Board members


Curt Firestone
President
Curt Firestone is retired from two separate and distinct professions: Community Mental Health Executive Director and self employed Income Tax Consultant. His entire life has included various roles in community/political organizations with leadership responsibilities. He is the former president of the Salish Sea Inter Island Transportation Society; former president of the Salt Spring Photography Club and a founding member of the Salt Spring Health Advancement Coalition.

Rob Grant
Board member
Rob has been a Salt Spring resident and Executive Director of Salt Spring and Southern Gulf Islands Community Services Society since 2004. The organization provides a range of services for individuals and families, including many services for the most vulnerable community members. Rob has spent most of his professional career doing social service and mental health-related program development in Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia. Rob and his wife Tanya have raised their two children on Salt Spring and have been strong supporters of youth sports, recreation, expressive arts and leadership.

Jane Horsburgh
Secretary
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.

Gwen McDonald
Board member
Originally from Saskatchewan, Gwen is a Respiratory Clinical Nurse Specialist whose career included program development and management, research coordination, teaching, respiratory home care, and clinic coordination. She was the coordinator of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis center at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, prior to her retirement in 2004. Since moving to Salt Spring Island in 2007, she has been actively involved in efforts to improve health care resources on the island. In addition to her work with the Salt Spring Community Health Society she was a founding member of the Physician Recruitment committee and is a current member of both the Salt Spring Health Advancement Network and the Southern Gulf Islands Health Advisory Committee. She and her husband, Curt, spend part of each winter in Mexico.

David Norget
Board member
David Norget is the father of two kids (born 2000 and 2007) and has lived on Salt Spring since 1989. He is currently a Co-chair of the Salt Spring Health Advisory Network (SSHAN) and sits on the Grants Advisory Committee of the Salt Spring Foundation (SSF). He works with Mental Health, both as a Private Practice Registered Clinical Counsellor, and with children and youth in the Gulf Islands School District.

Dale A. Schack
Treasurer
Dale's background is in computing science and geophysics, and has spent his career in oil and gas, both in Canada and overseas. He is now trying to retire from the company he started with two colleagues, but the company continues to call him back to Calgary once a month. Since having arrived on Salt Spring in 2009 with two kids and his wife, Connie, he has been called on to act as Treasurer and webmaster for the SSI Garden Club (thanks, Connie), webmaster for the Tour des Iles (thanks, Curt), and Treasurer and webmaster for the Salt Spring Community Health Society (thanks again, Curt).

Dave Taylor
Dave is a relatively recent arrival to Salt Spring Island. A longtime journalist and broadcaster, Dave had a 30 year career in media in Toronto and Calgary and served two terms as an Opposition Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, acquiring a deep understanding of the complexities of public health care. He has also been a sessional instructor and was a longtime member of the Broadcast Advisory Committee at Mount Royal University. He has been honoured with two Ohio State Awards of Excellence in Public Affairs Broadcasting and was a finalist in the documentary category of the International Radio Festival of New York. He helped develop Calgary's Urban Parks Project River Valleys Master Plan, was founding chair of the Southland Natural Park Society, and a longtime stewardship volunteer at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary in Calgary.

Dave is also involved with the Gulf Islands Community Radio Society in its efforts to bring a new community radio station to Salt Spring and is a member and supporter of the Salt Spring Island Conservancy. He is curious about almost everything.

Martha Taylor
Board member
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 was recently appointed as 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.
Jennifer WilliamsBio to come.