Cadmus Delorme. Photo courtesy Johnson Shomoya School of Public Policy’s website.

A winner of last year’s CBC’s Future 40 has his eyes set on leadership of his home reserve.

Cadmus Delorme, 33, says he is currently campaigning to be elected chief of Cowessess First Nation.

Delorme says he left the reserve for education and work experience, but says it is now time to return.

“Going home and talking with people I was reminded that we do need leadership at home and it all came together as things sometimes do for indigenous people, so the time is now,” says Delorme.

Delorme has his Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the First Nations University, was a previous host of the Indigenous lifestyles show RezX and is an award-winning golfer.

He says he feels he has the right combination of will and skills to lead his community and his age will not be a detriment to his cause but will only drive him further.

“I grew up on my reserve and I know what teenagers go through,” says Delorme. “I love where I come from, but I had to transition to succeed, but now when I come home I get so excited to implement all these ideas that I learned into the community.”

The Cowessess First Nation election will be taking place in April.