Mayor & Council


District of Hudson’s Hope Council is comprised of a Mayor and six Councillors, elected for four year terms. Municipal Councils are elected by the people and make decisions on behalf of the residents of our municipality.

Meet our 2018 – 2022 Council members:

Mayor Dave Heiberg

Mayor Dave HeibergDave 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.

Councillor Travous Quibell

Councillor Travous QuibellMy 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.

Councillor Mattias Gibbs

Councillor Mattias GibbsI grew up in Vernon BC and completed my engineering and management degrees at UBC Okanagan in Kelowna. I moved to Hudson’s Hope the first time in 2013 before leaving for two years on various rotations with BC Hydro around the province. I returned to Hudson’s Hope permanently in Feb 2015. Since moving to Hudson’s Hope my wife and I have had two children (three soon) and built a house. I am currently employed with BC Hydro as the Peace Region Project Manager, in a nutshell I manage all
small capital projects at the Gordon M. Shrum and Peace Canyon generation facilities.
This will be my first full term on council. I previously served a short nine month term with the former council after a late term by-election. I am hoping to use my experience in engineering, project management, and capital planning to establish an asset management system and long term capital plan for the district.

Councillor Kelly Miller

Councillor Kelly MillerKelly 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 19 years. A proud native of B.C., Kelly is honoured for the opportunity to continue to serve his community.

Councillor Valerie Paice

Councillor Valerie Paice

I have lived in Hudson’s Hope for 42 years, 30 of which working at our local school. Previous Councillor in Hudson’s Hope for 11 years. I am a proud business owner, active volunteer, rancher and farmer. Along with my busy lifestyle I am also the President of the Metis Society and a social worker. In my down time I enjoy hunting, fishing, getting outside to quad and spending time with my family. Other committees I am on or have been on are BC Hydro, health board, crisis line, and was the founder of the Hudson’s Hope Fall Fair in the 1990’s!  Honored to be a Council to our beautiful town, I believe will be an asset in making the right choices to sever our community in the best suited ways.

Councillor Patricia Markin

Councillor Patricia MarkinIn 1981 I moved to Hudson’s Hope from Calgary, Alberta to get married to my husband of 38 years. We have one daughter and live in our original house, once a 16’x16′ two-story log cabin lit by kerosene lamps and a water supply hauled from town and hand bucketed into a barrel in the porch.

My secondary education includes two years of journalism at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary and a degree (with distinction) by correspondence, in Professional Arts in Communication, from Athabasca University.

In 38 years of living in Hudson’s Hope I have often been involved in the community either working or volunteering.

I’ve worked as a housekeeper and waitress, a store clerk, a play school teacher, an independent publisher of an eight page tabloid newspaper called The Lookout News, a reporter for the former Northeast News regional paper, a camp cook, a bank teller, the Executive Director for the Peace Liard Regional Arts Council and I now own, operate and maintain The Pearkes Multi-Use Centre since 2004.

Throughout the years my volunteer career has included: president and secretary for the North Peace Spinners and Weavers, president and secretary for the Peace Country Spinners and Weavers, Art in the Park organizer, president and member of the Portage Players Drama Club, lay reader for St. Peter’s Church, president for Jam at the Dam Music Festival and secretary for Hudson’s Hope Art Council.

I am a resourceful, reliable, curious and hard working person and I believe my working and volunteer background, in addition to the years spent here and the people I have known, has given me a well rounded perspective of Hudson’s Hope, one I believe will be helpful in making the best choices possible for this community.

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