The District’s trustees are elected officials who serve a three year term on behalf of the District ratepayers. Elections take place at the Annual General Meeting – usually held in April of each year.
To be eligible as a nominee candidates must be a Canadian Citizen, 18 years of age or older, an owner of land in the North Salt Spring Waterworks District whose account is in good standing, and entitled to be registered as a voter under the Elections Act. Trustees are elected by the ratepayers of the District who are present at the Annual General Meeting to represent them and make decisions on their behalf for a term of three years.
Trustees receive a small honorarium for their services which include; attending one or more monthly Trustees meetings, reviewing staff and/or consultants reports and customer correspondence prior to meetings, serving on working groups with staff, and sometimes representing the District at various government and special interest group meetings about the island. The time commitment can vary from a few hours per month to several hours a week or more.
To learn more about how Improvement Districts are run, the responsibilities of a Trustee and what a Trustee does please refer to the Improvement District Trustee’s Handbook.
Our 13 staff members are all full time paid employees. All operating staff comply with the certification requirements of the Environmental Occupation Certification Program (EOCP).
Marshall Heinekey MBA, AScT
A trustee since 2009, Marsh was elected Chairman in April 2014. Marsh was born and raised on Salt Spring Island the eldest son of two pioneer families. He left the Island after high school and spent the next 10 years as a materials technician and inspector on heavy construction such as hydro dams, roads and bridges working in western Canada and overseas. For the past 30 years, until his retirement in 2006, he work at BCIT; the first 19 year teaching Civil Engineering (materials, highway design, Urban Planning and Subdivision Design). Marsh was the Dean of Engineering and Academic Planning for 10 years. He finished his career at BCIT as the Vice President of Education. He has sat on numerous boards both public and private. Through his tenure at BCIT Marsh worked extensively on international education projects mainly in China. Marsh holds degrees in Engineering, Adult Education and Business. He has held senior positions with volunteer and professional Associations and is currently active with the Salt Spring Archives, Salt Spring Toastmasters and the Applied Science Technicians and Technologists of BC.
Jeff Thompson BSc, PhD, FCIC
Dr. Thompson has lived on Salt Spring Island for 17 years and has been on the Board of Trustees since 2006. Now retired, he was previously a research scientist with the Institute of Ocean Sciences (Department of Fisheries and Oceans) in North Saanich until 1997. From 1997 to 2007 he was a partner and co-owner of the marine science consulting company 2WE Consulting. He holds degrees in chemistry from the University of Alberta (PhD) and McMaster University (BSc). During his career, Jeff sat on numerous committees and boards of national and international scientific organizations. Jeff currently represents the District on the Salt Spring Island Watershed Protection Authority (SSIWPA) Advisory Committee.
Denis Russell PhD, PEng
Denis Russell trained as a civil engineer and worked on the design and construction of several large projects, including Mica Dam in B.C. In 1968, he went to work in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of B.C., teaching and researching in water resources. In 1997, he retired from UBC and came to Salt Spring. He was first elected as a Trustee in 1999 and served as chairman from 2009 to 2014.
Retired Fire Captain Les Howell returned to the Board in April 2013 after a seven year absence, having previously served from 1997 to 2005. A Salt Spring resident since 1980, Les brings his 30 years of leadership experience with the Vancouver Fire Department and more than 10 years’ experience managing the family property holdings to the board. He has first-hand experience of many of our systems, having viewed many of our tanks from the inside during his initial tenure! Mechanically gifted, Les is also well-known for his passion for restoring electrical and mechanical items.
Donald O. Hodgins Ph.D, P.Eng, AFCA
Don Hodgins, who joined the Board in 2014, graduated in civil/structural engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1970, and obtained his doctorate from the University of British Columbia (1974) in water resources engineering and oceanography. He is a Professional Engineer and majority owner of Seaconsult Marine Research Ltd., a consulting firm specializing in environmental data acquisition and analysis in support of numerical and statistical modelling of ocean phenomena—particularly waves and tides, currents, and sediment and effluent transport. Since semi-retiring in 2002, he has devoted a lot of energy to artistic endeavours, through the SSI Painters’ Guild and as a board member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. He recently accepted an appointment to the Technical Advisory Committee of the Salt Spring Island Watersheds Protection Authority (SSIWPA) to examine phosphorus loading to St. Mary Lake and potential remediation strategies. A District water user since the summer of 1980, Don brings a new perspective to the board, based on more than 30 years of professional engineering practise in water resources, project management, and corporate and applied research administration.
Ron Stepaniuk, WD-III,WT-II
Ron Stepaniuk has worked for the North Salt Spring Waterworks District for over 30 years. Starting as the lone system operator he has progressed through the ranks to become the District Manager. He supervises a staff of 12 and oversees the daily operations of the NSSWD and 6 other local water systems. Ron has managed many of the districts projects and can often be seen on the side of the road looking at pipes and things.
Ron is an EOCP certificated Level 3 Water Distribution System Operator and a Level 2 Water Treatment Plant Operator and has a Certificate of Business Administration from the University of Victoria. He is currently pursuing a Diploma in Local Government Administration from Capilano University.
Ron is Chairman of the Board of the Coastal Water Suppliers Association.
Office Manager/Financial Officer/District Assessor
Anne joined the Waterworks in December 2011 as our Office Manager/Financial Officer/District Assessor. Anne is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the office including financial administration and planning and, as the District Assessor, for administering the District’s toll rates and parcel tax. A Salt Spring resident since 2004, Anne has many years of business experience with two of Canada’s leading high tech companies, as a private consultant specializing in apprenticeship competency development, and has provided communications, bookkeeping and office services to several of Salt Spring’s small businesses.
Meghan McKee, BSc, WT-II, MWWT-I
Meghan joined North Salt Spring Waterworks District in March 2013 as our Water Quality Specialist and was promoted to Environmental Manager in 2015. She is responsible for the District’s water quality program as well as various other operational activities. Meghan holds a degree in Environmental Management from Royal Roads University, a diploma in Water Quality Technology from Okanagan College and EOCP Level 2 Water Treatment and Level 1 Wastewater Treatment certificates, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration at the University of Victoria. Her background includes diverse experience in water and wastewater treatment, water quality monitoring and laboratory analysis.
Kathy joined the Waterworks in September 2012 and is responsible for collection activities and assisting with our many accounting functions. An avid runner, Kathy can often be found jogging about the island, and she enjoys painting and an active family life with her husband and sons.
Tandy looks after our customers both in the office and over the phone, and is responsible for our billing activities. She lives on Salt Spring with her husband and two very active children, and helps manage her husband’s construction company, Cudmore Construction.
Our Staff (L-R): Back – Brian Hartley, Murray McCallum, Grant Tamboline (Waterworks Supervisor), Kerry Walker, Charlie McDonald, Sarah Allen; Front – Abe Hohn, Garrett Spray