Gambier Island Local Trustee Corner

Welcome to our local trustee corner, where you can learn more about the trustees working for you! Here you can access trustee newsletters and other information and resources that local trustees want to share.

Meet Your Trustees

Joe Bernardo

Gambier Island Trustee

E: Email Trustee Bernardo

T: 1-778-846-9612

Kate-Louise Stamford

Gambier Island Trustee

E: Email Trustee Stamford

T: 1-604-886-4752

Peter Luckham

Gambier LTC Chair

E: Email LTC Chair

T: 1-250-210-2553

About LTC Chair

Peter Luckham is serving as a Thetis Island Local Trustee since 2005, and Executive Committee Chair since 2014. He has been a full-time resident of Thetis Island since 1987. He said he would like to be able to facilitate better conversations with community, the provincial government and First Nations to build a lasting respectful relationship and work together to preserve and protect the islands for future generations.

About Kate-Louise Stamford

Kate-Louise Stamford is honoured to be living and working on Cha7elKnech/Gambier Island with her husband and daughter.  Kate began her association with Islands Trust as a Advisory Planning Commission member for the Gambier/Keats Local Trust Committee in 2004.  After a stint as a minute-taker, she was elected as a Trustee in 2011 and is now in her fourth term with Islands Trust.  Kate continues to focus on effective communication among the many isolated island communities in Howe Sound and Sunshine Coast and advancing regional relations in cooperation with the Howe Sound Biosphere Initiative and the Skwxwú7mesh Uxwumixw.

About Joe Bernardo

Joe Bernardo is serving his first term as a trustee for the Gambier Local Trust Area. Growing up in Terrace B.C., he worked a variety of smelter, construction, and railway jobs before attending university and, eventually, becoming a lawyer with expertise in regulatory and criminal enforcement litigation. Joe enjoys outdoor activities of all kinds, and is privileged to have been welcomed into a Keats Island pioneer family with deep roots in Plumper Cove. He is an advocate for balanced and practical land use regulations that promote environmental values through approaches that respect the needs of island residents.

Other Trustee News & Resources

Howe Sound Community Forum Principles for Cooperation

In May 2022 changes were made to the wording of the Howe Sound Community Forum Principles for Cooperation.  A letter from Gambier LTC Chair, Sue Ellen Fast, to Ruth Simons, President of the Howe Sound Biosphere Regional Initiative Society in support of these changes is available here.

New Brighton Dock advocacy

In September 2020 Islands Trust Council  requested the Islands Trust Chair to write to all relevant federal and provincial ministries to ensure the New Brighton Dock remains a public access point; while at the same time being a fair and reasonable option for the owners of the dock, the Skwxwú7mesh Uxwumixw Council, to consider in their deliberations.

The Chair’s October 2020 letter to the provincial and federal transportation ministers and the provincial Assistant Deputy Minister’s response are posted on the Advocacy Letters page in the transportation section.

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