Mental Health and Addictions
Honourable Sheila Malcolmson
Sheila Malcolmson was elected as MLA for Nanaimo in 2019, re-elected in 2020, and is now the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. She is the Vice-Chair of the Cabinet Working Group on Mental Health, Addictions and Homelessness and a member of the Cabinet Committee on Social Initiatives.
Prior to her election as an MLA, Sheila was elected four times to the Islands Trust Council, serving six of those years as Chair of the Islands Trust Council, where she championed fair ferry service, marine safety and oil spill prevention. She signed a government-to-government protocol between the Snuneymuxw First Nation and the Islands Trust – establishing a relationship of respect and cooperation in planning, land use management and heritage conservation.
In 2015, Sheila was elected as federal MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith and was a leading advocate for women’s equality and oceans protection.
Prior to entering public life, Sheila worked as a sea kayak guide in B.C.’s wilderness and ran a tourism management business for twelve years. She also worked for Energy Probe Research Foundation and the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy, and was a board member for the Conservation Council of Ontario and the BC Sustainable Energy Association. Sheila holds a B.A. in Environmental and Resource Studies from Trent University.
Sheila lives on Gabriola Island with her partner Howard, a fisheries biologist and climate change researcher.