Community Update

We had a table at the Apple Festival and Fall Fair this year, and we were treated with visitors both local and from afar. We made contact with MLA Gary Holman amoung others at the Fall Fair, and he subsequently paid us a visit at the Apple Festival – so we took the photo op to promote GICRS (Gulf Islands Community Radio Society). We also made many new connections and have increased our membership to the society to over 135 members.  We have about 25 folks total who are active on our committees and board of directors.  There are three committees in total:

Programming Committee: This is a team of people working on outlining programming requirements and methods of proposing and reviewing programming proposals.

Music Committee: The Music team is working on building the music library, and ensuring all music is correctly tagged and coded for CRTC requirements. They are also the team heading up the internet radio efforts, including loading and scheduling the music.  Listen on-line at:

Technical Committee: This team of technical experts are currently working on laying out the vision for technical equipment requirements for the studio, and eventually will help with the tower equipment. This is our newest committee.

We now have a studio space for the society. The Senior Centre has offered us a room which we are currently converting to a radio studio.  The studio is also being used as a meeting place for the various committees as well as the Board of Directors.

Please feel free the check us out at and we are always looking for not only volunteers, but contributions to the effort including equipment as well as monetary contributions. Thank you!



Thank You!

We would like to sincerely thank all of the people who donated to our Kickstarter Campaign back in May and June.  We were able to reach our $12,000 goal, and the money is being used to pay for our nearly complete engineering study!

We would like to list those supporters who donated to the campaign – we had donations large and small – and every single bit helps the effort to get live radio back in the Gulf Islands.  We feel very confident that we will be successful in our effort to get live radio in the islands.

Thank you to our Kickstarter Donors!

Carolyn Coles
Kathy Murphy
Distractions Kate
Jesse Howardson
Katrina Riccartto
Jordan Clark
Don Clogg
Sarah Cordes
Todd Boston
Debbie Magnusson
Maria Geck
Hans Lussenburg
Theresa Shafer
J.J. Pearson
Sally Holland
Liv Lamour
Sam Chaffee
Larry and Cindy Souza
Vera Algoet
Shalon Sugden
Tom Shiffman
Aaron Hailman
Eden Buday
Premilla Pillay
Bruce Hamer
Debbie Harris Funfer
R.J. Jones
Marga Ashley
A Good Life Design
Emily Verlinden
Sue McKenzie
Rob Pingle
Catherine Diakiw
Daniel Van Koughnett
Stephen and Nicole Kelly
Hannah Brown
Lisa MacIsaac
Mary Lowery
David Hart
Matt Steffich
Andrew Fosyth
John Moore
Sean Moore
Ray Higgs
Erika Verlinden
Jim MacLeod
Galen Armstrong
Damian Inwood
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Without everyone’s help this project wouldn’t happen. We are so pleased with not only the local support, but the support of friends both near and far. The board feels very confident that not only will the CRTC application be approved, but that the local island community will support this effort through  commitments from the community to meet the financial requirements to make this dream of live FM radio owned by the community a reality!

We also want to recognize all of the volunteers who have contributed many hours to date.  Every volunteer is gold to the society, and we want to give them a word of recognition as well!

Thank you!

The Board of Directors
Gulf Islands Community Radio Society




AGM a Success

Thanks to all of our members who turned out for our first annual general meeting Saturday, 4/23.  Our quorum was large enough to qualify us for an upcoming grant, so we are doubly grateful!  We now have seven members on our Board of Directors.  They are:

  • Don Elder
  • Galen Armstrong
  • Radha Fournier
  • Scott Harris
  • Damian Inwood
  • Anna Lussenburg
  • Dan Miller

Congratulations to all!

Notice of Annual General Meeting – April 23, 2pm SSI Library

Please join us at the Annual General Meeting of the members of the Gulf Islands Community Radio Society to be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday April 23, 2016, in the Program Room of the Salt Spring Island Public Library, 129 McPhillips Ave., Ganges.

Resolutions to amend the bylaws of the Society will be presented for approval by the members of the Society present at the Annual General Meeting. The full text of the proposed resolutions will be posted on line at the Society’s web site:, and include:

  • A resolution to amend the bylaws of the Society to create a Honorary Board of Directors consisting of ten members
  • A resolution to amend the bylaws of the Society to increase the Board of Directors of the Society from 5 to up to 9 members

Nomination and election of members to the Board of Directors will be held. The agenda will include a Treasurer’s report. Refreshments will be served.

Thanks for your ongoing support bringing community radio to the Gulf Islands.

RSVP on Facebook (not required):

Proposed Changes to Bylaws (.pdf format):


Word is spreading about Gulf Islands Community Radio! Read the Members’ Meeting Wrap-up

Nearly fifty people packed the program room at the Salt Spring Island Public Library for the Gulf Islands Community Radio Society’s first members’ meeting on the 6th of February. Radio enthusiasts gathered to meet the board of directors and volunteers who laid out the current plan to build and run a community radio station serving the islands. “The turnout was fantastic,” said society president Radha Fournier, “It’s great to see such enthusiasm coming from the community!”

The meeting began with Fournier introducing the team and paying tribute to the Society’s President Emeritus and founding member, Richard Moses. She reviewed preliminary results of the recent survey, and announced the society would soon begin broadcasting online.

Operations Coordinator Dan Miller debuted the current budget and financial plan through 2024. Miller went over the hardware costs and operating expenses, making the case that the station would likely need one or two full time employees. He reviewed the basics of the radio business model, concluding that the main challenge was going to be keeping costs low, whatever revenue or business model was adopted by the station.

Secretary Cindy Jacobsen pointed out that the current budget does not yet include every available source of revenue, such as donations and grants. She then paced attendees through the CRTC application process necessary to start a radio station, laying out the society’s timeline. The first priority was an engineering survey of the islands, she said, to examine available FM frequencies and identify transmitter requirements. Jacobsen said that the goal of the first fundraising drive, to begin in about a month, was mainly to pay for the engineering study, but also to equip a small mobile studio for live internet broadcasting.

Scott Harris, Treasurer, detailed the society’s wish list of everything from radio station supplies to bookkeeping skills and announced the formation of two operational committees to begin work immediately. Immediate objectives include starting the online broadcasts as soon as possible, as well as preparing for the transition to FM, pending the application’s approval. Harris said addressing the need for an office/studio space was also a current top priority.

Vice president Don Elder related two delightful anecdotes pointing to the future of radio in the digital age. Both conventional radio, as well as “digital reach,” he said, will best work together to serve the unique demographics of the Gulf Islands region.

Radha Fournier concluded with thanks to the crowd for their support, and reiterated her call to action. This is the time to get involved, she said, to help make the dream of a community-owned, volunteer-driven radio station become a reality.

“The feedback has been very positive,” Fournier said after the event, “Momentum is definitely building!”

To sign up as a member of the society, and to become a volunteer, please visit the membership page.