It is indeed a privilege to pray for MLA Nicholas Simons today. His hard work and heart for those, that need an advocate, has not gone unnoticed, but rather so appreciated by those in his riding. We pray his continued good work will be covered by Your hand, as he seeks to do Your will. Thank You for answered prayer, as we pray in Your name, Jesus.
Nicholas Simons was first elected MLA for Powell River-Sunshine Coast in 2005, and was re-elected in 2009, 2013, and 2017.
Nicholas previously served as the Official Opposition spokesperson for Coastal Economic Development, Small Business, and Arts and Culture.
Nicholas spent over 15 years working in the areas of health, justice, social services and child welfare. He served as the director of health and social development for the Sechelt Nation from 1997 until his election in 2005.
In his role as director with the Sechelt Nation, he oversaw public health, child welfare, alcohol and drugs, financial assistance, and justice programs. He negotiated funding for innovative preventative health and social services which led to a dramatic reduction in adversarial child welfare intervention, and improvements in health outcomes in all age groups.
Prior to his employment with the band, he worked as a child-protection social worker for the Ministry for Children and Families in Sechelt and North Vancouver. He has worked as researcher and consultant for the federal, Northwest Territories, British Columbia and First Nations governments in areas including law reform, child welfare, legal education and crime prevention.
Nicholas has also taught criminology, in which he has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Ottawa and a master’s from SFU,and has taught child protection to social workers based in First Nations communities.
Nicholas has been active in the arts community as a cello teacher, performer, and session musician. He has played with local, national and international artists and ensembles and has two gold records.