The membership of the Salt Spring Island Community Economic Development Commission (SSI-CEDC) consists of the CRD Regional Director and eight appointed Volunteer Commissioners.
Bruce was drawn to Salt Spring in the mid 1980’s, visiting his sister and friends several times each year before finally settling here as a fulltime resident in 2013. When not playing drums and singing in a local band, Bruce is a political and media analyst who has been featured on national radio and TV broadcasts, talking about consumer and political trends.
Bruce has been in the market research and media analysis business for over 30 years. He is also on the board of the Royal McPherson Theatre Society. He operates his company, with offices in Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary, from his Salt Spring home, where he relishes time spent and local hikes in the forests of Salt Spring with his wife and 2 dogs.
Francine first fell in love with Salt Spring in 1996 while biking with her husband Richard across the island. Fortunately they were able to finally move here in 2008. Francine brings over 30 years of business experience in marketing, public affairs and organizational leadership including certification as a Family Business Advisor to her position as a CEDC Commissioner.
As a highly energetic and proactive volunteer her service includes 5 years as a Governor on the Royal Roads University Board. A strong supporter of teamwork as the means for realizing initiatives she has been instrumental in the creation of the CEDC website – opportunitysaltspring.ca. –a vibrant resource for current and new SSI residents. Francine is an avid gardener and when not gardening enjoys the beauty of South End Salt Spring.
Randy loves community. In his younger years, he enjoyed an exhilarating career in international shipping and trading. After 25-years in this career, and living in multiple countries, Randy and his wife wanted a community where they could work and play together. In 2001, he changed direction and moved to Salt Spring and began a career in tourism. With exceptional personal and customer service as the foundation, Randy and Cathie successfully invested in and operated accommodation-focused businesses.
In addition to being CEDC Vice-Chair, Randy is the President of Salt Spring Recreational Holdings Ltd, home of the Salt Spring golf and racquet clubs. Through CEDC Randy hopes to encourage newcomers to come home to Salt Spring where they can live and work in balance and health.
Curt is a retiree with a varied professional and community background, ranging from senior community mental health positions and tax accountancy to running for a council seat in Seattle as well as many other community volunteer leadership posts. His passion for getting involved in the community and his love of photography led him to become president of the Salt Spring Photography club.
Additionally, he has contributed to the local island radio station CFSI, assisted on the Physician Recruitment Committee and Health Advancement Coalition, and most recently is chairing the Salish Sea Inter-Island Transportation Society, which organizes the annual Tour Des Isles inter-island festival. Curt and his wife moved to Salt Spring in 2007, where they enjoy photography, travel, boating, kayaking, tennis and volunteering.
When Janice mentions that she's been a chartered accountant, (now CPA) for 41 years, you can almost hear the yawns. But if she talks about being the Co-founder of Salt Spring Winery the conversation flows. Her newest entrepreneurial venture is Salt Spring Mercantile, a specialty foods, bakery, and rural agency BC liquor store that greets visitors arriving in Fulford, and serves as a gathering spot for south-enders.
Janice has also been a Royal Roads University Associate Professor, teaching entrepreneurship. Being a Certified Executive Coach and accredited as a Certified Financial Planner, her skills are often sought after on SSI. When she’s not baking muffins- Janice and her husband estimate they have made over 10,000 muffins over the 25 years that they have run bed and breakfasts.
Holly is a modern-day dynamo who runs a custom training company Spark + Co, which provides management and training solutions to clients around North America. Holly embodies a balance between savvy-business person and grounded community member. Most recently she is the architect of CEDC’s Rural Business Accelerator program. Additionally, Holly also volunteers with Connecting Generations and Salt Spring Digital.
She moved to Salt Spring in 2008 from Vancouver for the “slower pace of life” and since then the entire family has found themselves involved in many community organizations. Holly also tweets about the island economy as @sparkandco and manages the social media presence for CEDC. Holly loves to kayak, sail and hike and can be found walking her dog on local trails, rain or shine.
Darryl chairs the Economic Development Commission, in addition to serving as the designated alternate director for Wayne McIntyre, Salt Spring’s director on the Capital Region District Board. Darryl joined the CEDC as a Commissioner in 2013, helping develop its 2014 Report and 2015 Action plan, a role that allowed him to apply his previous 35 years of executive and business experience to achieve the twin goals of a healthy economy and a healthy environment.
Prior to moving to Salt Spring in 2013, Darryl had a successful career in the manufacturing and processing sector, specializing in waste management and recycling opportunities and challenges. Darryl and his wife, both love singing in a local choir, and spending time with their 2 adult children, 4 grandchildren.
Laura is passionate about sustainability, and demonstrates that passion personally by also living in a passive solar net zero home and collecting roof water for her large vegetable garden. Laura and her husband purchased a vacation home on SSI in 1995 and moved their family full time to the island in 2006. At that time she also opened her consulting firm and based it here.
Through her work she travels the world performing environmental and social risk assessments and developing environmental management programs for the airport industry.. Her volunteer experience includes service on the board of the BC Sustainable Energy Association and as an active member and officer of the Salt Spring Toastmaster club.