Who We Are

The Alberni Valley Community Foundation

  • Invests in the future of our community by creating and managing funds: all gifts from donors go into permanent endowments!
  • Provides grants to local charities to improve quality of life.
  • Addresses community needs and opportunities; encourages caring citizens to provide leadership.
  • Ensures the integrity of funds and that the wishes of donors are respected.

AVCF Directors

Hugh Grist

Hugh and his wife Anne moved to the Alberni Valley in 1969 where he enjoyed a 29-year career in engineering at the Paper Mill, retiring in 1998. He was a founding member of the formation committee of the Community Foundation, appointed director in 1995 and become Board Chair in 1997.

Paul McMillen

Paul is the treasurer of the foundation and has been involved since 1998. Paul strongly believes in the focus of the AVCF to raise capital, invest the capital, and disperse the interest for charitable and non-profit purposes. In his own words, “The Alberni Valley has been good to my family. The AVCF allows me to give back to the community working with others for continuing to better the quality of life for citizens in the Valley as well as donating monetary funds to leave an everlasting legacy.”

Gillian Trumper

Gillian’s family moved to the Valley in 1969 and served as Mayor of Port Alberni between 1983 and 2001 at which time she resigned to become the MLA for this area until 2005.  Gillian is a freeman of the City and currently serves on a number of Boards including the Port Alberni Port Authority, the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance, and is President of the Former MLA Association.

Olga Tardif

Olga and her husband Leo moved to Port Alberni in 1966 and raised a family of 4 children. Numerous organizations have benefitted from Olga’s skills and hard work in the capacity of Secretary/Treasurer, including Alberni Valley Minor Softball, BC Games, Beta Sigma Phi and the Alberni Athletic Association. Community involvement has always played a big role in Olga’s life and she is excited about her role with the Alberni Valley Community Foundation.

John Mayba

John has lived in Port Alberni since 1979 and has been a director with the foundation for more than a decade. As the foundation supports a wide spectrum of volunteer groups and other organizations, John feels that the work being done in the foundation is very worthwhile and makes the community a better place to live. John is particularly interested in projects which help alleviate environmental and social problems.


Contact the Foundation to find out how you, your family, or your organization can help create lasting benefits for our Community.

Alberni Valley Community Foundation
The Station, 3100 Kingsway Avenue, Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 3B1
P: (250)-724-4503   E: info@albernifoundation.ca