About The CAC

About  The Community Arts Council of the Alberni Valley

The Community Arts Council of the Alberni Valley was founded in 1965 and incorporated as a non-profit society in 1971. In 1977, the Community Arts Council moved in to the historical site of the Rollin Art Centre. In 2022, the Community Arts Council moved to its current location at the Harbour Quay, where the Grove Gallery and Gift Shop was born. 

The Community Arts Council of the Alberni Valley and Grove Gallery exists to enhance the quality of life in our community by promoting the arts. This is accomplished through:

  • Arts Education and Information
  • Provision & support of quality programming services and events in all facets of the arts
  • Participation in the preservation
  • Planning and development of cultural facilities and institutions
  • Contributing to the development of cultural policies at the local, regional, provincial and national levels


Our Vision

The Alberni Valley embraces and supports arts and culture in all its forms and recognizes the arts as a foundation on which to build a thriving, healthy community. Through the arts, the Valley builds community connections and realizes social and economic benefits, contributing to an enriched quality of life for all. 

The Community Arts Council is recognized and supported as the umbrella (coordinating) agency promoting and advocating for the arts. As a result of leadership provided by the CAC, all organizations within the arts sector are thriving and working together to ensure that art continues to be a catalyst for individual, community, and economic growth. 

A vibrant, healthy, prosperous community through the arts!

Our Mission

The Community Arts Council of the Alberni Valley exists to enhance the quality of life for all sectors of the population in our community by promoting the arts.

  • We:
  • Provide art education and information
  • Advocate for the arts and those working in the arts
  • Provide and support quality programming and services in all facets of the arts
  • Maintain a visible and active presence for the arts through the Grove Gallery
  • Participate in the preservation, planning and development of cultural facilities and institutions
  • Contribute to the development of cultural policies at the local, regional, provincial, and national levels, and
  • Foster community economic growth through the arts

Enhancing quality of life through the arts!

Our Values

These values guide our work:

  • Accountability – We are fiscally responsible and are accountable to all our stakeholders
  • Collaboration – We work with others to increase exposure and impact for the arts in our community. We build bridges with businesses, local government, social services, education, arts groups, service groups, and tourism.
  • Inclusion – We create an environment, in person and online, that is welcoming to artists and viewers alike. We are committed to diversity and inclusion. We strive for physical and financial accessibility for all.
  • Innovation – We encourage progressive thinking, flexibility and responsible risk-taking to support the arts and the community.
  • Integrity – We conduct business in a transparent, ethical, and honest manner. We are committed to our social responsibility of creating a better community.
  • Respect – We treat one another with respect, honesty, and courtesy. We respect differences of opinion and deal with conflict in an open and caring manner.

Inclusion and Diversity

Inclusivity and diversity are at the core of our values, reflecting our commitment to being a space where everyone feels welcomed, represented, and inspired. We believe that art has the power to bridge differences, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of diverse perspectives and cultures. Our programming, exhibitions, and outreach efforts are designed to highlight the voices and works of artists from a wide range of backgrounds, including those from underrepresented communities. 

Board of Directors

President- Nancy Blair -member since Mar. 2016

Occupation: Retired Editor

Secretary- Claudia Romaniuk -member since Nov. 2005

Occupation: Retired Teacher

Treasurer-  Tricia Ratel -member since Feb. 2023

Occupation: Retired senior manager in gov’t.

Directors At Large

Ilya Treleaven – member since Feb.2023

Occupation: Freelance Artist


Arts Administrator- Melissa Martin -member since 2011

Team Member- Mary-Ann McGrath -member since Sept. 2021

Community Partners

The Community Arts Council welcomes the support of our Community Partners:

  • Alberni Valley Community Foundation
  • Arts BC
  • B.C. Arts Council
  • City of Port Alberni
  • Alberni Heritage Network
  • Alberni District Secondary School
  • Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Port Alberni Tourism
  • The Peak FM 93.3
  • Arrowsmith Rotary Club
  • Portal Players Dramatic Society
  • Char’s Landing
  • Shaw TV

Volunteers of the Year

  • Lily Diotte (1999)
  • Anna Cole (2019)
  • Lawrence Gavelin (2000)
  • Cheryl Granneman – PAACL (2019)
  • Elsie Reynolds (2001)
  • Brittney Corringe – PAACL (2019)
  • Joan Roach (2001)
  • Sherry Williams (2019)
  • Lawrence Gavelin (2015)
  • Trent Martin (2020)
  • Janice Konkin (2021)

Our History

The Community Arts Council of Port Alberni was founded at the Rollin Art Centre, nestled in the heart of Port Alberni.

Originally built as a family home in the early 20th century, this charming Edwardian-style house was later transformed into a vibrant arts center, thanks to the visionary efforts of local art enthusiasts and the generous donation of the Rollin family. It served as our home for over 30 years, as well as for artists and art lovers alike, offering a unique space for exhibitions, workshops, and cultural events.

In 2022, the CAC moved to its current location at Harbour Quay, a time that was filled with uncertainty. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers, board members and staff, we were able to re-establish and regenerate. We want to give a special thank you to Claudine Romaniuk, secretary (2005 – current), Nancy Blair, board president (2016 – current), and Melissa Martin (2011 – 2024) for their tireless efforts in ensuring the transition was a success. 

We have many more sponsors and volunteers we would like to thank, which you can view on our Sponsors page.