VICTORIA B.C. – The B.C. Green Party announced Jonah Timms as their candidate for Fraser-Nicola today. Leader Sonia Furstenau expressed her excitement for the party’s slate of candidates ahead of the 2024 provincial election.
“I am so excited to welcome Jonah Timms to the B.C. Green team as our candidate for Fraser-Nicola”, said Furstenau. “Jonah has a wealth of experience in conservation advocacy and emergency response policy that will be invaluable to the party. He has focused much of his career on ensuring all voices are heard in policy decisions, such as organizing efforts between First Nations, British Columbia, and Canada during the Big Bar Landslide emergency. He helped form a committee where all three sit together as equals, and has continued that legacy in his work with the Ministry of Forests. This kind of collaborative thinking is crucial for the future of B.C., and I can’t think of anyone better to serve the people of this riding as MLA.”
Jonah has a fierce passion for protecting the natural environment and endangered species. He spent two years as a park interpreter for Parks Canada, has done invasive species removal for the New Zealand government and now works for the B.C. Ministry of Forests as Senior First Nations Relations Advisor. He founded the Lillooet Community Volunteer Invasives Team to remove invasive plant species from trails in his local area and sits on the board of his local BC General Employees Union, representing his community of workers.
“I am honoured to be selected as the candidate for Fraser-Nicola,” said Timms. “I want to be an MLA because I believe that we can do so much more for our communities that are impacted by so many issues, including climate change and the cost of living crisis. We need our hospitals to be staffed, our environment to be safe to recreate in, and people to be able to afford homes where they live and work. The B.C. Greens listen to experts and find solutions that work for everyone in British Columbia. I am excited to be part of that team and get to work alongside Sonia and Adam to make positive, lasting change.
“It’s so important to me that everybody has a voice. The issues that we face in our province are all connected, and it’s vital that everybody has a say in how we tackle them. I firmly believe that we can do so much more to protect the wellbeing of our communities and the future of our environment. I am excited to continue my work towards this as a B.C. Green MLA.”
“Fraser-Nicola is a stunning area of British Columbia that really showcases everything we have to lose if we don’t act on climate change,” added Furstenau. “Jonah is already a powerful advocate for his riding, prioritizing collaborative methods to push forward meaningful change. He is an asset to the B.C. Greens and I’m thrilled to welcome him onboard.”
Jonah Timms Bio
After obtaining his bachelor's degree in Geography from the University of Victoria, Jonah worked for the Alberta Government conducting FireSmart surveys in small communities from the Rockies to the boreal forest.
After a winter working for the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, he moved to Jasper and worked for Parks Canada for two summers as a park interpreter, relating policy choices and climate change to the changing mountains, such as declining caribou herds and retreating glaciers. He worked for the New Zealand Government for their Department of Conservation doing invasive species work on remote islands off the east coast.
Jonah is passionate about birding and wildlife photography, hobbies which compliment his career focus on conservation and collaborative policy.
He moved back to Canada to Lillooet to work with the BC Ministry of Forests as a First Nations Relations Advisor. Here, Jonah met with and formed relationships with the St’at’imc and Nlaka’pamux chiefs and communities in the Fraser Canyon and Merritt areas. He worked on the Big Bar Landslide emergency response, creating a solution that enabled Indigenous governments, the province, and the federal government to work together to come to a shared decision-making table. This was one of the first examples of this happening in an emergency.
Jonah and his wife also organized the first Lillooet and Area Bioblitz and continue to do so every year with the help of the Lillooet Naturalist Society. He founded the Lillooet Community Volunteer Invasives Team that works to remove invasive plants from trails and walkways in Lillooet. Jonah also sits on the BC General Employees Union Local for Area 05, representing workers for his union.
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