Current Council Members / Bios
District Council Intro
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.
2018-2022 Port Hardy District Council
Councillor John Tidbury, Councillor Treena Smith, Councillor Pat Corbett-Labatt, Mayor Dennis Dugas, Councillor Janet Dorward, Councillor Leightan Wishart and Councillor Fred Robertson
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 Mayor and looks forward to serving the residents of Port Hardy for the next four years.
Serves on: Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Regional District of Mount Waddington, Regional District Hospital Board and Island Coast Economic Trust.
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.
Serves on: Executive Committee, Finance Committee, First Nations Relations Committee (Chair), Parks ,Recreation, Arts & Culture Committee, Mount Waddington Table of Partners, Hardy Bay Seniors Citizens Society and the Port Hardy Twinning Society.
Serves on: Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Operational Services Committee, Parks, Recreations, Arts & Culture Committee, Tourism Advisory Committee, Regional District of Mount Waddington, Regional Hospital Board, Municipal Insurance Association (alternate), job Fair Committee
Serves on: Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Parks & Recreation Review Committee (chair), First Nations Relations Committee, Vancouver Island Regional Library, Mt. Waddington Table of Partners, BC Ferries Northern Advisory, Port Hardy Heritage Society and the Poverty Pilot Program, Marine Plan Partnership (alternate)
Treena Smith was born and raised in Port Hardy. She is a mother and has a great love for her community. Treena was the Manager of the Port Hardy and District Chamber of Commerce for four years and worked closely with individuals and businesses. She attended and hosted tourism conferences and was a part of multiple committees including developing a new brand for Port Hardy. Treena enjoyed being a part of the BC Chamber of Commerce lobbying the provincial government on behalf of the business community. She went on to become the Economic and Community Development Coordinator at the District of Port Hardy and was educated in local government.
Serves on: Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Bear Smart Committee, Community Consultative Committee, Chamber of Commerce, Port Hardy Heritage Society (Museum), Vancouver Island North Tourism (VINTAC)
Serves on: Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Emergency Planning Committee, Operational Services Committee (chair) Regional District Mt. Waddington Board (alternate), Regional District Hospital Board (alternate), Mt. Waddington Regional Transportation Committee, North Island Regional Emergency Planning Committee the Vancouver Island North Woodlands Advisory Group.
My wife and I moved to Port Hardy 28 years ago to raise our family but in the mean time have become attached to parts of the community. We love the pace of life, the clean air, the friendly people and great friends. I ran for School Board when my sons where attending school 17 years ago and when I retired four years ago I decided I would try Council so I could help keep our community safe, productive and welcoming to new comers and visitors alike.
I feel fortunate I was re-elected so I am able to continue working on improvements in both our education and community.
Serves on: Executive Committee, Finance Committee, First Nations Relations Committee, Operational Services Committee, Emergency Planning Committee (Chair), Port Hardy Fire Rescue, Vancouver Island Regional Library (alternate), Marine Plan Partnership, Collaborative Health Care Working Group, Municipal Insurance Association (alternate)
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