In a surprise move, Wendy Johnson has resigned from Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council.
The community learned of the sudden resignation at Tuesday night’s general council, with the former councillor citing a “compelling opportunity” she had to take as a reason for her departure.
In a statement from Johnson addressed to the community, read by Elected Chief Mark Hill, Johnson said, “It is with sincere regret that I must inform you that I am unable to fulfill my term of office as councillor of the 58th elected council of Six Nations of the Grand River territory. June 26, 2022 will be my last day in office.”
Johnson said she campaigned on the well-being of the community, with a particular focus on children and youth.
“As you may know, I firmly believe our children and the youth are the future and we must do everything we can to support and encourage their success in a safe, secure and vibrant environment. An unexpected and compelling opportunity has arisen for me to focus on children and I must follow my heart. It is my sincere hope that you will understand and appreciate the tough decision I have had before me as it did not come easy. I say nia:weh to all those who have supported me during my three years with council and to the many staff members I had the opportunity to work with. It’s truly been an honour and a privilege to serve my community and I wish Chief Hill and all the councillors the very best in the days ahead.”
That means now the community will be heading into a by-election to find a replacement.
As per the election code, council had five days within the date of resignation taking effect to inform the community of the vacant position and need for a by-election.
Chief Hill wished Johnson the best in her future endeavours.
“She’s contributed a lot to our community, especially as the first council to ever deal with a worldwide pandemic. She brought a lot of strengths (to council).”