Board members

Jennifer Williams
Jennifer has lived on Salt Spring Island for about 20 years. During that time, she has been actively involved in the community.

As a passionate advocate for health care services on Salt Spring, Jennifer is a longtime Lady Minto Hospital Auxiliary Society volunteer and enjoys working at the auxiliary's Thrift Shop. She previously sat on the LMHAS board and was the Auxiliary representative to the Lady Minto Hospital Foundation Board. She went on to become a LMHF Board member and was Chair for one year.

She currently owns and manages a healthcare software development company. Previously, she was the Infection Control Coordinator at Shaughnessy Hospital in Vancouver, and the Hospital Infection Epidemiologist at UCLA Medical Centre in Los Angeles. While living and working in Vancouver, she sat on the Strategic Planning Committee for the North Shore Counselling Centre. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Simon Fraser University and a Hospital and Infection Control Diploma from Harvard University.

She enjoys gourmet cooking, renovating old houses, gardening and travelling.

Martha Taylor
Martha is a relative new-comer to Salt Spring Island having arrived in the spring of 2017.

Most of her career was in post-secondary education at Mount Royal University as an adult educator/work experience coordinator and team leader. In her final working years, she joined the university's foundation first as a communications and stewardship officer, then as a fund development officer, helping to raise money for scholarships, bursaries, programs and capital projects.

Martha is a Marriage Commissioner on the island, is a One to One Reading Tutor for Salt Spring Literacy and volunteers for Salt Spring Island Conservancy's Stewards In Training program for kids in kindergarten thru grade 8.

Jane Horsburgh
Jane arrived in Canada in 1959, and has lived and/or worked in every province except PEI and Nfld. Best were the years she worked for two of Canada's biggest Caterpillar dealers (Hewitt Equipement Ltee in Pointe Claire, Que, and R. Angus Alberta Ltd. in Edmonton) as secretary and writer/editor of their company magazines.

Fergus and Jane moved to SSI in 1997, where she has worked at the library, Ssplash (the group that persuaded CRD to build the pool), Friends Fitness, and PARC.

She has a daughter, a son and daughter-in-law and 6 grandchildren, in Ottawa and in Maple Bay, BC.

Karen Olsson
Board Member
Karen moved to Salt Spring from Nova Scotia with her husband in May 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Masters Degree in Nursing. Before retiring from nursing in 1999 to be a stay-at-home mom, Karen worked in Labrador after completing specialized training in Out Post Nursing and Nurse Midwifery. She was also a lecturer in the School of Nursing at Memorial University and worked briefly for the Victorian Order of Nurses doing health assessments for mental health clients.

In 1990, she and her husband, an Anthropologist, conducted research in a small town in Mexico to ascertain the feasibility of multiple health practitioners being available to residents in one clinic.

Karen’s very interested in issues related to mental health and the support needed. In addition, she believes part of the solution is to have nurse practitioners working together with a variety of health care professionals to provide patient-centred care. Karen is pleased to be a member of the Salt Spring Community Health Society board.

Cathy Lenihan
Board Member
After working in France for 20 years, Cathy moved to Salt Spring Island in 2010 with an aim to reconfigure her professional background in theatre and publishing towards nature education and children. As a nature educator for the Salt Spring Island Conservancy for 6 years, she has been led to enlarged thinking on youth mental wellness to advocate for initiatives that build trusting relationships with young people through seeing their potential and neurodiversity.

Joining the board of the SSCHS, with its goal of founding an inter-professional community health centre, aligns with her belief in the need for accessible, paediatric psychiatric services to provide continuity of care to so many young people who fall through the cracks.

Monika Hargrove
Board Member
Monika has 18 years of experience as a Registered Nurse in rural and urban emergency departments and in long term care. She currently works at Lady Minto Hospital as a Clinical Nurse Educator. She is a mother of school age children, and places a high value on her relationship with the community that she and her family call home. She has volunteer experience with schools, nature conservancies, libraries, and health centres.