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District Board Members

Elected members of the Board are the policy and decision makers for the Regional District, and Regional District staff are responsible for implementing the policies established by the Board.

The Administrator oversees the operation of the Regional District, including the preparation of the Regional District's annual budget, ensuring Board resolutions are implemented and bylaws enforced.

The Current Board of Directors elected in 2018
John Jack John Jack
Huu-ay-aht First Nation
John Alan Jack is an elected Member of Council for the Huu-ay-aht First Nations (HFN). His community is a party to the Maa-nulth Final Agreement (Treaty) with the provincial and federal governments which grants the HFN a seat on the Board of Directors of the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD). He was first elected in 2009 and was reelected in 2011 shortly after the Effective Date of the Treaty. In addition to his representation of HFN to the ACRD, he holds the portfolios of Economic Development and Law & Policy Development. He is honoured to help represent his community's interests on the regional stage and has focused much of his effort in creating mutual understanding between local governments and aboriginal communities. In addition, he places a distinct importance on regional economic renewal and the need for neighbouring communities to work together to cultivate new opportunities for a stronger regional economy.

John was recently married in October, 2013 and aside from work, he has been known to play volleyball from time to time and enjoy tabletop games when he's not busying himself on Twitter.

John McNabb John McNabb
Chairperson of the Regional Hospital District; Vice-Chairperson of the ACRD
Electoral Area "E" (Beaver Creek)
John McNabb is a graduate of ADSS. He has over 30 years of business experience in Port Alberni. John has served two terms on city council, many years on the Chamber of Commerce Board, past president of the Gryo Club, Pacific Rim Tourism, and Port Alberni Twinning Society. Interests include collector cars, auto racing, boating and choral music. John is a business owner in the City of Port Alberni and a property owner in Beaver Creek district.
Sharie Minions 2018 Sharie Minions
City of Port Alberni
Ron Paulson Ron Paulson
City of Port Alberni
Ron is a native of Alberta where he attended High School and then the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology - Business Administration. Since 2014, he has served as a City of Port Alberni Councillor. Previous to that he was a City of Port Alberni Parks and Recreation Programmer. Ron was proud to be the Chairman of the 2009 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Other community events he participated in were the 2005 and 2008 Tall Ships Festival of Sails - Protocol Director and the 2004 BC Winter Games - Director of Facilities. Ron is married to Beth and has a daughter, Brynn.
Tom Stere Tom Stere
District of Tofino
Tom Stere is a councillor with the District of Tofino and appointed to the ACRD board in 2020. He is a Rescue Specialist with the Canadian Coast Guard and worked 10 yrs with the Clayoquot Biosphere Project as Research Stations Manager. He helped establish Tofino Sea Kayaking in 1988. Tom is co-chair of the USS Parent Advisory Committee, board member of the Tofino Harbour Authority and board member of the Rainforest Education Society. Tom is married and spends most of his time looking for firewood with his two teenage sons.
Rachelle Cole Rachelle Cole
District of Ucluelet
Rachelle is a 3rd generation Ucluetian, as is her husband, and together they are raising their son - a 4th generation in Ucluelet. Rachelle is a Councillor with the District of Ucluelet, enjoying her first term and the associated political learning curve. She is the BCEHS Unit Chief at Station 134 Ucluelet, as well as the Community Paramedic and is active on car as an emergent PCP. Aside from Paramedicine, she also has a background in Firefighting and Logging, as well as in Hospitality and is a Certified Sommelier Chef. In her spare time Rachelle trains and competes as an Amateur Bodybuilder at the national level.
Wilfred Cootes Wilfred Cootes
Uchucklesaht Tribe
Wilfred Kelly Cootes was born in Port Alberni on September 2, 1978. He moved to Kildonan in 1983, where he stayed until 1992 when circumstances brought him back to the Alberni Valley. Wilfred has worked as a Community Support Worker since 2008.

In December 2011, he began his career in politics after being elected to the Uchucklesaht Tribe Legislature in their first post-treaty election. One year into his term, Wilfred joined the Executive Branch of government as the Executive for Human Services. During that time he began attending ACRD meetings as an observer. In February 2014 he became a full voting member on the Board of Directors of the ACRD.

Wilfred and his wife Erin have a large, blended family of 6 children. When he isn't working or engrossed with his family, you can find him working on small projects or gaming frantically on the computer in his office. He is also involved in community clubs such as the Young Professionals of Port Alberni.

Kirsten Johnsen Kirsten Johnsen
Kirsten Johnsen is an elected member of Council for the Toquaht Nation, located in Barkley Sound. Kirsten sits as Chairperson for Council and Executive. She grew up in Ucluelet, BC. Since graduating from USS in 1990, she moved to the Lower Mainland for several employment and education opportunities. She returned to Ucluelet in 2006 to work for the Toquaht Nation as the Communications Coordinator in preparation for the ratification of the Maa-nulth First Nations Final Agreement (Treaty). During the lead-up to ratification, she was very active in the development of all Laws and Regulations that came into force on the effective date, April 1, 2011. She is currently the Law Clerk and Office Administrator for the Toquaht Nation Administration.
Al McCarthy Al McCarthy
Member of Legislature
Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation
Alan McCarthy is the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ representative to the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District and is part of the subcommittee that deals with planning issues specific to the west coast. He was part of the team that collaborated on the tool kit, A Path Forward, a resource guide to support local governments and treaty First Nations.

Alan serves as a member of the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Legislature which is the first post-treaty, self-government. Alan is responsible for overseeing the land and resources portfolio and is a member of the Executive branch of the Legislature as well.

Much of his working career has been in the resource industry, in fisheries and forestry; he is currently employed as the Fisheries and Wildlife Resource Officer for the Ucluth Fisheries.

Alan also serves as Secretary for the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust and is a director on the Central West Coast Forest Society.

Bob Beckett Bob Beckett
Electoral Area "A" (Bamfield)
Bob Beckett is married with 3 children and retired in June of 2017 as Langford Fire Chief after 41 years in the fire service. He is a graduate of Royal Roads University and past Board Chair of the YMCA - YWCA of Vancouver Island. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Westshore and enjoys working on International Aid-programs. Bob loves to spend time with his family on his boat in Bamfield and walking his Mountain Bernese dog on the various trails and beaches.
Tanya Shannon Tanya Shannon
Electoral Area "B" (Beaufort)
Tanya Shannon was born and raised in the Beaver Creek area of the Alberni Valley, prior to moving further out to the Beaufort Area, where she now lives with her husband and two children. She attended Gill Elementary and AW Neill Jr. Secondary Schools, before graduating from ADSS in 2005.
Kel Roberts Kel Roberts
Electoral Area "C" (Long Beach)
Kel Roberts is a retired Fire Chief who served 33 years in the B.C. Fire Service. He attended UBC in Secondary Education, and is an honours graduate of BCIT in Human Resources Management.

He has resided on Vancouver Island since 2006 and has been active in the local communities here, as a Director on the Errington Fire/Rescue Department, and member of the Area C Planning Commission.

Kel has been coming to the West Coast since the early 70's and purchased property on Barkley Sound (Salmon Beach) in 1993, where he and his wife, sons and grandchildren now have a home and enjoy the jewel that is the West Coast.

Kel offers effective and pro-active proven leadership skills and is keen to listen to, and pursue, the needs of residents, both full time and seasonal. He supports an open, collaborative and community based approach to government.
Penny Cote Penny Cote
Electoral Area "D" (Sproat Lake)
Penny Cote is a long time resident of the Alberni Valley and has contributed a lifetime of volunteering in community service. She is a local business owner and manager of a Heritage Commercial/Residential building in Port Alberni and partner in a Stucco construction company with her husband Brian.

Penny was first elected as the Sproat Lake Electoral Area Director in 2005 after years of working with the Sproat Lake Community Association on community safety and water quality issues. Dedicated to being an active participant on the ACRD Board of Directors, working for positive local government decision-making and action, Penny believes that the respectful collaboration within all our individual communities and every level of government is key to improving the local challenges we all face.
Dianne Bodnar Dianne Bodnar
Electoral Area "F" (Cherry Creek)
Dianne Bodnar moved with her parents to Port Alberni from Manitoba at 11 years old. She attended Smith Memorial School and graduated in 1961. Dianne became a Practical Nurse and worked at West Coast General Hospital for a short time before marrying and raising two children.

Dianne received a certificate in Early Childhood Education from North Island College and managed a special needs preschool and daycare for 10 years at Hilton Centre.

At the age of 49 Dianne returned to school and obtained a Registered Nurse degree and was group manager of 3 group homes in the Alberni Valley.

Dianne then returned to school once again, trained and worked as an Infant Development Consultant. Dianne retired at 62 years of age after working as a Supportive Childcare Consultant. Dianne remarried in 2000 and travelled with her husband before he passed away.

Currently Dianne volunteers at Ty Watson House, initiated and continues to organize Women's Pioneer Skills, and is Secretary for the Black Powder Re-enactment Club.

Dianne rode, trained and showed horses for almost 30 years. She enjoys walking, painting and doing crafts. This is Dianne's first foray in the political arena and she looks forward to working with the people of her district and becoming a good team player.

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