Father, we pray for wisdom for MLA: Shane Simpson as he brings to light the needs of those that live with poverty, homelessness and are vulnerable. We also ask Father that You would reveal to him creative solutions that would help solve some of the struggles in these areas. Please also bring those along side of him that can provide some key insights and understanding of these issues to help improve the quality of life. May You uncover the things that are hidden and that cause hinderance to the solutions that are needed. May he experience greater joy in relationships this holiday season than ever before. Amen.
Shane Simpson was re-elected as the MLA for Vancouver-Hastings on May 12, 2009. He was first elected to the Legislature in 2005.
Shane serves as Official Opposition Caucus Chair and critic for Social Development and Housing.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Shane has lived, worked, and engaged in community-building activities in East Vancouver for more than 35 years.
In his professional career, Shane has worked as the Director of Policy and Communications for Smart Growth BC, Chair of the Vancouver City Planning Commission, Instructor in the Community Economic Development program at Simon Fraser University, Executive Director of the Worker Ownership Resource Center, Legislative Coordinator for the Canadian Union of Public Employees, coordinator and fundraiser for the Ray Cam Cooperative Center, executive assistant to former Vancouver East MP Margaret Mitchell, and as a self-employed consultant on business and economic development for labour, co-operative and non-profit groups.
Shane was the recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for his contribution to community in 2002. In 1992, he was awarded the Governor General's 125th Anniversary Commemorative Medal for Community Service.
Shane, his partner Cate Jones and their daughter Shayla, live in the Burrardview neighbourhood of Vancouver Hastings.