My professional and volunteer background contains a wide range of skills such as Business and Organization Management, Public Relations, Internet Marketing (Social Media Management and Search Engine Optimization) and many communication skills.
When I made my first website in 1998, I was also volunteering as a camera person for Videon, the public access TV sports show. I’ve long had an interest in video shooting and editing. From 1999 to 2003, I was the Burningman Regional Contact for Manitoba (Canada). I dabbled in politics and quickly was hired as an Executive Assistant to a City Councillor representing Winnipeg’s Inner City – one of Canada’s poorest neighbourhoods – from 1999 to 2002. By far this has been my most rewarding job for many reasons.
It also sharpened my community advocacy skills.
I worked on a lot of key civic issues during this time both from in the office and outside, from working on an anti-animal testing bylaw to environmental taxes, once trying to lobby the Province of Manitoba to introduce a bottle-return system in 2000. Most of all, it brought me great joy to help people with problems minor and major.
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.
It was around this time I started an online news magazine that turned into an online forum that was quite popular for some time until 2011. From 2003 to 2007, I organized and participated in several community cleanups and successfully sought to fund a neighbourhood garden in 2005. Around this time I also coordinated a neighbourhood watch.
From 2000 to 2015, I managed a successful small Canadian Web Hosting company. I returned to Burningman as a Media Liaison from 2009 to 2011. I started a Vancouver web hosting company in 2009, and I ran a small visual art agency from 2010 to 2013 with an interest to return to that in the future.
In 2010, I produced and edited a weekly video series called Art Tech Culture that was technically challenged with being recorded completely online via Skype and/or Google Chat with others from afar. This show ran weekly for 17 weeks.
I’m the Sponsorship Coordinator for the Velopalooza Bicycle Festival and I am a freelancer helping others with web research, virtual assistant tasks, social media marketing, website help, and providing voice over talent, something I want to do more of. If you need help with any of this, contact me and let’s talk.
Why does this website exist?
I use this website as my primary form of digital identity. Sometimes it’s a blog, other times it’s just an archived collection of writings but most of the time it’s just this page. 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.