Board of Directors

Jody Hawley  (Chair)

Jody HawleyJody has an eclectic background which includes social services, business and arts. Her doctoral degree was in vocational rehabilitation and women’s studies. Prior to retiring her clinical practice she was one of those weekly commuters.  She continues to teach part time at UBC and SFU if only to maintain her engagement in the academic world....Read more

Jody has always been actively involved in the community, has participated on many community and professional boards and developed resources for women, children and people with disabilities in a number of communities. She has been on Island since 1999 and loves the breadth and diversity of perspective of Salt Spring. Tennis, sailing, cycling, puttering in her garden, or just sitting watching the birds makes her smile.      

Ron Cooke (Vice-Chair)

Ron Cooke has lived on Saltspring for 26 years,where he has been active as a carpenter, designer and home builder.



Dawn Shaak  (Director)

Dawn ShaakDawn is originally a”prairie gal”,born and raised in small town Saskatchewan.Upon retirement 27 years ago,she and her husband Bob moved to the Island,built their own home and have continued to enjoy the Island Community. Previous interests included singing with the Salt Spring Singers,School Bus driving for Bob and sailing.Both ontinue to be members of the SSI Sailing Club. has recently been added to their lifestyle....Read more

Dawn has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the U.of Toronto.She spent her working years primarily in Saskatoon with the Departments of Social Services and Education.Prior to retirement she was the Director of a Parent Education Centre.

Dawn enjoys volunteering and is currently a 20 year member of the Lady Minto  Hospital Auxiliary.She is appreciative of her position on the Board of  SSICS. 

Rebecca Chidley  (Director)

Rebecca ChidleyWith a degree in Social Work degree and 40 years of work experience in various areas such as probation and parole, family court and vocational rehabilitation, Rebecca has spent the last 15 years as a Review Officer at WorkSafeBC.

Upon retiring, she moved to Salt Spring ...Read more

where she now volunteers at the Visitor Information Centre and serves on the Board of the Salt Spring Tennis Association. She enjoys aquafit, hiking, kayaking, squash and tennis.  

Maggie Argiro (Director)

maggie_argiroMaggie Argiro immigrated with her husband Vincent to Salt Spring ten years ago. Before retirement in 2006, she worked in Public Relations for several years, founding her own PR company, MarComm Associates, in 1993 to serve the technology industry....Read more

 She holds an MA in Writing, and has published not only press releases, white papers and magazine articles, but book reviews, profiles and literary journalism.

Maggie has also taught graduate level writing and has enjoyed editing books and scientific papers.   On Salt Spring, she participates in the Painters Guild and the Photography Club, and frequently exhibits her chalk pastels and her photographs in solo and group exhibits. 


Dana Coupland (Director)

Dana was born in Victoria, BC and, with her husband Michael, raised two children there. With strong roots there as her family has been in Victoria for five generations, she has also lived on both Gabriola and Pender Islands. She now has eight grandchildren, four of whom live on Pender Island. Dana and Michael were very excited to settle into their Salt Spring home in November, 2017.

She obtained her nursing education in Ontario, and worked as a Registered Nurse in Newfoundland, Alberta, Ontario, and British Columbia....Read more

  Most of her career has been in mental health nursing, which led to working in employee health. She then became certified in Occupational Health, and spent many years managing work injury for large employers, including hospitals. She 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, and internationally renowned.

Her passion is for quality of healthcare, and community access to integrated services. She is looking forward to contributing her nursing and leadership skills to the Salt Spring Community.

When at home, she spends time setting up their workshop for recreational activities such as pottery, hiking the trails of the island, as well as completing different renovation projects around the home. Gardening is a passion. They are still in the planning stages of setting up new garden plots and creating a pond.  She loves being outdoors, and spending time with their grandchildren and family. Her and Michael work with the neighbourhood POD, and help organize the meetings and pot lucks.


Karen Pedersen  (Director)

Bill Macdonald  (Director)


Cornelia Krikke (Director)