The Campbell River Indian Band held its election for Chief and three council members on Feb. 18 under the Election Code of the Wei Wai Kum First Nation ratified by the Band membership in 2010. Voter turnout was 60 per cent of eligible on and off-Reserve voters, according to a band release.
Chief Robert Pollard and two sitting councillors, Curtis Wilson and Jason Price, were re-elected for another four-year term. Shelly Haunch was elected to serve her first four-year term.
Four sitting councillors have two years remaining in their terms from the election in 2013. They are Dean Drake, Priscilla Henderson, Marian Atkinson and Dana Roberts.
Chief Pollard has served as elected chief since 2005 and has spearheaded, on behalf of the Wei Wai Kum people, an economic development profile that brought business and tourism resources to the entire Campbell River region. At the same time, his tenure has seen the expansion and consolidation of band programs for Elders, families, youth and children. The Campbell River Indian Band Council continues to provide a leadership role both for its membership and for the region at large. The immediate future will see the opening of a new 8,000 square foot Band Administration office on Old Spit Road; expansion of the Kwanwatsi Preschool Centre; development of a 35 acre parcel of Reserve Land on the river front; development of a comprehensive plan for the six acre parcel of band-owned land on the Discovery Harbour waterfront; and pursuit of residential development for band members north of the airport.