Board Members

Board Members

Joanna Whalley

Joanna 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.

Joanna Whalley

Joanna 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.

Mona Donovan, Board Chair

Mona is new to Salt Spring, having arrived in January 2020. Although originally from Saskatchewan, Mona spent most of her adult life in Vancouver. After completing a B.A. and a B.Ed, both in French, she taught French immersion in Burnaby at the elementary level. She also taught English as a Second Language to adults and seniors. Mona is a co-founder of the Nicaragua Children’s Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports schools, children and their families in rural communities. A few years ago, Mona decided to take up beekeeping and currently manages several beehives. Mona loves reading and learning and is often found with her nose in a book. Upon discovering the Salt Spring Literacy Society, she signed on a volunteer tutor and now is tutoring French, which she enjoys very much. She is looking forward to becoming more involved with the Literacy Society.

Mona Donovan
Mona Donovan

Mona Donvoan, Board Chair

Mona is new to Salt Spring, having arrived in January 2020. Although originally from Saskatchewan, Mona spent most of her adult life in Vancouver. After completing a B.A. and a B.Ed, both in French, she taught French immersion in Burnaby at the elementary level. She also taught English as a Second Language to adults and seniors. Mona is a co-founder of the Nicaragua Children’s Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports schools, children and their families in rural communities. A few years ago, Mona decided to take up beekeeping and currently manages several beehives. Mona loves reading and learning and is often found with her nose in a book. Upon discovering the Salt Spring Literacy Society, she signed on a volunteer tutor and now is tutoring French, which she enjoys very much. She is looking forward to becoming more involved with the Literacy Society.

Cathy McCluskey

Cathy McCluskey, Board 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.

Cathy McCluskey, Board 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.

Maureen Stuart
Maureen Stuart

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

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.

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.

Karin Dakin
Karin Dakin

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.

Deb McGovern

Deb McGovern, Board Member

Deb’s career has been in Human Resources in Toronto and Vancouver, where she was on the local Heritage Commission and Docent for UBC’s Museum of Anthropology. Deb moved to Salt Spring Island 18 years ago and volunteered initially with Island Natural Care wildlife rescue and Salt Spring Conservancy. She was Secretary to the Board of Salt Spring Sailing Club and is still involved as a Membership Officer. She was on the Board of Therapeutic Riding and helped with fundraising and communication. After several years’ helping with the Giant Book and Jewellery Sale she joined Literacy’s Board for the first time in 2016, and co-chaired the event with Gail Sjuberg. She left the Board in 2019 to travel, was persuaded to rejoin the Board after last year’s AGM and looks forward to being involved with a great group.

Deb McGovern

Deb McGovern, Board Member

Deb’s career has been in Human Resources in Toronto and Vancouver, where she was on the local Heritage Commission and Docent for UBC’s Museum of Anthropology. Deb moved to Salt Spring Island 18 years ago and volunteered initially with Island Natural Care wildlife rescue and Salt Spring Conservancy. She was Secretary to the Board of Salt Spring Sailing Club and is still involved as a Membership Officer. She was on the Board of Therapeutic Riding and helped with fundraising and communication. After several years’ helping with the Giant Book and Jewellery Sale she joined Literacy’s Board for the first time in 2016, and co-chaired the event with Gail Sjuberg. She left the Board in 2019 to travel, was persuaded to rejoin the Board after last year’s AGM and looks forward to being involved with a great group.

Mary Rose MacLachlan, Board Member

Mary Rose currently works as a visual researcher and permissions consultant in educational publishing for companies in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. She moved with her partner from Vancouver to Salt Spring Island in 2005. She has volunteered on the boards of ArtSpring (Island Arts Centre Society) and the Salt Spring Island Foundation. She was involved in the creation of the Foundation of Youth, which advises and supports the Salt Spring Island Foundation Board in the area of youth grant making. She has volunteered over the years as a book sorter for the Giant Book Sale, one of her favourite events on the Salt Spring Island calendar. She has also been a valued volunteer with the 1000×5 program helping to sort and package books for preschoolers on the island and facilitating a discounted book order from Annick Press.

Mary Rose MacLachlan
Mary Rose MacLachlan

Mary Rose MacLachlan, Board Member

Mary Rose currently works as a visual researcher and permissions consultant in educational publishing for companies in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. She moved with her partner from Vancouver to Salt Spring Island in 2005. She has volunteered on the boards of ArtSpring (Island Arts Centre Society) and the Salt Spring Island Foundation. She was involved in the creation of the Foundation of Youth, which advises and supports the Salt Spring Island Foundation Board in the area of youth grant making. She has volunteered over the years as a book sorter for the Giant Book Sale, one of her favourite events on the Salt Spring Island calendar. She has also been a valued volunteer with the 1000×5 program helping to sort and package books for preschoolers on the island and facilitating a discounted book order from Annick Press.

Roger Mah-Poy, Board Member

Roger was born and raised in the town of Ponoka in Central Alberta. He attended and received two degrees from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. His teaching career has spanned both the public and private sectors and four months in Botswana Southern Africa, on Two First Nations reserves, as well as 10  years at schools specializing in serving the needs of the “Learning Disabled ” in Edmonton and Calgary.
Roger also worked on the acceptance of LGBTQ+ people in private and public sectors during the 1980s. In the 1990s focus was on Anti Racism activities.These activities led to the renaming of Ha Ling Peak in Canmore Alberta and a CBC documentary.
Roger’s family is featured in the Glenbow museum under the Mavericks exhibition of families of Alberta. Before coming to Salt Spring Roger was the Career Advisor for Banff and Canmore High Schools.
Roger is married to Shelley Currie and they have two married sons living in Calgary.
They are passionate travelers and curious about everything the world has to offer.
They are trying to improve their green thumbs on Salt Spring.

Roger Mah-Poy, Board Member

Roger was born and raised in the town of Ponoka in Central Alberta. He attended and received two degrees from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. His teaching career has spanned both the public and private sectors and four months in Botswana Southern Africa, on Two First Nations reserves, as well as 10  years at schools specializing in serving the needs of the “Learning Disabled ” in Edmonton and Calgary.
Roger also worked on the acceptance of LGBTQ+ people in private and public sectors during the 1980s. In the 1990s focus was on Anti Racism activities. These activities led to the renaming of Ha Ling Peak in Canmore Alberta and a CBC documentary.
Roger’s family is featured in the Glenbow museum under the Mavericks exhibition of families of Alberta. Before coming to Salt Spring Roger was the Career Advisor for Banff and Canmore High Schools.
Roger is married to Shelley Currie and they have two married sons living in Calgary.
They are passionate travelers and curious about everything the world has to offer.
They are trying to improve their green thumbs on Salt Spring.