Facebook: Bonita Zarrillo
Occupation: business analyst and Coquitlam city councillor
Coquitlam resident for: eight years
Campaign funding: residents
Previous community service: city councillor, past VP on school PAC, committees for BCCPAC, member of a local not-for-profit empowering women and girls, created #cigarettebuttfreeCoquitlam to encourage safe and responsible disposal of cigarette butts
Name the two most important issues facing the city of Coquitlam?
Shortage of housing that is affordable for middle- and low-income earners.
If elected, what steps would you take to improve housing affordability in Coquitlam?
Continue to refine Coquitlam’s Housing Affordability Strategy to incentivize more purpose-built rental. Continue to push back on the development of more luxury condos and demovictions. Ask again for a local procurement policy to support local business in our community so more families can live and work here.
What do you hope to accomplish as a city councillor?
To bring equality to city hall. To stand up for the needs of residents over the profits of corporate developers.
How can Coquitlam attract employment opportunities so residents can work in the same community where they live?
Have a city procurement policy that supports local business. Continue to support Business LinQ, the city’s one-stop shop for local businesses and entrepreneurs. Market Coquitlam externally as a health and wellness centre of excellence.