Linda Reid was appointed Minister of State for Childcare on June 16, 2005. She had served as Minister of State for Early Childhood Development since June 5, 2001. She was first elected in 1991 to represent the riding of Richmond East and was re-elected in 1996, 2001 and 2005.
Linda previously served in a variety of critic roles for the Official Opposition, including children and families, health, attorney general, municipal affairs, and science, technology and research.
She sits as a member of the Government Caucus Committee on Education.
Before her election to the Legislative Assembly, Linda worked as a language therapist, teacher and school administrator for the Richmond School District.
She graduated from the University of British Columbia with an education degree and earned a master of arts from UBC specializing in education, exceptional learners, language acquisition and public administration.
Linda was the BC chair for the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind and a director of the Garden City Hospice Society. She has been active in the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the Asia-Pacific Business Association, and the Canadian Council for Exceptional Children and the Family Court Committee of Richmond. She was a founding member of the Richmond Chinatown Lions Club and was chair of the British Columbia Youth Parliament board from 1986 to 1991.
Linda and her husband Sheldon live in Richmond and have two children - Olivia and Will.