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.