Board Members 2020-03-04T12:16:15-08:00

JoannaJoanna Whalley, Board Chair. Joanna is a Certified Human Resources Professional with over 20 years of experience and provides governance, strategic planning and HR consulting to a variety of organizations. She has built best practice systems and award winning strategies that centre on creating great places to work.  Joanna holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Victoria and a Graduate Certificate in HR Management from Royal Roads University. As well as volunteering and sitting on the board for the Salt Spring Literacy Society, she chairs the board of the Pacific Immigrant Resources Society and is a volunteer facilitator with Vantage Point. Joanna has an avid interest in creating environments, structures and processes that bring out the very best in our rich and diverse community. She enjoys dog walks, beach rambles and a good book.


Pat Campbell, a board member since 2013, began her career in adult literacy in 1985. Since Pat Campbell 1then, she has worked as a practitioner, researcher and publisher. Pat is the author of several books on reading instruction and assessment. She recently developed the intake assessment for Nunavut’s Arctic College. In 2013 she was given a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her service to literacy in Canada.


Cathy McCluskeyCathy McCluskey, secretary. Cathy is a retired teacher who moved to the island full-time with her husband in May 2015 from Burlington, Ontario. Cathy had a 30-year career as an elementary teacher, primarily as a special educator and learning resource teacher in both inner city and suburban schools working with children with specific learning challenges and developing education plans with their teachers and families. Upon arrival on Salt Spring, Cathy quickly became a literacy tutor and also participated in the One-to One school program at Fernwood School.

Maureen Stuart, board member. Maureen moved to Salt Spring Island in 2016, after retiring from a life-long career in teaching, culminating in 14 years as the teacher librarian in a North Vancouver secondary school. Before that, she taught in secondary, junior high school and elementary schools in both North Vancouver and Edmonton, Alberta. Apart from her professional life, in which she founded a very effective student service organization and sponsored numerous student clubs, she volunteered in various capacities with North Shore Connexions, an organization supporting people with developmental disabilities. Since coming to Salt Spring, she has volunteered as a tutor in the One to One Reading Program in a local elementary school and helped sort books for the Literacy Society’s Giant Book Sale. She takes great pleasure in supporting literacy programs on Salt Spring, as literacy has provided her with one of the greatest pleasures in her life.

Martha Taylor, board member. Martha is a relative new-comer to Salt Spring, having arrived in the spring of 2017. Most of her career was in post-secondary education at Mount Royal University as an adult educator/work experience coordinator and team leader. In her final working years, she joined the university’s foundation, first as a communications and stewardship officer, then as a fund development officer, helping to raise money for scholarships, bursaries, programs and capital projects. She is a One to One Reading Tutor and board member of the Salt Spring Community Health Society. In addition, she volunteers for the Salt Spring Island Conservancy’s Stewards-In-Training program and was appointed as a Marriage Commissioner on the island in May of 2018.

Karen Dakin, treasurer. Karen Dakin is a senior partner in Dakin & Webb Inc, Chartered Professional Accountants. A long-time resident of Salt Spring, Karen with her husband and young family chose the island as home after a travel adventure through BC, leaving the northern climes for warmer ground in 1988. Outside a busy professional career, she enjoys cooking, ceramic arts, sewing, gardening, reading, and daily walks with her canine companions. As a child, a parent and now a grandparent, the pleasure of a good book remains a constant in her life, and revisiting Dr. Seuss highly recommended.