The indigenous woman who overcame both abuse and addictions, Nahanni Fontaine, has been voted in as the new candidate for St. Johns, replacing Gord Mackintosh, at the nomination meeting held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 30 on Saturday. Fontaine surpassed Aaron McDowell on the second ballot and commented after her nomination was confirmed that “it’s actually surreal, but it’s beyond humbling,” adding that “it’s absolutely one of the most humbling experiences. Other than giving birth to my children, it’s utterly surreal and humbling.”
Mackintosh served St. Johns for the past 23 years until his retirement. In her remarks, Fontaine elucidated that “I think one of the beautiful things about my past is that in all of the work I’ve done is that it allows me to connect with people in a very true way.” She explained that “I understand where people are coming from. I’ve been there, I’ve lived through that.”
Fontaine revealed that “I’ve lived in poverty, I’ve faced abuse. I faced physical and sexual abuse. I faced addiction and I went on to quit those things, get an education, go to university for 11 years and really dedicated my life for the last 20 years to public service. So, it allows you to relate to everybody. It’s one of the benefits of it. That’s why I’m always honest and open about my past. I don’t use it to feel sorry for myself, it allows me to connect with people on a really deep level.”
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