Chamber Directors & Staff Team

Executive Committee

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Sarah Jones

President

Sarah Jones

Sarah wears many hats in the Alberni Valley. She can be found most anytime at Walk the Coast where she Manages the Business and acts as the Buyer for the organization. Within that scope Sarah also operates her own business as a Certified Pedorthist. Sarah also has a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology. She is very well-educated and extremely well-suited to the business at Walk the Coast. Sarah volunteers her time with the Chamber of Commerce and has done so for many years. She is currently the President of the Board

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Carol-Anne Phillips

Vice President

Carol-Anne Phillips

Wearer of many hats, Carol-Anne is the Co-Owner of Forever New Consignment Shop, KJ Riggins Clothing Co., and All Tied Up Wedding & Event Planning, the General Manager for the Italian Hall Events Centre, and the Vice-President of the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Centre. She is the President of the Women in Business group, a member of the Uptown Merchants Association, and is working hard to improve the Uptown core. She sees a positive vision for Port Alberni’s growth and is putting her energies towards making good things happen. She has owned and operated businesses for over ten years, is a mother of three, and grandmother of two.

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Terry Deakin

2nd Vice President

Terry Deakin

Terry Deakin is celebrating 20 years of service in the Alberni Valley. She began her journey as a social entrepreneur in 1998 with a pilot project in a rented room where the PEAK radio station is now. Continuing her education while growing the business, Terry completed a Diploma in Human Services, a Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management and most recently a Master of Arts in Community Development. INEO currently employs a staff of 15 and provides employment and employment related services to those who are unemployed or precariously employed. Terry believes the magic comes from the people who do the work – the staff who provide the support and those who take that support and turn it in to success stories.

Jan Lavertu

Treasurer

Jan Lavertu

Peter Wienold

Secretary

Peter Wienold

Taurean Seib

Past President

Taurean Seib

Directors

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Carley Bowyer

Director

Carley Bowyer

Carley moved to the Alberni Valley in early 2018 to fulfill a lifelong dream of opening a smoothie shop.  Her business, Smoothology, provided the perfect opportunity to dive into the community head first. 2019 is her first year as a Director with the Chamber of Commerce and while she is a new business owner, she has always been one to enjoy rolling up her sleeves and helping wherever she can.

Daniel Savard

Daniel Savard

Dave Heinrichs

Dave Heinrichs

Gail Horvath

Gail Horvath

Krista McKitrick

Krista McKitrick

Lori Kerr

Lori Kerr

Michael Moore

Michael Moore

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Teresa Bird

Teresa Bird

Teresa Bird is the publisher of the Alberni Valley News. She arrived in Port Alberni eight years ago, but she has been an Island girl for 40 years, starting her journalism career at The Westerly News. She has lived in Ucluelet, Tofino, Esperanza, and Port McNeill. Prior to coming to Port Alberni, she was the publisher and editor of the North Island Gazette in Port Hardy and a busy volunteer in the several organizations. 

The Alberni Valley News has always been a member of the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce and Teresa got involved with the chamber board shortly after her arrival, serving on the board for five years, two years as president. After a two-year break, she returned as a director in October 2018. Teresa is also an active member of the Rotary Club of Port Alberni, serving as president there for two years, and sits on the board of Literacy Alberni.

Appointees (non-voting)

David McCormick

Port Alberni Port Authority

David McCormick

Debbie Haggard

City of Port Alberni

Debbie Haggard

Pat Deakin

Economic Development

Pat Deakin

Sharie Minions

Alberni Clayoquot Regional District

Sharie Minions

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Wahmeesh (Ken) Watts

Councillor - Tseshaht First Nation

Wahmeesh (Ken) Watts

Ken was born and raised in Port Alberni in Tseshaht First Nation territory and has lived most of his life in the community. He is the eldest son of the late George Watts and his mother is Matilda Atleo(now married to Cliff Atleo). He has three beautiful children Tristan, Noelani and Kailand.

In 2007 Wahmeesh completed a Bachelor of Arts in First Nations Studies from Vancouver Island University and went on to become the BC Assembly of First Nations(BCAFN) Male Youth Representative where he also served as co-chair of the Assembly of First Nations(AFN) National Youth Council. During this time Ken was also employed with the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres(BCAAFC) coordinating a large aboriginal youth conference and supporting in youth and sports.

Upon returning home Ken was employed with West Coast Aquatic and then moved on to Operations Manager for the Tseshaht First Nation. Elected as Vice-President of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council(NTC) in 2012, Ken went on to serve the fourteen member First Nations for five years.

Wahmeesh is looking forward to serving the Tseshaht First Nation as a Council member with a focus on economic development, governance, land management and creating better working relationships with other governments and organizations.

Chamber Staff

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Bill Collette

CEO

Bill Collette

Bill joined the Chamber of Commerce in 2013 after a successful stint as owner/operator of the Boston Pizza Restaurant in Parksville BC that he and his wife Jennifer built starting in 2005. Prior to that business Bill and Jennifer developed another Franchised operation - 'Mad Science of British Columbia' where they conducted Science Shows and Science Clubs throughout the Province. Aimed at Elementary School aged Children the concept worked very well for the couple who eventually ended up with staff throughout the Province - upwards of 20 at any given time. Before venturing into the Entrepreneurial world Bill worked for Western Inventory Service Ltd (now known as WIS Internation) holding positions ranging from Inventory Manager to District Manager - Area Manager - Regional Manager and finally holding two different Vice President Operations roles (Winnipeg covering the Praires & Vancouver covering BC/Yukon). Bill spent his early years working at a Fly-In Fishing Camp in NW Ontario where he learned about the world of Tourism. He spent several summers at Bluffy Lake accessible only by day long portage or via float plane.

Jennifer Richardson

Office Manager

Jennifer Richardson

Reana Miller

Special Projects

Reana Miller

Teyah Little

Tourism/Visitor Information Counsellor

Teyah Little