FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 13, 2020
WEST VANCOUVER-CAPILANO — Accomplished non-profit leader, educator, and community leader Karin Kirkpatrick has been officially nominated as the next BC Liberal candidate for West Vancouver-Capilano.
As CEO of Family Services of Greater Vancouver, one of British Columbia’s largest non-profit organizations, Karin has led a team of 500 staff providing support to thousands of vulnerable citizens across the Lower Mainland.
For her community leadership, Karin has been recognized as one of the Women’s Executive Network’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, and received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
“I am honoured to represent my community and am fully committed to continue serving West Vancouver-Capilano with pride and respect, building on Ralph Sultan’s years of excellent service,” said Kirkpatrick. “I’ll work hard for West Vancouver-Capilano residents, and all British Columbians, to secure a prosperous, resilient, sustainable future.”
Incumbent MLA Ralph Sultan observed, “I am grateful for the opportunity given to me, almost twenty years ago, to serve the well-informed and demanding communities of the North Shore. I learned a lot in the process. Now, it will be Karin’s opportunity. We should all be pleased that a person of her extraordinary qualifications is prepared to take on these broad challenges.”
“Karin is an innovative leader whose knowledge, work ethic, and passion for her community will make her a strong representative for West Vancouver-Capilano and a valuable member of our team,” said BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson. “High-calibre candidates like Karin are essential to our effort to lead BC’s comeback from the pandemic.”
Kirkpatrick is the second BC Liberal candidate to be nominated this week, following Brennan Day in Courtenay-Comox.
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Building on her background as an entrepreneur and educator, Karin Kirkpatrick is one of British Columbia’s most accomplished non-profit leaders.
As CEO of Family Services of Greater Vancouver, Karin has led some 500 employees across twelve locations providing front-line support services to some of the Lower Mainland’s most vulnerable citizens.
Karin has served as CEO and Registrar of the Private Career Training Institutions Agency of BC, as CEO of the Real Estate Foundation of BC, and as Assistant Dean of UBC’s Sauder School of Business. She previously started up and ran a recruiting agency.
Karin has been a board member of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, Family Services of Canada, the Vancity Community Foundation, the BC Degree Quality Assessment Board, and the BC Council for International Education. Karin also served on the Judicial Council of British Columbia for six years.
She has been recognized for her leadership as a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants, as one of the Women’s Executive Network’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, and as a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Karin holds a Master of Laws degree and an MBA, and is a Chartered Professional Accountant/Certified Management Accountant. She lives in West Vancouver-Capilano with her husband Murray, daughter Kaelan, and dog Luna.