Annie McKitrick has spent forty years working with municipalities, provincial government, post-secondary institutions and not-for-profit organizations. She has fought for increased affordable housing and childcare spaces, English as A Second Language Programs, anti-racism initiatives, funding for detox facilities and responsible urban development.
She knows the community well having worked in Strathcona County doing research on its socio-economic profile and community organizations.
For five years she managed a national research institute at the University of Victoria exploring the contribution of the not-for-profit sector, co-operatives, and credit unions to local community economic development and social well-being.
McKitrick understands the difficulties of elected office having served as a school trustee at a time when cutbacks made providing a quality education for all students challenging.
She has a Masters degree in Education and Diploma in Public Sector Management from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor Degree in Ecology from McGill University.
McKitrick is an avid cross-country skiing and can be found in winter at the Strathcona Wilderness Center and in the summer cycling in the rural roads of Strathcona County. She was the cycling co-chair at the recently held Canada 55+ Games held in Strathcona County.
She and her husband have two adult children who they adopted from an orphanage in Thailand. Annie has a deep commitment to supporting fair trade projects overseas.