Occupation: Coquitlam city councillor and president of True North Business Consultation
Coquitlam resident for: 40 years
Campaign funding: friends, family, residents, associates
Previous community service: council; president of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce; treasurer Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation; minor sports coach; Coquitlam Economic Development Advisory Committee
Name the two most important issues facing the city of Coquitlam?
Managing growth: delivering the needed housing along with parks, rec and arts facilities. Transportation: Improve road network and bus services.
If elected, what steps would you take to improve housing affordability in Coquitlam?
We are one part of the solution. We need to connect BC Housing, builders and non-profits to deliver and manage the supply of subsidized rentals. We also need to look at ownership opportunities like the Habitat for Humanity project in which we are a partner in 30 to 40 homes.
What do you hope to accomplish as a city councillor?
I want to see us develop a complete city, one which is vibrant and inclusive, where we can move beyond being a bedroom community and have viable, family-supporting employment. Good jobs, close to our homes help us spend more time with our family, reduce isolation and engage more in a happy, connected city.
How can Coquitlam attract employment opportunities so residents can work in the same community where they live?
The number one need is employment space. We must better utilize our limited industrial lands and encourage the development of office space for jobs in tech, health care, finance and so many other industries. This is done through collaboration with industry and the region as a whole.