Mayor Gwen Johansson
Gwen Johansson moved to Hudson`s Hope in 1972. Locally, she has spearheaded the formation of rural residents` organizations, has served on the Library Board, and has been active in many community organizations. Regionally, she co-chaired the Northeast Energy & Mines Advisory Committee along with a representative from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, served as Secretary of the Northeast Rodeo Association, and presently serves as alternate director of the Peace River Regional District. Provincially, she has served on the BC Energy Council, the BC Hydro Board of Directors and the 2005 BC Hydro Integrated Electricity Planning Committee. This is her fifth term on the District of Hudson`s Hope Council.
Councillor Travous Quibell
My parents moved to Hudson’s Hope when I was just one year old, and both my brother and sister were born here. I graduated from Hudson’s Hope School in the summer of 2000, and set out to pursue an education in Biochemistry at UNBC. It was at UNBC that I met my wife, Nerissa Foster. After we married we moved back to Hudson’s Hope together and purchased our first home, a small trailer and lot, and made ends meet working in the community. I helped to operate a successful retail business with my good friend Ryan Herbison for some time, and Nerissa worked at a local restaurant first as a helper then eventually a short order cook. During this time I also began my career as an elected official, running in the regular election of 2002 and taking a seat as a town councilor.
When the opportunity arose to take on an apprenticeship with BC Hydro both my wife and I jumped at the opportunity, however it meant that I would have to leave the community that I grew up in once again – possibly for the long haul. My apprenticeship took me to Vernon BC, where my Daughter was born. As fate would have it, after I finished my apprenticeship as an area dispatcher a position in my trade happened to open up in Hudson’s Hope. During a Christmas visit in 2006 to see my family here I interviewed for the position, and in the blink of an eye found myself back in my home community.
Having been back in Hudson’s Hope now since 2007 my family has grown substantially. I now have four children, my three sons having all been born in the peace region. I have managed to run successfully for re-election to town council, serving continuously since my return to the Hudson’s Hope. I am involved in the Peace Region Internet Society, at present sitting in the seat of President, and have recently become a member of the Lions Club of Hudson’s Hope.
Dave and his wife, Laurinda, moved to Hudson’s Hope in September of 1980 to accept a high school teaching position. Dave immediately fell in love with this small northern community and the lifestyle it has to offer. Dave and Laurinda have raised four children here, two of which are still living and working in Hudson’s Hope. Over the years Dave has been a very active member of the community as a coach, paramedic, fire fighter, and a member of the Community Hall Society. This is Dave’s first term as councillor and he looks forward to representing the interests and concerns of the people of Hudson’s Hope.
Councillor Mattias Gibbs
Kelly and his family moved to Hudson’s Hope in 1974, settling on Beryl Prairie. He has served on the boards of the Hudson’s Hope Fall Fair, RTS, and the Music Festival. Presently he is the Council Liaison for the Library and the Museum boards, as well as a member of the Parks and Recreation, and Tourism Committees. Councillor Miller lives and works in Hudson’s Hope, and his hobbies include gardening, music and the arts, as well as doing local charity work. Kelly has worked at the Hudson’s Hope Health Centre with Northern Health for the past 14 years. A proud native of B.C., Kelly is honoured for the opportunity to continue to serve his community.
My name is Heather Middleton and I fell in love with Hudson’s Hope (and my future husband) when I came here for a rotation with BC Hydro in 2009. 5 years later, my husband and I now have a son and a daughter, and are looking forward to raising our family in Hudson’s Hope.
I believe in supporting my community through giving back, and I feel my skills and experience can support Council in making decisions to continue to make our hometown a great place to live and work. I enjoy working with others, and look forward to working with the residents of Hudson’s Hope to ensure their concerns and ideas are brought forward and addressed by Council.
I currently work for BC Hydro as a Planning Manager. Prior to joining BC Hydro, I gained experience working for the Provincial Government in various roles related to the environment and delivery of government services – this has prepared me well to support the community as we participate in multiple major projects that are occurring in the Peace Area. I’ve also been a member of various boards, both regional and national, bringing diverse groups of people together while developing skills in decision making, policy setting, financial management and leadership.
Over the past 5 years, I have contributed to the community by working as a volunteer with the Hudson’s Hope Historical Society (currently a board member) and the Fall Fair committee, coaching minor soccer, assisting with Nature Nuts (a group encouraging children and adults alike to get out and enjoy nature by hosting monthly events), supporting the softball league and acting as a Brownie leader. I am dedicated to building a strong community for families and residents to thrive in.