Board members


Jennifer Williams
President
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
Vice-president
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
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.

Dave Taylor
Board Member
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 the Vice-Chair of the Lady Minto Hospital Foundation.

Dana Coupland
Board Member
Dana was born in Victoria, and with her husband, Michael, raised two children there. They have lived on both Gabriola and Pender Islands, but have called the United States home for many years. They settled on Salt Spring in November, 2017

Dana is passionate about quality health care and community access to integrated services. Most of Dana's career has been in mental health nursing, which led to working in employee health. She became certified in Occupational Health, and spent many years managing work injury for large employers, including hospitals. She has also worked as a Workers’ Compensation Nurse Case Manager, and spent many years working within the Hospice and Palliative Care field. Her most recent experience was as a Senior VP in an integrated Mental/Physical Health program, a business developed by her husband, Michael.

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.