The level of government closest to the citizens of this community is the District of Port Hardy Municipal Government, where the elected Mayor and Council set policy on how staff and contractors provide many critical services to the community.
2014-2018 Mayor and Councillors
Standing: Councillors: Dennis Dugas, Rick Marcotte, Fred Robertson, John Tidbury
Seated: Councillor Pat Corbett-Labatt, Mayor Hank Bood, Councillor Jessie Hemphill
|Deputy Mayor Schedule|
|December 2, 2014 – July 31, 2015||Councillor Rick Marcotte|
|August 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016||Councillor John Tidbury|
|April 1, 2016 – November 30, 2016||Councillor Jessie Hemphill|
|December 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017||Councillor Pat Corbett-Labatt|
|August 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018||Councillor Dennis Dugas|
|April 1, 2018 – December 4, 2018||Councillor Fred Robertson|
MAYOR HANK BOOD
COUNCILLOR PATRICIA CORBETT-LABATT
Councillor Corbett-Labatt was born in PEI into an Air Force family and over the years lived on several air force bases and communities across Canada and in Germany. Pat moved to Port Hardy in 1975, where she established her career, put down roots, learned how to fish, and entrenched herself into the community.
Even while raising a family, taking courses, and working full-time, Pat has always been an active and involved member of the Port Hardy community.
Now retired she feels her educational qualifications (highest credential Masters of Adult Education), administrative, and committee experience will be useful tools in being a Port Hardy councillor.
Away from council, Pat enjoys fishing, gardening, being with her family, and travelling.
COUNCILLOR DENNIS DUGAS
Dennis Dugas moved to Port Hardy in 1970 from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to work for MacMillan Bloedel (M&B) in the logging industry. Married in 1973 to Louise Crookall they raised one daughter and two sons in Port Hardy and their sons and their grandchildren still reside in the community.
Dennis started working for the District of Port Hardy in 1974 in the Public Works Department, moved to EPCOR Water Services for thirteen years and then back to employment with the District, retiring in October 2014.
Over the past 40 years Dennis has been involved with a number of community groups and activities including; minor hockey, slow-pitch, old-timers hocking, curling, hiking, camping, fishing and enjoying the natural beauty of Port Hardy. Most recently Dennis has been a member and vice-president of the Port Hardy & District Chamber of Commerce and a member of the FILOMI Days Committee.
Dennis is honoured to have been elected as a councillor and looks forward to serving the residents of Port Hardy for the next four years.
COUNCILLOR FRED ROBERTSON
COUNCILLOR JOHN TIDBURY
COUNCILLOR RICK MARCOTTE
Councillor Marcotte was born in Hudson Bay Junction, Saskatchewan, moved to White Rock BC and completed his schooling in that community. Rick moved to Port Hardy in 1969 to work at Seafood Products. In 1982 Rick became involved in 7Hills Golf Course as founding member and has served on the Board and is a past president. Rick continues to enjoy playing golf on a regular basis.
COUNCILLOR JESSIE HEMPHILL
Councillor Hemphill was raised in Port Hardy, graduating from Port Hardy Secondary School as the "Top All Around Student" and then moving away for a few years to get her B.A. in Linguistics & Indigenous Studies at the University of Victoria. She returned to Port Hardy with her soon-to-be husband, Jamaine Campbell. Jessie has worked extensively with her band, the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Nations, in roles ranging from fisheries technician to community planner to executive assistant and communications officer. Jessie performs with local music groups and has contributed to various regional committees including the Mt. Waddington Regional Health Network, the Mt. Waddington Regional District, the BC Rural Summit Steering Committee and most recently the Port Hardy Official Community Plan Steering Committee. In her free time Jessie enjoys spending time with her large extended family and friends or picking berries in preparation for winter jam-making.
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