Gilbert Popovich has dedicated the past 35 years to public service in Alert Bay. His long record as mayor demonstrates an unfailing commitment to the wellbeing of his community. Gilbert has been a strong advocate for fairness and quality for the people he serves and the employees under his guidance. His leadership includes many significant milestones including the historic Alert Bay Accord which promoted a better standard of living for all residents of Cormorant Island. The marine research laboratory and other important initiatives to improve the community’s infrastructure in the areas of health, housing, recreation and safety are among Mayor Popovich’s lasting legacy.