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.

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.

Peggy Hartman

Peggy, now retired, has spent most of her life in the Alberni Valley with a background in small business development and bookkeeping. She has also been a longtime volunteer leader with Girl Guides of Canada, her church and Alberni Clayoquot Continuing Care Society. Peggy takes on the role of treasurer and firmly believes in the long-term investment strategy of the Foundation.

Ken Watson

Ken, a professional engineer, moved to the Valley in 1986 to become City Engineer for the City of Port Alberni and later City Manager, retiring in 2016. He also volunteers with a number of community groups including Rotary, West Coast Aquatic, Portal Players and the Maritime Heritage Society. Ken firmly believes in the concept of local community foundations.

Robert Gunn

Robert, a Bachelor of Commerce, is a long time resident of the Alberni Valley and has put his expertise to good use with Community Futures, Ministry of Small Business and Forest Renewal BC. He has also has provided economic consulting for Municipal, Regional Districts, First Nations and Abbeyfield in this area. Robert was especially impressed with the range of investments made by the Foundation over the past few years, in particular in early childhood and with agencies providing service to the poor and marginalized; and to the extent that the recipients were able to lever these into more funds.

Jean McIntosh

Jean McIntosh, (BA, MA Anthropology UBC), moved to the Alberni Valley for a one-year position as Assistant Curator of the Alberni Valley Museum. That led to an over 30 year career with the City of Port Alberni as Curator and Director for the Museum and instrumental in the development, promotion and coordination of the Alberni Heritage Network of attractions. Jean particularly appreciates the diversity of community interests supported by the Foundation and is interested in continuing strong support for the arts, culture and heritage.


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