Executive Director, The Victoria Native Friendship Centre
Ron Rice is a member of Cowichan Tribes and has lived in Victoria on and off for over 25 years. Working in Japan, Korea, China and Hawaii taught him to consider the cherished value of his own culture in a new and meaningful way. He is the Executive Director of the Victoria Native Friendship Centre. Previously, he worked with BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres. He is a strong supporter of the Arts. He considers event planning to be a hobby but takes great pride in the many high profile events and ceremonies he has planned including the Opening Ceremonies for the Cowichan 2008 North American Indigenous Games.
Ron was the Chair, Board of Directors at Camosun College for 6 years and in 2018 he was awarded the British Columbia Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers.