Open Letter from Council to the Community – May 6, 2020
We would like to sincerely thank those in the community who continue to physically distance, support others or work on the front lines. You are making a difference in our collective recovery.
Over the past several weeks, the City also has been looking ahead to what we can do to support the community’s recovery, not only right now but in the months and years to come. We want to ensure that our efforts provide targeted and meaningful support to those most in need. For the short-term, we’re offering some financial relief to property owners by delaying utility and tax payment deadlines, among other measures. For the long-term, we’re investigating how best to support a broad cross-section of the community with a preliminary $5-million investment in our new Community Support and Recovery Plan (CSRP). Read the full letter here.
Richard was elected to Coquitlam City Council in 2005
He is bilingual (English and French)
Richard has lived all his life in Coquitlam
He was married in 1983 to Anna Rosa; they have four children
Richard has served his community in the provincial government as MLA for Coquitlam-Maillardville 2001 to 2005; appointed MLA Responsible for Francophone Affairs, member of the Government Caucus Committee on the Economy, and Chair of the Select Standing Committee on Education.
He has extensive experience as a community volunteer in a large number of social, service, environmental, business and community organizations, including:
Coquitlam Rotary Club
Knights of Columbus
Maillardville Lions Club
Société Maillardville Uni and Société Biculturelle de Maillardville
Local school Parent Advisory Committees
Executive, School District 43 Parent Advisory Committee
A longstanding member of the Coquitlam Chamber of Commerce
Formerly, Richard has been:
President of the Canadian Home Builders Association of B.C
Chair of the National Housing Economic Research Council
Publisher of a successful housing industry trade magazine
Member of the BC Minister’s Advisory Council on Affordable Housing
Member of National and BC Building Code Committees
Member of the National Research Council Canada’s Standing Committee on Housing
At the local government level, Richard has volunteered on the City of Coquitlam Economic Development Committees, on a local Advisory Design Panel, on Housing Committees, and as a Trustee on the Coquitlam Public Library Board.
Richard is a writer, and operates his own government relations and communications business.
Formerly, Richard served as the Chair of the Disability Issues Advisory Committee, Chair of the Liveable Communities Advisory Committee, Chair of the Parcel Tax Review Panel, Chair of the City/School Board Liaison Committee, and Member of the Metro Vancouver Regional Planning Committee.
Currently, Richard is:
Director on the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors
Chair of the Metro Vancouver Liquid Waste Committee
Member of the Metro Vancouver Mayor’s Committee
Member of the Metro Vancouver Regional Planning Committee
Member of the Metro Vancouver Finance and Intergovernment Committee
Member of the TransLink Mayors’ Council
The Mayor is an ex-officio member of all City of Coquitlam Committees