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  • Jonathan Cote

    First elected in 2005, Councillor Jonathan X. Cote is currently serving his third term on New Westminster City Council.
    Jonathan was born in New Westminster and resides here with his wife Alix and their daughters Renee Sarah, Leah and Violet. Prior to being elected to City Council, he attended Simon Fraser University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Jonathan’s undergraduate degree focus was in History and Political Science supported by studies in Economics and Urban Planning, areas of interest that he continues to draw upon as he carries out his Council duties.

    As a New Westminster Councillor, Jonathan has earned a reputation as a strong advocate for the concepts of sustainability, affordability and liveability and has encouraged that City Council deliberations be viewed through these lenses.

    Jonathan has been involved in a number of committees during his time on Council. He currently serves as Chair of the Bicycle and Pedestrian and Parks and Recreation Committees, and Co-chair of the Master Transportation Plan Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Queensborough Community Centre Expansion Task Force and is an alternate Council representative on the Lower Mainland Treaty Advisory Committee, the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors and the GVRD Labour Relations Bureau.

    In his spare time, Councillor Cote enjoys New Westminster ’s recreation facilities with his family and stays active curling, hiking and playing tennis.

    511 Royal Avenue
    New Westminster, BC
    V3L 1H9

    Phone: 778-773-1364
    Email:

  • Bill Harper

    Bill Harper has been a resident of New Westminster for almost 30 years and has served as a Councillor with the City since 2005.

    A graduate from Simon Fraser University, Bill worked as the National Staff Representative for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) for 14 years.

    Bill was a member of the provincial government’s Education Advisory Council for 9 years as a representative for CUPE. He was also a member of the Ministry of Children and Families’ Protocol Committee which developed protocol for children with special needs and those in residential care facilities. Bill was a member of the Minister’s Review Committee on the new Safety Standards Legislation and Regulations for Compulsory Trades, as well as a member of the Heavy Industry Training Advisory Committee which currently is establishing a new Industrial Electrician Trade for British Columbia.

    Bill is an active volunteer in the community serving as Chair of the Arts Commission, the Economic Development Advisory Committee, the Seniors Advisory Committee and the Multi Use Civic Facility Task Force . He is also a Council representative on the Arts Council of New Westminster, the GVRD Labour Relations Bureau, the Tourism BC Community Tourism Foundation Program and the alternate representative on the Hyack Festival Association Board. Bill was also the Chair of the Save Saint Mary’s Coalition, and spent 10 years coaching minor hockey in New Westminster.

    Bill and his wife Delora have two children Damion and Devon, and have two grandchildren.

    1013 Dublin Street
    New Westminster, BC
    V3M 2Y7

    Phone: 778-227-4869
    Email:

  • Jaimie McEvoy

    Councillor Jaimie McEvoy was elected on November 15, 2008 and is currently serving his second term on Council.
    A New Westminster resident for over 25 years, Jaimie has been actively involved with local issues such as homelessness, poverty, crime and affordable housing. With a strong community and policy background, he has also worked with the city to improve crime in the Twelfth Street neighbourhood.

    Jaimie is Chair of the Community Heritage Commission, the Community & Social Issues Committee, the Environment Advisory Committee, the Neighbourhood Traffic Advisory Committee and the Massey Performing Arts Centre Task Force. He is also Co-chair of the Master Transportation Plan Advisory Committee,  a member of the International Relations Task Force and a Council representative on the Massey Theatre Society and the Fraser Health Authority: Municipal Government Advisory Council. He is a past president of the Brow of the Hill Residents’ Association, the Twelfth Street Neighbourhood Society, and a past director for the Royal City Humane Society and the New Westminster Heritage Preservation Society.

    Jaimie is currently the Director of the Hospitality Project at the New Westminster Food Bank, Shiloh-Sixth Avenue United Church. He lives in New Westminster with his partner Stacy and their cats.

    511 Royal Avenue
    New Westminster, BC
    V3L 1H9

    Phone: 604-522-9114
    Email:

  • Betty McIntosh

    Betty was born in New Westminster and returned to Sapperton as a student nurse in 1968.

    She has worked at Royal Columbian Hospital since 1971, specializing in emergency care, and is a former school nurse at New Westminster Secondary.

    With a keen interest in youth and health care issues, Betty has applied her energy to numerous volunteer activities over the years, including serving as a member of the Auxiliary to Dunwood Place, Director of Fraserside Community Services and involvement with the Girl Guides. In addition, she is a proud member of The Hyack Festival and also an active volunteer with Irving House Museum. She is also a member of many community groups.

    Betty was elected to New Westminster Council first in 1996 and is currently serving her fifth term. During her time on Council she has served on numerous committees and commissions. She currently Chairs the Family Court Committee, the Special Services and Access Committee, and is a Hyack Festival Association Board appointee. She is also a member of the Community Heritage Commission and the International Relations Task Force, and is Alternate Chair of the Massey Performing Arts Centre Task Force. Betty is a Council Representative on the Correctional Services Canada Joint Committee for Community Corrections and alternate representative on the Fraser Health Authority: Municipal Government Advisory Council.

    Married to husband Ken since 1971, Betty has three adult children residing in New Westminster, Scott (Jessica) and grandson Kent, Tami and Lisa.

    511 Royal Avenue
    New Westminster, BC
    V3L 1H9

    Phone: 778-773-0546
    Email:

  • Chuck Puchmayr

    Chuck Puchmayr has been a resident of New Westminster since 1978.

     He has been active in many local organizations since that time and was a founding organizer of the New Westminster Food Bank. Recently, he was a governor of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Currently, he serves as a Director of the West End Business Association and is on the board of A Beef with Hunger Society, an organization that raises beef for food banks, community school programs and local non-profit meal providers. He was elected to city council in 1996 and served in this role until 2005, when he was elected Member of the Legislative Assembly for New Westminster. As the Opposition Labour Critic in Victoria, Chuck advocated for working families on a host of issues until he stepped down from provincial politics in 2009.

    Now back on Council, Chuck serves as Chair of the Emergency Advisory Committee, the Multicultural Advisory Committee and Alternate Chair of the Massey Performing Arts Centre Task Force. He is a member of the Youth Advisory Committee and the Multi Use Civic Facility Arts Task Force and is also Council Representative on the Lower Mainland Treaty Advisory Committee and the Communities Embracing Restorative Action Society Board.

    Chuck is a transplant survivor and continues to be a vocal supporter of BC Transplant and organ donation. He is a resident of the west end and together with his partner Amber Anderson, has four adult children.

     511 Royal Avenue
    New Westminster, BC
    V3L 1H9

    Phone: 604-356-4570
    Email:

  • Lorrie Williams

    A City Councillor since 2002, Lorrie Williams has been an active educator in New Westminster for over 20 years.

    Lorrie graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Arts degree and obtained a Masters Degree in Administration from Western Washington University. She has taught both elementary and high school students, including sick kids at Royal Columbian Hospital, and was the former Vice Principal at Lord Kelvin elementary school.

    Following a year and a half teaching in East Africa, Lorrie was moved to action by the situation faced by young women. She created the Canadian Harambee Education Society in 1985 which provides sponsorships to high school girls to receive an education. Today over 600 girls are sponsored.

    Her commitment to the local community is evident through roles as the past Director of the Royal City Humane Society, President of the New Westminster Symphony Society, first female President of the New Westminster Kiwanis Club, and involvement with the Homeless Coalition. Lorrie’s outstanding service has been recognized with numerous awards including the Avon Woman of Distinction Award, the Humanist Heroine Award from the American Humanist Association, and the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal. Also, Humanist Canada recently named her Humanist of the Year.

    Lorrie is Chair of the "Wait for Me Daddy" Memorial Task Force and serves as a member of the New Westminster Library Board, the Remembrance Day Committee and the International Relations Task Force. She is also a Council representative on various committees with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, including the British Columbia Regional Caucus, the Opening Committee of the Whole, the Committee for Increasing Women’s Participation in Municipal Government, the Committee for Increasing Women’s Participation in Municipal Government and the Standing Committee on International Relations.

    In addition to her volunteer work, Lorrie is the Provincial Marriage Commissioner for the New Westminster area. Lorrie has a son Glenn, and three grandsons Saber, Austin and Devon.

    446 Kelly Street
    New Westminster, BC
    V3L 3T9

    Phone: 604-521-3416
    Email:

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