meet the council

 

Elected Chief and Council April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2019

 

  • Gimma Kwe Pat Tangie
  • Councillor Evelyn Stone
  • Councillor Don Humphries
  • Councillor John-Paul Chalykoff
  • Councillor William (Bill) Swanson
  • Councillor Janet Demary

 

 

Councillor Donald (Donnie) Humphries is serving a second term on  Council and has provided his background for Members. “I am the grandson of Kate Souliere. I was born and raised in Hawk Junction and presently live in Wawa with my wife of 30 years. I raised three great kids who have all left the nest and entered the world of work. Upon graduating from Michipicoten High School I worked for the Algoma Central Railway and later Algoma Steel. I returned to school at the age of 24, obtaining my Bachelor of Social Work degree from Lakehead University in Thundery Bay and my Masters of Social Work degree from York University in Toronto. I  worked in the field of child welfare for over 30 years helping disadvantaged children and parents. I am presently retired, but have a strong background in leadership, communication, organizational, managerial and teaching skills. I value commitment, passion and vision which drives me to always put those I serve first. I also believe in teamwork, change, excellence and making a difference. Finally, I am extremely proud of my Native heritage and Souliere Blood. I welcome the challenge of representing the community and people of MFN. As a Councillor I consider my position a tremendous honour and opportunity to work together with the Elders, parents and youth of MFN to achieve its vision of being an economic, independent, self-sustaining, self-governing First Nation where all Members share a strong cultural identity.” Councillor Humphries can be contacted by phone 705-852-2255 or email donhumphries1983@gmail.com.

 

Councillor Evelyn Stone has been a lifelong resident of the community and served as Chief in the early nineties as well as sitting on Council for several terms since.  Evelyn is a Traditional Elder who shares her knowledge and wisdom; with strong values and belief in living in balance with Mother Earth.  She has three children who are her pride and joy and recently became a first time Nookomis of Dante (Tasha) and expecting a 2nd grandchild in August (Krista).  Evelyn is an active volunteer on various committees in Wawa including the Special Events Committee for the Municipality of Wawa and the Legion Auxiliary as 3rd Vice President; and also is called upon by various organizations.   She is a past employee of the First Nation in Health Promotion and has dedicated over 30 years to her community.  Evelyn looks forward to the future on  strengths and balance as a whole, and strongly believes we will succeed in walking hand in hand by acknowledging the teachings of the Medicine Wheel in the future endeavors of MFN.  She sees an awesome future for our children and the ones yet to come, “Our Future Leaders” and you the members, within our beautiful homeland.  Evelyn is quoted as saying, “working together, anything is possible”.

Councillor William Swanson Sr. is a respected Elder in the Community and has served a total of nine consecutive terms on Council. Councillor Swanson worked for many years in the mining industry, has a keen and active interest in mining and forestry and is the appointed representative on forest management planning and resource issues attending meetings with the Ministry of Natural Resources and on various planning committees; he Chairs the Economic Development Committee of MFN and  was a member of the negotiation team on both the Algoma Surrenders and Boundary Claims. Councillor Swanson brings a strong presence to Council and is dedicated, knowledgeable, providing an historical perspective on all issues concerning the Community and Members.