My name is Jeffery Simpson and I'm a candidate for White Rock City Council. I was born in Edmonton Alberta. When I was in grade four we moved to South Surrey, where I attended Ray Shepherd Elementary School. At that time my parents opened one of the area's first video stores (Westcoast Video) across from Semiahmoo Mall in South Surrey.
I attended high school in Kelowna and earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of British Columbia: Okanagan. While at university, I was an editor with the student newspaper and interviewed political figures from across the political spectrum, such as Premier Ujjal Dosanjh and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Since 2010 I have been working in Vancouver's video game industry, employed by some of the gaming's largest companies. Dealing with fans of the games I've worked on, I've been able to take feedback from passionate, and opinionated people and turn that feedback into constructive solutions.
My wife Lydia and I moved to White Rock to be closer to her parents, and because we wanted a quieter place to raise our children than central Vancouver where we had been living. Having made this city my home, I want to give back to the community and work to make this city even better than it already is.
I have two small children for whom I want White Rock to be their home, a place where they can live through all stages of their lives. Working to make White Rock a place that's perfect for all ages is central to why I wanted to run for city council.
My career in games has taught me how to work with people who are passionate and opinionated. It's shown me that together a group can work to make something that's great even better. I believe that I can make a positive difference for the city.
I was born with a heart condition called tricuspid atresia, and have spent a considerable amount of time in hospitals thanks to that. Growing up as a sick kid I've been grateful for Canada's excellent healthcare system. As such I've done my best to give back and has worked with Extra-Life to raise (along with my co-workers) thousands of dollars for BC Children's Hospital.
I commute into Vancouver for work and am well aware of the transit challenges facing those of us who work outside of White Rock. It's an issue that I will take up if elected.