Occupation: broadcast journalist
PoCo resident for: nine years
Campaign funding: friends, family and concerned citizens
Previous community service: I have been a strong supporter of many charities in Port Coquitlam, raising millions of dollars. Among them: Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation, Share and Terry Fox Foundation — and numerous McHappy Days at the Ottawa Street location.
If elected, what steps would you take to improve housing affordability in PoCo?
This is a very complex issue because to solve it, we need all three levels of government to pull together. From the local side, we need to work with developers to make sure they build the right type of housing that families will want and can afford. We should have a housing task force to work with residents and developers to make sure we think ahead to build housing that is functional and affordable for working families.
What do you hope to accomplish as a city councillor?
I am very excited about downtown PoCo. I think we have a great opportunity to see some revitalization with new business opening up. I would like to see another turf [field] added at Gates Park. We also have to start tackling the traffic issue on Lougheed and extend SkyTrain to Pitt Meadows.
What do you believe is the biggest issue facing PoCo?
Housing affordability will continue to dominate for years to come. Young families want to stay in Port Coquitlam. I also feel the pressures from Burke Mountain development will also be a challenge.
Would you change the mayor and council’s pay and why?
The mayor and council salaries should always be reviewed by an independent panel. Elected officials work hard and they should be compensated fairly for what they do.