Management

The management team at SSI Communty Services includes:

Rob Grant: Executive Director

Rob has been Executive Director of Salt Spring Island Community Services since 2004.  Prior to moving to Salt Spring he supervised youth mental health and addictions services on Vancouver Island and worked in Manitoba and Alberta as a youth worker, social worker, educator, and program manager....Read more

His work experience has included Chief Instructor with Enviros Wilderness School in Alberta, Executive Director of Winnipeg Children’s Foundation, a Trainer of rural child protection workers in Manitoba, founded Teen Adventure Groups in Winnipeg, led Grant and Associates-a program development and training collective, and instructed for Outward Bound Canada.

Rob’s education includes a Bachelor of Social Work (U of Manitoba), a Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership (San Diego State U).  

“It has been gratifying over my years on Salt Spring to lead this organization in fulfilling a vital role for the community. We have expanded and strengthened services that make Salt Spring a better place for vulnerable and marginalized people, and the community in general.”  

 

Annika Lund:  Program Director

Annika Lund 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....Read more

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.

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 step-daughter Kai and spending quality time speaking in Swedish with her parents who now live on Salt Spring. 

Peter Grant: Recycling Depot Manager

Peter has been with Community Services since 1992 and has managed the Recycling Depot for most of that time.. Prior to that he was the “Luigi” in Luigi’s Pizza from 1986 to 1992.

Peter was born in Norway, grew up in Montreal and moved to Calgary in 1970. ...Read more

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.

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.

 

Cora Platz: Food Programs Manager

Cora has spent the previous two decades before coming to SSICS working in the caregiving field, including most recently as the Food Coordinator and Operations Manager at Heritage Place for Seniors. 

She has also been an organic market gardener andhas a long history of volunteer involvement in the agricultural community of Salt Spring Island.

Kyla Duncan:  Clinical Director

Rob Wiltzen: Operations / Communications Manager

Michael Smith: Housing and Facilities Manager

Anne-Marie Sutton: Financial Manager