No election for Gwaii Trust

  • Dec. 15, 2010 3:00 p.m.

The Gwaii Trust won’t have to hold an election in January, after two candidates came forward to fill the two positions that were available. The two positions up for election were the director for Graham Island Central and the director for Moresby Island. The Central spot will be filled by Jim Abbott, who has been on the Gwaii Trust board for a couple of terms. On Moresby Island, longtime director Warren Foster decided not to run, but the position will be filled by Kristi Schmitz. Ms Schmitz has been Mr. Foster’s alternate on the Gwaii Trust for several years. No other nominations were received for the positions, said chief election officer Heather Nelson-Smith. Mr. Abbott and Ms Schmitz will likely be acclaimed, but the acclamation won’t be official until this weekend. That’s because local election rules call for a one-week period during which candidates can withdraw their nominations, Ms Nelson-Smith explained. The Gwaii Trust has eight directors representing the islands communities, and a chair appointed by the Council of the Haida Nation. The Trust, which hands out grants to communities, local organizations, and individual islanders, will hold its annual general meeting in Old Massett on Jan. 22.

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