Simon Mortimer Poultney was born in Inyanga, Zimbabwe, the only son of Jennifer and Gordon Poultney on July 8, 1983, and later obtained the honorary position of the wise, witty and whimsical brother, comedian, entertainer, mentor and friend of two younger sisters who to this day still adore him more than they do any other man.
Simon had travelled to the major continents on earth by age four, and at this point in his life he accompanied the rest of his family as emigrants from Africa to Stony Plain, Alberta, where they would inaugurate a new life on safer societal soil.
Simon loved to learn. He attended several schools in the County of Parkland – Muir Lake, Living Waters Christian Academy, Meridian Heights and Memorial Composite High as well as being home-schooled with his siblings for two and a half years. Through his diverse educational experiences both formal and informal, Simon became a proficient writer, an innovative artist, and a profound intellectual. He later studied at Trinity Western University and was renowned there for his insights into Political Science and originality in film and writing. Simon had a perceptive intuition for people and matters of the spiritual world, and brilliantly inspired others with his lustre for life and optimism for how he could make the world a better place. These qualities were honed and practiced as he continued to travel and interact with people around the world – holidays in Indonesia (1993) and Zimbabwe (1995) and a semester in Lithuania in late 2003 as a study abroad student from TWU.
However, there was a darker, enigmatic side to Simon that he kept undisclosed to the world. Left undiagnosed and untreated, Simon’s bipolar disorder that was responsible for so much of his creative genius also contributed to a fatal three-month depression when Simon was twenty-one years old. On September 5, 2004, Simon fled the emotional pains of this world at his own hands. Simon’s death has affected hundreds of people and caused many to wonder, “how can depression and suicide so violently destroy such a seemingly talented, together and optimistic young man?” As friends and family grapple with Simon’s tragic death, they attempt to carry on his legacy through a non-profit organization set up in his name. The Simon Poultney Foundation will aid diminished communities in Africa and Canada and attempt to fulfill Simon’s dream of making the world a better place.