Westbank First Nation chief breaks leg snowboarding

Westbank First Nation Chief Robert Louie is off his feet for the next few months after he broke his leg snowboarding just over a week ago. - Capital News File Photo
Westbank First Nation Chief Robert Louie is off his feet for the next few months after he broke his leg snowboarding just over a week ago.
— image credit: Capital News File Photo

Westside politicians have had a couple bad breaks when it comes to snowboarding.

West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater was in a wheelchair for about two months after he broke his leg in two places while snowboarding at Big White in March 2012.

Recently Westbank First Nation Chief Robert Louie suffered similar bad luck.

"He broke his leg snowboarding just over a week ago," WFN Coun. Mickey Werstuik told the crowd at the second Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement signing event Wednesday.

"He did a good job on it—he's got pins, plates and he's not supposed to attempt to walk for at least three months."

He added the chief was disappointed he couldn't attend the signing ceremony, which he considered to be a "very, very important day."

It's yet to be determined how the injury will affect Louie's ability to attend other events, such as council meetings, in the future.

Findlater said he was fortunate as his 2012 injury didn't require pins or surgery.

He added he never missed a council meeting during his recovery.

"It did not affect any official duties, there were some things, sort of the optional (meetings)…I passed on those kinds of things. In those two months I had to pace myself," said Findlater.

From what Findlater has heard, Louie's injury seems more serious than his was.

"I've heard Robert's break is in his ankle…there are a lot of bones at play in an ankle. He's got a dozen or more pins—that's going to take a while."

Findlater laughed when asked whether or not it's unusual that two of West Kelowna's top politicians have suffered similar injuries snowboarding over the last few years.

"It's a little bit unusual.

"I actually do see Robert at Big White fairly often; we've never boarded together, but we have a common love of that sport."

Louie declined an interview with Capital News.

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