VICTORIA B.C. – The B.C. Green Party announced today that Christina Winter has been nominated as its candidate for Victoria-Swan Lake in the next election.
“I am thrilled to introduce Christina as the B.C. Green candidate for Victoria-Swan Lake,” leader Sonia Furstenau said. “She is a fearless political organizer, who has been key to electing candidates at all levels of government; I am so happy she’s now running to be a B.C. Green MLA herself. Christina was an important part of my own leadership campaign and election campaign in 2020, and her ability to lead will make her a force to be reckoned with in the legislature.”
Aided by an education in political science, Winter is a strategic and effective community leader, championing a focus on community and inclusiveness for Victoria-Swan Lake. As a mother, she has a keen understanding of the overlapping issues that British Columbians are facing: rising cost of living, insufficient childcare support, and an ineffective healthcare system. Winter believes that these problems can be solved with purposeful, innovative solutions from diverse political leaders who think outside the box.
“I’m so excited to be running to be the MLA for Victoria-Swan Lake,” Winter added. “Right now, we need politicians who are willing to step away from business as usual. We need to work across party lines and prioritize the wellbeing of British Columbians. I believe in what democracy can do for our communities and I’ve seen the difference that elected Greens can make. I’m stepping up to be a part of that difference in the legislature.”
Winter will be attending the disability rights rally at the B.C. legislature later today where B.C. Green MLA Adam Olsen will be speaking. The rally is scheduled to begin at 12:00 PM noon.
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Christina Winter is a community advocate with a long background in customer and client services. Whether it’s as an administrative assistant at a health clinic, helping clients to access healthcare and navigate insurance, or as a Constituency Assistant at a constituency office, helping constituents obtain services from the provincial government, she helps people navigate complex situations with compassion and care.
Winter began her studies in political science at Camosun College (Victoria), aiming to work on economic and social issues in a progressive environment. In 2011, when she attended a public policy lecture by Elizabeth May (MP for Saanich–Gulf Islands, leader of the Green Party of Canada), it was the first time she heard a Canadian politician speaking about community service in a respectful and democratic way. Elizabeth May’s successful election inspired Winter to get actively involved in Canadian politics. Winter graduated with a bachelor's degree in Political Science and History from the University of Victoria.
Winter has worked as a political organizer, campaigning at all levels of government. She has focussed on getting involved in the groundwork of electing Greens through our democratic system. Speaking directly with constituents is Winter’s favourite part of any campaign. She is particularly proud of her work in electing Sonia Furstenau as leader of the BC Greens and re-electing her to serve Cowichan Valley in 2020.
Christina enjoys giving back to her community at music festivals and cultural events, through volunteering and organizing. She loves to see people having fun in their community and looks forward to being a leader for her community in the legislature.