A special CVRC Club Meeting with the K’omoks First Nation:

  • 6:30 – 7:00: Networking
  • 7:00 – 7:10: Opening and Guest Introductions with Happy/Sad Bucks
  • 7:10 – 7:15: Invocation
  • 7:15 – 7:20: Foundation Minute
  • 7:20 – 8:25: Guest Presenters Wedlidi Speck (KFN cultural expert) & Jesse Morin (KFN Ethnohistorian)
    • Please note: 4 Members of KFN Council will be in attendence. (Chief Nicole Rempel, Councillor Richard Hardy, and Councillor Barb Mitchell and her spouse Alan).
  • 8:25 – 8:30: Wrap up.

CVRC snack boxPlease note: 

In accordance with COVID-19 regulations this will be a socially distanced meeting, to safely enjoy together. There will be regular bar service from 40 Knots. We will also have our first attempt at having Zoom access to this meeting, for those members who cannot attend in person.

Guest Speakers: Wedlidi Speck (KFN cultural expert) & Jesse Morin (KFN Ethnohistorian)

Wedlidi Speck, aboriginal therapist is a member of the Namgis First Nation of Alert Bay. He is a hereditary Head chief of the G’ixsam Clan of the Kwakiutl proper. Self-described as a bi-cultural First Nations man caught in the web of contemporary times, Wedlidi is committed to helping the aboriginal and non-aboriginal community build relationships, safe communities and cross cultural tolerance. He applies this vision to his work, friendships, family and community life.

Wedlidi worked for the John Howard Society of North Island for over 18 years working with youth, family and community as an aboriginal therapist, alcohol and drug group leader and counsellor. Wedlidi is currently the Executive Director of the Wachiay Friendship Centre, and on the Board of Directors at the John Howard Society. When there is time permitting, Wedlidi provides cross cultural awareness training. Wedlidi has been trained in western and aboriginal models of substance abuse counselling and strategies. He is a visual artist, storyteller and traditional dancer.


Jesse Morin is an archaeologist who works with KFN and other First Nations on issues regarding the management of their cultural heritage, and assertion of their Aboriginal rights and title in relation to the Crown and developers. He is a specialist in stone tools, and the prehistory of the Coast and Interior Salish people.


Special Guests:

K’omoks First Nation Council is interested in attending and contributing to the presentations and we are overjoyed to welcome Chief Nicole Rempel, Councillor Katherine Frank, Councillor Richard Hardy, and Councillor Barb Mitchell and her spouse Alan to our meeting.


Please join us for the regular club meeting of the Rotary Club of Comox Valley! Not a member? Feel free to come and see what we’re all about.

Got any announcements? Bring some change for our Happy Bucks portion of the meeting. $1 for personal announcements, $2 for business announcements.

On-site COVID measures in place at 40 Knots:

  • Capacity under 50 people
  • Online attendance tracker, for contact-tracing purposes 
  • Hand sanitizer upon entering the winery / masks optional
  • Meeting will be held outside under the covered terrace:
    • Tables and couches spaced at least 6 feet apart, scattered across a T formation
    • Terrace heaters, but people should dress warmly as the evenings get quite cool (especially if it’s raining)
  • Bar service will be available inside in the tasting room, with full physical distancing protocols in place (please arrive early, around 6:30ish to get a seat and drink in time to start at 7 p.m.)

To help us plan meetings better we ask that members and guests RSVP/register online. Please complete the form below to reserve your spot.

Nicole Gavac

CVRC President

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