BA (Business / Crim), 1982
Linda Reimer is motivated to help and advocate for people in her community through public service. As MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam, Linda devotes her time, energy, and talents to ensuring her constituents’ needs are met and their voices heard. Linda also devotes time to her Parliamentary Secretary position for the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development as well as sitting on several Parliamentary Committees and the Cabinet Committee for a Secure Tomorrow.
Graduating from SFU with a degree in Business and minor in Criminology, Linda began her career working with CIBC in their Officer in Training program. She worked in many downtown Vancouver branches and ended up doing fraud investigation and loss control before taking maternity leave for the birth of her children. As her children grew older, Linda took on more of a leadership role in the community, assisting with both her children’s activity organizations and others.
Linda chaired the School District #43 Parent Advisory Council (PAC), and worked collaboratively with the School District. This was followed by serving two terms as a Coquitlam City Councillor from 2008 - 2013. There, Linda was a representative on the Tri-City Planning Partnership and the Coquitlam Public Library Board. She was also Vice Chair of the Maillardville Commercial and Cultural Revitalization Advisory Committee and Chair of the Coquitlam City Multiculturalism Advisory Committee for over 4 years. Linda also served as alternate on the former Metro Vancouver Labour Relations Bureau and the Lower Mainland Treaty Advisory Committee and was also Chair of the School District 43 City-School Board Liaison Committee.
Furthermore, she served for four-and-a-half years as an appointed Councillor with the BC College of Teachers.
In May 2013 Linda was elected MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam. Notably, during her time as MLA she has helped resolve issues for people in areas of disabilities and health/quality care. Linda advocates for children and adults with special needs, to help them access the resources and services available to them in the community. She goes the extra mile to help her constituents.
When recalling fond memories of her SFU experience, Linda noted that SFU holds a special place in her heart as she and her husband met at SFU over 30 years ago. In addition, she remembers when Terry Fox trained in the hallways of the AQ; at the time she was unaware what he was preparing for, and only realized later that he would become one of Canada’s national heroes and a source of inspiration for Linda in her quest to also inspire and help others in need.
Thank you, Linda, for all that you dedicate to public service and for showcasing how SFU alumni are engaging their communities.