April 13, 2021 - Digital Town Hall with BC Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Sheila Malcolmson
On Tuesday, April 13th, BC's Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Sheila Malcolmson, will discuss the support and initiatives provided to British Columbians to combat the significant mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the concurrent opioid crisis.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated mental health challenges. While we continue to battle the effects of the pandemic, another crisis has been burgeoning. The opioid crisis is a complex public health issue that affects our workforce and economy.
Honourable Sheila Malcolmson was first elected as MLA for Nanaimo in 2019.
She previously served 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 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. 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 also served as an advisor to the Saskatchewan Electrical Energy Options Panel and Queen?s University Environmental Policy Centre. She 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.