Occupation: life skills worker
Coquitlam resident for: 40 years
Campaign funding: family, friends and co-workers.
Previous community service: Scout Leader for 14 years. Volunteer for Legion #263 annual Poppy Drive for 22 years. Polling station supervisor for both Elections Canada and BC for numerous elections. Little league baseball coach for three seasons.
Name the two most important issues facing the city of Coquitlam?
Housing affordability is the single greatest issue we are facing. It affects both families and businesses. It is forcing people out of their communities, creating greater urban sprawl and traffic congestion. It is contributing to the rise of homelessness in our community.
If elected, what steps would you take to improve housing affordability in Coquitlam?
I would advocate for council to look at the fees we charge developers, find a way to fast-track applications for purpose-built rentals, establish a rental advisory committee and work closer with both our provincial and federal governments. I would also ask BC Housing for modular homes to get people housed.
What do you hope to accomplish as a city councillor?
To solve the challenges facing our community, we need a variety of voices sharing their collective experiences. I hope to bring the voices of those who are often overlooked to the council table. Each and every member of our community has value and I am committed to leading by example.
How can Coquitlam attract employment opportunities so residents can work in the same community where they live?
Coquitlam needs to make sure we have sufficient commercial space throughout our community. We need to ensure the taxes we levy on business are not a barrier to creating employment. We need to streamline the fees we charge and look at regional business licences instead of city specific licenses.