I'm Bill Nash and I love Salt Spring Island. I live and work here on this enchanted isle.
This Pacific island paradise is a flashback to a simpler time with its friendly small town '60's vibe and the incredible diversity of people and nature that you just don't find anywhere else:
artists and artisans, photographers, retired CEO's, plumbers, pilots, journalists, actors, directors, ferry workers, bus drivers, musicians, New Agers, internet entrepreneurs, organic farmers, sheep ranchers, bed & breakfasters...
It’s been quite a journey to Salt Spring Island.
I was born in Vancouver and raised in Pitt Meadows, BC, back when it was a vastly different place than it is today. Grampa Ben Crow had homesteaded both sides of the South Alouette River back in 1933. And my parents, Tom & Inez Nash, had bought the southernmost acreage from him in 1944.
But the thing I remember most about growing up on that little farm on Neaves Road was that I had the biggest back yard imagineable: Pitt Polder! Walking the dikes, hiking the mountains, fishing and swimming the rivers, playing hockey on the frozen sloughs and ponds... What a daily adventure!
There were run-ins with bears, cougars, coyotes and other assorted wildlife. I even got to nurse a raccoon back to health... (I named him Rocky!)
And I hung around a lot with my grampa who lived next door. It was really cool.
Thompson Mountain with Pitt Lake on the left and Alouette Lake on the right
The homestead with Thompson Mountain and Golden Ears Mountain in the background
With my younger brother, Jim and our dog Butch on Neaves Bridge.
Our grandfather was a real Pitt Meadows pioneer. Here we are celebrating Christmas, 1974. From the left, Bill, Frank, Ben, Jim, and Tom.
The Golden Ears in winter
Looking down Neaves Road with Pitt Meadows on the left and Maple Ridge on the right
Dad took this photo. Frank, Bill, Mum, Sharon
Our farmhouse before the stucco with front garden
Bill by the front garden with green tomatoes
Jim with Little Chopper and Chuck
Mum with Fox and Jake
Dad in a contemplative mood
Vancouver airport with Dad on his way to England after 50 years away
Mum, Dad and Jake relaxing
Mum, Dad and Tom
Terry, Bill and Charlotte
Frank, Tom, Sharon, Mum and Bill
It was wonderful to be raised in the country but lots of other folks had the same idea and Pitt Meadows eventually became a suburb of Vancouver.
I'd been looking around for greener pastures and, several years ago, I was lucky enough to discover Salt Spring Island.
So far in life, I've been an organic subsistence farmer and one of the first male child and youth care workers in BC (1979) working with children at risk between 5 and 18 years of age.
I’ve also a been a rock and soul singer (opening for Bryan Adams and Sweeney Todd, Doug & The Slugs, Trooper, Headpins, and Loverboy).
Jake and Bill
Rory Mac, 1977
1983 - Backpacking Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland
Sargeant Rock, 1988
I’ve also been a commercial construction worker building shopping centres and high rises in Metro Vancouver during the building boom after Expo 86.
Then in 1991, I left to complete my Social Work Degree at The University of Western Ontario - King’s College.
I returned to BC in 1993 and became an online journalist focusing on articles and interviews with innovative software inventors and socially conscious internet marketers on this new thing called the World Wide Web.
In 1997, I reviewed one of the first books on niche marketing on the Web called “Make Your Site Sell” by SiteSell founder Dr Ken Evoy. MYSS became known as “the Bible of selling online”.
From 1996 until 2005, I also worked as a community support worker with the Burnaby Association For Community Inclusion.
With Dr Ken Evoy, Hudson, Quebec, 2004
Here's my in-depth conversation with Ken Evoy in 2007.
From September, 2005 until June, 2006, I helped care for my ailing mother. After her passing, I took some time off before moving to Salt Spring Island in 2008.
That was when I created SaltSpring-Island.com
In September of 2009, I helped found Salt Spring Island's first radio station with numerous other volunteers.
I worked and volunteered at Gulf Islands Families Together Society (GIFTS) and Salt Spring Island Community Services for eleven years.
I‘ve also sung in several Salt Spring Island bands including The Travelling Wheelbarrows, Happy Daze and The WannaBeatle 2, a Beatles tribute duo with David Jacquest. Here's a fun children's concert we performed at Salt Spring Public Library in June, 2022, with accents, etc.
I was in the recording act Aquarius Rising with my British bandmates David Townson and Paul Cargill until David's passing in November of 2023.
I was born with The Sun, Moon, Mercury and Venus in Aquarius, Aries Rising, Mars in Scorpio.
I now divide my time equally between Salt Spring Island and Lake Atitlan, Guatemala where I work with several local non-profit organizations via my new web site Lake-Atitlan.net