New Westbank First Nation’s council sworn in

First Nation's band near Kelowna swears in its new chief and council after election last week

The new WFN council (L to R): Councillor Tom Konek

Westbank First Nation’s newly elected Council were sworn in Tuesday at their first council meeting since being elected last week.

“It was an exciting and significant day for both the new council and the Westbank First Nation community,” says Chief Roxanne Lindley. “I look forward to working together with the councillors, the community, staff and stakeholders, to continue the good work of the past through ongoing engagement.”

Lindley was elected Sept. 15, as the first female chief for WFN and the eldest daughter of WFN’s first elected chief, Norman Lindley. She had previously worked in various WFN departments, including education, taxation, intergovernmental affairs, and as the manager of archaeology and culture. More recently, she founded the John Norman Lindley Foundation, a non-for-profit geared towards supporting Indigenous people.

Returning Councillors include Brian Eli who now marks his 25th year on WFN Council, and Chris Derickson who has served as a WFN Councillor since 2012 and was also recently elected as the new vice chair of the Okanagan College board.

Newly elected councillors include Tom Konek who served as a computer technician in the United States Air Force from 2001 to 2005, where he was awarded the Joint Service Achievement Medal for his service, and councillor Fernanda Alexander who worked as WFN’s Membership Services Clerk for the past three years and has lived in Westbank First Nation since 2003.

Just Posted

Wintry weather to roll into Southern Interior

The Southern Interior is expected to get a snowstorm followed by freezing temperatures.

Tim Hortons delivers smiles for YMCA Kids

$29,000 raised through sale of cookies with proceeds to struggling kids and families in the Okanagan

Community Leader Awards: Anja Dumas

The Kelowna Capital News puts the spotlight on community leaders with annual awards

Sagmoen neighbours recall alleged hammer attack

Woman was screaming outside Maple Ridge townhouse in 2013

Blowing snow, slippery sections on Okanagan Connector

Compact snow, poor visibility on Highway 97 from Pennask Summitt to Brenda Mines.

Santa’s helpers take treats to an Okanagan retirement home

Santa’s Little Helpers surprised an Okanagan retirement home with chocolates, flowers and cupcakes.

Rib Fest smashes fundraising goal

Annual Kelowna event goes through the roof with fundraising efforts

Mental effects of wildfire still linger in Fort McMurray

‘Resilient, but tired:’ Mental effects of wildfire lingering in Fort McMurray

Climate change hits Winter Olympic preparation

AP Exclusive: Climate change hits Winter Olympic preparation

Calgary Flames thump Vancouver Canucks 6-1

Mark Giordano, Sam Bennett lead the way as Flames thump Canucks 6-1

Cyclist struck in morning crash

RCMP are on scene of an accident this morning Highway 97 and 27th Street

Former Penticton Pinnacles Football coach sues club

Ezra Cremers is suing the Pinnacles Football Club for wrongful dismissal and breach of contract

Homicide detectives now probing billionaire couple’s death

Police release cause of death of Barry and Honey Sherman as “ligature neck compression”

‘Case not made’ for Liberal bill’s problematic cyberspy powers

The Liberal government’s ill-defined plan to give Canada’s cyberspy agency wide-ranging powers to go on the attack against threats could trample civil liberties

Most Read