Chief Candice Shelley Paul, Saint Mary's First Nation, NB

Chief Candice Paul was first elected Chief of Saint Mary's First Nation on July 15, 2004. She was re-elected to her fourth term in June 2010. She is the first woman to be elected as Chief in the community's history.

Chief Paul has been a dedicated employee of the Band for 30 years, including positions as band manager, health director and a member of band council. She received the Chief Michael Augustine award in 2006 in recognition of her contribution toward improving the health of First Nations people in the Atlantic region.

She currently sits on the Chief Committee of Health representing NB and PEI on the Assembly of First Nations. She is also a member of the National Women's Council with the AFN, and was the first woman chief to be elected as co-chair of the Atlantic Policy Congress in 2010.

Chief Paul resides in Saint Mary's First Nation in Fredericton with her husband John Eric Paul. She is mother to three children and the grandmother of three beautiful grandchildren, with another on the way!