Several Lheidli T’enneh members attended the outdoor swearing-in ceremony of their new chief and council Saturday at Ron Seymour Memorial Park in the Northside Subdivision. COVID-19 safety protocols were observed throughout the event.
Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall and Lheidli member Regina Toth administered the Oath of Office to Chief Dolleen Logan and Councillors Helen Buzas, Josh Seymour, Dominic Frederick ‘Domo’, Crystal Gibbs, and Marcel Gagnon. Toth is the granddaughter of the first female chief of the Lheidli T’enneh, the late Chief Mary Pius. Logan is the second female hief of the Lheidli T’enneh.
“I am extremely proud to be the second woman Chief in Lheidli T’enneh history,” said Logan. “I am honoured to have received the Oath of Office from both Mayor Hall and Regina Toth who is the granddaughter of Mary Pius, Lheidli’s first woman Chief. My key message to members is that council’s doors are always open. We will respond to your calls, texts, and emails in a timely fashion. Council also plans to involve the community in all major decisions and when COVID restrictions are lifted, we will meet regularly with our elders as we need their input about our future.
“We all get a say in our what our future looks like. I want to thank our community partners the City of Prince George and the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George. I also want to thank our community for your overwhelming support and the trust you have placed in me as our chief and the rest of council. We are here because of you and we will not forget that.”
Regional District of Fraser-Fort George Chair Art Kaehn and administrator Jim Martin administered the Oath of Office to three members of the Lands Authority Committee during the ceremony. They include Rena Zatorski, Elaine Gagnon, and Wendy Jael.