Karen Harper

Elected 2017

Phone:  250-208-6247
Email:  karen.harper@saanich.ca

Personal summary
  • Born in Malden, Mass.
  • First moved to Saanich in 1967, left for school and work
  • Returned to Saanich in 2000 for work
  • Married
  • Avid cyclist, french speaker, sewer, knitter, reader
  • Fluent in French
  • BA SFU, English
  • Teaching Certificate, SFU
  • M. Ed., UVic
  • Various diplomas - UBC - french language and library science,  Humber College - Basic and Advanced Pension and Benefits Administration 
  • BC Pension Corporation 2000-2010, Chief Knowledge Officer
  • BCTF admin staff 14 years, administered long term disability plan, pension plan trustee
  • Teacher for 17 years - senior high school English and librarian, elementary intermediate teacher and librarian, french immersion librarian 
Saanich Council Appointments 
  • Member, Finance and Strategic Priorities Committee 
  • Member, Mayor's Standing Committee on Housing Affordability & Supply
  • Panelist, Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel
  • Member, Public Safety & Emergency Planning Committee
  • Capital Region Emergency Services Telecommunications (CREST)
  • Chair, Environment and Natural Areas Advisory Committee
  • Vice Chair, Housing Strategy Task Force
  • Former Chair, Arts, Culture and Heritage Advisory Committee
  • Former Chair, Active Transportation Advisory Committee
Capital Regional District Appointments
  • Director, Regional Water Supply Commission
Community and Volunteer Activities
  • Treasurer, Camosun Community Association, 2016 - 2017
  • Secretary Treasurer Grumpy Taxpayers (currently on leave)