Our Board:

Elizabeth FitzZaland


Elizabeth is a community planner and designer with over 20 years of experience in community housing, neighbourhood planning, land use policy and project management. She is dedicated to working on projects that create more inclusive communities and that take real steps to restore balance with nature. Elizabeth is also the mama of two awesome kids, an enthusiastic cyclist, trail runner and gardener.

Mairi Welman


Mairi is a career strategic planning and communications professional with over 30 years’ experience across a variety of industries within the private and public sectors. She has brought her insightful and practical approach to working with organizations and clients in the non-profit and private sectors, and spent many years working with all four levels of government. She currently sits on the Boards of Directors for the Recycling Council of British Columbia, Salt Spring Solutions, and past chairperson of the Salt Spring Housing Council, and is a member of the guest faculty team for Capilano University’s Municipal Administration Training Institute on Advanced Communications Skills in Local Government.

Darlene Gage

Board Member

Darlene is a life-long social change activist, adult educator, facilitator and program manager who loves to work collaboratively with groups and communities to learn, plan and get organized.  She specializes in facilitating community and organizational decision-making processes, creating and delivering training and professional development programs, counselling, and campaign/project management. She has spent her whole career in the non-profit sector, working in small communities, big cities and internationally. Her favourite place to be is living on the islands of British Columbia, surrounded by water and wonderful people.

Kerrie Proulx

board member

Kerrie Proulx supports the development and implementation of evidence-based policies and programs to improve the health and well-being of children and their families, especially those in vulnerable situations. She provides technical assistance, data analysis and evaluation to governments worldwide and international agencies, including UNICEF, the World Health Organization and the World Bank. She is committed to promoting and protecting healthy environments – green space, clean air, safe roads – and affordable housing. She holds a PhD from the University of Warwick in the UK.

Tim Hiltz

Board Member

A former community manager of an urban village in Vancouver’s Mt. Pleasant, over the years Tim has been active in the property market as a conscientious investor with an interest in alternative housing models such as co-housing; co-ops; and pocket and intentional communities.   After finishing studies in Communication at Simon Fraser University, and as one perennially distracted by the possibilities of life, his professional career spanned the entertainment industry; philanthropy; real estate and community management.   When not engaged with board work, he enjoys spending time gardening and hiking with his husband and two dogs.  

Our Staff:

Kristin Peebles

Administration Coordinator

Kristin is a long-time Islander. She returned to the Salt Spring following university with a desire to continue living and working in her home community. Growing up on Salt Spring Island gave her the opportunity to make friends of all ages and backgrounds and this frequently led to new explorations in both academic and creative studies. She considers this early experience instrumental in developing a keen curiosity for learning that has led (and continues to lead) to subsequent study in many areas, both formal and informal. Kristin has served in various leadership and management roles on Salt Spring and beyond. She currently enjoys working with local nonprofits and participating in the shared joys and challenges of community life.

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