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Mayor David Formosa


Mayor David Formosa was born and raised in Powell River, and has lived here all his life. He and his wife, Laurie, also born and raised in Powell River, have four children; two of whom are working in the family businesses.
Dave has been an award winning entrepreneur since 1979, managing and owning more than 15 private companies. Most of his current business activity is centered on diversified retail and other interests such as transportation, real estate development and rental properties, marinas, the hospitality industry, and venture capital interests. He has been the director of public companies since 1987. In February 2008, he was appointed by the provincial government as a director of the Island Coastal Economic Trust which, with a budget of $50,000,000, reviews projects and allocates matching funding to municipalities, cities and certain private groups where the economic impact is designed to affect entire regions.
Dave is past-president of the Powell River Chamber of Commerce, member-at-large and past director of the Powell River Hospital Foundation, founding director and past executive director of the Bruce Denniston Bone Marrow Society, former founding director of the Powell River Regional Economic Development Society and director and president of the Sunshine Coast/Powell River BC Liberal Riding Association. Dave also served as a director of the Sliammon Development Corporation, a company incorporated to engage in and oversee economic opportunities for the Sliammon First Nation. He resigned his position in 2012. In addition, Dave was a founding director of PRSC Land Developments Ltd, a company owned 1/3 by Sliammon Development Corporation, 1/3 by Powell River Waterfront Development Corporation (of which the City of Powell River is the sole shareholder), and 1/3 by 0606890 BC Ltd (a Catalyst Paper Corporation). He has served at various times on the executive of the Knights of Columbus, a Roman Catholic men’s service organization. In 2013, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal to honour his significant contributions and achievements.
In November 2008, Dave was elected to serve a three year term as city councillor for the City of Powell River. He was elected Mayor of Powell River in November 2011 and again in November 2014.
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Telephone: (604) 485-8601






Councillor Maggie Hathaway


Maggie Hathaway has just been elected to her third term on Powell River City Council. Her present working role is that of Constituency Assistant to Nicholas Simons, the MLA for Powell River-Sunshine Coast.

Prior to her current position, Maggie spent many years employed as a legal information councillor with Legal Aid. Preceding that she worked for the City of Powell River for fourteen years; the majority of that time with the Fire Department.

Over the years she has sat on many non-profit Society Boards in the Powell River area and currently serves as Chair of a Board providing services to individuals living with mental illness.

She has studied Law, Business Administration and Social Work through the Open Learning Agency and University of Victoria.

She is an avid golfer and curler and enjoys spending time at her secondary home in Palm Desert.


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Telephone: (604) 414-5087

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Councillor Jim Palm


Councillor Jim Palm was born and raised in Nanaimo, BC.  While enrolled in Education at the University of Victoria he was a member of the varsity soccer Vikes.  

Jim moved to Powell River in 1984 to start his teaching career with School District 47 and is presently a Career Coordinator at Brooks Secondary School.  Jim has been very active over the past decade in the formation and ongoing support of many new programs, such as Coast Mountain Academy, P.R. Digital Film School, Dual Credit Trades and Academics, which provide students will a variety of options to connect with their passion.

Jim is currently serving a third term on Council and is also an alternate city Director on the Powell River Regional District Board. His City portfolios include Economic Development and Revitalization, Parks and Recreation, Children and Youth Relations, Literacy, Healthy Living, Sport, Youth Council.  He Chairs both the Economic Development and Revitalization Committee and the Regional Recreation Committee.

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Telephone:  (604) 414-5960

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                                                      Councillor Russell Brewer


Councillor Russell Brewer is a Métis francophone born and raised in Saint Boniface, Manitoba.  An avid cyclist, mountain biker and outdoor enthusiast, he moved to B.C. in 1990 and has lived in Powell River since 1998.  He has two teenage children, Zevier and Zoe.
Russell is a Registered Professional Forester with a Science degree from the University of Manitoba and a Forestry degree from the University of B.C.  He is currently a Resource Manager with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development. He owns and manages a private forest management consulting firm established in 1992 and has been employed as a Practices Forester with B.C. Timber Sales.
Russell is president of the Powell River Cycling Association, the Powell River Métis Society, and Friends of Louis Riel Society and a past-president of Tourism Powell River and the Club Bon Accueil French Club.  He has also served as treasurer of the Sunshine Coast Tourism Association and the Powell River Track and Field Association and currently serves as secretary-treasurer for the Mountain Bike Tourism Association of B.C.
Russell is currently serving his second term on council. He chairs the Finance Committee, is appointed as a municipal director to the Powell River Regional District Board and serves as community liaison for Tourism Powell River.

Russell Brewer


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Telephone: (604) 414-8310

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Councillor Karen Skadsheim


Councillor Karen Skadsheim has been deeply involved in the Powell River community since she moved here seven years ago. Besides founding the award-winning craft brewery Townsite Brewing, she has been active in many local community groups including Tourism Powell River, Powell River Community Radio Society, Cranberry Community Hall, Townsite Ratepayers Association, Townsite Heritage Society and - along with fellow Councillor CaroleAnn Leishman - co-founded Pebble in the Pond Environmental Society. In her previous life, Karen spent ten years as Operations Manager for IFP Canada, a well-respected family-owned international forest products trading firm.


Karen's portfolios include: Public Works, Infrastructure and Water; Harbours and Ferries; and Economic Development and Revitalization.

This is her first term in public office.

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Telephone: (604) 344-0127


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Councillor Rob Southcott
Councillor Rob Southcott was born and raised in Powell River, BC. After 12 years
of living on the North Shore and working in downtown Vancouver, he returned
nine years ago with his family. He has been the BC Ambulance Chief in Powell River since 2008 and prior to that, a paramedic for 28 years.
In 1974, after completing studies at UBC, he worked in small business --
consumer electronics service in 100 Mile House -- for 18 years. During his
summers in the 1980s he was a senior staff member and guide at the Educo 
Outdoor Adventure School. He has continued to guide in a non-professional
capacity over the years.  Since his teens he has been actively involved with
sports, minor hockey, music, and community service organizations.
He was also employed in the Powell River mill for a time. 
He considers himself a very amateur gardener and amateur musician.
He used to play trumpet but moved on to playing electric bass in
 ‘basement band’ called GWG. He is particularly fond of cycling, kayaking,
backpacking, and sailing. He loves Powell River’s outdoors and its cultural
wealth, and noted that the best part of living in our community is the
community spirit.

Rob is happily married and has a son who attends Brooks Secondary School.


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 Councillor CaroleAnn Leishman
CaroleAnn has worn many hats in her life. She grew up as a competitive figure skater and went on to coach for a number of years in different communities. After graduating from a two-year diploma program in theatre arts studies in Pasadena, California at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts she went on to work in TV, film, commercials and theatre. CaroleAnn is a founding member of the Far Off Broadway Theatre Company producing and directing such productions as The Sound of Music, Chicago, Noises Off, and The Vagina Monologues, the latter production raising money for the Powell River Transition House Society. CaroleAnn was the Artistic Director for the BC Disability Games Opening Ceremonies and the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay Celebration in Powell River.
CaroleAnn’s mother, Myrna Leishman, served as a City Councillor for a number of terms. The apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree in many of the other activities CaroleAnn is involved with. Sitting on the board of the Powell River Sunset Homes Society alongside her mother CaroleAnn has been involved in housing from both the non-profit sector with the housing society to her day job as an architectural designer, project manager and certified Built Green® builder.
CaroleAnn also teaches dance classes at the Laszlo Tamasik Dance Academy, and is the creative director of the Kathaumixw Opening Gala 2016. Currently she sits as one of the two municipal directors on the Powell River Regional District Board with Councillor Russell Brewer. She also serves as the Regional District’s representative on the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities Solid Waste Committee. Her portfolio is Arts, Culture & Heritage and she is one of the co-Chairs of Sustainability.

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Telephone: (604) 485-8601

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