Heavenly Father, we thank You for the life and work of MLA: Linda Reid. Thank You for the gifts and talents you gave her which she ably uses to serve the people of British Columbia. Bless her and her family through this season. Give her rest and relaxation and a focus on the things that are of real value. Let her know that she is valued and appreciated. Renew her mind and refresh her ideas according to your purposes. May she approach her work with a renewed sense of commitment to excellence as she leads by serving her constituents and colleagues. Continue to bless her with strength, patience and Your peace. Amen
Linda Reid is the Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and has served since June, 2009. Previously, she was Minister of State for Childcare from June, 2005 to June, 2009 and the Minister of State for Early Childhood Development from June, 2001 to June, 2005. She was first elected in 1991 to represent the riding of Richmond East and was re-elected in 1996, 2001, 2005 and 2009.
Linda previously served in a variety of critic roles for the Official Opposition, including children and families, health, attorney general, municipal affairs, and science, technology and research. She was also the Opposition Caucus Chair.
She has served on Treasury Board, and on the Select Standing Committee to Appoint a Child, Youth and Family Advocate, the Select Standing Committee to Appoint a Police Complaints Commissioner, the Select Standing Committee on Transportation, Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Select Standing Committee on Crown Corporations.
Before her election to the Legislative Assembly, Linda worked as a language therapist, teacher and school administrator for the Richmond School District.
She graduated from the University of British Columbia with an education degree and earned a master of arts from UBC specializing in education, exceptional learners, language acquisition and public administration.
Linda was the BC chair for the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind and a director of the Garden City Hospice Society. She has been active in the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the Asia-Pacific Business Association, and the Canadian Council for Exceptional Children and the Family Court Committee of Richmond. She was a founding member of the Richmond Chinatown Lions Club and was chair of the British Columbia Youth Parliament board from 1986 to 1991.
Linda and her husband Sheldon live in Richmond and have two children – Olivia and Will.