SSICS has always used both paid staff and volunteers to deliver services. The organization has grown over the years and in 1990 established a full time Executive Director position to manage operations.
Today SSICS has a complement of over 70 staff and 140 volunteers including an Executive Director and three senior managers.
The management team at SSICS consists of:
Rob Grant: Executive Director
Rob has been Executive Director of Salt Spring Island Community Services since 2004. From 1992 to 2003 he supervised youth mental health and addictions services on Vancouver Island and from 1978 to 1992 worked in Manitoba and Alberta as a youth worker, social worker, educator, and program manager.
He was Chief Instructor with Enviros Wilderness School in Calgary, Executive Director of Winnipeg Children’s Foundation, a Trainer of rural child protection workers for the Manitoba government, founded Teen Adventure Groups in Winnipeg, and led Grant and Associates-a program development and training collective....Read more
Rob’s education includes a Bachelor of Social Work (U of Manitoba), a Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership (San Diego State U), and advanced training in Adult Education (U of Manitoba) and Mediation (Justice Institute of BC).
Rob spends his personal time doing family activities with wife Tanya, daughter Hannah and son Hiatt. He has played guitar for over 30 years, including performing at music festivals in the 80’s. Rob’s other big interest is outdoor adventures-mostly kayaking these days. He has guided kayaking and trekking trips in the Arctic and instructed for Outward Bound Canada.
Cheryl Bell-Gadsby, M.A., R.C.C.: Clinical Director
Cheryl joined SSICS in 2007. Cheryl is an educator, psychotherapist, and clinical supervisor with over 25 years of experience specializing in the area of trauma, violence against women, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, and child and adolescent development.
She studied and practiced child, adolescent, adult, individual and family therapy from an Ericksonian, family systems and solution-oriented perspective in California before coming to Vancouver to work as a coordinator, therapist and clinical supervisor at Family Services of the North Shore, as program coordinator at the JIBC, and currently as Clinical Director of child and youth, adult and outreach services at Salt Spring and Southern Gulf Islands Community Services. ...Read more
Cheryl is also a private practitioner and member of the teaching faculty at the Justice Institute of BC in the Post Graduate Complex Trauma Certificate and at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, School of Business. Cheryl co-authored the book “Reclaiming Herstory: Ericksonian Solution-focusedTherapy for Sexual Abuse” (1996), as well as “It’s A Girl Thang” a guide to creating groups for adolescent girls for the McCreary Youth Foundation in 2006.
Annika Lund: Program Director
Annika has worked for Salt Spring and Southern Gulf Island Community Services since 1993 in a variety of capacities. She started working supporting adults with special needs in the Community Initiatives Day Programming and became the Program Coordinator in 2005.
In 2011 she took on the Coordination of the Social Housing programs. In 2012 she became the Program Director responsible for the non-clinical programs at the SSICS....Read more
From 1996-99 Annika also worked part-time at the Salt Spring Transition House and Crisis Line, providing counselling and training and managing volunteers. Her earlier work experience includes working as a care aid in extended care and working as a recruiter and Human Resources administrator at a hospital. She had a brief stint as an Auditor, but missed the human contact. She still does bookkeeping and administration for her husband’s home based craft business.
Annika has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Stockholm, Sweden. She was born and raised in Stockholm and lived there until she emigrated to Canada and Salt Spring in 1992. In her free time Annika enjoys Zumba, audiobooks, Zen meditation, spending time with husband Geoff and almost grown step-daughter Kai and spending quality time in Swedish with her parents who now live on Salt Spring.
Peter Grant: Program Manager
Peter was born in Norway, grew up in Montreal and moved to Calgary in 1970. Peter moved to SSI in 1984 from Calgary where he had worked in the Oil and Gas Industry. Upon selling his Oilfield Service company (PDQ Services Ltd.) , he decided to slow down a bit by moving to the Island....Read more
Peter also had gained experience In the Hospitality industry in Calgary as owner of a Best Western Hotel and two restaurants.
Peter presently is chair of the SSI Solid Waste Advisory Committee, is a Board Member of Coast Waste Management Association, member of the SSI Ferry Advisory Committee and a POD leader in his area. He enjoys the outdoors, and playing guitar and helping people.
Blair Bryson: Financial Administrator
Linda Evans: Office Manager
Anne-Marie Sutton: Management Assistant
Rob Wiltzen: Communications Coordinator