Elder Wally Samuel

Wally Samuel (Ahousaht)

Wally Samuel is a member of the Ahousaht First Nation which is a part of the Nuu-chah-nulth community located off the west coast of Vancouver Island in B.C. on Flores Island. His father was an Ahousaht and his mother was a Kyuquot both First Nation. He was born and raised in Ahousaht and spent his childhood on a fishing boat as his father was a commercial fisherman. He has worked over 30 years in community development and public service having worked for several organizations in various management capacities. Drawing on his expertise building and maintaining partnerships he has worked with a number of public community boards and committees. In His employment and social life, he has traveled to many areas of Canada and other countries. Wally is a residential school survivor who knows and practises his Ahousaht culture understands and speaks some Ahousaht language, Knows and understands first nations cultures and protocols. Wally volunteers and participates in many community cultural, sports and social events. Wally is married to Donna a Gitxsan woman, they been married for 51 years. Have 5 children, now 16 grand children and 7 great grand children. They have lived in the city of Port Alberni, BC for the past 51 years. Wally and his wife Donna are very much involved with both their Ahousaht and Gitxsan culture Often looked upon as leaders of Ahousaht culture in Port Alberni. Both retired.

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