Valley Heartbeat! by Kristi Dobson

April 21, 2017
Aubrey Rayner is one active youth and lately her focus has been on training for the BMX World Championships in South Carolina. Although she lives in Parksville, Aubrey has close ties to Port Alberni, including relatives Ken McRae, Dolly Watts, and Tom Watts, as well as the Huu-ay-aht First Nation...
April 18, 2017
Anyone who knows Michelle Cayer knows she is not one to sit around long. The Port Alberni resident likes to keep her life busy and she always has something on the go. One consistent trait throughout her life has been her desire to work hard for what she wants. Michelle’s roots go back to the farm...
April 15, 2017
Well-known on the local real estate scene, Dave Ralla was born and raised in Port Alberni and is proud to call the community home. Now he is selling homes here and is enjoying a successful career and family life, which he credits to a lot of hard work. Raised by Hap and Surjit Ralla, Dave was...
April 11, 2017
Small-scale farmers in the Valley have been facing the reality that the labour-intensive industry is struggling and in order to keep afloat, have to adapt to the changes. That means being flexible to climate change, as well as expanding their product base to ensure sustainability throughout the...
April 7, 2017
Many people in the process of buying a home will know Rabinder Dhillon thanks to her expert help, but the mortgage broker also has a hidden talent. To break up her time spent in the office, Rabinder recently delved into her newfound creative side and is enjoying the journey. Born and raised in Port...
April 4, 2017
When he moved to Port Alberni four years ago, Dan Webb decided to actively jump into the community as the best way to find out about the city’s people, places, and organizations. He always likes to have a creative project on the go, so when he found out about an interesting global meeting that took...
March 31, 2017
Looking back on her life, Nene Kraneveldt can see how her path has led to the successful self-employment she enjoys today. Born in Germany, she is the daughter of a former field engineer with the military and as such, the family relocated often. Nene, along with her parents and brother, left...
March 28, 2017
About one hundred newcomers received a basket of gifts and discounts over the past year, according to Port Alberni’s Welcome Wagon representative, Megan Warrender. Megan is celebrating one year in the business by hosting an Open House at her new location at the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce...
March 24, 2017
For three yoga instructors, random acts of kindness happen year-round. In January 2014, Livi De Rooy, Christina Brack and Alysia Miller launched the Be CommUNITY Workshops in order to raise funds and donations of food and clothing for several local non-profit organizations and charities. It is also...
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...

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