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Bamfield Oct 17, Port Alberni Oct 18, Ahousaht Oct 19, Tofino Oct 20, and Ucluelet Oct 21

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 2014
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.

Josie Osborne Josie Osborne
District of Tofino
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.
Mike Ruttan Mike Ruttan
City of Port Alberni
Mayor Mike Ruttan was born and raised in the Alberni Valley. He attended the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and in 1983 completed a Masters of Education Administration at the University of Victoria.

Mike and his wife Bonnie started teaching in Whitehorse, Yukon, and after 4 years returned to Vancouver Island in 1979 where Mike was the teacher/principal of Eric Godson School in Bamfield. After 3 years in Bamfield they returned to Port Alberni where Mike spent 13 years as principal of EJ Dunn Junior Secondary. In 2005 Mike joined Alberni District Secondary School (ADSS) as vice-principal and later principal, a position he held for 6 years before retiring.

Mike is most proud of his work at ADSS creating a culture that was consultative, respectful, and inclusive. This approach was particularly valuable during the construction of the new ADSS, a multi-year School District 70 initiative. His role involved chairing planning and design committees, communicating regularly with Ministry of Education officials, and working with staff to ensure a smooth transition to the LEED Gold building.

Mike is a strong advocate for volunteerism and served for 10 years as chair of the Alberni Valley Drug and Alcohol Prevention Service (ADAPS).

Mike and Bonnie reside in Port Alberni and have four grown children.

Jack McLeman Jack McLeman
City of Port Alberni
Jack has lived on Vancouver Island all his life and in the Alberni Valley since 1970. Most of Jack's working career was at the Somass Sawmill where he started in 1972... retired as a sawfiler in 2008. During Jack's working years he was elected to the union shop committee several times and one of his accomplishments was to work on the joint union/management committee that started the program of reintroducing disabled workers into the workforce. The end result of which was the work of Wolfgang Zimmerman in forming the Institute at North Island College which has now morphed into the new Pacific University of Disability Management in Port Alberni.

For the past 8 years Jack has been a Councillor for the City of Port Alberni and has represented the City for the past 2 years on the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District.

Jack is married with two grown children and two grandchildren. He enjoys historical re-enactments, shooting and archery sports.

Dianne St. Jacques Dianne St.Jacques
District of Ucluelet
Dianne was the Mayor of Ucluelet from 1999 to 2008, and served three years before that on City Council. Dianne and her Council put Ucluelet on the map, and worked with the Chamber Of Commerce to coin the phrase "Life on the Edge" that now stands as Ucluelet's official motto. Dianne has owned and/or operated a variety of local businesses since 1984, and is currently the general manager of Water's Edge Resort. She has been active in her community and the regional district for over 20 years, serving in such roles as the provincially-appointed Director of the Port Alberni Port Authority and the Director of the Port Alberni Valley Hospice.

Dianne and her husband Dennis have two grown children, and enjoy spending time with their first grandchild.

Keith Wyton Keith Wyton
Electoral Area "A" (Bamfield)
Keith Wyton came to Bamfield in 1979 and has been a devoted Bamfielder for over 35 years. He worked at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre for ten years, first as a contracted builder and then as the Station Technician.

In 1987 Keith and wife Bernadette started Sarita Furniture in Bamfield. In 1992 they bought a second home in Port Alberni where the company was relocated. He has served on a number of boards and organizations including:

  • Board member and President, Vancouver Island Association of Wood Processors
  • Board member, BC Wood Specialties Group
  • President, Citizens Stewardship Coalition
  • Chair, Save Our Valley Alliance
  • Co-chair, Alberni Outlook 20/20
Keith has three grown children and five grandchildren. When he is not building furniture or pursuing his social and political interests you may find him growing his own food, kayaking in Barkley Sound, hiking, or travelling.
Mike Kokura Mike Kokura
Electoral Area "B" (Beaufort)
Resident of Alberni Valley since 1956, Mike is a retired millwright with 44 years of service in the forest industry. During that time, Mike was an active member in I.W.A. local 1-85 as plant committee member, plant chairman and finally as 1st Vice President of Local 1-85. Mike was first elected to the ACRD Board of Directors in 1972, to represent Area "B" Beaufort, served on various committees on the ACRD Board as well as Vice Chair and Chair of the Board in the past.

Mike also served on other Committees and Boards in the Community:

  • The West Coast General Hospital Board
  • Intermediate Care Society
  • Building Committee Member Fir Park Village
  • Project Building Committee Chair Echo Village
"Mike hates wasteful spending of Tax Dollars"
Tony Bennett Tony Bennett
Electoral Area "C" (Long Beach)
Tony has lived on the coast since 1974 and along with his partner Linda has resided in Port Albion for the last 28 years. They have a beautiful daughter, a son in law and three wonderful grand children who live in Alberni. Tony has spent his working life in the forest and tourism / service industries and was active in the IWA before being elected to the ACRD in 1999. Having seen many changes since his arrival he believes strongly that the future of the coast relies on ALL of our communities sitting together to form a common vision. As such, he co chairs the West Coast Aquatic and has been a strong supporter of the communities' development of a coastal plan. Tony believes development must also center around the values of those communities in Area C that are affected by any proposals or zoning changes. Tony continues to sit as the ACRD appointee to the Central Westcoast Forest Society and also sits on numerous other regional district committees.
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 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
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 property owner in the City of Port Alberni and in Beaver Creek district.
Lucas Banton Lucas Banton
Electoral Area "F" (Cherry Creek)
Lucas Banton is currently working as a Business Analyst on Vancouver Island, specializing in business turnarounds. He is a director on the Alberni -Clayoquot Regional District and an Officer of the Cherry Creek Fire Department. Past boards include Cherry Creek Water Improvement District and Alberni Christian Fellowship. He obtained a Degree in Finance and a Diploma in accounting at Vancouver Island University and continued further education in Project Management and Leadership. In the past, Lucas has worked for a number of government contractors in the areas of administering secondary employment benefits to individuals and small business pilot projects. He has also spent time in heavy industry working for the local paper mill.
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.

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 UES in 1990, she has lived all over Vancouver Island and throughout the Lower Mainland working and going to school. 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 now 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

ACRD Board Jan 2015