Occupation: Coquitlam city councillor and part-time executive director of KidSport Tri-Cities
Coquitlam resident for: 28 years
Campaign funding: friends, supporters and family
Previous community service: leading KidSport and Operation Red Nose, Share volunteer of the year, Terry Fox run, coaching wrestling, hockey, lacrosse and soccer, school PACs, hockey exec
Name the two most important issues facing the city of Coquitlam?
Transportation (including traffic) and development (including housing affordability)
If elected, what steps would you take to improve housing affordability in Coquitlam?
Strengthen our current successful rental incentives, continue to push council for a subsidized housing percentage in new development, continue to push back on developers to build what we need, aggressively combine our below market incentives with senior government programs, replicate Habitat for Humanity’s affordable ownership model on other sites.
What do you hope to accomplish as a city councillor?
In addition to succeeding in all the housing initiatives already listed, ensuring that we are getting the daycare facilities we need with new development, improving our transportation system, including better transit service and connections, cycling infrastructure, speed enforcement and traffic flow. Increasing transparency, consultation and trust with residents.
How can Coquitlam attract employment opportunities so residents can work in the same community where they live?
Ensure that more office and shared work space is being built in new development, leverage opportunities with Douglas College and libraries, enhance our City Centre Plan to create a vibrant, attractive magnet for businesses and services, enhance our economic development office, continue to strongly advocate for more services at Riverview.