A new chief and council will lead K’ómoks First Nation for the next two years.
Chief councillor Ken Price was elected with 71 votes, councillor Coral Mackay was elected with 93 votes, Susan Savoie with 74 votes and Candace Newman with 72 votes.
Councillors Mackay, Savoie and Newman have all been elected to their first terms as councillors. They all have experience as K’ómoks First Nation staff members and are active in the local community, according to the First Nation.
Chief Price served on council from 2013 to 2015 and says he is “humbled and honoured” to have been elected for the position.
“My vision for my role as Chief Councillor is to work diligently with my council, our administration, staff, members, consultants, and our partners to bring as many opportunities for success to K’ómoks as possible,” said Chief Price.
“As a KFN member, I am encouraged by the inclusivity of our community to everyone.”
The First Nation adds Chief Price brings extensive experience in the forest sector along with strong leadership, strategic planning and analytical skills.
Band administrator Jenny Millar says staff are excited to work with the new chief and council.
“We have seen a lot of growth in the community and want to keep the positive momentum going,” said Millar. “We are also excited to see the new ideas and direction that this new council will bring.”
The election also saw a relatively strong voter turnout with 53 per cent of eligible members voting for their new representatives.
A closed community event will be held for members to thank the outgoing council and welcome the new leadership.