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The Galiano Affordable Living Initiative (GALI) Society was incorporated as a non-profit society in March 2020 with the goal of “building and managing affordable rental housing for low and moderate income residents of Galiano Island.”

The critical need for secure, comfortable, affordable rental homes on Galiano Island has been recognized and well-documented by the Capital Regional District and by the Islands Trust.  Historically, the rental housing market on Galiano has relied on private properties, rentals which don’t provide security for renters. Whenever a property is sold, or when there is a change in the landlord’s family situation, a tenancy can end abruptly.

We want to provide an alternative that’s not just affordable, but is also secure, sustainable, reliable, well-managed, and purpose built.
Aside from the Page Drive seniors housing development, there are currently no secure affordable rental housing options on the island.

Community Benefit

In addition to creating local employment opportunities throughout the construction phase of development, the entire community benefits when more of our population has secure housing. Comfortable, affordable, year-round rental housing encourages a thriving and diverse population of all ages and varied means.

Secure housing increases the amount that individuals and families can put toward other important household needs and savings for the future while also contributing to the local economy. With stable housing, residents will have more opportunity to participate in community activities, including employment, education, volunteer, and social opportunities that may not otherwise be possible. Housing security promotes improved quality of life and helps create a stable environment for children, contributing to improved educational outcomes.

GALI’s Board of Directors

The community members on the GALI board have a diverse set of skills and backgrounds, but all share a commitment to improving the housing situation on Galiano.

Lisa Gauvreau

Lisa Gauvreau

President

Lisa moved to BC from her traditional Ojibwe territory and has made Galiano her full-time home since 2002. She is the chef/owner of Babes in the Woods. She is known to be community-minded, steadily contributing her time and experience. Having been a long-term renter with her young family, she is deeply committed to reaching out and doing some of the heavy lifting required to help alleviate Galiano’s housing crisis.

Mike Hoebel

Mike Hoebel

Vice-President

Mike is a long-time resident of Galiano Island. He is a retired provincial civil servant and a former university professor and school science teacher. In addition to serving on the GALI board, Mike is on the boards of the Galiano Chamber of Commerce, Galiano Health Care Society, and Galiano Community Loan Fund.

Lauren Magner

Lauren Magner

Treasurer

Lauren is co-owner of The Loose Leaf and Galiano Post Office. Through this position and her past work as a caregiver, she has learned the critical importance of community, housing security and how better to support elders to “age in place.” She lives on Galiano full time as a renter.

Colleen Doty

Colleen Doty

Secretary

Colleen is a writer and historical researcher living on Galiano Island. With an MA in Canadian First Nations History she has over twenty years’ experience working with the federal government as a project manager, senior research analyst and consultant. Three generations of her family call Galiano Island their full-time home.

Barb Grehan

Barb Grehan

After decades as a seasonal visitor, Barb is delighted to be in her fourth year as a full-time island resident and to support the local community’s longstanding effort to develop the affordable rental housing foundational to social justice and Galiano’s continued vitality.

George Harris

George Harris

George arrived on Galiano in 1982 from his busy sail charter business in the Caribbean. He built and ran The Hummingbird Pub and Restaurant during the 80s. A documentary producer/director career was next. This led to creating/running a film school for 20 years. He then served 4 years as island Trustee until 2018. He now skippers his charter sailboat. He has served as a board member of Galiano housing societies for 10 years.

Geoff Inverarity

Geoff Inverarity

Geoff is a writer and the founder and producer of the Gulf Islands Poetry Festival. Past volunteer positions include Galiano Representative for the Gulf Islands Arts Council; President of the Galiano Preschool Society, and Member of the Community and Economic Development Committee for the OCP review. He serves on the Boards of GALI and GIGARHS, as well as the Galiano Island Literary Festival.

Joanne Randle

Joanne Randle

Joanne is a Coach and Facilitator with a focus on life transitions and grief support. Past volunteer experience includes Chair of the Board of AMES, which works to empower marginalized youth; Coach for The New Leaf Project, an organization using innovative strategies to empower individuals to break the cycle of homelessness; and over 20 years in Palliative Care and Bereavement Support.

Théa Bridge-Battle

Théa Bridge-Battle

Théa recently completed the SGI Community Development Leaders program for those seeking hands-on experience with local non-profit organizations and a career based in the Southern Gulf Islands. Personally affected by the lack of affordable, secure housing on Galiano, Théa believes she brings a different perspective to the GALI Board and a strong voice informed by immersion in the Galiano community.

Carol Guin

Carol Guin

Carol is a resident of Page Drive, (affordable housing for seniors), and a neighbour of the Galiano Green site. Since 1995 Carol has been involved with many non-profit organizations including GIRR, The Galiano Club, The Emergency Program, Galiano Library, AMES, and various artist groups and shows. Until she was able to find an affordable place to live in 1999, she did a fair amount of house sitting.

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