Meet The TASTEtheIsland Team

Meet the dedicated team behind the TASTEtheIsland Online Directories: enthusiastic Vancouver Island business owners, networkers and believers in the Buy Local philosophy. It takes a whole team to grow an island directory. And... We all LOVE Vancouver Island too!


Patricia MacGregor, graphics and web designer with TASTE

As a small business owner, she understands what it takes to run a small business and genuinely enjoys promoting other businesses. Originally from Montreal, Patricia has been looking for a way to promote The Island since she 'discovered' it almost 40 years ago. Her passion for Vancouver Island - its beauty, the people and the rhythm of life - is the reason she raised her family here, who are now raising their families here.

What makes Patricia a valuable member of the TASTE Team?
Patricia is the strong idea mind behind the TASTEtheIsland online project, and believes that economic sustainability comes from supporting neighbourhood businesses and "co-opetition", encouraging businesses to collaborate, support and promote each others' businesses to achieve an even greater good.

Contact Patricia with any general inquiries or if you would like to list your business on one of the TASTE Directories.

Patricia is also owner of Zuk Design


Drew Harling, programmer with TASTE

Drew is the genius computer geek behind the scenes who makes TASTE work. What he doesn't already know, he soon will.

What makes Drew a valuable member of the TASTE Team?
Skilled in most every programming language, Drew created the TASTE database, and is our guide for the functionality of everything TASTE. He is also our technical support guy.

Contact Drew if you need help with the TASTEvent Board or any of our listing forms.

Drew Harling, aka Code Crusher and "The Man in The Basement", also codes websites for graphic designers who don't know code language.


Rosa Bennett, assistant graphic designer with TASTE

Rosa specializes in logo design, packaging, labels and has a special love for typography. She enjoys every step of the design process from concept to the final printed piece. Inspired by everything around her: nature, travel, friends, family, photography and the visual arts. Rosa lives and works in Cowichan.

What makes Rosa a valuable member of the TASTE Team?
Rosa worked on the TASTE brand development and keeps her eye on the consistency of the TASTE design elements.

Rosa Bennett is also the owner of Rosa Bennett Graphic Design


Scott & Laurie Johnson, team photographer and writers with TASTE

Inspired by both his mother's vision and his father's technical and photographic aptitude, when they passed away Scott Johnson was motivated to share his love of Vancouver Island with others through photography. As he developed his own personal style, he quickly came to realize the limitations of modern SLR photography and spent a year studying High Dynamic Range (HDR) processing techniques. These techniques allow the finer details to be seen that would otherwise be lost in the shadows. The result is an image that best reflects exactly what he sees when taking the picture.

What makes Scott and Laurie valuable members of the TASTE Team?
Scott and Laurie offer photos for the TASTE slideshows throughout southern Vancouver Island, sometimes venturing to more remote areas. Check out our Blog Stories for some examples of Laurie's beautiful blogs. We are very fortunate to have Scott and Laurie on the TASTE Team!

The Toads are happily located in the scenic Cowichan Valley, and are actively involved in both the local and artistic communities. They are proud to work with various individuals and organizations to bring awareness to many relevant issues, regularly contributing author to LightStalking, a prominent on-line publication. Their work has also been featured in Shutterbug magazine, in addition to hosting a popular photoblog. Main focus is on local architecture, land and seascapes, historical sites and artifacts, and various other sorts of sundries uniquely Vancouver Island.

Scott and Laurie Johnson, aka "Mr. & Mrs. Toad", owners of Toad Hollow Photography


Clemens Rettich, consultant with TASTE

Clemens is the owner and lead advisor with the Great Performances Group. Clemens and his team specialize in guiding businesses through carefully designed expansions. While the Great Performances Group can support any business anywhere in North America, we specialize in supporting successful Trades & Construction, Health & Fitness, and Retail sector businesses in enterprise-level expansion.

What makes Clemens a valuable member of the TASTE Team?
At Great Performances we believe that independent businesses are the heart of our national and local economies. Our commitment to healthier communities is served through our commitment to stronger businesses. Our association with TASTE is an important part of that commitment. Clemens has been a strong support for the TASTE project, helping to harness the growth potential.

At Great Performances we believe that independent businesses are the heart of our national and local economies. Our commitment to healthier communities is served through our commitment to stronger businesses. Our association with TASTE is an important part of that commitment.

Clemens Rettich is the owner of Great Performances Group