Teri Towner | Community Builder | Inspirational Speaker | Coquitlam City Councillor

Coquitlam Youth

Throughout my term on Council I have been involved with and supportive of the Coquitlam Youth Council.  I have attended their meetings and events, picked up litter with them and acted as a mentor.  I am assisting the group and am the adult sponsor for the TedX event – Coquitlam’s inaugural TedX event! – they are organizing for November 17, 2018. Save the date!  For more info: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/tedxyouth-lafarge-lake-tickets-49114152753 

I attend and speak at youth-organized events such as Talk to Me 2.0, youth public speaking contests, Slam Jam and more.  The leadership, talent, organization, compassion and humour these youth all exhibit, and the causes they support, are outstanding! 

I plan on advocating to form another City of Coquitlam advisory committee – a Youth Advisory Committee.  We need to ensure we make decisions that will benefit our youth of today but also our future generations. Their input towards a wide variety of issues will be valuable.  For more info on the current committees: https://www.coquitlam.ca/city-hall/mayor-and-council/Committees-Task-Forces-and-Boards.aspx

I am also doing proactive outreach to the youth in our city to try and increase their engagement in civic affairs, local government and to increase their participation with respect to voting in the election. It’s been shown that when young people vote in the first election they are eligible to vote in, they are more likely to remain engaged citizens as they go through life.