Board of Directors


Jennifer Lannan  (Chair)

Jennifer Lannan has long called Salt Spring Island her home and she cares a lot for healthy support systems for all community members. Her background is multifaceted and, although she has run a local business for several years, she is also a social justice advocate and volunteer on several boards. ...Read more

Jennifer is raising three children with her husband and is pleased to serve on the board for Island Community Services among the other mindful and community minded directors. 

Tisha Boulter (Vice-Chair)

Tisha grew up on an organic farm that instilled a strong connection to land, a good work ethic, and an appreciation of folks working together to ‘lighten the load’.

Since 2001 she has called Salt Spring home raising her two kids ...Read more

and stewarding a property that she ‘owns’ with her partner. Tisha believes in volunteerism as a vital part of healthy systems. 

Tisha acknowledges the first people of these lands and waters for their historical connection and rights. 

She has gained leadership skills through parent advisory groups, 4H, and organizing Pride events and has served as an elected school Trustee since 2018. She is currently serving as Board Chair of the School District, and has sat on Climate action, Anti-racism, and diversity working groups. She has chaired the finance audit and facilities committee and sat on several hiring committees during her terms with SD 64.

Even though Tisha solely operates a home based business, she loves the experience of collaboratively working with a team to achieve a collective intention.

Tisha is pleased to have joined the Island Community Services board to expand her care for the community in a new capacity. 


Gary McNutt (Treasurer)

Gary McNutt is a filmmaker and community organizer. Born in Derry, N Ireland, he spent his teen years in Glasgow, Scotland, before emigrating to Canada.

Gary first began making films in South Africa to highlight the AIDS crisis. ...Read more

He went on to spend half of every year in Lesotho supporting and chronicling a community development project based around the needs and strengths of people with disabilities.

An early adopter of YouTube as a form of outreach and engagement, he has worked on numerous projects on the west coast including Raven People Rising, a story about Heiltsuk Nation’s recovery from an oil spill in their central coast territory, and “Troubled Waters”, which chronicled community responses to LNG development in the Salish Sea. Gary is a strong advocate for people-powered media.

He works as a caregiver to special-needs people at GIFTS (Gulf Islands Families Together Society).

Gary has lived on Salt Spring Island for 33 years and has 3 children.  


Jody Hawley  (Director)

Jody 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 ...Read more

if only to maintain her engagement in the academic world.

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.      


Amanda Myers / Kitaay Bizhikikwe (Director)

Amanda Myers also goes by her Anishinaabe name Kitaay Bizhikikwe. A mother, aunty, and member of the Three Fires Midewiwin Confederacy, Amanda currently holds the role of Executive Director with the Gulf Islands Families Together Society (GIFTS). ...Read more

She has focused her professional career on education and curriculum founded in strength based and trauma in formed approaches, advocacy, and policy development for Indigenous and marginalized communities, as well as visual arts and metalsmithing. Her goal in all her work is to foster healthy relationship through empowerment.   



Cathy Patel (Secretary)