New Chief at Membertou - John Ginnish

John Ginnish, 43, and a father of five is the newly elected Chief for the 300 Residents of Membertou.  Mr. Ginnish obtained 65 out of the 88 votes against his opponent Gordon MacDonald whose one year term expired recently.  Mr. Ginnish is employed on the L.I.P. program on the community.

Elected to Council for two years terms were Wallace Bernard, Richard Matthews and Roy Gould.  All have previously been on the Council.

Approximately 125 were eligible to vote with polls opening at 9a.m. to 6p.m. under the direction of Jack Touchie of the Halifax district Office, Indian Affairs.

The Band had originally planned to take care of their elections however due to the short notice; it was unable to be carried out as requested.