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

Seniors

We have more seniors in our community now than we’ve ever had before and this population group will double in size over the next 10 to 15 years.  It’s important for city officials to recognize this demographic change. 

Enjoying lunch at the Glen Pine Pavilion

I supported the City developing a Seniors Strategy focusing on goals and related actions intended to meet the recreation needs of older adults and seniors. I also support our two seniors centres, the Dogwood and Glen Pine Pavilions, continuing to provide programming and services for seniors, and the larger recreation centres adapting their offerings to meet the growing needs of older adults and seniors in our community.

I fully supported the proposed development of seniors housing on Johnson Street.  I was dismayed to hear from surrounding residents that they didn’t want the project because of the perception there’d be more emergency vehicles and sirens in the neighbourhood, disrupting their quality of life.  Seniors are the pioneers of our community and we absolutely MUST provide housing, services and amenities to meet their needs. 

I attend Seniors Planning Network meetings, help out at the Dogwood and Glen Pine volunteer appreciation days and took it upon myself to engage the Dogwood woodworking club to build the Little Library I recently installed at the Burquitlam Community Garden.  I absolutely love going into the pavilions and chatting with the seniors in our community. 

Chatting at the Dogwood Pavilion

I enthusiastically support opportunities for seniors to be active and I embraced Coquitlam’s hosting of the 55+ Summer Games.  I volunteered numerous hours of my personal time to volunteer at the Track and Field events – measuring women’s shot put and discus throws!  I was also overjoyed for the opportunity to present medals for numerous 55+ Games events. 

Awarding a medal at the BC 55+ Games

There are a high number of seniors living in poverty in Coquitlam.  I support more affordable senior-friendly housing solutions, affordable recreation opportunities, transportation solutions and the promotion of “neighbourliness” – encouraging residents to be involved in the Snow Angels program, help with garbage/recycling carts. 

My thoughts on accessibility: https://www.teritowner.ca/toggle/a-universally-accessible-city/

Serving coffee at the Dogwood Pavilion