Rita Fromholt

Surrey-Whalley

Rita Fromholt

Surrey-Whalley | swh@bcgreens.ca

I have been involved in politics for many years as a campaign worker and volunteer, and have been an activist with different organizations. I now feel that our current toxic political climate requires that more concerned citizens, particularly women and youth, need to get directly involved in shaping our political future. 

Running with the BC Greens provides me with this opportunity. The party is open and diverse, funded by individuals, not big corporations or unions. Its policies and platform are based on sound evidence and detailed research, not political soundbites. I am confident they contain the best ideas for a sustainable and prosperous future for our spectacular province.

I grew up in White Rock and went to high school in Surrey, and worked there on the municipal campaign in 2005. I have witnessed the tremendous growth in the area and am concerned that the livability of the community is being sacrificed in the name of rapid development. Surrey-Whalley has tremendous potential to be an affordable and sustainable community for working families, students and seniors, and I look forward to representing the riding in the BC Legislature.

About Rita

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Rita Fromholt has a diverse background in strategic planning, project management and communications in the non-profit, education and private sectors.

Highlights include spending 5 years as the Sustainability Coordinator for the University of Victoria, working with staff, students, faculty and the surrounding community to advance sustainability practices and policy in campus operations. She conducted the annual greenhouse gas inventory, was primary author on the UVic Sustainability Action Plan and championed one of Canada’s first university revolving sustainability loan funds.

Rita was also Project Manager for the Rainforest Solutions Project working with a broad network of non-profits, First Nations and industry leaders to protect the Great Bear Rainforest and promote sustainable economic development in BC’s coastal communities. Rita has worked for other successful non-profit organizations including Pivot Legal Society, Dogwood Initiative and Ecotrust Canada.

She has also played lead roles on several high profile political campaigns with the BC Green Party, Green Party of Canada, BCNDP, NDP and Liberal Party of Canada. All of these campaigns featured candidates committed to environmental and social justice. Rita’s early career focused on being a Project Manager and Business Analyst with various firms in the hi-tech sector in the Vancouver area.

Her community contributions include having been elected to the BC Greens Provincial Council, appointed to the Capital Regional District’s Roundtable on the Environment, board member of the Dogwood Initiative, and chair of the board for Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST),

A graduate of Earl Marriott Secondary in Surrey, Rita has a First Class Honors degree in Communications from SFU, a certificate in Web Development and Digital Marketing, and an Accounting Diploma. She is also part of former US Vice-President Al Gore’s Climate Leader Corps, trained by Mr. Gore to deliver his climate reality presentation in local communities.

Rita is excited and honoured to be the candidate for the BC Green Party in the riding of Surrey-Whalley, and looks forward to serving its citizens as their next MLA.

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