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Vancouver Island North Tourism welcomes new coordinator

By Kathy O'Reilly, North Island Eagle,  Sept. 25 2020

Vancouver Island North Tourism has a new coordinator starting Oct. 1.

Port Alice’s Natalie Stewart will be filling the position.

Stewart has spent the last five years at Sea View Elementary School.

“It was a great experience and one that I am grateful for as it allowed me a schedule that worked well for our family at the time,” said Stewart. 

Stewart grew up in Port Alice, has lived there most of her life and has previously been involved in the tourism industry. 

“I left after high school to attend Malaspina where I completed three years towards my Bachelor of Business with a focus on marketing. During that time, I was working summers for Stubbs Island Whale Watching out of Telegraph Cove,” she said.  

When their manager left (to work for tourism Vancouver Island in Nanaimo) Stewart started full time for Stubbs Island Whale Watching. 

“From there we started our family and came very close to purchasing Stubbs Island Whale Watching, but in the end decided it was not the best fit at that time in our lives with two very young children at home,” said Stewart.  She decided to take some time off to be a stay at home mom, but that didn’t last long.

“I went to work at the front office at the mill in Port Alice. That lead to my position of IT coordinator where I learned a new and very handy set of skills. When the mill closed, a job opened up at the school (secretary, library clerk and noon hour supervisor) and it worked well for our family which had again expanded to another baby by that point.”

Stewart is looking forward to helping promote “this amazing corner of the world we are so lucky to live in” in her new role.


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Natalie Stewart is the new Vancouver Island North Tourism Coordinator.

North Island MLA Claire Trevena has announced she will not be seeking re-election in the next provincial election.

“It is time to move on and take on new challenges. It has been a great privilege to be the representative of the North Island for 15 years and to have the trust of people across the constituency,” said Trevena in a press release.

“It has also been an extraordinary honour to be part of John Horgan’s government as Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.

“For four terms I have worked on behalf of - and with - people in communities from Campbell River to Kingcome Inlet. Together, we have achieved much. Among our successes, we fought and won the battle to keep the new hospital in Campbell River, we successfully argued for expansions to provincial parks, we brought much needed childcare into communities, and we have much needed new public housing.

“As a minister I have had an incredible team dedicated to making B.C. better. We’ve put the public interest at the heart of the ferry system, we’ve invested in a solid public transit system, we’ve developed an active transportation strategy to get people out of their cars, and we’ve introduced the safest system for ride hailing on the continent. I am so proud of the work of John Horgan’s government, of which I am a part. CleanBC has the most stringent environmental standards in the country, we have been delivering on housing, on healthcare and on education.  “We’ve changed government’s approach to our foundational industry, forestry, we’ve brought together Indigenous communities and aquaculture companies to chart a way forward for the fish farm industry. “None of the work is done alone. I have had fantastic constituency assistants over the last 15 years, who are dedicated to our communities. 

Trevena will not be seeking re-election  

 North Island Eagle,  Sept. 25 2020

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North Island MLA Claire Trevena has announced she will not be seeking re-election in the next provincial election.


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