Board of Directors

2024  Board of Directors


Terry Clement – President

  • member of the Board of Directors for 6 years
  • part of the Tuesday work crew and Fall Fair
  • served as President and Secretary of the Agricultural Alliance
  • concerned about the future of agriculture and the effects of climate change on Salt Spring
  • background in post secondary education at the provincial, national and international level
  • served on a variety of administrative tribunals for the province of BC

Merv Walde – Vice President

  • first served on planning committee of Fall Fair in 1976
  • background in farming and engineering for BC Ferries
  • manages the restoration of the old equipment
  • liaison duties with the SSI Farmers’ Heritage Foundation

Kerry Lee – Treasurer

  • member of SSIFI for 28 years, joined the board in 2018 and serves as the Treasurer
  • background in farming, small business and bookkeeping.
  • active with Girl Guides for 40 years, and other community organizations

Ron Stepaniuk – Secretary

  • joined the board in February 2024
  • retired from the local waterworks district in 2020
  • served on the Coastal Water Suppliers Board for many years
  • currently operates a small farm raising hay, lamb, and eggs

Kevin Chipperfield – Director

  • is a retired Professional Agrologist with over 25 years experience in managing a non-profit organization and 30 years in crop and livestock production.
  • involved in agricultural committees on Salt Spring Island and past committees in Abbotsford
  • volunteers with the restoration of the Antique Equipment  at the Institute

Mike Lane – Director

  • operator of Ruckle Farm for many years
  • produces and sells meat, fruit and vegetables
  • manager of Ruckle Park
  • has served on several agricultural boards

Graham Lorimer – Director

  • thirty five year career with BC Parks
  • design, construction and maintenance of facilities within 200+ Provincial Parks
  • coordinating the Region’s Health and Safety program, training of staff and managing the Permit Program for all commercial activities
  • has volunteered for the Institute for 2 years on repairs and maintenance of buildings and grounds

Caitlyn Pal – Director

  • grew up on Salt Spring Island and has very fond memories of baking cakes topped with Lego for the Fall Fair!
  • founder of LocalSalt and The Tuesday Food Hub.
  • committed to improving access to locally grown and produced food on Salt Spring Island. Getting food from the farm to islanders plates!
  • focus is on creating connections in our community with the goal of supporting active local farmers.

David Walls – Director

  • joined the board in 2018
  • background in property management, international helicopter pilot, administration and owns the family farm in the Cranberry
  • supervises the maintenance of the grounds

Matt Scaglione – Director

  • joined the board in February 2024
  • works full time at Ruckle Farm
  • produces and sells beef, lamb, turkey, eggs, and a variety of fruits and vegetables
  • formerly in charge of the red meat operation at the Salt Spring Abattoir, where he has remained involved in training and assisting as needed
  • committed to sustainable agricultural practices, mixed farming and keeping agriculture alive and thriving on Salt Spring

Sandra Crandall – Director

  • joined the Board in February 2024
  • 30 years at Thrifty Foods on Salt Spring and currently the Assistant Store Manager
  • 6 years at the Red and White Trading Company on Salt Spring Island
  • background in meat wrapping and cutting
  • been to every SSI Fall Fair for the last 36 years