Meet Mark Nichols, he is running for ward 1!
All About Mark
After serving for 20 years in the Canadian Forces (1981-2001), I returned to school to study for ministry in the Anglican Church. I was ordained in 2005 and went on to serve for 15 years in parish ministry on the southeast coast of Labrador (2005-2009), Conception Bay South (2009-2015), and the East End of St. John’s (2015-2020). During my time in parish ministry I developed a passion for social justice and engaged in advocacy and activism on a number of issues, including climate justice and socioeconomic equity. Last year I felt it was time for me to get more directly involved in social justice work in the broader community, so I decided to leave parish ministry to focus my energies there. I served as co-chair of the Social Justice Co-operative NL (April 2020-June 2021) and was Community Organizer for the $15 and Fairness NL campaign (August 2020-April 2021). I announced my candidacy for the Ward 1 seat on city council on May 3, 2021. I live in the East of St. John’s with Darlene, my amazing wife of thirty-two years. We have two adult daughters, of whom we couldn’t be prouder, and four incredibly beautiful grandchildren who are the center of our universe.
We asked Mark why he decided to run:
I am seeking election because I want to help make St. John’s into a city where all residents are confident that their issues and concerns get heard. As things stand, I believe there are significant unaddressed needs in Ward 1 and our city as a whole. My commitment to inclusive representation means that I will respond when residents reach out with issues, listening with respect to all voices within the ward, and representing their concerns in city council, taking particular care to attend to those whose voices have been marginalized or ignored all too often. In Ward 1, I have seen the impact of unaddressed needs on recent immigrants, seniors, students, people with disabilities, and those struggling to make ends meet. Better public transit, along with better pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, would enable those who do not own a car or face other barriers to mobility to participate fully in everyday life. The entire community, drivers included, would benefit from these diverse options for moving around our city, as they will reduce traffic congestion and pollution, enhance property values, improve health outcomes by letting people build exercise into daily life, help address climate change, and contribute to safer streets for all. In short, I want to ensure everyone who lives here has the opportunity to safely and equally enjoy the wonderful features St. John’s has to offer.