Change of the Guard

Seasons turn and things evolve at SSICS.  Meet some of the new personalities on the leadership team.

Kyla Duncan is the new Clinical Supervisor and has been part of the SSICS team since 2016 In various roles, most recently as our Youth and Family Substance Use Counsellor.

Youth and Family Services covers a broad array of services forming a core element of the work done by SSICS. See the Profile of Child, Youth and Family Services.

Dr. Trudy Adam has recently taken over the Community Family and Youth Psychiatry. The service is a partnership with Island Health and runs out of main offices of SSICS at 268 Fulford-Ganges Road.


Cora Platz assumes the role of Food Programs Manager, an array of services related to food security including a commercial kitchen at Fulford Hall that prepares food for other SSICS food services such as the Harvest Kitchen Care, Harvest Home Meals and the Emergency Shelter.  Apart from most recently being the Program Coordinator for the Food Bank and other Harvest Programs, she brings her experience as the Food Coordinator and Operations Manager at Heritage Place for Seniors, an organic market gardener and a long history of volunteer involvement in the agriculture community of Salt Spring Island.

Rosalie Beaudoin took over the program coordination of Vesuvius House in the fall of 2021, a shared residence for five developmentally disabled adults funded by Community Living BC. The project requires a mix of strong leadership skills with an aptitude for creative solution finding as the environment presents a variety of unique operational challenges on a daily basis. The residence is staffed 24 hours by a team of dedicated support persons.

Rosalie has also very recently assumed the leadership of the ‘Friends’ Day Program for developmentally disabled adults, which has provided a handy combination of elements with several clients being served in both programs.

Bryan Dubien has become the Youth Programming Coordinator for the Core-Inn Youth Drop-In program operating out of the SSICS building on McPhillips Avenue in Ganges. As a long time employee in Youth Services and the Friends program, Bryan hits the ground running in leading the development of Youth Programming joining Martin Mongard as the Youth Kitchen Coordinator.

Trish Hatfield has arrived as the Food Bank Coordinator after  studying and working as an Occupational Therapist for several years in Canada, then travelling to New Zealand  and living on a sheep farm, studying organic horticulture, growing lots of food and becoming steeped in community projects around climate change, reducing food  & plastic waste and creating community gardens. When returning to Canada 34 years later, she and her partner chose to settle on beautiful Salt Spring Island.

Caoimhe Merrick  is another new addition at SSICS. After many years of volunteer service within various organizations, both in her native Ireland and here at our Food Bank, Caoimhe is delighted to take on the role of Volunteer Coordinator with SSICS. She is your go-to person for those interested in the volunteer opportunities at SSICS.