About Kim Darwin
Kim is an entrepreneur, successful business owner and employer. She is also a volunteer, community worker, board member, social justice activist, champion of small business, and climate advocate.
Kim has lived on the Sunshine Coast since she was a child and acknowledges she resides on unceded Coast Salish territory, including shíshálh (Sechelt), Squamish (skwxwú7mesh), Sliammon (tla’amin) and Kla’hoose Nations. Kim lives in Sechelt with her partner and dog, and is the proud mother to three grown and successful children.
Fiscal and Social Responsibility
As an independent financial consultant and as the former Sechelt Chamber of Commerce President, Kim has gained a clear understanding of how our financial and political systems have been unduly influenced by large, corporate interests. To promote a better economic value system, she co-chaired a Community Futures Loans & Investment Committee, adjudicating loans for social enterprise organizations. These loans fund B-Corps and businesses who have triple bottom line approaches, highlighting a positive social, environmental and economic benefits.
In an effort to commence a just transition to a sustainable economy, Kim authored a Chamber policy calling on the government to invest in clean technology and renewable energy. In 2015, the BC Chamber adopted the policy. After much negotiation and compromise with the Alberta and Ontario Chamber caucuses, her policy passed at the national level. In 2016 she authored a BC Chamber policy calling on the province to properly gather data regarding non-resident property purchases, so housing legislation could be made based on evidence as opposed to rhetoric. Kim is the co-founder and co-chair of the Workforce Affordable Housing Society.
Kim is focussed on finding solutions to transition to clean technology and renewable energy. She is a strong supporter of the Alberta organization, Iron and Earth, which is a worker-led not-for-profit, committed to empowering oil and gas, coal and indigenous workers to build a renewable energy economy. She continues to support a renewable energy economy where all workers and Indigenous landowners are consulted and engaged, and where UNDRIP is upheld in its true spirit.
Kim has studied western herbal medicine, traditional Chinese and ayurvedic medicine for over 20 years. For four years, she worked for a herbal medicine company where she grew and wild-crafted many of the herbs used to make high quality natural medicines. She recognizes much of the climate crisis and social inequity issues we face are a direct result of humans forgetting our interconnectedness with the natural world in which we live and rely on.
Kim joined the BC Green Party in 2014 and has served as Provincial Council Secretary from 2014-2019 and as Vice-Chair in 2019-2020. Through these and many other committee roles, she worked to lead and support the Party through a period of tremendous growth. The BC Green Party has recognized Kim’s achievements on several occasions.
In 2017, Kim ran as the BC Green MLA Candidate for the Powell River - Sunshine Coast riding where her team doubled the party’s 2013 vote share. After the 2017 election, she co-founded and became President of the Powell River Sunshine Coast Riding Association.