Meet Your Community Liaisons

Justine Starke, Manager, SGI Service Delivery

Justine is a Registered Professional Planner and has worked with the communities of the Southern Gulf Islands and Salt Spring Island since 2007.  Before coming to work for the Capital Reginal District, she was an Island Planner with Islands Trust. Justine currently works out of the downtown headquarters of the CRD in Victoria and spends as much time as possible with her family on Salt Spring Island.

CRD office, 625 Fisgard St., Victoria | Tel: 250.360.3275  |  e: 

Emma Davis, Galiano Island

Emma holds an MA in Arts Management and has a background in stage managing for theatre. She has lived on Galiano Island for ten years, where she works for the Galiano Community Food Program, coordinating projects such as the Gleaning Project, the Garlic Co-op and the Stock Up Market. She sits on the board of Galiano's Activity Centre and helped start Galiano's first licensed daycare. Emma keeps sheep, grows a lot of kale and can been seen with her boys braving the hilly SGI roads by bike. You may have met her on a ferry asking you to vote for Galiano Island in the playground competition!

Office Hours: 10:00-1:00, Tue. & Fri. | Islands Trust office, 23 Madrona Rd. | e: 

Jean-Daniel Cusin, Mayne Island

Jean-Daniel has 25 years experience in business management consulting for manufacturing companies. He moved to Mayne Island five years ago where he designed and built his home. Transferring his strategic planning skills to the Mayne Island community, he began the community-based initiative, Designing the Future of Mayne Island Summit, to address the island's challenges: housing, climate change, and food security etc. The Summit was successful and the outcomes will be rolled out in 2020. He and his wife tend a 300 square meter vegetable garden, egg laying hens and a few other critters. Jean-Daniel is an active member of the Lions Club, an alternate Director of the SGI Community Resource Center and holds an MA in Leadership and Training. 


494 Arbutus Drive | e:

Melody Pender, Pender Island

Melody has held the position of Executive Assistant to SGI Director Dave Howe since February 2012. Melody arrived on Pender Island in 2006 to take on the expansive role of Human Resource Manager at the Poets Cove Resort. Since that time, she has been a key figure in the development of many Island initiatives and has worked in a variety of positions. A keen observer of the needs of the Southern Gulf Islands, Melody has connected with many people to establish intermediary actors and partnerships to the benefit of organizations and the government. As a community leader embedded in the social networks, shared vision and decision making of the Southern Gulf Islands, Melody became a founding member of the SGI Community Resource Centre. With a background in Finance and Human Resources, Melody is the current Manager of the SGICRC, overseeing a growing staff and the implementation of numerous programs to help build community services on all the SGIs. 

Tel: 250-629-3475 | e:

Katie Dentry, Saturna Island

Katie is a fourth generation Saturna Island resident. She holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of British Columbia, and she studied environmental studies at the University of Victoria. The majority of Katie's work experience is in tourism, but she also has experience in event and program coordination—namely for Tour des Iles and the local FireSmart program. Previously, she contracted to the CRD as the Lyall Harbour wharfinger, and as a volunteer Parks and Recreation commissioner.​ In her spare time, Katie busies herself by making local salt products, beeswax wraps and kids clothing. You're also likely to encounter her out on "rain walks" with her husband and two young children at one of Saturna's many parks.


Office Hours: 11:00-2:00 Mon. & Wed. | Unit #6, 100 East Point Road | e:

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