Charles Nash is the Emergency Program Coordinator for Salt Spring Island (SSI) responsible for developing disaster resilience plans and providing communications support to SSI’s first responders. Charles brings to his position the benefits of more than 40 years of emergency planning and community organization experience serving in leadership roles with municipal and First Nations governments. A former Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Hudson’s Hope, and former First Nations Director of Lands with the Tsawwassen First Nation, Charles was the Deputy Director of Emergency Operations for the City of Salmon Arm during the wildfire evacuation in 1998. In his current role, Charles and his team of volunteers are responsible for the coordination, education and training of volunteer leaders, engaging with governments, businesses, residents, community groups and first responders to further disaster preparedness within the community. Charles works closely with Search and Rescue, RCMP, BC Ambulance, Coast Guard, BC Hydro, BC Ferries, Vancouver Island Health Authority, North Salt Spring Water District, Amateur Radio Communications and Salt Spring Island Fire/Rescue to ensure that residents and visitors are aware and prepared for critical incident events and possible natural disasters including wildfires, earthquakes, tsunamis and severe weather events. Charles and his wife Lynda have been residents of Salt Spring Island on and off since 1983 when his mother and father moved out from Ontario, and settled permanently on Salt Spring Island in 2011.