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Shane Simpson

Born and raised in East Vancouver, Shane Simpson has been active in community service for 50 years.

Growing up, living his teenage years in the Raymur housing project, his future work was inspired by the efforts of the Militant Mothers of Raymur.

His career, among others, has included being the first co-ordinator of the RayCam Co-operative Association, legislative co-ordinator for the Canadian Union of Public Employees, policy and communication director for Smart Growth BC and an executive assistant to Margaret Mitchell, MP for Vancouver-East.

Simpson has been active in many community efforts including the restoration of Hastings Park and leading the fight to stop a concrete batch plant from being built adjacent to New Brighton Park, the only waterfront park east of Main Street in Vancouver.

Simpson was elected MLA of the Vancouver-Hastings provincial riding in May 2005 and re-elected in 2009, 2013 and 2017. In addition to serving as MLA, Shane was appointed minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction in 2017, and served in that position until his retirement from politics in 2020. Currently, Simpson continues to be an active supporting a number of non-profit organizations in the province.

He was awarded the Governor General’s 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal for community service in 1992 and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 for community service.

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