Councillor Teri Towner

Teri has lived in Coquitlam for 20 years and is thrilled to be raising her active teens, Jessica and Christopher, in our beautiful city.

Teri has a business degree from SFU and worked for 10 years in retail banking, 16 years with a major BC utility in various Human Resources management and analyst positions and one year as a Special Events Officer for a local non-profit organization.

Teri has always been involved in a wide variety of community initiatives.  Some examples:

  • Teri currently serves on the Board of Directors for Community Volunteer Connections
  • Recently appointed to serve on the Habitat for Humanity Family Partnering Committee
  • In 2016, Teri co-founded the TriCities Friends of Refugees Task Group (TFOR) which she currently Chairs
  • She represents the TFOR task group on the BC Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture’s TriCities Chapter of Organizing Against Racism & Hate Networks
  • Teri is active with the Talk of the Town Toastmasters Club
  • Recipient of the inaugural Women’s Collaborative Hub 2017 “Inspirational Wonder Woman” award
  • Teri has extensive involvement as a longtime volunteer for various community initiatives including SHARE Family & Community Services, Raise-a-Reader literacy campaigns, Operation Red Nose safe ride home, organizing Terry Fox runs, Pink Shirt Day Anti-Bullying, Shoreline CleanUp, telethons and the 55+ BC Summer Games
  • Teri and her family are active in the Adopt-a-Street litter control program. She organizes litter clean-up events regularly
  • She was nominated for the Society for Community Development’s “Spirit of Community” award
  • She was also a clinic manager and running leader and was nominated for SportMedBC’s SunRun clinic “Leader of the Year”
  • Teri covered community events for the print and web publication snapd Coquitlam over 5 calendar years
  • She has been heavily involved in local education as PAC executive: 8 years on an elementary PAC, 5 years on a middle school PAC and 2 years – with more to come – on a secondary PAC.  Teri has also been serving on the District 43 PAC executive since 2010 and was awarded the 2013 provincial BCCPAC Award for Excellence in Parent Leadership
  • In her capacity of DPAC43 executive, served on the Tri-Cities Traffic Safety Committee
  • Took the lead on starting a Breakfast Program at a Coquitlam elementary school
  • Two years prior to being elected, she was appointed to Coquitlam Sports Advisory Committee
  • Teri is passionate about amateur sports and recreation, traffic safety, community initiatives and being active in our great outdoors

Teri was elected in 2014 and is currently:       

  • Vice Chair of the Multiculturalism Advisory Committee
  • Chair of the Parcel Tax Review Panel
  • Member of the Metro Vancouver Industrial Lands Strategy Task Force
  • Council Representative for the Tri-Cities Homelessness and Housing Task Group