Karrine Magnussen grew up in the Alberni Valley. She understands our community’s history; the great times, the hits that came with an increase of raw log exports, and the reasons reconciliation is so important here locally. Like many Generation X residents who grew up in the Valley, she was raised on logging dollars. After time away in a few Canadian cities, Karrine returned to the Alberni Valley, 16 years ago, purchased a home in South Port and continues to raise her children here in Port Alberni.
Karrine is dedicated to giving back to her local community and building relationships with individuals, organizations, business owners, and our local Nuu-chah-nulth communities.
“I am excited to announce my intent to run. I have volunteered in our community from a very young age and look forward to being a part of council. I really feel that by understanding Port Alberni’s history and remaining focused on some long-term community planning, we can create a bright future for the Alberni Valley that includes sustainable industry, tourism, and environmental stewardship as individuals, organizations, and a community.”
Karrine holds a unique career history in two distinct paths (community living and Internet development/design/promotions), both of which fostered skills in management, communication, project planning and advocacy. She brings these skills to the table along with a strong desire to work with other community leaders and residents to build a strong community.
As a single parent, Karrine raised three children in South Port while freelancing for a variety of Internet-based ECommerce and service companies. She and her husband (Darren) now own a home centrally located near Echo Centre. Her husband is employed full time at Roc-star enterprises ltd and Karrine (after finishing two years upgrading her interactive media skills at North Island College in Comox) spends her work hours launching her new business KM Creative Communications and an online magazine; Alberni Stories.