We are islanders actively dedicated to the protection of the BC Gulf Islands, their natural environments, rural nature, and unique cultures, for now and for future generations. We support the Islands Trust federation in achieving its legislated Object.

Role and Objectives

The Gulf Islands Alliance (GIA) is a non-profit, grassroots organization with members based on islands under the jurisdiction of the Islands Trust. We work cooperatively and collaboratively with a network of like-minded individuals and organizations throughout the Trust area on matters of inter-islands concern and with particular precedent-setting features. Specifically, we work to:

  • increase the effectiveness of the Islands Trust in fulfilling its “preserve and protect” Object;
  • ensure that decisions affecting Gulf Islands’ growth and development do not diminish the natural environment and the well-being of our residents;
  • protect the terrestrial and marine habitats of the Gulf Islands;
  • maintain the affordability and authentic rural character of our small island communities;
  • ensure that the environmental, social and economic diversity of our islands is maintained;
  • encourage environmentally sustainable and locally driven and responsive economies, and
  • promote a positive vision of how the islands can be.

2015-16 Board of Directors

Denman Island: Roxanna Mandryk, Graham Brazier

Gabriola Island: Deb Ferens

Pender Islands: Misty MacDuffee

Salt Spring Island: Jan Slakov, Ian Peace

Thetis Island:  Dave Steen

Are the Gulf Islands calling you?

If you would like to do more to preserve and protect your home and these beautiful Gulf Islands, you’ve come to the right place.  For the last decade GIA has been a strong, unified voice supporting the visionary Islands Trust Act.  Showing the way to save these marvelous islands from excessive growth and development, the Act needs ongoing citizen monitoring and support.  GIA is looking for a few good folks ready to contribute in a tangible, relevant and rewarding way to this important public good. We meet quarterly and much more often on line and by telephone to discuss common island problems and forge positive solutions. As you see on our website, GIA is deeply involved with environmental, ferry, and public administration issues, among other activities.

For more, please contact Dave Steen.