The Rural Islands Economic Partnership (RIEP) is a grassroots organization created as a means for cultivating enduring rural island-wide economic partnerships, in collaboration with Indigenous communities, to ensure economic resilience and generate long-term prosperity without depleting natural or social resources.
A Partnership Born Out of Necessity
British Columbia is home to a spread out network of islands where thousands of rural islanders live, work, and create. While each island has its own unique community and culture, all islands share many common experiences and needs. Before the formation of RIEP, there was no formal channel for island voices to unite for communications, planning, and advocacy. RIEP is the tool for building sustainable economic resilience and organizing rural islanders in the province to effective action.
2021 Board of Directors
- Francine Carlin, Chair – Salt Spring Island
- Mike Hoebel, Vice-Chair – Galiano Island
- Keena Hicken Gaberria, Treasurer –Director-At -Large
- Mark Lasby, Secretary – Quadra Island
- Marjorie Giroux – Malcolm Island
- Rod Marsh – Bowen Island
- Julie Sperber – Gabriola Island
The Rural Islands Economic Partnership Society leads, inspires, and cultivates sustainable economic resilience and community well-being through collaborative initiatives and partnerships for the benefit of British Columbia's rural islands and the Indigenous Communities who have traditional or reserve lands on these islands.
A thriving alliance of diverse rural island communities sustained through a united voice; shared values; social, economic and cultural well-being; environmental stewardship; and collaborative strength.
- We practice excellence in leadership and environmental stewardship.
- We walk our talk—accountable, trustworthy and transparent.
- We are inclusive, respectful and collaborative.
- We are tenacious and proactive.
- We are open-minded, innovative & creative.