The high point of each monthly meeting is listening to a guest speaker.

All members are encouraged to suggest speakers whom they believe their fellow members would enjoy. Typical topics might include:

  • Salt Spring issues
  • Environmental concerns
  • Writers and books
  • Contemporary Canadian or global issues
  •  Activists

2020 Winter/Spring LINEUP: Draft at this point

Jan. 21, 2020

Brian Bodanovitch on emergency preparedness

Brian moved to Salt Spring in 1973; attended school here and then moved back to Vancouver to attend the University of British Columbia after high school.

After several careers over the years, he ended up as a career firefighter in 1996.

Brian is the Salt Spring Island Emergency Program coordinator and recently retired after 21 years with Vancouver Fire and Rescue. In addition to Firefighting Brian was the Logistics Chief for Can-TF1, Vancouver’s Heavy Urban Search and Rescue Team, he also help build an 18 hour training program called N.E.A.T (Neighbourhood Emergency Assistance Team) teaching citizens what to do and how to help responders in the event of a disaster.

Brian is passionate about educating people how to prepare themselves, knowing that First responders and technology will not always be available.

Feb. 18 , 2020

Not yet confirmed

March 17, 2020

Matt Miller on the acidity of oceans

April 21, 2020

Members of the electric car group on EVs

May 19, 2020

Susan Benson on her artistic work

The talk will be based on Patricia Flood’s book about Susan’s work with additional production photos and photographs of the production process which is often a mystery to the public for productions built on a large scale for companies such as the Stratford Festival, Canadian Opera Company, San Francisco Opera Company, and the many major theatre, opera and ballet companies which she has designed for in Canada, the US, the UK and Australia.

Sept. 15, 2020

Maxine Leichter on water preservation

Maxine Leichter, President of the SSI Water Preservation Society will give a talk describing the various sources of drinking water on Salt Spring, concerns facing SSI regarding our drinking water supply now and in the future and what is being done to address those concerns.

October 20, 2020

November 17, 2020