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Sims, Q.C. resides in Minnedosa, Manitoba, with his wife,
Elizabeth and their family.
born in Winnipeg and attended Daniel MacIntyre Collegiate
Institute in Winnipeg. He subsequently attended the Faculty of
Commerce at the University of Manitoba, where he graduated with a
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in 1977, majoring in accounting
and finance. He then attended the Faculty of Law at the
University of Manitoba, where he graduated with a Bachelor of
Laws in 1980.
articled with Legal Aid Manitoba in Winnipeg and was called to
the Manitoba Bar in 1981. From 1981 to 1983, Norman and Elizabeth
practiced law with the firm of McNeill, Smith, Poole in Virden,
Manitoba. In July, 1983, Norman and Elizabeth purchased the R.
Dale Brawn Law Office in Minnedosa, Manitoba and practiced in
partnership under the firm name of Sims & Sims. Elizabeth
left private practice in October, 1994, to become District
Registrar of the Neepawa Land Titles Office. Norman received his
Queen's Counsel appointment in 1994. His biography appears in the Canadian
Norman was an
elected Bencher of the Law Society of Manitoba from 1984 to 1992,
serving on a variety of committees. In 1992, Norman was appointed
a Life Bencher and currently sits as a permanent member of the
Law Society Discipline Committee. Norman has been active in the
Western Manitoba Bar Association since 1981, serving as President
in 1987/88. Norman is also a member of both the Manitoba and
Canadian Bar Associations since 1981, being elected as a Member
of the Manitoba Bar Council in 1997 and being appointed as a
Member-at-Large of the General Practitioner's Conference of the
Canadian Bar Association in 1998.
Norman is an
active public speaker, having been invited to speak at a variety
of community groups, meetings and schools. In September, 1998, he
presented a paper entitled "Wills & Estates:
Remuneration and Ethical Issues (subtitled: "How to Stay Out
of Trouble and Get Paid") at the Law Society of Manitoba
Legal Studies CLE Program at Clear Lake, Manitoba. Norman has been published in
the Canadian Lawyer magazine.
also held numerous positions in community and provincial
organizations. He has been President of the Kinsmen Club of
Minnedosa in 1991/92, the Minnedosa PC Association (Provincial),
and the Minnedosa and District Chamber of Commerce. He has been
Secretary/Director of the Lisgar-Marquette PC Association (Federal)
and Director of the Dauphin-Swan River PC Association (Federal).
In addition he has been Secretary/Director of the Heritage Co-op
(1992) Ltd.; Director of the Minnedosa and District United Way;
Chairman of the Minnedosa Ducks Unlimited Committee; and Legal
Counsel to the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce. He has been a member
of the Rotary Club of Minnedosa, the MPIC Rates Appeal Board, and
the Strathclair Drama Club. Norman received the Distinguished
Service Award from Ducks Unlimited Canada for outstanding
contributions to the cause of wetland and wildlife conservation.
collecting antiques, skiing, renovating older character homes,
politics, music, sailing and woodworking. He is a member of St.
Mark's Anglican Church in Minnedosa, where he sings in the Church
Choir. He is also a member of the Strathclair Drama Club Choir,
the male quartet "Profession 4", and has performed in
various roles in dinner theatre. He has been a member of the
Strathclair Drama Club since 1986, where is has performed in a
number of lead roles in musical productions, including Billy
Bigelow in Carousel, the "Scarecrow" in Wizard of Oz,