Carol Day first arrived in Richmond at the age of four when her parents emigrated from Europe, and has lived here her entire life. From graduation at Richmond Senior Secondary, to getting married and raising three children in this city, as well as running a business, Richmond has always been her home. And as her home, Carol has worked tirelessly in the community to make it a better, more welcoming place for everyone.
Her personal philosophy is that if you want change, be prepared to speak up and work for it. As such, over the years she has volunteered with numerous unpaid committees, public organizations, and community groups to influence positive change. People who know Carol, say that although she is a good speaker, her real strength is being a good listener who understands the issues, and can deliver results.
Some of her community activities have included working with a developer to scale back a development to better integrate with the community, as well as being the Chair of VAPOR for over three years as our community challenges the shipment of jet fuel up the Fraser River. She is the Director of the Garden City Lands conservation Society working to implement a multi-use community park for Richmond. None of these activities had any compensation.
A small business owner, Carol has operated CAT Signs since 1977, and is familiar with the issues of government regulation, employment and taxation in Richmond. She often support community groups and non-profit organizations by producing signs for them to communicate their message.
Carol was elected as a Richmond Board of Education trustee in 2008, and after retiring from the position, she ran for City Council in 2011 with the endorsement of Councilor Sue Halsey-Brandt. In May 2013, she ran for MLA of Richmond-Steveston with the BC Conservative Party. As a high profile candidate, she was asked to represent the party at debate issues involving women, small business and family values.
“Having lived in Richmond for 50 years, and been actively involved in many facets of the community as a volunteer and activist, I believe that I am uniquely able to understand the issues currently facing our community today. With my hard work ethic, and deep roots within the community, I can influence positive change at City Hall as a Councilor to make our community a better, more welcoming place for everyone, and as such, ask for your support. “ – Carol Day