Chief Ann Mary Steele
Chief Ann Mary Steele was born in Buctouche just a few moons ago. As a child she moved to Nova Scotia and made that her home for more than 30 years. She always had a desire to come back to her First Nation roots and made the leap in 1999. She immediately saw there were many needs of the First Nation people and she resolved to do what she could to help the people. She was encouraged by the people of the Buctouche First Nation to get into politics and on her first election in 2006 was voted in as only the second female chief ever in the history of the Buctouche First Nation.
She absolutely loves her job as Chief and has truly made a difference in her community. The people of the Buctouche First Nation now enjoy a better quality of life because of her commitment and dedication to the betterment of her people. Chief Ann Mary Steele hopes to provide the leadership necessary to help the Buctouche First Nation become a self sufficient community for many years to come.
On a personal note, Chief Ann Mary is married, and has 2 grown children and 5 step children and 7 grandchildren. She is passionate about making crafts such as beadwork and quill work. She spends her free time doing jigsaw puzzles, spending time with the grandchildren and knitting. She not only cares about the people in her community but also for the less fortunate people everywhere. To date, she has donated over 1000 pairs of knitted mittens to shelters in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.