Councillor Korleen Carreras, her husband and two children, moved to the area over fifteen years ago and quickly became involved in the warm and welcoming community.
She was first elected to the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School Board in 2014 and elected to Chairperson November 2018. She has been a representative on the BC School Trustees Association’s Provincial Council, Professional Learning Committee, COVID working group, Fraser Valley Branch Executive; the SD42 Aboriginal Education Committee, Inclusive Education Committee, and Policy Development Committee. At the local level she was active on the City of Maple Ridge Social Planning Committee, City of Maple Ridge Active Transportation Committee, and Ridge Meadows Education Foundation.
Councillor Carreras has always embraced leadership and forging community connections. In her early 20s she started a successful dance studio business in Port Moody. In that role she oversaw 25 staff members and contributed to the arts education of 450 children each year. During this time she successfully completed her Advanced Teaching Certificate with the Association of International Dance Teachers in both Tap and Modern. After retiring from teaching she has been active in the labour movement holding elected positions within her Union.
She continued to stay active in the arts community as a member of the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Arts Council for six years finishing her term as President in 2017. She was a member of the 2014 Pitt Meadows Centennial organizing Committee, Maple Ridge 2020 BC Summer Games organizing committee as Director responsible for Ceremonies and Special Events, and 2020 Maple Ridge BC Summer Games legacy committee. Councillor Carreras has worked at the BCGEU since 2015.
Councillor Carreras has pledged to do better for the generations of today and tomorrow. “We need to focus on building vibrant, whole communities that are inclusive and welcoming,” she noted in her campaign materials.