Mayor & Council
District of Vanderhoof Council is made up of one Mayor and six Councillors.
Bio to come
Brian moved to Vanderhoof in 1983 and was immediately employed at Avison Management Services and worked there until he retired there in 2017. As a business owner and community volunteer, Brian has always had his finger on the municipal pulse – not only has he served on the District of Vanderhoof Council for 22 years, he has also served on the Board of Directors of the North Central Local Government Association for 7 years and on the Board of Directors of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities for the 8 years. Brian has been involved in a variety of volunteer positions, such as Chair of the Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative, the Vanderhoof International Airshow and is a founding member of the Nechako Environment and Water Stewardship Society.
Brian has been working tirelessly to make his community and the North a viable economic focal point for development; his dedication and passion for community has been at the forefront of everything he does. People are the creators of change and that passion to effect change is central to why Brian has represented Vanderhoof at the local, provincial and federal level.
Prior to moving to Vanderhoof in 2012, Cyndi and her husband lived in Saskatoon and in Northern Manitoba. They moved to this area when they became partners in Tatuk Lake Resort after her husband’s retirement. Cyndi has three adult children and ten grandchildren. Cyndi was a grade eight teacher in Saskatoon and has worked as a part-time teacher in a variety of capacities in most of the schools in Vanderhoof.
Cyndi believes her work in education has allowed her to see both the potential and the challenges that the Vanderhoof community is facing which requires a response from the community at large and particularly those in leadership. This term is Cyndi’s first venture into municipal government.
David Van DolahCouncillor
Councillor Van Dolah’s family moved to Vanderhoof in 1968, emigrating from southern Oregon. After falling in love with the community and the other things that Canada has to offer, David and the rest of his family became Canadian citizens in 1976. David graduated from Nechako Valley Secondary in 1975 and later received his Diploma of Technology in Forest Resources from the College of New Caledonia in 1981. David’s forestry career started off with the BC Forest Service as a Silviculture Technician. Looking for a different career challenge, David and his brother Greg formed a forestry consulting company in 1991, which provided a wide variety of forestry services, until he sold his company shares in 2006. David then rejoined the Ministry of Forests and after holding a number of different positions, David successfully competed on the position of District Manager for the Stuart Nechako Forest District, managing the offices in both Vanderhoof and Fort St. James and continued in that role until his retirement in 2021.
David is married to his lovely wife Janice and they have two adult children, Lauren and Amanda. David has been blessed with five grandchildren, which David and his wife enjoy following to their many sporting events as well as other activities.
David enjoys volunteering with the local Civil Air Search and Rescue Association as a Navigator and currently holds the role of Area Air Deputy for Vanderhoof. David also enjoys refereeing high school basketball throughout the Omineca region and currently holds a Level 3 certification under the National Officials Certification Program.
This is David’s first term as a municipal councillor and he looks forward to the challenges that this role will bring.
Ernest was born and raised in Vanderhoof, where he met and married his wife Rosie. Ernest and Rosie raised two children in Vanderhoof and are now proud grandparents with their grandchildren being raised in Vanderhoof as well. Ernest has enjoyed being an active participant in the local music scene, enjoying the beautiful surrounding outdoors with his family, and riding his motorcycle alongside his friends.
Ernest has been involved in multiple local events and businesses throughout the years, such as Music Festivals, Bull Riding and Tractor Pulls, Wild West Week as well as a few other local events that promoted our town and its location. Ernest and Rosie operate ER Pro Drive, which they started in 1995, that serves the Vanderhoof Community and surrounding areas, and continues to operate and expand today. Throughout the years, Ernest has worked with many corporations and First Nation Communities throughout Central and Northern British Columbia.
Ernest loves Vanderhoof and is proud to call Vanderhoof home.
Ken sat on Council for 9 years prior to this last term. Ken has worked within SD #91 for the past 16 years where he taught for ten years and then moved into administration. Ken was born and raised in Vanderhoof, and he and his wife Monica are raising their seven children here as well. Ken is currently Chair of the Integris Community Foundation, and has sat as a member and board member of other community based groups in northern BC.
Tom was born and raised in Prince George where he met his wife CaroLynn. Tom and CaroLynn moved to Vanderhoof shortly after they graduated from highschool to fill in for a broadcasting job. Tom and CaroLynn fell in love with the community of Vanderhoof and decided it was a great municipality to raise their family in. Tom is happy to have raised his family and grandchildren on the unceded traditional territory of the Saik’uz First Nation.
Tom and CaroLynn have been active members of the Vanderhoof Community for over the course of 40 years volunteering at the first Vanderhoof airshows in the 80’s and 90’s, was the Nechako Valley Historical Society president for the past 4 years, and has served on both the BC Northern Real Estate Board and the Board of Education for School District 91. Since being a resident, Tom has enjoyed volunteering for a wide array of community organizations, events and associations.
Tom is a believer in the power of community and working together with residents, businesses, community stakeholders, and other levels of government to make the Vanderhoof community residents wish to age in and a community tourists desire to live in.