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BC NDP Nicholas Simons (Incumbent)

Nicholas SimonsNicholas Simons grew up in Montreal before moving to Ontario, the Northwest Territories, and finally settling in BC. He has been on the Sunshine Coast for 28 years, the last nine of which he has lived in the historic townsite of Powell River.
Simons has an undergraduate degree from the University of Ottawa, and a master’s in criminology from Simon Fraser University. He has taught both criminology and child protection to social workers based in First Nations communities.
Before Simons entered politics, he worked as the crime prevention coordinator for the Northwest Territories, as a financial assistance worker, and as a child protection social worker for the Ministry for Children and Family Development in Sechelt and North Vancouver. Simons has been a consultant for the Federal, Northwest Territories, and First Nations governments in areas of law reform, crime prevention, and child welfare. He served as the director of health and social development for the Sechelt Nation from 1997 until his election to the provincial legislature in 2005. He was re-elected in 2009, 2013, and 2017.
As MLA, Simons has served as the chair of the Caucus Social Policy Committee, on the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, and the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth. He has also served as the Opposition critic for tourism, sport and the arts; human rights, immigration, and multiculturalism; the Ministry for Children and Family Development; and Community Living BC.
Simons has been active in the arts community as a cello teacher, performer, and session musician. He is a former president of the Sunshine Coast Arts Council and the founder and editor of the Lower Langdale Tattler, a limited-circulation satirical newspaper.
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