Elected in 2015, Sheila is an experienced leader working to deliver positive results as the Member of Parliament for Nanaimo—Ladysmith.
Sheila is known for bringing people from different backgrounds together around a common cause: workers, small businesses, First Nations, community groups, students. She entered Parliament with 12 years of constituency experience under her belt, having been elected four times to local government.
As Chair of the Islands Trust Council, she worked with all levels of government, championing local campaigns for fair ferry service, marine safety and oil spill prevention. And as Islands Trustee, 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.
Before being elected, Sheila was an energy policy analyst for a number of non-governmental organizations where she opposed nuclear power expansion and advocated for ratepayers. She has also worked in small business, tourism and environmental advocacy on Vancouver Island.
Sheila has been a proud Nanaimo—Ladysmith resident for more than 20 years. She lives on Gabriola Island with her partner Howard, a fisheries biologist and climate change researcher.