Board of Directors

Margaret MacKenzie (Chair)

Margaret_Mackenzie_250Margaret is a retired Social Worker, graduating from McGill with a MSW degree. Her career was focussed mainly in Calgary, Vancouver and Victoria, where she worked in hospitals, community agencies, psychiatric settings and, briefly, at the University of Victoria. ...Read more

The last chapter of her professional work was in her own private counselling practice in Vancouver, with a particular focus on couple and family therapy.

She also has a strong interest in cross cultural work, doing brief volunteer stints in Uganda, Ghana, Russia, and Thailand. In 2004, with the help of some Rotary funding, she and her husband Ron started a domestic adoption program in the Philippines, which they still manage.

She also has developed a major interest in Boston, as her son and family were recently transferred there.

Margaret and Ron moved to Salt Spring in November 2009, and are loving their involvement in this most welcoming community. Hiking, kayaking, and biking are some of her favourite activities, as well as volunteering in a variety of worthwhile Salt Spring organizations.


Wendy Vine (Secretary)

wendyvineWendy has called Salt Spring Island home since 1981, brought up daughter Korena here, and served as a previous Community Services Board member in the late 1980s.

She spent 20 gratifying years in a teaching career at Fulford and Fernwood Schools, and is now enjoying retirement through her passions and interests: gardening, cooking, reading, singing, swimming, travelling, camping, sailing, and painting. ...Read more

You’ll also find her working for Island Women Against Violence at Transitions Thrift Store.

Wendy loves the interconnecting circles and layers of life in a small community and is particularly interested in food security and affordable housing. She and her husband Kevin live in a house they built themselves and they can’t imagine anywhere better to live than the Gulf Islands.

Aaron Hailman (Treasurer)

AARON HAILMANAaron Hailman has lived on Salt Spring Island for the last 8 years. An Industrial Engineering graduate, Aaron spent his working career in an energy conservation and then a small manufacturing business.   His interest is in helping small businesses and non-profits thrive.

Ron Cooke (Director)

 Ron CookeRon Cooke has lived on Saltspring for 26 years,where he has been active as a carpenter, designer and home builder. He serves on our affordable housing committee.



Jenny Redpath (Director)

Jenny RedpathJenny Redpath was born at Lady Minto Hospital and was raised on Salt Spring Island.

As a young person she was involved in many community events, and volunteered for student council and peer counseling programs. ...Read more

After traveling and exploring the world, Jenny returned to our community to take care of her parents and study Nursing at Vancouver Island University, where she received her BScN.

As a student Nurse she worked at Lady Minto Hospital and volunteered with SSICS through the Let’s do Brunch Program. She now works as a registered Nurse at Public Health and as a Supervisor at Options for Sexual Health. Jenny and her young family are happy to be part of a diverse and vibrant community. She feels it is an honour to give back to the community by being part of the SSICS board.

Zillah Parker (Director)

Dr. Zillah Parker brings to her Board position the perspective of a lifetime of experience in the medical and psychiatric field.  Originally from the United Kingdom,  ...Read more

she qualified as a Physician in London and emigrated to Canada in 1967, spending ten years in family practice and raising three children. Her training in General Psychiatry at the University of Saskatchewan, with a specialty in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, lead to ten years of involvement in the development of a multiservice Centre for Youth in Saskatoon.  She later came to Victoria to take on the position of senior Child Psychiatrist for the Capital Health Region, at the Queen Alexandra Centre, eventually retiring from that job in 2002.  She moved to Salt Spring in 1994 and has been involved with the SSI Chapter of the Federation of University Women’s HOPE Project and OPT.

JoAnn Gainor (Director)

JoAnn GainorJoAnn is a retired teacher and a proud grandmother of six.  With three of them living on Salt Spring Island, she has a stake in the future of Salt Spring. ...Read more

 JoAnn immigrated from New Hampshire in the 70’s and raised her two children in Ft. McMurray back in the day  when oil was $13 per barrel. She taught Child Development at Keyano College there for 20 years after graduate work in early childhood education and special education.  She currently volunteer as much as possible with young children.

Sgt. Ryan Netzer (Director)

Maggie Argiro  (Director)

Dawn Shaak  (Director)

Jody Hawley  (Director)