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Board of Directors


Our Board of Directors is composed of seven elected members of the Abegweit Band Council and the Lennox Island Band Council.  The Board of Directors governs MCPEI and provides counsel to management.  They are responsible for providing the strategic direction for MCPEI, ensuring effective organizational planning, approving the annual budget and securing adequate financial resources to fulfill MCPEI’s mission, and articulating MCPEI’s vision, mission, strategies and accomplishments to the community.  The Board of Directors meets, on average, four times a year.


MCPEI Board of Directors: Lennox Island First Nation


Chief Matilda Ramjattan was elected Chief of the Lennox Island First Nation on 01 June 2013. Chief Ramjattan obtained a degree in Business Management with an emphasis in computers from Lexington, Nebraska, USA.  Matilda has specialized training in the emergency management field including: Basic emergency management; ICS 100, 200; EOC, Emergency Public Information; and Project Management Certificate from UPEI.  Matilda has worked in several different areas of health, such as a Medical Transcriptionist for Medical Group in Nebraska; Community Health Link in Massachusetts, in Mental Health. Matilda has served as an executive on the Board of Directors of the Aboriginal Women’s Association and is currently a Co-chair of the MCPEI Board of Directors.

Matilda has volunteered for many events, like teaching songs in Mi’kmaq, and is a member of the Sunrise Singers women’s drum group. She is active in her church, the Summerside Community Church, as a House Group leader, which she holds on Lennox Island. Matilda is also an Aboriginal Entrepreneur. She and her husband, Allan, own and operate a computer sales and service business, Megadealsrus, in Summerside.

Matilda is a Band member of Lennox Island, where she resides with her husband. She is the mother of two, Carol and Gerry, and the proud grandmother of seven granddaughters: Amber, Aayliah, Abigail, Autumn, Annabella, Audrina, Alanna, and a brand new grandson, Martin Gerard North Star, born August 22, 2014.



Councillor Janet Banks

Councillor Mary Moore-Phillips
Councillor Gerry Thomas
MCPEI Board of Directors: Abegweit First Nation

Chief Brian Francis

Chief Brian Francis was first elected Chief of the Abegweit First Nation in August 2007.  He was re-elected in 2011 and 2015.

Chief Francis was born September 28, 1957 in Lennox Island, Prince Edward Island. After receiving his early education in Lennox Island and Summerside, he completed four years of apprenticeship training and became a journeyman carpenter. He was the first Aboriginal person in PEI to receive his inter-provincial red seal trade certificate.

In 1983, he accepted the position as Education Coordinator with the Abegweit First Nation, providing advice and guidance to Aboriginal students. From 1983-1988, he returned to school on a part-time basis with the Maritime School of Social Work. In 1988, he began his career with the Government of Canada when he accepted a position with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Charlottetown. He served in various capacities with the Federal Government, including eight years as Employment and Issuance Officer and six years as an Employment Counsellor with Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC). In 2002, he accepted the position as Aboriginal Coordinator with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and served in that position until his election as Chief and Band Administrator for Abegweit First Nation in August 2007.

Among his proudest accomplishments is the signing of the Canada-PEI-Mi’kmaq Partnership Agreement.

Chief Francis and his wife Georgina have three children, Kateri, Shawn and John Ryan. The couple resides in Rocky Point, Prince Edward Island.

Councillor Jacob Jadis

        Counsellor Daren Knockwood
Councillor Daren Knockwood