiences of the pharmacists and employees working at Pharmasave. This People Profile is about Peter Parker, who […]

Meet Wafa, Downtown Pharmasave’s Store Supervisor

    People Profiles    April 12, 2017

What brought you to Salt Spring? My family and I used to come to Salt Spring Island for vacations and loved it. During our vacations, we were introduced to a wonderful community of people. Following those visits, we decided that, instead of living in a busy city, we would move to a nice, calm environment for […]

Meet Sneh Parikh, Pharmacist at Pharmasave

    People Profiles    March 28, 2017

How long have you been working at Pharmasave and have you always worked in this position? I have been working at Pharmasave since September 2014 as a staff pharmacist. This is my first job as a pharmacist in Canada and am really happy to choose this place as my first job. I usually switch between […]

People Profile: Meet Christine Steffich, Pharmacy Manager

    People Profiles, Travel & Transportation    March 8, 2017

How long have you been working at Pharmasave and have you always worked in this position? I started at Pharmasave as a brand new pharmacist after graduating from UBC Pharmacy in June 2001. I have never worked as a pharmacist anywhere else, and I feel very fortunate because I found the best employer right out […]

People Profiles: Meet Lynn Vanderwekken, Pharmacy Manager

    People Profiles    March 2, 2017

How long have you been working at Pharmasave and have you always worked in this position? I have been working at Pharmasave since 1991. Obviously that was when only the downtown store was open. I started work as a cashier, and then I worked on the floor, stocking shelves. This was during my summer break […]

Moonshine Mama’s: What’s the Secret to Savouring?

    People Profiles    September 20, 2016

Who isn’t intrigued by the word “moonshine”? It’s not a word we hear often these days. It conjures images of brewing under the light of the moon. And when we see that word on a beverage, we can’t help but be curious―even if it’s alcohol-free! It’s not just the word moonshine that provoked a deep […]

People Profile: Charles Kahn

    People Profiles    February 9, 2016

Community People Profiles are a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our island home. These profiles are short interviews, with one answer questions to share with you a little about what each of these folks are thinking about as they go about their lives living on Salt Spring Island. This weeks […]

People Profile: Harry Burton

    People Profiles    January 26, 2016

Community People Profiles are a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our island home. These profiles are short interviews, with one answer questions to share with you a little about what each of these folks are thinking about as they go about their lives living on Salt Spring Island. This weeks […]

People Profile: Keith Picot

    People Profiles    January 21, 2016

Community People Profiles are a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our island home. These profiles are short interviews, with one answer questions to share with you a little about what each of these folks are thinking about as they go about their lives living on Salt Spring Island. This weeks […]

People Profile: Suzanne Little

    People Profiles    January 11, 2016

Community People Profiles are a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our island home. These profiles are short interviews, with one answer questions to share with you a little about what each of these folks are thinking about as they go about their lives living on Salt Spring Island. This weeks […]

People Profile: Kees Ruurs

    People Profiles    August 5, 2015

Community People Profiles are a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our island home. These profiles are short interviews, with one answer questions to share with you a little about what each of these folks are thinking about as they go about their lives living on Salt Spring Island. This weeks […]

People Profile: Jim Standen

    People Profiles    June 24, 2015

Community People Profiles are a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our island home. These profiles are short interviews, with one answer questions to share with you a little about what each of these folks are thinking about as they go about their lives living on Salt Spring Island. This weeks […]

People Profile: Mike Stefancsik

    People Profiles    June 9, 2015

Community People Profiles are a series on the Salt Spring Exchange featuring local personalities on our island home. These profiles are short interviews, with one answer questions to share with you a little about what each of these folks are thinking about as they go about their lives living on Salt Spring Island. This weeks […]

Faces of Salt Spring: Jill Louise Campbell

    People Profiles    April 15, 2015

Tamar Griggs has been photographing her island community, passionately drawn to the people, events and changes in our villages for over twenty years now. Through her camera she has documented the fleeting moments in our lives and ultimately recorded history. The Faces of Salt Spring exhibit will be a showing at ArtSpring in the coming […]

Faces of Salt Spring: Róisín Taylor Gill

    People Profiles    April 9, 2015

Tamar Griggs has been photographing her island community, passionately drawn to the people, events and changes in our villages for over twenty years now. Through her camera she has documented the fleeting moments in our lives and ultimately recorded history. The Faces of Salt Spring exhibit will be a showing at ArtSpring in the coming […]

Faces of Salt Spring: Robert Bateman

    People Profiles, Photos & Videos    April 2, 2015

Tamar Griggs has been photographing her island community, passionately drawn to the people, events and changes in our villages for over twenty years now. Through her camera she has documented the fleeting moments in our lives and ultimately recorded history. The Faces of Salt Spring exhibit will be a showing at ArtSpring in the coming […]

Faces of Salt Spring: Jean Brouard

    People Profiles    March 25, 2015

Tamar Griggs has been photographing her island community, passionately drawn to the people, events and changes in our villages for over twenty years now. Through her camera she has documented the fleeting moments in our lives and ultimately recorded history. The Faces of Salt Spring exhibit will be a showing at ArtSpring in the coming […]

Faces of Salt Spring: Karen Hudson

    People Profiles    March 18, 2015

Tamar Griggs has been photographing her island community, passionately drawn to the people, events and changes in our villages for over twenty years now. Through her camera she has documented the fleeting moments in our lives and ultimately recorded history. The Faces of Salt Spring exhibit will be a showing at ArtSpring in the coming […]

People Profile: Deanna Milligan

    People Profiles    March 12, 2015

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 […]

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  • Islands Trust Council Makes Reconciliati...

    by on March 19, 2019

    The Islands Trust Council acknowledges that the lands and waters that encompass the Islands Trust Area have been home to Indigenous peoples since time immemorial and honours the rich history, stewardship, and cultural heritage that embody this place we all call home. The Islands Trust Council is committed to establishing and maintaining mutually respectful relationships […]

  • BC Ferries Reveals 25-year Vision for Sw...

    by on March 19, 2019

    Community input used to shape long-term plan – BC Ferries released the Swartz Bay Terminal Development Plan (TDP) today. The TDP outlines a long-term vision for the terminal’s future, and a phased approach for implementing the changes envisioned in the plan. BC Ferries employees will be at the terminal from April 10 to 13 to […]

  • Forum: Human Rights, Evidence for Hope?

    by on March 18, 2019

    We live in a world where horrific human rights violations occur, like the recent mass shootings of 50 Muslim worshippers in two Christchurch mosques. This is a world where several countries sentence LGBTQ individuals to death, China has detained over a million Uyghur Muslims, and Canada arrests First Nations people for peacefully trying to protect […]

  • Salt Spring Island Centennial Park Playg...

    by on March 18, 2019

    Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) has adopted a 20 year Master Plan to prioritize infrastructure investments for Centennial Park. With site assessments and central drainage complete, and the washroom facility anticipated to be finished in a few weeks, planning can begin to replace the playground. This much needed replacement project was made […]

  • Pipeline Activism: Thoughts On My Trial,...

    by on March 18, 2019

    I’m back from the rabbit hole of court – the B.C. Supreme Court, in downtown Vancouver. Last fall, I spent five days there, self-representing my not guilty plea, after arrest for protesting on March 23rd in front of Texas oil-giant Kinder Morgan’s tank farm in Burnaby, now Trans Mountain Canada, owned by all Canadians. Three […]

  • Building a Tiny Home Community for the U...

    by on March 15, 2019

    “A community safely housed.  A path to stability.  A better quality of life”  Housing forms the building blocks of a community. The recent housing crisis has illustrated exactly how important stable housing is to the solidity of our island. When people don’t have secure housing, their work, school, family life, and even the community suffer. […]

  • 100+ Women Who Care Raise $17,000 in Und...

    by on March 13, 2019

    On the evening of Tuesday, March 5, 100+ Women Who Care Salt Spring held its second meeting. Prior to this meeting, members had nominated 18 local charities. Members randomly drew three of the nominees during this meeting: Greenwoods Eldercare Society, Salt Spring Therapeutic Riding Association, and Island Pathways. Members heard a compelling presentation for each […]

  • Island Health Assumes Responsibility for...

    by on March 13, 2019

    Island Health will be assuming responsibility for publicly funded home support service delivery on Southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands this fall to ensure a consistent approach to implement government’s team-based primary and community care model across the health authority. Home support helps people live independently in their home and be safe. For clients […]

  • NASA Astronaut Lands on Salt Spring: Fri...

    by on March 11, 2019

    From space tourism to settlements on Mars, what is humanity’s future in space? How dangerous is space travel to human health? What benefits do we obtain from space research? Dr. Serena Auñón-Chancellor returned to Earth from the International Space Station in December—after 197 days in space. On Friday, March 15th at 7:30 PM at ArtSpring, […]

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