Mayor’s Citizen Advisory Roundtable
Life-long Port Coquitlam resident Mayor Brad West knows the value of neighbours coming together to discuss their community. Since being elected in October 2018, he has established an open-door approach to engaging the community.
Mayor West created the Mayor’s Citizen Advisory Roundtable to create a forum for Mayor and Council to:
- hear from members of the community
- exchange ideas about how to address challenges, and
- seek input on a variety of topics, from budgets to City projects and community development
Council will consider the group’s input as it makes decisions on matters throughout the year. Participating in the roundtable is a great opportunity to give back to the community and play a role shaping the City’s future.
The Mayor’s Citizen Advisory Roundtable replaces the citizen advisor positions on previous Council Committees.
Advisors will sit for a two-year term with an option to continue.
2023 MCAR Roundtable Members
Volunteer members are appointed by the Mayor for a term of two (2) years with the possibility of re-appointment for additional terms.
MCAR Roundtable Terms of Reference.
- Aman Brah
- Becca Lewis
- Brian Johnson
- Calvin Kamensek
- Colleen Fee
- Dave Bhauruth
- Dawn Becker
- Devon Bouillon
- Janine Melenka
- Mike Forrest
- Philip Porter
- Royce Shook
- Sarah Harbord
- Sharmini Manoharan
- Shawna Lum-Thompson
- Tammy McGoldrick
- Tracy (Farrell) MacRae
- Zack Vilvang
- Provided direct input through discussion with the city consultants and Directors into the following city initiatives:
- Police Model Review
- Master Transportation Plan – particularly around how to solve the Traffic and Safety issues
- Climate Action Plan
- Downtown Projects, including revitalization of the downtown, Veterans Park and Leigh Square, and discussion with Downtown Business Improvement Association
- RCMP Strategic Planning – input provided to the consultant preparing the detachment’s Strategic Plan
- Housing Needs report – presentation from the city’s consultant Urban Matters
- City events – following COVID-19, events were brought back to the city and the group provided on which ones were successful, and feedback was provided
- Provided input to the Communications Division on how to better get information out to the community.
- Let’s Talk PoCo
- Social Media
- How to redirect Facebook conversation to Let’s Talk PoCo and the Sort It – Report It App
- Email blasts
- Discussions on the following topics:
- How Waste and Recycle Initiatives could be done at a regional level vs the inconsistencies between cities and even with the city (private vs city collection).
- How Metro Vancouver costs are escalating and what action could be taken to contain the costs that are passed on to the cities.
- Public Safety issues discussed with the Officer in Charge and Director of Community Safety and Corporate Services, including providing input on priority areas that require attention.
- Freshet details with the Engineering and Public Works Department, its potential impacts and the city’s mitigation strategy.