Board of Directors

Jody Hawley  (Chair)

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 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.      

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.  

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, ...Read more

 and worked as a Registered Nurse in Newfoundland, Alberta, Ontario, and British Columbia.  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.

Humberto Martinho  (Director)

Humberto emigrated from Portugal to Canada with his family in 1965.  He has been living on Salt Spring Island full time since 2018.   He completed medical school and the family medicine residency program at Memorial University of Newfoundland graduating in 1990.  He has worked in NL, Ottawa, Manila, Philippines and in Vancouver.

Humberto’s work has recently focused on Migrant Health Screening and he still works part time at a clinic in Vancouver....Read more

   Humberto and his wife Kitty moved to Vancouver in 2016 and gradually moved to Salt Spring Island.  They are enjoying living on Salt Spring and building roots in the community.  They have 2 adult daughters and recently welcomed their first grandchild.  Humberto enjoys playing squash, being active in the outdoors and travelling.

Karen Pedersen  (Director)


Bill Macdonald  (Director)


Cornelia Krikke (Director)


Nicky Arnoldus (Director)