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Louie defeated as Westbank chief

September 16, 2016 9:28 A.M.
Roxanne Lindley was elected Westbank First Nation Chief on Thursday.


KELOWNA — The Westbank First Nation confirms Roxanne Lindley will take position as chief by just 34 votes.

The historic win positions her as the first female chief of the WFN. In a release sent early Friday morning, the WFN reported that three new nominees elected in the vote held Thursday, Sept. 15.

In unofficial election results, Lindley, daughter of WFN’s first Chief Norman Lindley, receive 175 votes for chief, 34 votes more than Robert Louie.

Louie had been chief since 2002, and previously from 1986 to 1996.

Unofficial results saw Roxanne Lindley (Chief), Chris Derickson (Councillor), Brian Eli (Councillor), Fernanda Alexander (Councillor) and Thomas Konek (Councillor) elected.

Official election results will be posted on WFN’s website later today, while the new chief and council will be sworn in at an oath of office meeting Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Each will serve a three-year term in office.

James Graff says:
September 19, 2016 12:57pm

-This is the best type of transition in power: When you have the support from some older generational insight into the position of leadership and an up-to-date view of the very latest things that have been on the books and accomplished through someone one whom has been in a position of longevity with the growth. This should help even West Kelowna in being new itself along the way.


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