Hi, I'm Karina
Karina, along with her husband, and their two sons, live in beautiful and historic Steveston. In the past decade, she has become a passionate and committed community advocate, working for fairness on a wide variety of issues facing Richmond. The pandemic has highlighted gaps in services and inequities in the community, fuelling Karina’s desire for change in the community she loves. She is now hoping to take her advocacy to the next level, as a member of Richmond City Council. As a passionate public education advocate, Karina has worked on issues such as successfully spearheading supplies for the new earthquake preparedness program for Richmond Public Schools. In 2018, she ran for School Trustee as a progressive voice for public education with the Richmond Education Party. After a twenty-year sales and marketing career in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry, Karina enrolled in a program at Langara College to pursue a new chapter in her life that would focus on social justice issues through an interdisciplinary approach.
Karina is running for Richmond City Council because she believes that by working together, we can rebuild a stronger, safer, more prosperous city than before the pandemic. If elected, she will advocate for services that improve the lives of all residents as equity and inclusion are fundamental to sustainable cities. She is committed to building an compassionate community with a focus on deepening democratic engagement. COVID-19 has shown us that Richmond is at a turning point and the impact of this virus will be with us for a long time and our community will continue to feel the social, cultural, economic and environmental repercussions for years to come, this is why we need Karina Reid on Richmond City Council.
Karina acknowledges that she lives, works and organizes on the unceded territories of the Kwantlen, Kwikwetlem (kʷikʷəƛ̓əm), Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) d sc̓əwaθən məsteyəxʷ (Tsawwassen) First Nations. She strives to practice solidarity with Indigenous peoples and First Nations and is committed to ongoing learning and decolonization.
See below for Karina's Career and Community Experience. It's so important that we come together, look after our neighbours, support our local businesses, and make it through this pandemic. Please click on the ‘Platform’ tab above to view her policies on: Affordable Housing, Food Security, Equitable City, and an Environmentally Sustainable, Thriving City.
A Head for Business and a Heart for the People.
Karina will bring a set of skills, commitment and a relentless desire for action and results that will bring people together to build back better for all residents.
KARINA'S CAREER AND COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE
Twenty-year career in Sales and Marketing in the Hospitality and Tourism industry which has given her a solid background in business and economic issues, selling cities such as Vancouver and Toronto to bring conferences and economic revenue to the city.
Founding member of Coming Together Richmond. Members share services and resources available to help residents through community partners, and volunteers deliver baskets of food to clients of the Richmond Food Bank. The urgent need for this service has been heightened by the pandemic, as rising poverty rates are increasing food insecurity.
Active member of Richmond Poverty Response and former board member of Steveston Historical Society.
Vice-President of Richmond District Parents Association (DPAC). As a strong advocate for public education, she successfully advocated for the new earthquake preparedness program and supplies for Richmond public schools. She also led an initiative for the inclusion of Black History in the British Columbia school curriculum.
Butterfly Ranger with the David Suzuki Foundation-The Butterfly Way Project is a volunteer-led movement growing highways of habitat for bees and butterflies across Canada.
Active member of Richmond School District’s Anti-Racism Committee and Equity in Action Committee.
Advocate for better settlement services to support Richmond’s diverse community. She is also a volunteer with an advisory group (REsPo), providing feedback on experiences newcomers face in Richmond and Vancouver to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.