Gibsons Public Market



About the Organization

The Gibsons Community Building Society (GCBS) is a not-for-profit organization established in 2014 with the vision of creating a vibrant community gathering place. From an initial investment in the land by GCBS and its partners – Town of Gibsons, Community Futures Sunshine Coast, and Sunshine Coast Foundation – the Board began a fundraising drive to build the physical structure. Our cornerstone donors include the Government of Canada, Island Coastal Economic Trust, Seaspan & the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, and TELUS. More than 310 donors are recognized on our Giving Tree displayed in our entrance.

GCBS is the proud operator of Gibsons Public Market and through our charity, BlueAct Marine Society, the Nicholas Sonntag Tidepools Aquarium.

Members of our Board of Directors are voted in by our Society Members (not Market Members) each year at our annual general meeting. Our Board of Governors and the Board of Directors for the Gibsons Marine Education Centre Society are appointed by the GCBS Board of Directors.

As a not-for-profit organization, revenue generated by Gibsons Public Market and the Nicholas Sonntag Tidepools Aquarium flow to Gibsons Community Building Society for community programming and operations.

As a registered not-for-profit BC society, GCBS is required to hold an Annual General Meeting every year. The 2024 meeting was held at 3:30 on May 28th, 2024. Society Membership with GCBS is by application following the process outlined in the Society’s Bylaws. For more information, please contact

GCBS Board of Directors

  • Pam Robertson, Chair
  • Jonah Spiegelman, Vice Chair
  • Hardy Forzley, Treasurer
  • Debbie Amaral, Secretary
  • Lis Welch, Member at Large
  • Directors: James Askew, Dave Biggs, Carol Carr-Andersson, Mary Lou Gazeley, Georgy Good,
    Ralph Hilton, Michelle Hunt, Joanne Pearson, Julie Reeves, Marc Soprovich, David Sverre, Wilson Williams

GCBS Board of Governors

  • Darren Entwistle, Honorary Chair
  • Lis Welch, Chair
  • Deborah Baker
  • Joann Hetherington
  • Patrica Hetherington
  • Dolores Houghton
  • Gerry Humphries
  • Peter Kvarnstrom
  • Bill Longman
  • Anastase Maragos
  • Pam Robertson
  • Doug Rogers
  • Charlene SanJenko
  • Stanley Yasin

Nicholas Sonntag Tidepools Aquarium Board of Directors

  • Debbie Amaral, Chair
  • Pam Robertson, Treasurer
  • Barbara Cochran, Secretary
  • Directors: James Askew, Unni Claridge, Mary Nattrass, Doug Rogers

Meet our People