Board of Directors


Elmie Saaltink

I spent 25 years as a social worker, mainly in the health care field. Every day I saw the links between poverty and health and well-being, and the importance of strong community supports. Working with the Access Society lets me continue to work on building a stronger, more supportive community. I was formerly the Chair of the South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society, and serve on the Board of the Seniors Wellness Society. Just for fun, I play the cello, and spend time in my garden.


Karen St. Martin

I have been on the Board of Access since June 2013. I am a Board member because I want to give back to the community that has been so good to me. What gives me the passion to work hard for this group are the personal stories. Stories that tell that poverty can happen to anybody at anytime. I also see employees who care about their clients and want to help make their situations better-whatever it takes! The Access movement…being accessible for people living in poverty to help them improve their life. I have worked in the administration field for the federal government for 33 years and in my spare time I like to golf, hike, and travel!


Nicole Handford

I grew up in Penticton, graduated from PenHi and moved to Vancouver to get degrees in forestry and law.  I moved back to Penticton in 2004 and have been working as a lawyer and raising my family here since.  I am very proud to be on the board of directors of the Access Centre as I know that it has a profound impact in our community and I am honoured to be a part of it.


Marjorie King

I grew up in Summerland, graduated from Summerland High School and attended UBC graduating with a BSc. in Agriculture with a Major in Food Science. Along the way I also completed a BA in Psychology and an MEd. in Counseling Education. For most of my working life I was employed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre located in Summerland. I was on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Centre in the 1980s and 1990s. After a break I returned and have been part of the transition to Penticton and Area Access Society. I am very proud of our staff and the work that they do. I know they are filling an important need in Penticton.


Kelly Phipps

Being part of something that makes a positive difference in the communities in which I have lived has always shaped both my career choices and community volunteer involvement. This is what brought me to Access (formerly PAWC) when I moved to Penticton in 2011. It was quickly evident how the program and services offered by Access respond to the needs in the community and that the dedicated staff and volunteers make a significant difference in the quality of life of many individuals and families facing various challenges, and difficult times. I believe that a healthy society is one in which we care about the well being of one another and live by the belief that “what we desire for ourselves, we wish for all”. I’m thankful to be part of such a caring community.