Councillor Teri Towner

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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.

See also: Open Letter from Council to the Community – April 9, 2020. Read full letter here.

More About Councillor Teri Towner

Councillor Teri TownerTeri 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

Councillor Teri Towner
Cell: 604-218-2276