Social Development and Poverty Reduction

Honourable Sheila Malcolmson

Honourable Sheila Malcolmson

Sheila Malcolmson was first elected as MLA for Nanaimo in 2019.

She previously served as minister of Mental Health and Addictions, working to improve mental-health services and address the ongoing toxic drug crisis, and as parliamentary secretary for the Environment, working to protect the environment and clean up coastal waters.

Sheila was elected four times to the Islands Trust Council, serving six of those years as chair, 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 co-operation in planning, land-use management and heritage conservation.

In 2015, Sheila was elected as federal member of parliament (MP) for Nanaimo-Ladysmith. As an MP, she was a leading advocate for solutions to vessel abandonment, oil spill prevention and women’s equality.

Before entering public life, Sheila worked for Energy Probe and the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy. She was a board member for the Conservation Council of Ontario and the BC Sustainable Energy Association and has also worked in ecotourism. Sheila holds a bachelor of arts in environmental and resource studies from Trent University.

Sheila lives on Gabriola Island with her partner, Howard.


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