Photo Provided by Robin Quirk

Photo Provided by Robin Quirk

2019 Regular Council Meeting Dates: Jan 14, Jan 28, Feb 11, Feb 25, Mar 11, Mar 25, Apr 8, Apr 23, May 13, May 27, Jun 10, Jun 24, Jul 8, Aug 12, Sept 9, Sept 23, Oct 15, Oct 28, Nov 12, Nov 25, Dec 9.

Meetings are held in Council Chambers located at: 15 Maple Road, Alert Bay BC, at 5:00pm.  Submissions of correspondence and/or requests to appear as a delegation in front of Council must be made in writing to the Village Office by 5:00pm on the Monday prior to the meeting.  Forms can be picked up at the Village Office.  The agenda will be posted on the Friday prior to the meeting in the Documents section of this website and in the display case outside the Village Office. 

Council Portfolios (amended effective November 09, 2018)

Mayor Dennis Buchanan : RCMP, Intergovernmental Affairs, Regional District of Mount Waddington Director, Regional District of Mount Waddington Health Boards, VIHA Director, Solid Waste, Municipal Dock, Alert Bay School, Namgis First Nation, BC Ferries, Airport, local & regional transportation, Alert Bay Volunteer Fire Dept. and Emergency Planning (PEP).

Councillor Larry Hill : Community Hall, Campground & Trails, Solid Waste, Recreation and Parks, Village Beautification, Trails and Volunteers, Liaison with the Village of Alert Bay Fire Dept., Tourism development and promotion, Arts, Library, Liaison with Cormorant Island Youth & Family Services.

Councillor Kane Gordon: Community Hall, Campground & Trails, Municipal Dock, Alert Bay School, BC Ferries, Airport, local & regional transportation, Emergency Planning (PEP)

Councillor Lisanne Granger: Represent the Village on the Regional District of Mount Waddington and RDMW Health Boards, Liaise with all levels of Government, including Namgis,  Namgis Health Centre and RCMP, Solid Waste issues, Seniors & Seniors Housing, Cormorant Island & North Island Community Health initiatives.

Councillor Sandra McGregor: Beautifications, trails & volunteers, Liaise with Seniors & Seniors housing, Tourism development & promotion, Arts, Library, Liaise with Cormorant Island Youth & Family Services, Cormorant Island & North Island Community Health Initiatives.

Council Roles and Responsibilities

The Village of Alert Bay Council's Mayor and four Councillors took office in November 2018 and will serve until 2022.

Mayor and Council's responsibilities are set out in the Community Charter, which is provincial legislation. Generally, Council's role is to consider the best interests of the Village, represent the will of the public, determine services and establish levels of service delivery, and provide leadership and governance by focusing on key issues, strategic planning, and setting policy.

Individually, Councillors’ have few statutory powers or responsibilities. Council exercises authority collectively by resolution or bylaw at a Council meeting. Each member of Council, including the Mayor, has one vote on any question. Each member of Council present must vote on the question, and if a member of Council does not indicate how he or she votes, that member is deemed to have voted in the affirmative.


The Mayor is the head and Chief Executive Officer of the Village. In addition to Council responsibilities, the Mayor:

  • Presides at Council meetings and provides leadership to Council

  • Communicates information to Council

  • Provides, on behalf of Council, general direction to Village officers on implementation of Council directives.

  • Reflects the will of Council and carries out other duties on behalf of Council

Council and Staff

Council's direct contact with Village staff is through the Chief Administrative Officer . The CAO directs staff to carry out Council's decisions.