Column: Cole Simons ‘Principled Leadership’

August 11, 2023 | 0 Comments

[Opinion column written by the OBA's Glenn Tucker]

I want to express my deep gratitude for giving me the chance to speak about the retirement of The Hon. N. H. Cole Simons JP MP, a truly exceptional political figure who has been both my mentor and party leader. I feel honored to share my reflections on this momentous occasion.

The announcement of Cole’s retirement evokes a mixture of sadness and profound appreciation for the immense contributions he has made, not only to his personal journey but also to the broader political landscape. Throughout his dedicated tenure, Cole has consistently demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the principles of public service, thoughtful policy formulation, and the nurturing of unity amidst diverse perspectives.

As someone who has had the privilege of being mentored by Mr. Simons, I can attest to the transformative impact he has had on my growth as a leader. Cole’s guidance, sagacity, and steadfast support have not only shaped my political convictions but have also influenced my approach to fostering collaboration and building bridges.

Cole’s legacy is one characterized by principled leadership, an unyielding devotion to ethical governance, and a remarkable ability to connect with people from all walks of life. His innate capacity to listen, empathize, and seek common ground has been instrumental in driving his accomplishments and facilitating positive changes within our community.

I have been fortunate to witness firsthand MP Simons’ adeptness in navigating intricate challenges while staying true to his core values. Cole’s leadership has imprinted upon me the significance of prioritizing the needs of our constituents and engaging in political discourse with utmost respect and integrity.

Though The Hon. N. H. Cole Simons may be stepping down from his official role, his influence is destined to endure. The invaluable lessons I’ve gleaned from him will continue to guide my decisions and actions, ensuring that his legacy persists through our collective efforts to enhance the lives of those we serve.

As we take a moment to reflect on the remarkable trajectory and contributions of Mr. Simons let us not merely acknowledge his accomplishments, but also celebrate the enduring spirit of service that has defined his tenure. His retirement serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring impact that dedicated and principled leaders can wield in shaping the course of our society.

I deeply appreciate this opportunity to share my sentiments, and I am committed to upholding and carrying forward the values and principles that The Hon Cole Simons has instilled within me.

- Glenn Tucker, approved candidate for C17, Pembroke Central

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