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.      

JoAnn Gainor (Secretary)

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.

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.


Margaret MacKenzie (Director)

Margaret MackenzieMargaret 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 (Director)

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.

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.



 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.

  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. ...Read more

Upon retiring, she moved to Salt Spring 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 (On Leave) 

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.