William Nicholls, an editor of The Nation and vice-president of Beesum Communications, was chosen as president of the Native Friendship Centre of Montreal on June 7.

The centre serves about 45,000 Native people in the Montreal vicinity.

Will had served on the centre’s board since last fall and was previously on its advisory board. He will stay on as president until October. He replaces the previous president, Michèle Audette, who resigned to head up the Quebec Native Women’s Association.

Will said he has “tough shoes to fill” following in Audette’s footsteps. He thanked the board members for their support.