Council Members

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.

Standing: Councillor John Tidbury, Councillor Janet Dorward, 

               Councillor Jessie Hemphill,  Councillor Rick Marcotte

 Sitting: Councillor Al Huddlestan, Mayor Bev Parnham, Councillor Nikki Shaw



 June 1, 2014 to December 5, 2014      Councillor Debbie Huddlestan


Passed away May 21, 2014   

Passed away March 26, 2013. 



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Debbie Huddlestan was born and raised on Vancouver Island, educated at Malaspina College and the University of Victoria.  She moved to Port Hardy in 1976 and began teaching at Robert Scott School.  She then continued her career for another 30 years teaching at Fort Rupert and Port Hardy Secondary School.  She and her late husband, Allan, raised 5 daughters in the North Island and spent much time exploring the North Island, camping with the girls.  Debbie still works as a teacher on call in School District 85.  Debbie has always offered her services to volunteer in many capacities including Dry Grad, Professional Development, Port Hardy Hospital Board, Mount Waddington Health Council, the Gazette Christmas Hamper Fund and most recently the Filomi Days Committee.  Debbie enjoys quilting, camping, travelling, swimming and spending time with her children and granchildren.  She is honored to be given the opportunity to serve Port Hardy as a councillor for the District of Port Hardy.


Council Portfolio: Executive Committee, Sustainability Committee, Finance Committee, Operational Services Committee, External Committees:Mt. Waddington Health Network (Housing/Addictions Services) (Steering Committee), Seniors Society

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Councillor Shaw is a long-time resident of Port Hardy, having moved to the area with her family in 1972.  She was married in 1997, and lived with her husband in Bella Bella for 10 years before relocating to Victoria to attend university.  After graduation, Nikki worked in treaty negotiations and fisheries management in Rivers Inlet, serving on numerous community committees. She has an extensive background working with all levels of government in various capacities. Nikki is currently employed by North Island College as an instructor and course developer.  Nikki's children and large extended family and many friends reside in Port Hardy.

Council Portfolio - Executive Committee, Sustainability Committee, Finance Committee, Awards Committee
External Committees - Vancouver Island Regional Library, Regional District of Mt. Waddington Alternate, Regional Hospital Board Alternate, Mt. Waddington Health Network (Housing / Addictions Services), Port Hardy Twinning Society

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Councillor Dorward was born and raised in Port Hardy. After attending school and college in the North Island she lived in other Vancouver Island communities for a few years as she developed her career in insurance. Janet returned to Port Hardy in 1999 to raise her two daughters.  She is active in the community through Filomi Days and the Port Hardy Rotary Club.  Janet is also an avid triathlete and hiker. She continues to enjoy her employment with Coastal Community Insurance where she has worked for over 16 years. According to Janet, she is married to the best man in the North Island and together they have two grandchildren. In her first term as Councillor, she looks forward to maximizing the opportunities available to the residents and businesses of Port Hardy.

Council Portfolio - Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Economic Development Committee, Downtown Revitalization Committee, (Chair)  External Committees - Regional District of Mt. Waddington Alternate, Regional Hospital Board Alternate, Vancouver Island North Woodlands Advisory Group, Port Hardy Volunteer Fire Department

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Councillor Marcotte was born in Hudson Bay Junction, Saskatchewan, and moved to White Rock, BC, where he completed his schooling.   In 1969, Rick relocated to Port Hardy to work at Seafood Products.  In 1982, he became involved in Seven Hills Golf & Country Club as a founding member and has served on the Board and as a past President.  Today, Rick still enjoys golfing and Old Timers' hockey.

Council Portfolio - Executive Committee Finance Committee, Downtown Revitalization Committee, Operational Services Committee, Emergency Planning Committee, Volunteer, Community Consultative Committee,  Awards Committee. Seniors Society

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Council Portfolio - Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Sustainability Committee, Economic Development Committee, Operational Services Committee,  Emergency Planning Committee 
External Committees  -  Regional District of Mt. Waddington, Regional Hospital Board, Regional Tranist, Regional Emergency Management Planning Committee

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Councillor Hemphill was raised in Port Hardy, graduating from Port Hardy Secondary School as the "Top All Around Student" and then moved away for a few years to obtain her B.A. in Linguistics and Indigenous Studies at the University of Victoria.  Jessie returned to Port Hardy with her soon-to-be husband Jamaine Campbell.  Jessie has worked extensively with her band, the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw First Nation, 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 in cluding 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.

Council Portfolio -  Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Sustainability Committee (Chair), Downtown Revitalization Committee, Awards Committee, Community Consultative Committee External Committees: North Island Heritage / Museum Society, Vancouver Island North Tourism

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