Valley Heartbeat! by Kristi Dobson

March 21, 2017
It’s Spring so it must be time to do the big clean-up, get the house in order, and start those projects that have been put off all winter. For Krista Aasen, a self-proclaimed "housie", this is a year-round passion. Married with two young boys, the elementary school teacher finds crafting and...
March 17, 2017
James Cowan has a long family history in Port Alberni with roots going back just after World War II. His mother, Alison, is known for her teaching at the family dance studio, the former Pat Cummings School of Dance that was established in 1953. It was from the past that inspired James to pursue his...
March 14, 2017
Jennifer Saunders and her husband, John, recently moved to Port Alberni with their two young children. Both are pursuing their entrepreneurial spirits and have so far found the Valley a good place to do both that and raise their family. Growing up in Nanaimo, Jennifer was raised among a long line...
March 10, 2017
Last year the Port Alberni International Twinning Society celebrated 30 years of friendship between Port Alberni and sister city, Abashiri, Japan. Local teacher, Megan Reddick, is a strong advocate of cultural awareness and shares opportunities with her family and in the community. Now she is...
March 7, 2017
You might know Lance Lapointe from seeing him rock on stage or from one of the many schools he attended in the Alberni Valley, but now you can also talk to him about all of your car-buying needs at the top of the town. Lance has recently accepted a day job at Alberni Chrysler, leaving his weekends...
March 3, 2017
Chris Fenton, a familiar face in the local real estate scene, knows all about the Valley and what makes it a great place to live. He was born and raised in Port Alberni and has lived here the majority of his life. When Chris was younger, he grew up influenced by the business, which his mother,...
February 28, 2017
Having been in Port Alberni for only about a month, Kenna Elford already likes what she sees. She and her husband recently relocated to the Valley from Campbell River; a move she feels was meant to be. Kenna was born and raised in Campbell River, but like many young people, after graduating from...
February 24, 2017
Anyone who knows Chris Arthurs now might be surprised to know he wasn’t always the confident, extrovert with a passion for the stage that he is today. Growing up as an only child, Chris was shy, but as soon as he got involved with the Portal Players Dramatic Society, things started to change....
February 21, 2017
Once you’ve been bitten by the creative bug, it never goes away. No one knows that more than Laurel Seabrook, which is why she is back at it after scaling back for a short time. Laurel is known across North America for her work, particularly in paper crafts and scrapbooking. It all began at home in...
February 17, 2017
You might know her from her excellent customer service at Boutique Belles Amies or Blue Fish Gallery, but Carol Vandenhoorn has been in and around Port Alberni all her life. Born in the first hospital where the RCMP building is now located, Carol was raised in Beaver Creek by Dutch immigrant...
February 14, 2017
“We had such an amazing community response that we posted on our Facebook page that we don’t need any more milk jugs,” said Jenny Fortin…. Family Day was a hit yesterday at the Alberni Aquarium and Stewardship Centre at Harbour Quay. Staff opened it up with free admittance for the public and about...
February 10, 2017
If you are looking for something to do for the weekend before Valentine’s Day, there is plenty happening for all ages starting tonight. Put your dancing shoes on and head to Char’s Landing for some pre-Valentine’s Day music with Beverley McKeen tonight from 8pm. The music is a variety, including...
February 7, 2017
The staff at Port Boat House recently returned from the largest boat show in western Canada and are gearing up for the boating season. The five-day show at BC Place Stadium at the end of January was a good introduction to new offerings this year and a chance for the local shop to unveil a big...
February 3, 2017
Joe Roodbol has been taking part in the annual Variety Club scavenger hunt for 28 years and is urging new participants to experience the popular fundraiser. This marks the third year of the long-standing event to be held at the Westwind Pub and the annual fundraiser always puts the FUN in raising...
January 31, 2017
Fans of Mexican cuisine will be happy to know that All Mex’d Up on the waterfront will be reopening tomorrow. Under the new management of Matt Dunk, the colourful and cozy restaurant has been closed since December, but after a bit of painting, additional décor, and a few additions to the menu, the...
January 27, 2017
Port Alberni has the potential of becoming the next mecca for maple syrup, thanks to an initiative among the Hupacasath First Nation. When Jason Lion, manager of Kleekhoot Gold, first came to Port Alberni in the Spring of 2015 after completing his Plant and Soil Sciences degree at UBC, he started...
January 24, 2017
Last night’s City Council meeting was one resident’s chance to share his opinions on the high-profile and controversial issue of renaming city streets. Cameron Stefiuk has publicly taken a stand against Councillor Chris Alemany’s request to pass a motion to rename Neill Street, named after Mr. A.W...
January 20, 2017
Acupuncture will soon be made more widely available in Port Alberni thanks to the recent initiative of two local practitioners. Janette Cormier and Matt Kupnicki joined together to launch the Port Alberni Community Acupuncture clinic and will be opening the doors to the public this Tuesday. Their...
January 17, 2017
Shawn Standley recently launched a new scuba dive business with a soft opening and is now ready to help create a flourishing dive community right here in Port Alberni. After helping his wife, Rebecca get her business, Full of Beans, off the ground, he decided to go with his passion for both...
January 13, 2017
Do you have an opinion on where you see the arts, culture, and heritage sector fitting into the community? The City of Port Alberni is putting together a large, interactive event to make sure your voice is heard and to help promote all aspects of local arts. Best of all, it is a free, family-...

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