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

Our Treasured Riverview Lands

My family lives five minutes from this magnificent property and we truly cherish it as a sanctuary and a remarkable asset to residents of Coquitlam, the region, and the entire province. The tremendous heritage buildings and irreplaceable arboretum need to be preserved and celebrated. We need to work firmly with the province to see the site properly maintained, consistent with the Heritage report completed by the province.

I have long supported efforts to preserve the full 250-acre Riverview site, in public hands and for public purposes, and as your City Councillor I will continue to do so.

I am in full support of re-purposing Riverview hospital. There is an obvious critical need and overwhelming public demand for mental health care services.

We desperately need more treatment options for mental illness and addictions and these valued lands are the perfect spot for this type of care. I will continue to do whatever I can to bring sufficient and necessary mental health care back to Coquitlam at the Riverview site. 

I will also continue to advocate for other important issues on the site including preserving the green space and the arboretum. 

I was pleased when the provincial government announced $175 million in mental health facilities for the Riverview lands – the relocation and expansion of facilities from Burnaby.  These buildings are currently under construction. 

A lot of work still needs to be done to address the mental health needs – and the opiod crisis – in our community and the Riverview site is the optimal site for these services and supports.