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Air Quality Council of Port Alberni


The Air Quality Council (AQC) is composed of representatives from provincial and regional governments, Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations, businesses, and community organizations. The AQC provides a forum for agencies, organizations, and governments to work more closely together to improve air quality for the sake of the health of our air shed and, thereby, the health of the inhabitants of the Alberni region. Engaged and thoughtful dialog of the AQC's members, along with feedback from the community, support policymaking and define strategic priorities for projects, partnerships, and research as directed by the Alberni Air Quality Society.

MISSION STATEMENT: The Air Quality Council serves to promote health by working to ensure the cleanest possible air for the Alberni Basin and its inhabitants.


The Air Quality Council (AQC) was formed in 2003 and has evolved since that time.

Air Quality Council (AQC) - Advisory Body Members 2017

Kelly Gilday; Port Alberni Fire Chief
Chris Alemany; Port Alberni Council Representative
Keith Wyton; ACRD Board Representative
Janice Hill; ACRD Staff
Earle Plain; BC MOE Air Quality Meteorologist
Stephanie Bruvall; Island Health Environmental Health Officer
Karen Larsen; First Nations Health Authority Environmental Health Officer
Larry Cross; Catalyst Paper Environmental Manager
Ashley Popvich; Catalyst Paper
Patty Edwards; Alberni Air Quality Society Representative
Judy Carlson; Alberni Air Quality Society Representative
Gary Swan; Agricultural Representative
Dave Jarret; Member-at-large
Anna Lewis; Chair

AQC Goals

1) To seek the co-operation of all agencies and stakeholders in promoting and protecting clean air.

2) To educate and inform the community regarding air quality issues.

3) To encourage clean air lifestyles and business practices.

4) To integrate regional air quality goals into local government policies, including land use and
transportation management.

5) To ensure comprehensive monitoring of air quality.

6) To take seriously our responsibility for air quality within a regional, provincial, national and global context.

7) To network with other agencies and organizations committed to the protection of air quality.

Some of the annual activities of the AQC include:

- Providing consultation, when requested, for MOE (ie. intentions papers, development of educational resources, etc.), VIHA, local government (OCP, SWMP, complaints, etc), businesses, media, and community groups.

- Attending the two main provincial air quality forums (BC Clean Air Forum presented by the Fraser Basin Council; Air Quality and Health Conference presented by BC Lung)

- Responding to complaints and air quality related referrals.

- Strategic airshed management planning.

- Related community planning (ie. traffic patterns, idling policy, OCP) and bylaw development.

- Continuing education regarding residential and industrial pollution, best practices, and mitigation strategies.

- Meetings and information exchange within the council itself, with the ACRD, with the city, and with related groups such as the Clean Air BC Network.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

AQC Project History

Over the years, the AQC has selected project themes to focus its direction and actions:

Project I - Clear the Air
Project II - Fine Particulate Sampling
Project III - Backyard Burning
Project IV - Proposal for Pilot Dioxin Testing
Project V - Air Quality Education
Project VI - Port Alberni Woodstove Exchange
Project VII - Inventory of Air Quality Bylaws on Vancouver Island
Project VIII - Port Alberni Woodstove Exchange II
Project IX - ACRD Air Quality Web Page Production
Project X - Burn It Smart
Project XI - Wood-Heating Appliance Survey

For photos and a full description of each project go to:

AQC Project Descriptions