The Village is governed by an elected council made up of a Mayor and four Councillors. Elections are held every four years for all municipalities in BC.
Council generally meets twice a month, and Council Members are also involved in various committees and liaise with community organizations.
If you have concerns you'd like to share with Council or ideas you'd like considered, get in touch with a Council Member or make a presentation at a Council Meeting.
The newly elected Mayor and Council following the October 15, 2022 General Election:
Mayor Danielle Veach
Mayor Veach was elected as Mayor in the 2022 General Election.
Danielle grew up in the Dawson Creek area and has lived in the Village of Pouce Coupe for over a decade with her husband and two daughters. Danielle was also a member of the Pouce Coupe Municipal Public Library board for almost seven years.
As an avid reader Danielle once had a youthful goal of becoming a Librarian, this eventually led to a passion to work with children in literacy. Danielle started her career as preschool support at the Child Development Centre in 2011, and eventually moved on to a career as an Educational Assistant at School District # 59, working with children in literacy support.
It was this passion to help children learn and experience new things that eventually led to Danielle working within the community to amend the "Backyard Hen Bylaw" during the Pandemic shut down in 2020, with hope that children and families would be able to enjoy a new experience together.
Danielle is thankful for the opportunity to work with Council over the next year.
Councillor Marcel Woodill
Councillor Woodill was elected as Councillor in the 2022 General Election. He was first elected as Councillor in the 2021 By-Election.
Marcel grew up in the Peace country for most of his life and spent much of his time on his grandparents’ acreage bordering Pouce Coupe with an early introduction to hard work in Briar Ridge. After graduation from South Peace Secondary School, he spend the next 18 years working in the safety industry as a medic, rescue technician and safety instructor. He and his wife Jenna are blessed with two children.
In 2015, he and his family moved to be closer to the village, as the Pouce Coupe community has always been special to him. Marcel is a former Pouce Coupe Volunteer Fire Department member. He is currently the Deputy Chief of Operations of the South Peace Emergency Response Team DBA South Peace Search and Rescue. He also holds is the Past President. In 2021, he conducted a mock missing child scenario in Pouce Coupe with other first responders.
As a member of council, he looks forward to working with Mayor and Council to benefit the Village.
Councillor Kurtis Rabel
Councillor Rabel was born in Calgary and is serving his first term as Councillor. He moved up North with his soon to be husband James after earning a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Calgary. Rabel and his husband purchased a house in Pouce Coupe in 2020 and consider the Peace Country home.
Rabel is committed to thoughtful and informed infrastructure design. He is also keen to ensure that municipal services are as accessible and applicable as possible. Rabel believes the future to be full of possibilities for the North, but we must work together to support good people and strong systems in order to achieve our full potential.
Currently, Rabel is the Student Housing Manager at Northern Lights College, Dawson Creek and serves as the Support Staff Representative on the NLC Board of Governors. Rabel believes education to be a noble pursuit and is passionate about continuous improvement and lifelong learning. Rabel also serves as a Director with the South Peace Arts Society, as he understands the creation and observation of art to be healing and connecting.
Councillor James Wall
James Wall was born and raised in a small village on the South Coast of British Columbia. He is serving his first term as Councillor after being elected during the October 2022 General Election. He is proud to call the Peace Country home, having moved here in 2019 with his future husband. He was drawn here due to the area’s natural beauty and quality of life. In 2020, Wall and his husband purchased a home in Pouce Coupe with the intention of growing their family.
Wall graduated from Brighton College in 2017 with a Civil Infrastructure Drafting Technologist Diploma and served as a Teaching Assistant specializing in AutoCAD.
He currently serves as a Director with the South Peace Arts Society. This passion for the creative arts partly comes from his experience as a member of the B.C. Potter’s Guild. He has gained disciplinary skills through his training in Martial Arts. Through his younger years he volunteered with the Port Moody Heritage Society regarding the preservation of the historic IOCO Townsite. Wall has worked in a variety of positions and industries, gaining varied and valuable experience.
Wall seeks to ensure that Pouce Coupe continues to evolve while preserving its unique history and small-town charm. Wall believes the Village has a special place in the past, present and future of the province of BC.
Councillor Raymond Johnston
Raymond Johnston was elected Councillor in the 2022 general election. He served one previous term on council, elected in 2014 and serving until 2018. Ray was born in Matsqui BC and moved to Dawson Creek in 1989. In 2002, he made Pouce Coupe his home.
Johnston and his wife are raising their children in this cozy community enjoying the amenities Pouce Coupe has to offer and becoming involved at the municipal level. He has spent 20 years as a parts technician at Gear-O-Rama Supply Limited and has recently taken his skills to another employer.
As someone with experience on council, Ray is ready to work together with the Mayor and the rest of Council for the betterment of the Village. With 18 years as a resident in the Village of Pouce Coupe, Ray is committed and equipped to voice his opinions in support to the community and make thoughtful and responsible decisions.