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

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