VI Coast Salish Hope and Health 2014

Kw’umut Lelum Child and Family Services, Lalum’utul' Smun’eem Aboriginal Child and Family Service Agency, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC are excited to announce the third annual Hope and Health Soccer event, taking place on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 and Wednesday, July 9, 2014 in Nanaimo, BC. This year, Harbour Air has joined as the Official Event Sponsor of Hope & Health.

The event reaches out to many VI Coast Salish communities in British Columbia, where we aim to help the children at the heart of this movement to experience #hopeandhealth. The theme for the 2014 event is Nautsa’mawt: Oneness; working together with one mind, one heart.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014 – Opening Ceremony: Evening of Champions (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)

Hope and Health's evening ceremony will feature several inspiring presenters, including keynote speaker Theo Fleury – a former professional hockey player – who will share who will share his personal struggles in overcoming adversity to achieve greatness. The event will also including an introduction by Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson and indepth up-close interviews with ’Caps striker Kekuta Manneh – who moved to the United States from Gambia to play soccer at the age of 15 – defender Steven Beitashour, freshly back from the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Whitecaps FC ambassador Carl Valentine will facilitate the interviews with these two inspiring players. In addition,  American Idol season two finalist Kimberly Caldwell will perform on stage with her fiancee, defender Jordan Harvey

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. PT

Location: Nanaimo Port Theatre - 125 Front Street, Nanaimo, BC


  • $5 student/youth/senior
  • $10 adult
  • $5 for groups of four or more

Purchase tickets at the Nanaimo Port Theatre Box Office or online at:


Wednesday, July 9, 2014 – Hope and Health Soccer Clinics

VI Coast Salish children will have the opportunity to participate in a fun and healthy experience in a day filled with drills and skills from Whitecaps FC players and mascot Spike! 

The Hope and Health soccer clinic will include: 

Carl Robinson, Whitecaps FC head coach 
David Ousted, Whitecaps FC goalkeeper 
Steven Beitashour, Whitecaps FC defender 
Christian Dean, Whitecaps FC defender 
Jordan Harvey, Whitecaps FC defender 
Gershon Koffie, Whitecaps FC midfielder 
Nicolas Mezquida, Whitecaps FC midfielder 
Nigel Reo-Coker, Whitecaps FC midfielder 
Russell Teibert, Whitecaps FC midfielder 
Erik Hurtado, Whitecaps FC forward 
Kekuta Manneh, Whitecaps FC forward 
Darren Mattocks, Whitecaps FC forward 
Spike – Whitecaps FC mascot

Location: Merle Logan Field, 2253 Dorman Road, Nanaimo, BC

Skills & Drills Development Clinic: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. PT
Coaches Clinic with Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT
Goalkeepers Clinic with Whitecaps FC goalkeeper David Ousted: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. PT

Please note this event is at NO COST to participants, and includes a free lunch.

To register for the Hope and Health Soccer Day Clinic:

In-person: Kw’umut Lelum office at 544 Centre Street, Nanaimo, BC
Phone: Chantel Nelson: 250.591.0933 or email