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

Reflections After International Women’s Day

This post isn’t inherently connected to my role as a city councillor.  I’m sharing it because of the resulting thoughts and discussion.  Thank you for reading!   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sexism 1 : prejudice or discrimination based on sex; especially: discrimination against women. 2 : behaviour, conditions, or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex. […]

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Town Centre Park – 2017’s “Great Place in Canada”

At last Monday’s City of Coquitlam Council meeting, we were presented with the Canadian Institute of Planners 2017 “Great Place in Canada” award for our treasured Town Centre Park! A jury of certified planning professionals reviewed all the submissions for this contest and this is their statement: Once the site of a gravel pit, Town […]

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Coquitlam’s Focus on Addressing Housing Affordability

In an effort to address one of the region’s most critical issues, Coquitlam City Council approved a Housing Affordability Strategy (HAS) back in December 2015.   The HAS is organized in a straightforward way with four key objectives, a number of policy directions and 54 actions.  The HAS was also adopted with ten high-priority action […]

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Improvements to the Popular Coquitlam Crunch

Last month Council approved a phased plan for expanding and improving our beloved Coquitlam Crunch. In Phase I, the Crunch trail improvements will include the addition of washroom facilities, a pedestrian-activated road crossing, a paved parking lot, the reconfiguration and expansion of the community garden, new transverse trails, viewing and seating areas, outdoor exercise equipment […]

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A Wonderful Lunch Hour With Some of Our Future Leaders

Have I told you lately how much I love my job?  I spent a very delightful lunch hour today with a grade 6/7 class at Summit Middle school. After receiving a letter from 3 students back in December, I contacted the school and a meeting was arranged. It was so special!  I arrived at the front […]

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Celebrating Canada 150 & Building Community

Reflecting on 2017 always leads me to thoughts on what a fabulous year it was acknowledging and celebrating our big, beautiful country’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. 🇨🇦 I was honoured to be in the role of Coquitlam’s Canada 150 Community Leader for FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities).  In this role I acted as a touchpoint for […]

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Women’s Collaborative Hub Award

I just realized I posted on my website a few days PRIOR to the inaugural Women’s Collaborative Hub awards – about the joy I was getting from nominating amazing women – but I haven’t posted anything SINCE the November 9,2017 awards night.   Here is a post I wrote for Facebook:   Because I was a finalist […]

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Crosswalk Flags – See & Be Seen

I am very pleased that something I’ve worked on for quite some time now has been completed!  Crosswalk flags have been installed at two crosswalks on Mundy Road.  These flags are a tool that is provided by the community – in this case the Montgomery Middle School PAC – Thank you!! –  and have proven […]

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Celebrating Women Influencers

I am honoured to have been nominated by various colleagues and community members for four categories in the inaugural Women’s Collaborative Hub Women Influencers Awards.  And to see my name listed as a finalist amongst such outstanding people is something I truly cherish.  But I will admit, the best part of this entire initiative for […]

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Litter Pick-up in Coquitlam City Centre

Every City Councillor serves six weeks in an “Acting Mayor” role and some of us, while “acting”, also honour a duty with respect to Council’s Adopt-a-Street responsibilities around City Hall. I have been in this role since August 15 and have been performing Litter Duty on segments of Pinetree and Guildford. Although I do pick […]

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