My professional and volunteer background contains a wide range of skills.
I currently have three part-time jobs; managing a Vancouver web hosting company, working as a freelance voice actor, and running a Vancouver cat sitting business. I volunteer as the Sponsorship Coordinator for Velopalooza, an annual Vancouver bicycle ride festival.
I made my first website in 1998. I volunteered as a camera person for a public access TV sports show for a year around the same time. From 1999 to 2003, I was the Burningman regional contact for Manitoba, Canada. During that same time, I also worked as Executive Assistant to a City Councillor representing Winnipeg’s Inner City – one of Canada’s poorest neighbourhoods. By far this has been my most rewarding job for many reasons. It also sharpened my community advocacy skills.
The last Winnipeg City Hall issue I successfully worked on was the Animal Testing Ban By-law, effectively cancelling the practice that saw lost animals sold to the University of Manitoba for animal testing (passed in 2002). After assisting in a successful re-election campaign, I resigned to focus more time on other ventures.
In 2001, I started the Skateboarding Association of Winnipeg to lobby the three levels of government and the private sector for a world-class skateboard park to be built in downtown Winnipeg. After gaining 9,000 signatures on a petition and meeting with dozens of private and public stakeholders, letters to newspaper editors began to arrive in support of our cause which further snowballed popular opinion. A year later, the City of Winnipeg officially endorsed our group and mission to build a massive skateboard park in downtown Winnipeg.
The sport of skateboarding in Winnipeg was finally recognized by the City of Winnipeg in the 2004 Public Use Facility Study; adding skateboard parks to the official city list of recreational priorities. In 2005, a multi-million dollar 44,000 square foot skateboard park was built at the Forks in Winnipeg just as we lobbied for.
From 2000 to 2015, I managed a successful Web Hosting company in Manitoba. From 2003 to 2007, I organized and participated in several community cleanups and successfully sought to fund a neighbourhood garden in 2005. I was a Media Liaison with Burningman from 2009 to 2011 and ran a small visual art agency from 2010 to 2013.
Why does this website exist?
I use this website as my primary form of digital identity. Sometimes it’s a blog and other times it’s just an archived collection of writings.
There are thousands of people named Alex Reid like me. I may be the Alex Reid you’re looking for, or you may be confusing me with another Alex Reid. Feel free to contact me if you’re unsure.
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