Our Gracious Heavenly Father, our prayer today for MLA: Maurine Karagianis is that as she undertakes her many and onerous duties as an MLA she will sense that there are individuals who are concerned for her well being and are praying for her. We pray that she will realize that she is appreciated for her dedication to the citizens of the Province of British Columbia and that she draws strength from those prayers. May You, Lord encourage her and renew her dedication to the causes she so passionately believes in. May You also guide her as she continues steadfastly in the paths she has chosen. We pray that the spirit of servitude that You have given her will be her portion and she shall see the fruits of her labors bless others. Bless her and left her up and give her strength. We pray in Jesus Our Saviour's Blessed Name. Amen.
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.