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 served as vice-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 was first elected to City Council in 2005 and enjoys the challenges and many rewards of public service.
He has been a resident of Port Alberni since 1970 where he raised his two children, Colin and Mike. Jack spent much of his working career at the Somass sawmill where he was employed for over 35 years.
During his career he served as elected chairman of the Somass Mill and table officer of the IWA-C and successor unions for many years. He has also served as president of the Port Alberni and District Labour Council.
Jack is now enjoying retirement with his wife Bev Denning with much of their leisure time spent camping, gardening and enjoying their grandchildren. An avid black powder shooter, Jack has also been president of the local Black Powder Club for several years.
Sharie Minions was born and raised in the Alberni Valley. After graduating from ADSS, she moved to Victoria to attend the University of Victoria and experience life outside the Valley. Sharie and her husband returned to Port Alberni in 2010 to be close to family, and take advantage of the affordable housing prices. They have two young children and are loving the lifestyle Port Alberni can offer a young family like theirs.
Councilor Denis Sauvé was elected to City Council in November of 2014. He is passionate about helping others, giving back and contributing to his community.
Denis recently retired from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police after a 27 year career that included posts in Ottawa, Chemainus, Victoria, Tofino and Port Alberni. During his career Denis was called upon to participate in a number of special operations with the United Nations to assist in the stabilization and social development efforts in Haiti. The skills and experience Denis gained during three tours in Haiti, plus his fluency in French, later led to a year-long project with a special task force assembled in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to assess potential threats to Canada. Denis’ career with the RCMP also included being selected as the non-commissioned officer in charge of the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre's Analytical Team based in Ottawa.
Born in Gatineau, Quebec, Denis has a degree in law and administration. He is married to his wife Laureen who together have three children, Céline, Chantal and son René. In his spare time Denis volunteers at several seniors care facilities, participates on the board of Better at Home Living and is also involved with Community Policing as a Citizen on Patrol.
Through his work on Council Denis looks forward to advocating for the needs of seniors, creating more employment opportunities for youth in Port Alberni and supporting local small businesses and tourism.
Chris Alemany was born and raised in Port Alberni and graduated from ADSS in 1996. After graduation he moved away to go to UVIC and Malaspina, travel all over the world, and work, including as a deckhand on his dad’s salmon and tuna troller off Haida Gwai and off the South Coast of BC, Washington and Oregon.
Chris’s continued interests lie in serving the public, helping his community achieve its potential in a sustainable and equitable way and raising his family in the City he loves. Chris maintains a webpage about his work on City council at www.chrisalemany.ca.
Ron has been a resident of the Alberni Valley since 1974 when he came to the Valley to play hockey for the Port Alberni Blues. He has been married to his wife, Beth, for 37 years and they have a daughter, Brynn. His family has always been very supportive of his many community projects over the past two decades.
Ron gained an extensive background in retail business in the early years and most recently was employed by the City of Port Alberni as a Recreation Programmer at the Alberni Valley Multiplex. Ron has had almost daily interaction with many events and event organizers in the last ten years and has had constant exposure to the sport tourism opportunities that now play a big economic role in the Alberni Valley.
He has had the opportunity to be involved in the development of the Alberni Valley Multiplex and has worked extensively with the Alberni Valley’s strong and talented volunteer base.
Ron has shown his integrity, leadership and community action during his time in the Alberni Valley and will continue to represent the community as a Councillor for the City of Port Alberni. He believes this is just one way he can give back to the community that has been so good to him throughout his time in the Alberni Valley.
Councillor Dan Washington has been a resident of the City of Port Alberni since 1976 and has extensive business, volunteer and political experience. Dan has spent his entire career in the forest and marine manufacturing and repair industry.
Dan is very engaged in non-political community activities. He has been an active member in Kiwanis for over 31 years, having the honor to serve as President on four occasions. He is also proud of his role in coordinating the ‘Our Town' youth program since 1992 in collaboration with the Port Alberni Parks, Recreation and Heritage Department. His volunteer contributions have also included the Port Alberni Salmon Festival Society with whom he has served as President for 18 of their 43 year history. Dan was also named the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce "Citizen of the Year" in 2013.
Dan previously served on City Council from 1999-2001 and 2012-2014. With the valuable experience he gained during these terms and his continued interest in the local community, Dan is excited to be returned to Council to serve the community.
Dan has two grown children, daughter Kristen and son Cody who both still reside in the Valley.