Board of Directors
Ed discovered Galiano in the early 1970s, built a house near Stockade Hill in 1986 and retired to the Island full time with his wife Sher in 2010. Ed holds a M.Sc. from UBC and spent most of his professional life in park program operations, planning, design and management.
Jean happily discovered Pender Island in 1986 and has never left. After travelling for a year following secondary school, Jean spent 10 years as a tax lawyer’s Legal Assistant. With a combination of legal tax experience and accounting credentials, she became an Income Tax Auditor working in Toronto, and then Vancouver.
Upon moving to Pender Island in 1986, Jean provided accounting and business services to individuals and businesses. Since 1992 Jean has owned and operated construction related businesses based on Pender, also serving Mayne, Galiano and Saturna Islands. Working on all the islands gives Jean the opportunity to meet many island residents and experience the different communities.
Currently, Jean volunteers as:
• President – Royal Canadian Legion Pender Island Branch 239
• Commissioner – Southern Gulf Islands Harbour Commission
• Committee Member – Magic Lake Estates Water and Sewer Committee
• Treasurer – Salish Sea Marine Rescue Society, supporting Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue, Station 20, Pender Island
• Treasurer – Magic Lake Property Owners’ Society, supporting Thieves Bay Marina, Magic Lake Tennis Courts and Sea Urchin Playground
Jean likes to volunteer for community projects and events, shares a garden plot at the Pender Island Community Garden, and enjoys the magnificent island life with her two Yorkshire Terriers, Teala and George.
Richard Blagborne is a retired architect whose professional career included responsibilities for strategic planning, master planning, urban design, exhibition planning and programming, architectural design, and project management.
His interest and profound knowledge of international expositions led to senior appointments with master planning teams at Vancouver Canada’s Expo86, Seville Spain’s Expo92 and independent consulting roles with international exposition planning teams in Germany, Hungary, Portugal and China.
A 30 year resident of Saturna Island, he has led numerous community initiatives such as saving of the East Point Light Station Fog Alarm Building and the creation of the Heritage Centre, the Moby Doll orca symposium “Reflections on Change”, design and construction of the Saturna Ecological Education Centre residential camp, rehabilitation of Saturna’s heritage Community Hall and board member service in several local organizations.
A keen marine heritage enthusiast, he manages the on going care of the community longboat Saturnita, and too large a fleet of his own boats. Occasionally he does manage to run away to sea on his delightful wooden cutter Marie Rose (built on Pender Island 43 years ago).
Thandi is a former Torontonian, who quickly realized that she belongs in British Columbia, after her first visit to Victoria over 20 years ago. 4 years ago she discovered picturesque Pender Island, which has become home to her, Eric and their two boys.
A Royal Canadian Navy veteran, with 18 years of service, Thandi re-entered the civilian workforce in the business development sector and went on to support British Columbia’s 29th and 30th Lieutenant Governors for 7 years, as Director of Operations and Deputy Private Secretary. Guided by her entrepreneurial spirit, Thandi became owner and curator of Islnd Grl Collective Ltd. in 2021. It is a charming clothing store in Pender Island committed to offering quality clothing and accessories from Canadian brands and wholesalers. To satisfy her penchant for community involvement, Thandi is serving her first term as President of the Pender Island Chamber of Commerce and is a Board member with Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Community Services. She recently joined the SGI Community Resource Centre Board to further the goal of enhancing community capacity.
Anne began spending summer holidays on Saturna over 30 years ago at the Hayward family home. She and her husband Doug finally bought their own place 12 years ago and have been living there full time since March 2020.
A year ago they acquired the vineyard on Saturna along with Doug’s brother Ian and his wife Wendy.
Anne formerly worked in the heritage sector in Alberta so is familiar with not-for-profit organizations (including governance, accountability and grant-writing among other things) and is looking forward to working with the Community Resource Centre.
Rebecca has been connected to Mayne Island, and lived there, on and off since 1992. In 2012 Rebecca and her partner began developing a farm on the island, and when she retired from her government job in Victoria in early 2020, she moved over full time.
Rebecca has experience in economic analysis and modelling, government policy, natural resources, legislation and regulation, international trade, trade disputes and arbitration, project management, stakeholder relations, team leadership, markets and market outlooks, and economic research.
Before she retired, her work had been mainly focussed on Food and Agriculture. Her main interest to join the Board of the CRC is to assist in further implementation of the Southern Gulf Islands Local Area Food and Agriculture Plan (LAFAP) that she helped prepare with Ed Andrusiak in 2021.
She is also interested in the Community Resource Centre’s work more generally and in contributing to the overall functioning of the Board.
I have resided on Galiano Island for almost 10 years now and over these years I have contributed to the island as a volunteer, employee, entrepreneur and board member. Currently, I am the owner of the Galiano Trading Company, part owner of The Loose Leaf and Galiano Post office and a volunteer Firefighter.
My interest in the work of the SGICRC is focused on the economic development of the island and how as a community we can best serve the needs of community members while also ensuring an environmentally sustainable island. I am keen to learn more about the programs and projects of the SGICRC and contribute to the overall development of projects by using my current experience as an island business member to help bring about positive change and improvements that will benefit the island. I am ready to participate where needed and believe I can offer skills and knowledge in the areas of strategic development, marketing and human resources. I also have a keen interest in First Nation Reconciliation and although I would not claim any mastery in this area, I am committed to working in a manner that fosters reconciliation. I am looking forward working with the other Directors of SGICRC and hope to bring positive and useful ideas to the table.
Executive Director, SGI CRC
Melody arrived on Pender Island in 2006 to take on the expansive role of Human Resource Manager at the Poets Cove Resort.
Since that time she has been a key figure in the development of many Island initiatives and has worked in a variety of positions. A keen observer of the needs of the Southern Gulf Islands (SGIs), Melody has connected with many people establishing intermediary actors and partnerships to the benefit of organizations and the government. As a community leader embedded in the social networks, shared vision and decision making of the Southern Gulf Islands, Melody became a founding member of the SGI Community Resource Centre which opened in 2016. With a background in Finance and Human Resources, Melody is the current Executive Director of the SGICRC overseeing a growing staff and the implementation of numerous programs to help build community services on all the SGIs.
Managing Director, SGI CRC
Michael is an innovative, solution-oriented, strategic leader holding a Master’s degree in Global Leadership.
He has held leadership positions including National Director, Executive Director, Program Director, Project Leader, Project Coordinator, and Project Manager. As an advocate for LGBTQIA2S+ rights, he has a lived professional and personal experience of equity, diversity, and inclusion. His work is informed by his professional and academic background, and he embeds JEDI – justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion values in his work by guiding frameworks, policies, strategies, and implementation of best practices.
With self-directed focus, integrity, and initiative, he wholeheartedly believes in participatory leadership and collaboration to create and effectively implement strategic improvements and sustainable futures. Supporting reconciliation, Michael has had the experience of facilitating the input Indigenous communities having worked with urban Indigenous people, the Haida and Carrier nations and he has had the privilege of living on reserve.
Michael has spent the last year working for NPower Canada as their National Director. He managed four regional offices, ten programs, five direct reports, and fifty-one staff across Canada. He was responsible for building and maintaining high-performing teams across programs, departments, and regions, upholding values of mutual respect, trust, accountability, integrity, and humility within and across program teams.
Prior to that he worked for two and half years as a Program Director at the Law Foundation of BC where he was a Program Director, working collaboratively to promote the goals of equality while working to support vulnerable, marginalized, and inequitably treated populations. He managed a portfolio for approximately $4 million in grants. Michael spent over ten years working for the government of BC initially as a Victim Services caseworker worker and then as a Project Analyst with Canada’s first Community Court. Before his career in government, Michael spent over twenty years working for non-profits both overseas and in Canada supporting community development, building capacity, and cross-cultural understanding.
Michael is an avid traveler, recently learning how to scuba dive to keep up with his husband and continues to try to learn Spanish. Michael’s mantra is “I want to be the change I seek in the world.”
Community Sustainability Director
With over 35 years as a leader in non-profit management, Mamie is a successful senior executive in the philanthropic, non-profit and public sectors, across Canada and internationally.
She has led and driven country programs as Manager of the Ontario Government’s Welcome House in Toronto to Country Director in the South Pacific. Her experience leading strategic development, budget formulation, outreach, and communications in community organizations across Canada and in the South helped design more than 30 funded programs over the course of her career and three new Neighbourhood Houses. She has managed portfolios ranging from $10,000 to $20 million in annual programming.
Currently, Community Sustainability Director with the Southern Gulf Islands Community Resource Centre, she is the former CEO of the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia, one of the largest non-profits in the province with over 350 programs and former Vice-President of the Internal Settlement Network with over 200,000 beneficiaries worldwide.
She received her degrees in Planning and International Development in Ontario and for 15 years led multi-country programs and partnership opportunities in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia. Mamie’s career also includes Writer for the Premier of Ontario, and President of the Pender Island Chamber of Commerce.
In 2014, Mamie opened the Salmonberry Inn in the Southern Gulf Islands receiving 5 hospitality awards. Mamie is dedicated to fostering the knowledge of best practices in community organizations. Her goal is to engage people and enhance social capital to develop sustainable communities.
Lori was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and moved to Alberta in 1995 where she worked as an Administrator for over 20 years.
Good friends introduced Lori and her husband to Pender
Island and they quickly fell in love with the beauty of Pender and decided to purchase land in 2016. Lori moved to Pender Island full-time in 2020 after the completion of her home in Magic Lake.
Lori’s grown daughter lives in Victoria but enjoys weekend visits on Pender Island.
WorkBC Employment Advisor
Tania moved to Pender Island in 2002, building a home and raising a family.
She has worked for non-profits for 11+ years, and has 20+ years of experience in Bookkeeping and Admin, with a diploma in accounting. Tania initiated the local Pender Organic Community Garden Society, is actively involved with Pender Solstice Theatre Society, has served as the Coordinator for the Friday Community Gathering, served on several society boards, and in general, supports events and projects that contribute to overall community wellbeing.
Katie is a fourth generation Saturna Island resident. She has ten years of experience in program and event coordination in the Southern Gulf Islands.
Cathie started visiting the Southern Gulf Islands 22 years ago. She and her husband had a small cottage built on Pender back in 2001 and moved permanently to Pender in 2017. Cathie started as an eager Volunteer with the CRC and somehow wiggled her way into working in the Pender office.
Taanishi Janey Rowland dishinihkaashoon!
Project Coordinator - Housing NOW
Hello, my name is Janey Rowland and I am a proud Michif (Metis) woman living in the unceded and traditional territories of the W̱SÁNEĆ people, Pender Island S,DÁYES.
Jillian is interested in fostering active and engaged communities on the Southern Gulf Islands. She is eager to offer her editorial skills in the role of Communications Coordinator for the CRC.