Deputy Chief Georgina Thompson takes the helm at Sheguiandah First Nation

Deputy Chief Georgina Thompson

SHEGUIANDAH FIRST NATION—With the passing of Richard Shawanda on June 24, the late chief of the Sheguiandah First Nation, deputy chief Georgina Thompson will now lead the community until October 23, the date of its next election.

“Richard was a very wise man,” Deputy Chief Thompson said in an interview at The Expositor office. “His primary goal was to help the community, over and above everything else, not just his supporters.”

She noted how the late chief instituted a GED program in the community and was also in full support of further staff training.

“I miss him a lot,” Deputy Chief Thompson continued. “It’s certainly not something I expected to be doing.” The deputy chief has plenty of experience, though, having served six years as chief and two as councillor.

“Council is going to continue with his wishes,” she added, noting an update to the band office and a “much needed” paint job. “We’re going to keep going with present initiatives.”