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Sensei Charles La Vertu, Rokudan

President

Newsletter Committee chair, newsletter editor.

A communications expert, public servant and former journalist and editor, Sensei Charles is the founding vice-president of the Wado Karate Association of Canada.

He has served on the board since its inception in January, 1996.

Sensei Charles became president late in 2000, and has served in that capacity since then.

A student at the CASK Karate Victoria Hombu since 1985, he is a member of CASK Shiai and one of the senior instructors with Victoria Youth Karate.

A certified coach through the 3M National Coaching Certification Program, Sensei Charles is a member of the Coaches Association of British Columbia, of Karate British Columbia (the governing body for sports karate in the province)  and through KBC, of the National Karate Association/Karate Canada. He is President of Karate BC and the Vancouver Karate Society, and he is a licensed judge/referee.

Sensei Charles has also served on the local and component executives of the British Columbia Government and Service Employees Union.

A member of the British Columbia Legislative Press Gallery for 11 years, he served on its executive for eight years including five as president. He has also served on the local and component executives of the British Columbia Government and Service Employees Union.

Sensei Charles was given the title of Sensei by Top Master Masaru Shintani on Feb. 4, 1996, and was awarded the rank of Rokudan (6th degree black belt) by Saiko Shihan Greg Reid on Nov. 25, 2005.

He is also a member of the Wado Canada Dan grading board, chair of the Newsletter Committee and editor of the association's newsletter.

Married, he is the father of two and grandfather of three.

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