Public Meetings

The SSIFPD holds its monthly Trustee’s meeting on the third Monday of every month; please see our Meetings page for upcoming Trustee and Committee meeting dates and locations.

Unless otherwise noted, meetings start at 7:00PM and the Public is welcome to attend.

Contact the Trustees
Trustees Handbook

Your SSIFPD Trustees

Trustee Year Elected Term Term Expiry
Howard Baker 2016 3 years 2019
Chris Budd 2017 2 years 2019
Rollie Cook 2017 3 years 2020
Mary Lynn Hetherington 2017 3 years 2020
Howard Holzapfel 2017 3 years 2020
Ron Lindstrom 2018 3 years 2021
Per Svendsen 2017 3 years 2020

Per Svendsen – Trustee


Per’s preparation for serving as a Fire Trustee is long and varied, beginning as a volunteer firefighter, his continued role as a rescue worker, maintenance and repair of fire department vehicles, and as chair of the Fire Trustee’s Facility Committee. He sees that his role as a Trustee is to ensure that both the Trustees and Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue work together to focus on their top priority – the safety of our community.

Howard Baker – Trustee


Howard’s degree in accounting and career in building construction have given him the skills in practical problem solving and financial analysis that allow him to understand and address the complex issues facing our Fire Department. He is intent on working with his Trustee colleagues to create a strengthened Board that understands the personal responsibilities their role entails.

Chris Budd – Trustee


Chris’s quarter of a century on Salt Spring as a building professional, as well as an active member of the community, have prepared him to understand the complexities of Salt Spring Fire Rescue’s budget, its multi-faceted operations, and its responsiveness to the needs of the community. Additionally, he served as a Salt Spring volunteer firefighter, bringing yet another skill and perspective to his role as a Trustee.

Rollie Cook – Trustee


As a two-term Member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly as well as the managing partner of a successful advertising agency and his several-decade role as Chairman of the Board of a fast growing Chinese real estate company, Rollie brings a wealth of talent to the Fire Trustees. Committed to moving forward courageously to address issues such as response times, fiscal balance, and innovative options to address complex problems, Rollie is the newest addition to the Fire Trustee team.

Mary Lynn Hetherington – Trustee


Having grown up in a firefighting family, MaryLynn understands firefighters. This understanding, plus her widespread connections throughout the community and her experience as an emergency room nurse, has prepared her to work effectively with her fellow Trustees. She is confident that, despite challenges, including upcoming negotiations, fiscally-responsible acquisition of equipment, and the building of the new fire hall, the Trustees will achieve positive progress.

Howard Holzapfel – Trustee


Howard became a Field Incident Technician as a result of firefighters’ timely, knowledgeable, and compassionate response to emergencies with both his son and daughter. Howard brings his experience leading companies from troubled financial times into fiscal stability and profitability to his role as a Trustee. His goals are to enhance fiscal responsibility by negotiating with wisdom, seeking good used equipment, and building the most cost-effective new fire hall.

Ron Lindstrom


Dr. Ron Lindstrom is an Adjunct Professor at The University of BC and Royal Roads University. With his extensive experience in the health system and keen interest in integrating research and practice, he works as a Health Systems Consultant. He is the Evaluation Lead for the BC Emergency Medicine Network. Ron holds a Master’s degree in health services planning and administration, and a PhD which focused on finding common ground in community-based  participatory planning. While new to Salt Spring and to Fire Rescue, Ron is well versed in the role of trustees and is committed to meeting the needs of our community with a collaborative, evidence-informed approach to policy and decision-making.