When the Manitoba legislature returns to session there will be 13 news faces and among them is Kevin Chief, who has big expectations for himself and the area he represents.

Kevin Chief, the new NDP MLA for Point Douglas, built an unlikely campaign team in a place where few people show interest.

Chief's operation was part campaign, part drop-in centre. He attracted more than 350 volunteers and raised thousands in donations, all with no help from the party's central headquarters.

And the turnout in Point Douglas, traditionally one of the lowest in Manitoba, rose by 1,000 votes.