B.C. Premier John Horgan has appointed Nicholas Simons as Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction with responsibility for Community Living BC. You can find the November 26 announcement here.
“I am thrilled to welcome Minister Simons to CLBC,” said CLBC Board Chair Michael J. Prince. “With a strong background in social services, he will help us in our vision to support individuals with developmental disabilities to be fully included in their communities.”
Prior to being elected in 2005 as MLA for Powell River-Sunshine Coast, Minister Simons spent over 15 years working in areas of health, justice, social services and child welfare, including as a social worker for MCFD and later as a director of health and social development for the Sechelt Nation.
“We look forward to the leadership of Minister Simons,” said Ross Chilton, CEO of Community Living BC. “We know he brings an understanding of our work and a life-long commitment to those we serve. We look forward to his guidance for our work and support for the individuals and families we serve.”
In addition to serving as an MLA since 2005, Minister Simons served in various opposition critic roles and was elected in 2017 as Chair of the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth.
Welcome Minister Simons!