The Board of Directors
Tracy (Chetna) Boyd, President
Chetna has recently retired from her extensive 27-year career with the Ministry of Children and Family Development. She has experience and a broad knowledge of government policies, legislation and regulation pertaining to that department, and in the process, developed strong organizational, administrative and project management skills.
Her ability to establish and maintain successful working relationships with colleagues is exemplary as she has a deep respect for the importance of interpersonal relationships.
Chetna graduated from the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga Teacher Training program in 2003 and is also a 1000+hour Certified International Association of Yoga Therapist, specializing in Yoga for Cancer. She joined the faculty of the Salt Spring Centre’s Yoga Teacher Training program in 2007, and in 2018 accepted the position of YTT Program Director.
She draws inspiration from her deep belief that all beings are potentially limitless. Bearing witness to the transformational and healing effect Yoga has on people’s lives has had a strong influence on her own life.
She has the skills and abilities necessary for dedicated service as a member of the Dharma Sara Board of Directors.
Willow Lampard, Treasurer
Willow came to Salt Spring with her family in July 2006, supposedly for a couple of months, to provide service and to experience living in community at the Centre. That quickly grew beyond a couple of months, as living on Salt Spring Island, at the Centre and in community allowed them to follow their dreams. Although they moved off-land in 2009, their children attended the Salt Spring Centre School for five years.
Willow served on the Salt Spring Centre School board for eleven years, serving in a variety of roles.
She, like many other islanders, works in various jobs. She is a bookkeeper, property manager, and office administrator.
She feels privileged to serve as Treasurer for the DSSS and to support, guide, and continue to learn from Babaji’s teachings and this wonderful community!
Natasha (Jyoti) Samson, Secretary
Natasha (Jyoti) has spent 5 term years on the Dharma Sara Satsang Society Board, and participated as an active member of the Annual Community Yoga Retreat (ACYR) committee, Membership committee, Infrastructure, Planning and Development committee, and the Re-Zoning committee. She is currently assisting with the Societies Strategic Planning and Online Business Initiative. She is also a teacher in the Yoga Teacher Training program, Yoga Getaways and other Ayurveda Programs held by the Centre in-person and online.
Along with her background in yoga and ayurveda practice and study, she is currently a business owner/entrepreneur, having ten years previous experience working in a corporate professional environment as an engineer, team leader, project manager and business developer. She resides in Vancouver where she does part-time contract engineering work and Ayurveda Workshops, consultations, and teaches Yoga.
Her hope for the Centre this year is to have an exciting online presence so to help promote the mission of sharing the teachings.
Anila Lacroix, Member at Large
Anila Lacroix was introduced to philosophy and meditation as a child and has been practicing various styles of yoga since 1998. In 2005 she completed her YTT200 at Salt Spring Center of Yoga, and has gone on to graduate further teacher trainings in Anusara, Meditation, Yin, Hot and Kids Yoga. Her YTT500 training was completed at Mount Madonna Center. Following her few years of volunteer work for UNICEF’s “Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS” campaign, Anila embraced her role as Lululemon Ambassador which enabled her to offer her love of yoga to a wide range of students and continue fundraising for non-profit organisations in her home community. Her 2 sons were named by Babaji and have grown to share in the traditions and practices of this vibrant community as young adults.
Prior to permanent injuries she sustained a few years ago, Anila enjoyed a full schedule of teaching, mentoring, leading retreats and workshops offering Power, Meditation, Pranayama, Hot, Hatha, Flow, Yin and Philosophy. She was a teacher trainer for YYoga YTT200 and YTT500 and Salt Spring Center of Yoga YTT200.
She has been a member of the ACYR organising committee for many years and looks forward to her faculty position in the upcoming Salt Spring Center of Yoga YTT500, of which she is also part of the curriculum creation team.
Andrea (Kalpana) Tabachnick, Member at Large
Kalpana is a long time student of Baba Hari Dass, whom she met at the first DS Yoga Retreat in 1975, and is deeply honoured and appreciative for a life long involvement with both the Hanuman Fellowship satsang and the Dharma Sara satsang communities. She is one of the founding members of the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga along with many others.
Profession wise, in 1980 Kalpana earned a Graphic Design degree from the Emily Carr College of Art and Design and worked as a designer for 10 years. From 1990-1999, having moved to CA, Kalpana was the first manager of the Hanuman Fellowship’s town venue, the Pacific Cultural Center and served as the Director of the Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Santa Cruz, CA. At that time she was also involved in the asana curriculum development and a senior asana teacher for the MMC 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training.
After returning to Vancouver, from 2002 – 2018 Kalpana served as Director of the Salt Spring Centre’s Yoga Teacher Training program as well as administration of the ongoing Yoga Getaways and other yoga programs. During that time, Kalpana taught public and corporate yoga classes throughout the lower mainland.
Currently, Kalpana serves on the DS Panchayat, YTT committee and is involved with the development of new SSCY online programs. She is looking forward to serving and supporting the DS Board and next generation during this transitional time as our path continues to unfold together. Jai!
Adrienne Cousins, Member at Large
Adrienne is a Bhakti Yogi who eventually found her way home through the teachings of Baba Hari Dass and the community of yogis at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga. She attended her first yoga class in Victoria during her last year of university in 2003. After moving to Vancouver she experienced the transformative effects of a regular asana practice through the hip new trend called Bikram Yoga. By her mid 20’s she had become very involved in the personal growth movement, studied the works of many modern spiritual teachers and completed her training as a certified Reiki practitioner and Life Coach. She began attending ACYR in 2014 when her sister Amy moved to Salt Spring and has become progressively more engaged in the classical Ashtanga yoga lineage teachings and committed to the transformative powers of Regular Sadhana. As a community member Adrienne enjoys singing Kirtan, studying the Sutras, helping out at ACYR and attending Satsang. She met Babaji by accident while attending a retreat at Mount Madonna in 2010, and was delighted to return there last year for the New Years retreat.
Adrienne is a life-long Karma Yogi having served in many volunteer leadership roles since high school. Notably, she served on the Public Advisory Committee for Environment Canada’s EcoAction public grant program, as a Big Sister, and as a Board Member for the Campbell River Women’s Resource Centre. She is honoured to now serve this diverse global community of yogis as a member of the DS Board since September 2020. She currently resides in Victoria.
Christine MacDonald, Scribe
Christine has immersed herself in the teachings of Baba Hari Dass for the past decade. She completed the Mount Madonna Centre Yoga Service & Community Studies Program which only sparked more interest in the teachings and, in particular, the various ceremonies of the temple. Keen to deepen this service and study, she committed to three years of residential service with the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga including service as an area coordinator. With a love for divine worship, she played a key part in a revival of daily arati and monthly pujas at the Centre.
With much gratitude, she completed the enriching Yoga Teacher Training at Salt Spring Centre of Yoga. Her ongoing service to our satsang includes officiating arati ceremony, leading prayers and offering kirtan. She takes part in hosting Vancouver Satsang, practices regular sadhana, and has been fortunate to serve as a scribe on the DSSS Board this past term.
Christine’s occupation is social work. She facilitates services for adults with disabilities with Community Living BC. With a deep appreciation for respectful and clear communication, she is grateful for the opportunity to continue to learn and serve as a scribe on the Board.