Gracious Heavenly Father, we petition You this day for MLA: Maurine Karagianis. We thank You for her concern for the environment of this beautiful province which You created for us to enjoy. We ask a special blessing on this dedicated lady. May You encourage her in her endeavours to use her gifts and talents to benefit all citizens of this special place called British Columbia. We pray for her family, her children and her grand children. May they grow up to call her blessed. May You grant her vision and wisdom during the hectic days that will confront her in the legislature. In our Lord’s glorious name we pray.
Maurine Karagianis was elected MLA for Esquimalt-Metchosin on May 17, 2005, and re-elected to the reconfigured riding of Esquimalt-Royal Roads on May 12, 2009.
Maurine serves as official opposition caucus Whip.
She was elected to Esquimalt Council in 1996. Serving for three terms, Maurine helped create and chaired the CRD Arts Committee, and by working to save the Matson Gary Oak meadow in the Inner Harbour and daylighting the Gorge Creek helped enrich green space and renew bird habitat in Esquimalt.
A long-standing Director of the Veins of Life Watershed Society, Maurine has worked in support of environmental stewardship for the Gorge Waterway and watershed protection in the Capital Region.
She worked in the fashion industry for over 15 years, in retail, wholesale and import/export, and also spent more than a decade working in the communications industry for the tourism market and international motorcycle industry.
Maurine ran a consulting firm that worked with non-profit organizations and First Nations communities to create affordable housing. Her career has also included working for the provincial Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Social Services.
A proud mother and grandmother, Maurine lives with her partner in Esquimalt.