Chief Michael Recalma — pictured above with MLA Michelle Stilwell — along with the recently elected new council will be at the first ever Qualicum First Nation open house Oct. 29.

Meet Qualicum First Nation chief and council and open house Oct. 29

'It's a chance for people to come and see who we are and where we are'

Qualicum First Nation (QFN) is hosting its first ever open house.

The event comes nearly three months after QFN’s election in August, which brought in a new chief and council to govern the community of approximately 140 people in Qualicum Bay.

“It (the open house) is an opportunity for people outside our community to meet us,” chief Michael Recalma told The NEWS Friday morning.

“It’s a chance for people to come and see who we are and where we are.”

Recalma said the invitation is open to the public and those slated to attend include municipal and provincial government officials, Regional District of Nanaimo staff, local businesses and the Bow Horne Bay Fire Department.

Recalma, a former councillor, won last summer’s election launching him into a new role with a much larger portfolio. He is joined by two first-term councillors: Arnold Recalma and Sara Swanson.

While Michael admits the election didn’t include any mainstream campaigning in the form of, say, pamphlets or lawn signs, he candidly offers: “I think campaigning goes on every day.”

For the last two years during his first term on council, Michael said he was campaigning with each decision he made.

Now that the election is over, QFN has a new set of representatives.

And the council is ready to take on the term.

“It’s been a busy few months,” said Coun. Swanson. “What we (QFN council) are all about is trying to maintain a positive attitude and really encourage co-operation.”

Arnold added the council is also looking to focus on transparency and communication.

The intimate three-person band council will oversee administration, healthcare, education and social services for Qualicum First Nation.

The Qualicum First Nation open house will be hosted on Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 2 p.m. to

6 p.m. at the QFN Band Hall located at 5850 River Road in Qualicum Bay. For more information or to RSVP contact 250-757-9337 or e-mail receptionist.qualicum@shaw.ca.

Just Posted

Lincoln stolen from Parksville dealership found near Duncan

Vehicle was located three days later with minor damage

Ballenas student experiment going into space

Science experiment designed by five SD69 students will travel to International Space Station

Fire engulfs trailer, vehicle and home in Bowser

The fire began around 6:45 p.m. at a property on Laurel Crescent

Have a heart for a cause in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Stained glass artist selling hearts for the homeless for what might be the last time

Canadian flag, pole heisted from Qualicum Beach business

Thieves remained busy during holiday season

VIDEO: Car flies across median, flips over edge of B.C. overpass

Dash cam footage shows vehicle speeding across Brunette Avenue overpass in Coquitlam

First Parksville baby of 2019 born in Nanaimo hospital

Maverick Maurice Lapierre was five pounds, 11 ounces

Second fatal crash occurs in Alberni Valley

Traffic on Highway 4 is being re-routed as investigators are en route

Port Alberni RCMP officers bear-sprayed by suspect

Police were responding at scene of traffic accident

Right-wing, neo-Nazi, white supremacist groups an increasing concern: Goodale

Ten people died in April 2018 when Alek Minassian allegedly drove a rental van down the busy stretch in Toronto

Indigenous energy summit includes session on pipeline ownership options

Steven Saddleback of the Indian Resource Council says a session will feature presentations on financing models

Japanese grand champion Kisenosato retires from sumo

The 32-year-old Kisenosato was the first Japanese-born wrestler in 19 years to gain promotion to sumo’s highest rank

UPDATE: Accused B.C. high school killer found fit to stand trial

Gabriel Klein is accused in the 2016 stabbing death of Letisha Reimer at Abbotsford Senior Secondary

Canadian stock exchanges to conduct lottery for ‘POT’ ticker amid high demand

The symbol became available after fertilizer Potash Corp. officially merged with Agrium Inc. in early 2018

Most Read