Bob Wells

Coffee with… Bob Wells

Politician, actor... super hero?

Terry Farrell

Record staff

 

If there’s one city official sure to be at any kind of costume party, it’s Bob Wells.

From Star Wars to superheroes, Councillor Bob loves dressing up.

It’s not surprising, when one considers his background in theatre.

Bob’s love of the theatre goes back even further than his love of politics.

“I took theatre education at university – technology was not in my frame of mind in any stretch of the imagination,” said the Courtenay city councillor, and owner of My Tech Guys. “Performance, improv, all that kind of stuff I just love. I did community theatre for 10 years when I was in high school and shortly thereafter.”

He’s even performed internationally.

As a teenager he went to South Africa “to fight apartheid,” as a Rotary Youth exchange student.

“I was attending a school over there and I actually got to perform in three different plays while I was there – they have a great national arts festival there,” he said. “But I also love the superheroes stuff – Batman, Superman…”

And it runs in the family.

His wife, Michelle, gets in on the fun whenever she can, like at the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce Community Awards, where she donned a colander as part of her homemade R2D2 costume, to complement Bob’s Darth Vader get-up.

(It was a Star Wars theme this year.)

“We wore those again at the InCON Convention (last month)… and then our kids, they came in their costumes as well. Our youngest loves Spider-Man, so everything he has is Spider-Man.”

Bob said his background in theatre has helped him from time to time in his political career.

“There’s a few things – obviously sounding like you know what you’re talking about… I joke about that, but that really has been so helpful in any career that I have had.

“The big thing about theatre, you often have a lot of people coming together, and you just have to make it work. So it teaches you that beyond everything else, we all have our differences, but we have to respect each other.”

As for theatre, Bob said his days on the stage are not over yet. In fact, he hinted there could be another chapter to his theatrical life coming up soon… but left us with that cliffhanger.

Will Bob Wells get back on stage?

Will Michelle Wells join him?

Stay tuned… same Bat time, same Bat channel.

 

Just Posted

Highland Secondary student wins Horatio Alger scholarship

Jenna Leggett grew up on Read Island where there was no electricity and no roads to her home

Next Science Pub explores sex, evolution and nature’s strangest dating scenes

The Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS) is presenting the next event in… Continue reading

Sprinkler system bursts at Florence Filberg Centre

Witnesses say water was pouring down from the building’s deck

Best of World Community Film Fest screens Tuesday

The votes are in from the recent World Community Film Festival and… Continue reading

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

B.C. athlete takes home gold in freestyle aerials at Canada Games

Brayden Kuroda won the event with a combined score of 121.65.

Cabinet likely to extend deadline to reconsider Trans Mountain pipeline

The can’t decide the pipeline’s fate until a new round of consultations with Indigenous communities

B.C. government provides $75,000 towards salmon study

Study looks at abundance and health of Pacific salmon in Gulf of Alaska

Murdered and missing honoured at Stolen Sisters Memorial March in B.C.

‘We come together to make change within the systems in our society’

UBC researchers develop inexpensive tool to test drinking water

The tricoder can test for biological contamination in real-time

Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

He was convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl in 2017

B.C. communities push back against climate change damages campaign

Activists copying California case that was tossed out of court

Most Read