Multiculturalism Advisory Committee

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The mandate of the Multiculturalism Advisory Committee is to provide a local perspective and advice to Council with respect to achieving the City’s strategic goals and accompanying strategic directions. The Committee's objectives are as follows:

• Foster awareness and understanding of the City’s multicultural population and diversity
• Initiate and facilitate discussion around existing and emerging multiculturalism issues
• Identify barriers relative to citizen involvement in the community
• Review and provide input to Council regarding the City of Coquitlam’s Multiculturalism policy
• Assist in the development of a multiculturalism policy implementation strategy for the City of Coquitlam
• Identify opportunities for public education and discussion regarding multiculturalism in the City
• Provide input into the development and implementation of programs and services that enhance the culture of the community and create educational opportunities; and
• Review and provide input on other items matters as directed by Council.

2020 Composition   

Chair:  Councillor Trish Mandewo | Vice Chair: Councillor Teri Towner

Citizen Representatives: Simin Ahmadian, Adrienne Ahn, Carolina Echeverri, Mehraban (Maz) Farhoodi, Pam Garcia, Honore Gbedze, Ann Johannes, Andrea Kwasnicki, Priti Shah, Iris Sun and Zahra Zaker.

Meeting Schedule

The Multiculturalism Advisory Committee typically meets monthly on the third Wednesday of the month. The 2020 Multiculturalism Advisory Committee meetings are scheduled to be held from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Council Committee Room, Main Floor, Coquitlam City Hall, on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, February 19, 2020
  • No meeting in March due to Spring Break
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - cancelled due to COVID-19 
  • Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - cancelled due to COVID-19
  • Wednesday, June 17, 2020
  • Wednesday, July 15, 2020
  • No meeting in August
  • Wednesday, September 16, 2020
  • Wednesday, October 14, 2020
  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020
  • No meeting in December

Agendas for the above-noted meetings will be available typically one week ​before the meeting date. For more information, please contact the City Clerk's Office at or 604-927-3010.

* Please note that meeting schedules are subject to change. 

Terms of Reference

A copy of the Committee's Terms of Reference ​is available here

Work Plan

The Committee's annual Work Plan is approved by Council. 

Past Meeting Agendas and Minutes

  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017
  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017
  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017
  • Wednesday, June 21, 2017
  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (meeting cancelled due to a lack of quorum)
  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017
  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017 (meeting cancelled due to a conflict with ​a Council meeting)

City Clerk's Office

Phone: 604-927-3010