GICRS Board of Directors:
Damian Inwood, David Crouch , Dave Taylor, David Hart,. Lesley Grott, and Radha Fournier
Damian Inwood, President
Born in London, Damian worked as a daily newspaper reporter for more than 40 years in both the UK and Canada.
He is the author of two books, The Olson Murders, co-written with Jon Ferry, and Fort Steele: The Golden Era. He also edited Echoes Across the Inlet, a local history of the Deep Cove area of North Vancouver.
For more than 25 years, Damian has been active with non-profit groups, serving as president of Deep Cove and Area Heritage Association, Deep Cove Cultural Society, Deep Cove Stage Society and the North Shore Chorus, as well as sitting on the board of directors for Presentation House Theatre.
Damian is an experienced fundraiser and helped to build the Deep Cove Cultural Centre.
He has also worked as an actor and director for several Greater Vancouver theatre companies and currently sings with the Salt Spring Singers and Bach on the Rock.
David Crouch, Membership and Technology
Originally from Calgary, David has worked as a management and IT consultant for nearly 40 years in Canada, the UK, and the USA.
He has started two successful companies from scratch and is currently in the process of turning over the operations of his latest company to partners in order to retire. To then fully enjoy the splendours of Salt Spring, where he has lived since in October 2015
Although David has been immersed in the management and implementation of Information Technology for private and public enterprises for a very long time, he has always maintained two of his key interests: cooking and music. It was the latter, and his entrepreneurial zeal, that drew him to Gulf Island Community Radio. He greatly enjoys seeing a new voice for audio on the islands gradually emerge as we add programming across three different delivery formats
Dave Taylor, Vice-President
David Hart, At Large
Lesley Grott, Public Relations
Radha Fournier, Treasurer
Radha Fournier’s background is in music, having earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Oregon’s School of Music in the mid 80s with a double-major in German Area Studies. She had the honour of studying in Germany twice during her time at university. Several years after graduating she returned to her studies in information technology during the days of mainframe programming and subsequently obtained a programming degree in Computer Science. Not long after she graduated, she was hired on by Intel Corporation, the manufacturer of computer microprocessors and worked for Intel for 10 years as an Integration Engineer. She continued working in the high-tech industry up until 2009.
In the late 90s, Radha decided to entertain a practice retirement by leaving the working world to go cruising on a 34′ sailboat, the “Kestrel” with her husband. She and her husband cruised the West Coast from Victoria down to Costa Rica over a period of nearly three years. It was an adventure of a lifetime, with many memories, a few good “storm stories” and long-term friendships made for a lifetime. The part that made the trip most memorable was the people – not only the cruisers, but also the local people from the various Latin American countries and having fluency in Spanish made creating those friendships easy.
Radha got her feet wet in radio when she volunteered as a radio host/programmer starting in November 2009 for Salt Spring’s CFSI. She worked later as office manager, and eventually as station manager before CFSI closed its doors. Her real love in radio was doing her show, “Heart of the Islands Satsang”, which grew to have a regular and steady following not only locally, but internationally. She is currently working as an accountant at the board office for the Gulf Islands School District. She enjoys keeping herself busy with the Gulf Islands Community Radio Society in its effort to launch another land-based radio station on Salt Spring Island and is excited at the prospect.
Julius Fisher, Volunteer Coordinator
Key Advisors & Volunteer Members
Richard Moses, President Emeritus (1933 – 2017)
Richard Moses began “practicing radio” while peddling papers in Gowanda, New York in Grade Ten, but had to wait to go “on air” until 1952 during the first of several university stints, this one with Ohio Weslysan’s WSLN. Real life intervened until 1956 when he was hired as “the Sunday man” on station WEBO, Owego, New York while attending Binghamton University. Again with the “real life” thing and then he was a “Mastered” librarian in Rochester, New York, but still pursuing the radio bug now with WBBF-FM until 1963.
With enough of Mr. Nixon and cronies, he led his family to Oakville, Ontario to take on the Public Library there. Talk about radio: the library established the first Canadian radio station for the blind and print-handicapped and allowed the obsessive Moses to take up part-time work with CJRT-FM in Toronto where, to everyone’s surprise he remained for the next twelve years while still running the library in Oakville. In 1988 he heard the call of the West and headed for Edmonton and the historic CKUA-AM-FM, pushing his favourite classical musicks for the next eight years and finally “retiring” to Salt Spring Island where he immediately began plumping for—of course!—a radio station!
It took awhile. but the arrival of Gary Brooks in 2005 brought about the birth, in 2009, of CFSI-FM which changed hands in 2013 and under Sukhdev Dillon, fell upon hard times, was “excused from further competition” by the CRTC and shut up shop in July of 2015.
But the indefatigable denizens of Salt Spring would not rest and almost immediately plans were laid and meetings began to establish a new “Gulf Islands Community Radio Society”. The meetings continue. Stay tuned!
Dwayne Sheplawy – Music Committee Co-Chair
Dwayne Sheplawy’s passion is vinyl and has worked in the music distribution industry for a good part of his career. Dwayne heads up the Music Committee with Jamie Alexander.