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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
Chairperson
Huu-ay-aht First Nation
jjack@acrd.bc.ca
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.

Josie Osborne 2018 Josie Osborne
Vice-Chairperson
District of Tofino
Osborne@tofino.ca
Josie Osborne has been the mayor of Tofino since 2013 and was appointed to the ACRD in 2013. Raised on Vancouver Island, she moved to Tofino in 1998 where she worked for ten years as a fisheries biologist, mostly in Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations communities. She has also worked as an NGO administrator, and she and her husband operate three small tourism-related businesses in Tofino. Josie's priorities for local government are communication and good governance, increased support for families and small business, and promoting healthy lifestyles. Josie is an avid beachcomber and can be found almost every single morning on Chesterman Beach in Tofino with her dog Pete.
Sharie Minions 2018 Sharie Minions
Mayor
City of Port Alberni
sharie_minions@portalberni.ca
Cindy Solda Cindy Solda
Councillor
City of Port Alberni
cindy_solda@portalberni.ca
A Councillor for the City of Port Alberni since September 2001, Cindy Solda's work on behalf of the community has led to her re-election through five consecutive elections. With a four year break Cindy entered sixth election in 2018 and was re-elected as a City Councillor. She has been Chair of the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD), Vice Chair of the Regional Hospital District and Vice Chair, and interm Chair of the Association of Vancouver Island Coastal Communities (AVICC).
Mayco Noel
Mayor
District of Ucluelet
mnoel@ucluelet.ca
Bob Beckett
Director
Electoral Area "A" (Bamfield)
bbeckett@acrd.bc.ca
Tanya Shannon
Director
Electoral Area "B" (Beaufort)
tshannon@acrd.bc.ca
Kel Roberts
Director
Electoral Area "C" (Long Beach)
kroberts@acrd.bc.ca
Penny Cote Penny Cote
Director
Electoral Area "D" (Sproat Lake)
pcote@acrd.bc.ca
Penny Cote is a long time resident of the Alberni Valley and has contributed a lifetime of volunteering in community service. She is business owner and manager of a Heritage Commercial/Residential building in Port Alberni and Stucco construction company with her husband Brian of 35 years and they have one grown son.

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.

After 4 consecutive terms served and many ACRD appointed positions, Penny is an active participant working for positive local government decision making and action through local partnerships, including the inaugurated 3 Treaty First Nations to the ACRD. Health is a priority that threads throughout all services.

Penny believes that respectful collaboration within all our individual communities and every level of government is key to improve the challenges we all face.

Within her community Penny continues to supports safe healthy lifestyles through the SL Parks and Trails.
John McNabb John McNabb
Director
Electoral Area "E" (Beaver Creek)
pard54@hotmail.ca
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 property owner in the City of Port Alberni and in Beaver Creek district.
Dianne Bodnar
Director
Electoral Area "F" (Cherry Creek)
dbodnar@acrd.bc.ca
Al McCarthy Al McCarthy
Member of Legislature
Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation
al.mccarthy@ufn.ca
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.

Wilfred Cootes Wilfred Cootes
Councilor
Uchucklesaht Tribe
wilfred.cootes@uchucklesaht.ca
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
Councillor
Toquaht.ca
kirstenj@toquaht.ca
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.

Regional District staff are usually the first point of contact for anyone who has a concern or inquiry. Our general email is mailbox@acrd.bc.ca