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.
Galen Armstrong, Publicity Director and Vice President
Galen brings a wealth of experience in outreach/publicity and community fundraising. He is an Outreach Coordinator with Sierra Club BC. He grew up listening to community radio, from KBOO’s Saturday morning bluegrass in Portland to Kootenay Co-Op Radio. Inspired by community stations like Cortes Community Radio and Seattle’s Hollow Earth Radio, which create platforms for creativity and opportunities for connection, he has always wanted to be a part of a station for the people, by the people. Upon moving from Victoria to Salt Spring Island in 2015, he found the perfect opportunity with GICRS.
In 2013, he co-founded Victoria’s Whistling Kettle improv troupe. He is an aspiring contra dance caller, sailor, and he loves to sing folky songs with funky people.
Follow him on Twitter & Instragram: @galenjoel
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.
Dal Brickenden, Marketing Director
Dal began his career in Packaged Goods Marketing and New Product Management in multinational food companies in Montreal and Minneapolis prior to moving to the Advertising side of the equation as Account Supervisor for the Agency of Record on Colgate Palmolive in Toronto. He was seconded to New York on Colgate, moved to Vancouver as Director of Marketing for a coatings company and later became Exec VP and a major partner in the Advertising Agency now forming the Vancouver office of the leading Canadian agency, Cossette. Communications.
Decades of consulting had him co-writing the Economic Strategy for Agriculture in the Lower Mainland, starting magazines, tourism operations, Spas, relaunching Couturiers, running Horticulture and finally, Construction enterprises, often as a major shareholder. He has sat on or chaired a number of boards including non-profits.
Dal also taught a 4th year Advertising class at Trinity Western University for 6 years through 2016. He is currently working on the economic redevelopment of Bougainville in the South Pacific and has two books and a screen play in his sights. Radio has been a part of many of these things and Dal believes it is at the heart of Gulf Island communities.
Julius Fisher, Volunteer Coordinator
David Crouch, Information Technology
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.
Jamie Alexander – Music Committee Co-Chair
Jamie’s suburban upbringing was enriched through his worship of Toronto FM Radio Gods like David Marsden, David Pritchard and Rainer Schwartz. His initial hands-on radio experience was in 1979 as the first volunteer and founding Music Director at CHRW Radio Western in London Ontario. He hosted music programs at other campus stations in Ontario, Alberta and BC, and helmed shows at CFSI Green FM on Salt Spring Island until 2015.
A self-described music geek, Jamie’s first record purchase was The Last Train To Clarksville by The Monkees, and his most recent was Aerosol Ball by The Felice Brothers.
Jamie has also worked as a geologist, counsellor, kayak guide and B&B operator. He has lived on Salt Spring for 26 years with his wife Linda and their daughter Esme.