Wednesday, December 21, 2011
MLA: Nicholas Simons - Powell River-Sunshine Coast
Lord, You say in Your Word that we are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. We Thank You that You have given us MLA: Nicholas Simons whose background in the areas of health, justice, social services and child welfare has exemplified the living out of this directive. Continue to give him new wisdom, direction, insights and contacts in order to be able to fulfill his duties as opposition critic for community living and deputy critic for social development and housing. May he find new comfort and joy in the midst of his busy schedule not only during the Christmas season but also in the new year. In Jesus's name, we pray. Amen.
Nicholas Simons was first elected as MLA for Powell River-Sunshine Coast on May 17, 2005.
Nicholas has spent over fifteen years working in the areas of health, justice, social services and child welfare.
Nicholas serves as opposition critic for community living and deputy critic for social development and housing.
Prior to his employment with the Sechelt Nation, he worked as a child-protection social worker for the Ministry for Children and Family Development, as a Financial Assistance Worker, and as the Crime Prevention Coordinator for the Northwest Territories. He has been a consultant for the Federal, Northwest Territories, and First Nations governments in areas including law reform, child welfare, and legal.
He has lectured in Criminology at Simon Fraser University (SFU), in which he has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Ottawa (1986) and a Master's degree from SFU (1993). He has taught child-protection social work to social workers working in First Nations communities.
Nicholas has been active in the arts community both as a cello teacher and performer. He has performed and
recorded with local, national and international artists and is the former President of the Sunshine Coast Arts Council.