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TC Votes 2022: Meet Trish Mandewo, Coquitlam city council candidate

She's one of 22 people eyeing a spot on city council in one of Metro Vancouver's fastest-growing communities.

The Tri-City News sent questionnaires to each candidate in the 2022 civic election to learn more about who they are, why they are campaigning and what are the issues that matter most to them.

Candidates are being published to our website in alphabetical order.


Trish Mandewo (incumbent)

  • Age: 54
  • Years as a Coquitlam resident: 13
  • Occupation: Governance professional, entrepreneur
  • Most recent civic/volunteer work? WeBC. Union of BC Municipalities. City of Coquitlam’s Culture Services Advisory Committee, Economic Development Advisory Committee and Parcel Tax Review Panel. Black Opportunity Fund. Dream Legacy Foundation.
  • Website: trishmandewo.ca 
  • Email: Trishmandewo@gmail.com
  • Facebook: @Re-ElectTrishMandewotoCoquitlamCityCouncil 
  • Instagram/Twitter/LinkedIn/YouTube: @trishmandewo 
  • TikTok: @TerrificTrish

Why are you running for public office?

"Coquitlam is an amazing city. I love it, just as you do. What an honour and blessing it was to be chosen by you in 2018. Be rest assured that I worked hard for you. I am running again so I can continue to advocate for you as well as make smart policy decisions that will ensure our Coquitlam will be a livable, safe, inclusive and vibrant city. I have the knowledge and experience needed at the table. I would like to continue to support the vision that you have for our city, your family, your business and for yourself."

What’s your No. 1 issue and why?

"While it’s not easy to choose one issue, I’d say managing and planning for sustainable growth is my number one issue. There is no doubt that Coquitlam is experiencing unprecedented growth. Sustainable growth is at the intersection of affordable housing, socio-economic diversity, climate change resilience and livable communities. We must make sound policy decisions as well as continue to leverage partnerships with other levels of government so we can access funding to support responsible growth priorities. Our residents expect nothing less."