Our vision for Salt Spring is a vibrant, resilient Transition Community, less dependent on imported energy sources, with a strong local economy and healthy ecosystems.
We are contributing to this vision by connecting members with local projects that lower our carbon footprint, reduce dependence on fossil fuels, and provide other environmental and social benefits.
Transition Salt Spring Enterprise Co-op operates under the BC Cooperative Associations Act. The Co-op is owned by its members who elect the volunteer Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting and provide guidance to the Board.
We currently have 8 directors and about 100 members. We are a working board with no paid staff. Several members with specialized experience also volunteer, acting as advisors to the board and/or as mentors to borrowers.
HOW IT WORKS
Co-op Members pool their money together to support green initiatives.
Businesses, organizations and individuals can apply for loans. Approved applicants receive financing, guidance and ongoing support.
We direct capital into local green initiatives that provide environmental, social, economic and community impact.
The Co-op seeks partnerships with other community organizations to increase our impact.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
After earning degrees in physics at Université Laval in Québec and accounting at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Donald joined Canada's diplomatic service in 1970 where he spent 35 rewarding years. His foreign assignments included Hong Kong, Yugoslavia, Nigeria, Switzerland, Britain and Saudi Arabia where he served as a trade specialist. He wound up his career by serving as Canada's Ambassador in Iran, Poland, Belarus, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia.
Donald and his wife retired to Salt Spring in 2005 subsequent to which he immersed himself in community activities. He joined the TSSEC board in 2012. His leadership skills, senior management background and long experience as an economic specialist have served him well in his volunteer board duties with the Salt Spring Island Transportation Commission (Chair), the local performing arts centre “ArtSpring” (President), non-profit Island Pathways and TSSEC (Treasurer). In his spare time, Donald likes to build benches for community pathways and trails on Salt Spring and for ArtSpring.
Markus joined the TSSEC board in 2019. He is active in Salt Spring Island as a financial planner, and holds an Honors BBA (SFU 1990) and Certified Financial Planner designation (CFP, 2016). He lives and works on the island with his wife. He also volunteers with the Salt Spring Squash Club (founder, president and junior coach) and the Fulford Community Hall Association (president).
Nora’s career background is in supporting environmental non-government organizations with their research and fundraising practices. This led to her interest in how to support project advocates develop their “idea hatching” competencies. She is active in the Salt Spring Island Printmakers Society (founder and chair), she hikes and kayaks, and she spends as much time as possible in her studio and garden.
With a 1970 B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta, followed by courses in management and business, Darryl Martin worked 20 years in positions of increasing management responsibility in the manufacturing industry. He then served 7 years as an industry specialist in the Alberta Economic Development and Trade ministry. Following a few years as business turn-around consultant, he started and led a recycling company, engaging a First Nations financial partner.
Upon sale of his interest to another First Nations company, Darryl and his wife relocated to Salt Spring in 2013 where he volunteered for 6 years with the local Economic Development Commission (3 years as chair) and for 2 years as Alternate to the Salt Spring Island Capital Regional District Director. He joined the TSSEC board in 2014.
Ky joined the TSSEC board in 2021. Bringing experience as a Transition Salt Spring board member for 3 years and a current Salt Spring Seed Sanctuary board member for 8 years, including 4 years as Treasurer, Ky looks forward to continuing a focus on promoting community and connection with TSSEC.
Ky’s background includes passions for music, scuba diving, skiing/snowboarding, adventure travel, gardening, and bringing people together. Ky graduated with an Honours Degree in Animal Behaviour (CU 1990) and Environmental Ethics/Marine Ecology (UBC 2009). After UBC, Ky and family moved to an old inactive farm on Salt Spring Island, which has brought both endless joy and endless to-do lists in the transition to becoming an aspiring farmer. Ky and his wife Michelle enjoy sharing their time with one another, their wonderful kids and family, and good friends.
Stephen, with his late wife Brigitte, first visited Salt Spring on vacation from where they lived and worked in Redmond, WA. There was an immediate connection to the Island and only a few years later, in 2012, Salt Spring became their home.Prior to his retirement over ten years ago, Stephen's career in information technology included management roles with IBM, Microsoft and an international consulting company. While on the Island he took the opportunity to assist with development of an application that supports one of the local Social Services’ operations. His spare time is taken up with gardening, cycling, hiking, kayaking and photography.
Chartered Accountant, treasurer of The Circle Salt Spring Education Society for six years, worked in various industries, last role for fifteen years prior to retirement was Chief Financial Officer of a large private company with operations across Canada and overseas in Mongolia.
Eric's home includes solar panels, a heat pump, water catchment, a food garden and EVs.
David received his Chartered Accountant designation while living in the UK. Shortly after qualifying he moved from public practice to a large international construction company where he was responsible for financial reporting aspects of the Canadian operation.
He moved to Canada in 1978 where he obtained his Canadian CA (now CPA,CA) designation. He spent most of his career in senior financial and technology management roles in the for-profit (health sciences, technology, and publishing) sector and, more recently, with not-for-profit and charitable organisations. Away from his financial professional roles he has been an active volunteer in both animal welfare and outdoor activities organisations for many years.
With his wife, he moved to live full time on Salt Spring in 2021. They are both committed to giving back to the community in whatever volunteer roles they may usefully contribute. His interests include gardening, hiking, photography, woodworking, and, more recently, a rambunctious puppy.
Community Economic Development Commission, Island Savings Credit Union, SSI Chamber of Commerce, SSI Agricultural Alliance, BC Coop Association, SSI Community Energy Society, and Island Pathways. TSSEC is a member of the BC Community Impact Investment Coalition and benefits from the networking and sector development services provided by this coalition.