District Council

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Mayor Galina Durant

Galina Durant is currently serving her second term as Mayor for the District of Stewart after two terms as District of Stewart Councillor from 2005 to 2011.

Galina was elected to the UBCM Executive as the Small Communities representative and was as a member of the UBCM’s Healthy Communities Committee and Economic Development Committee.

Galina is currently the Community Librarian in Stewart, a position she has held since May 2004.

She was born in Russia, in a small community near the Barents Sea, moving to Canada in 1996 and has been a Stewart resident since.

She has a long history of community service and has been involved with numerous community organizations such as:

  • Treasurer of the Stewart / Hyder Chamber of Commerce;
  • District of Stewart representative on the Stewart-Cassiar Tourism Council;
  • Board member of the Stewart Youth Center, Stewart Tourism Committee, Stewart Public Library Association, Hospital Women’s Auxiliary and the Snow Country Health Board.

Her educational background includes:

  • Bachelor Degree in Commodity Research and Marketing of Food Products from Moscow University, Russia
  • Diploma in Management and Administration from Moscow Law School, Russia
  • Diploma in Accounting from the International Correspondence School, Montreal, Canada
  • Certificate in Marketing and Management from the International Business Academy, New- York, USA
  • Community Library Training Program Certificate from BCLA, Victoria, BC.

In June 2011 Galina completed Diploma Program “Library & Information Technology” through the Langara College, Vancouver.

Galina is friendly, approachable and eager to help. She is admired for having a backbone to stand up for what she believes to be right for the best interest of the whole community.


Councillor Bernie Elliott









Councillor Sylvia Goulet

Councillor Goulet has a twin sister in Montreal QC and was raised in Chateauguay QC since the age of 6.  She sits on the Library Board and does countless hours of volunteering.
Councillor Goulet is grateful for the privilege of serving her community as a member of the District of Stewart Council.




Councillor Patricia Lynn

Patricia Lynn was elected to her first term as Councillor in the November 2006 by-election and then again in the 2011 General Election.  She is presently serving another term as Councillor after being elected in November 2014.

Patricia has been active in the community for over 25 years serving as Chamber of Commerce President, Stewart Public Library Trustee as well as Treasurer, past member of the Stewart Volunteer Fire Department, Area Coordinator for the Stewart Emergency Program and presently is the Chair of Stewart Bear Arts Festive.  Patricia sits as the local alternate representative for Community Futures 16/37.

 Patricia is employed by Environment Canada as a certified aviation weather observer.  She has four grown children and five grandchildren.


Councillor Gina McKay







Councillor Eike Riemann

Councillor Riemann was born in Germany near Berlin in 1941.  His family managed to get away before the invasion of Russian Troops in 1945, which destroyed 65% of the city including his family's property. They initially sought refuge with relatives in Bavaria, but at the request of Eike's mother’s father, they moved north again to live with him.  It eventually became known as East Germany where he went to school. In 1955 they managed to escape to the West and while his family lived in a refugee camp, Eike left for an apprentice ship to become an electrician.

In 1964 he decided to immigrate to Canada and spent the first 11 years in Ontario. When employment opportunities declined he moved to Alberta to work in the oilfield. In January of 1979 he managed to get a position with a company that eventually became the largest oil drilling company in Canada, also operating in Europe and the US.  

Working as electrical superintendent provided the opportunity for Eike to interact with employees as well as Government Agencies here and abroad. In 2002 he joined an electrical company working as QA/QC manager on large projects in and outside Alberta until his retirement in March of 2013.

Since Eike has a daughter whose husband grew up in Stewart and they returned to live here; being retired and at their request, he chose to buy a house in this community and make it his home.


Councillor Neal Rowe


POSTED: October 13, 2016 | Mayors Blog

The 2016 Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention is focused on the theme “Stronger Together”. Standing together, from far and wide, each region still stands together. Each region has something unique to contribute to the growth and prosperity of BC and is integral to the success of this province.

Water quality

POSTED: September 5, 2016 | Mayors Blog

Lately the District of Stewart has issued few times a boil water advisory.  It's strictly a precautionary measure due power outage. Without power  water pressure at our pump declined below established level. A loss in pressure can result in contamination entering the drinking water distribution system from surrounding soil and groundwater. 
To address the issue Council approve the purchase of new generator for new pump 4, to make sure that water pressure will be rebounded to acceptable levels for the remainder of the outage.  Also, Council approved a purchase of a drinking water quality test kit. 
District of Stewart drinking water undergoes  quality tests monthly to ensure that our citizens are provided with clean and safe water. People of Stewart can take pride in their drinking water - it continually meets  quality standards set out in the BC Drinking Water Protection Act and the Canadian Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality. Detailed water quality reports are available in the District office.

Stewart - the Best Town for Nature Lovers

POSTED: July 7, 2014 | Kids Blog

If you enjoy fresh air, hiking and wild life photography, see why this Bear Valley School student thinks you'll love Stewart!  => read essay


POSTED: March 3, 2014 | Kids Blog

Read this essay from Lane Hyslop to understand why the soil in Stewart is great for gardeners!

Regional District Solid Waste Management Plan

POSTED: March 23, 2017

The District of Stewart is a member of the Regional District Solid Waste Management Plan. This Plan is a new approach that will help make waste management safer and more cost efficient by sharing resources. All communities will contribute to the plan based on their population. This means that Stewart’s taxpayers will contribute approximately 7% of the cost.

You will be receiving an informational flyer in your mailbox that provides more information. We encourage you to read the flyer and be informed about the changes that will be taking place with the closure of our landfill and the construction of a transfer station.

Community meetings will be arranged in the coming months so that you can provide your input into this process.

If you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

Jennifer Larson, CPA, CGA
Chief Financial Officer


POSTED: March 22, 2017

Please be advised that the District of Stewart has now switched back from Well #3 to Well #4

Water Quality Advisory:  UPDATE

POSTED: February 23, 2017

The District of Stewart received water sample results today from the lab and there is no bacteriological contamination. The water continues to be safe to drink. However, due to ongoing construction and maintenance work in and around the wells, the District has decided to keep a Water Quality Advisory in place. The Water Quality Advisory is the lowest-level notification and is used in situations where the public health threat is modest, and actions can be taken to reduce the risks. If you are a member of a high risk population, or you have concerns, you may choose to boil the water (rolling boil for one minute). Sampling will continue to be conducted periodically to assess the condition of the water. We will advise further if there is any change.

Public Comments on Rural Education in Stewart

POSTED: February 3, 2017

On February 6, 2017 there will be an Open House in Terrace hosted by Parliamentary Secretary Linda Larson who is seeking feedback from British Columbians on the challenges & opportunities facing rural school districts and communities.
Please visit the Rural Education Website and submit comments.
For more information, please see the District of Stewart's Open Letter on Rural Education.

Discover BC’s Stewart-Cassiar Region

POSTED: December 20, 2016

Take a look at this Auto Tour video produced in conjunction with Destination BC, Kermode Tourism, and the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine-displaying spectacular views of scenery near Hazelton, New Hazelton, the Nass Valley and Stewart, with Dr. Joseph Gosnell narrating:  www.stewartcassiarhighway.com 

Salmon Glacier Auto Tour Brochure

POSTED: August 2, 2016

Here is an excellent resource to accompany you on your travel to visit the spectacular Salmon Glacier - Auto Tour Brochure