NWPEC is a volunteer committee with the intent to establish an elector organization prior to the 2018 municipal election in New Westminster. A number of engaged local residents who live in every corner of the city are actively involved in NWPEC. The Coalition will evolve and grow over the coming months with the following four individuals agreeing to take on the responsibility of providing the necessary leadership we require to transition into a more formal elector organization.
Daniel Fontaine – Chair
Daniel has an extensive background working in the non-profit and private sector, as well as government. A graduate of the University of Manitoba in political science, he currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the BC Care Providers Association headquartered in Burnaby. In this role, Fontaine has been a tireless advocate working to strengthen the delivery of high quality seniors care in British Columbia.
A frequent guest on television news and radio talk show panels, Daniel is also a former political columnist with 24 Hours newspaper. Born in St. Boniface Manitoba, Daniel is proud of his Métis Heritage.
He served on the Board of Directors for Douglas College, and the BC College of Psychologists from 2004 to 2010. Daniel currently serves on the board of SafeCare BC, and was appointed by Mayor Jonathan Cote to the Public Engagement Committee.
In 2012, Daniel was honoured to be awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for public service. In 2016 he was given the Volunteer of the Year Award by the New Westminster Minor Hockey Association. Daniel is an avid gardener and resides in the historic Queen’s Park neighbourhood with his wife Andrea and their son.
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Lisa Falbo – Vice-Chair
Lisa was attending Douglas College when she knew that she wanted to reside and raise a family in New Westminster. She has worked in the private sector, started a home-based business and has worked for WorkSafe BC for over 20 years. In 2005, her vision came true and she moved to the beautiful Moody Park area.
Volunteering has always given Lisa the opportunity to listen, learn and care. Her first volunteering position was with the Multicultural Society of BC where she helped immigrants settle into their new life in Canada, often in New Westminster. Once she moved to New Westminster she started to look for local volunteering opportunities.
She and her daughter spent a rewarding year volunteering at Honour House. Since then she has been involved in many community events. She has also taken a strong interest in local school issues and joined the Glenbrook Middle School Parent Advisory Council where she was instrumental in obtaining neighbourhood grants for such celebrations as Canada’s 150th Birthday and the Glenbrook Multicultural Potluck event. She also takes pride in volunteering with the New Westminster Hyack Ambassador Program and is honoured to work along such intelligent and dedicated youth and feels she is helping our future community leaders.
Lisa resides in the Moody Park neighbourhood with her husband Frank and daughter Janel.
B.C. Lee – Chair of Neighbourhood Engagement
B.C. Lee was born in Macao and raised in Taiwan. Lee traveled to New York for advanced studies at New York University before settling in Vancouver in 1992. He moved to New Westminster in 2013 and currently lives in the downtown area.
Lee was elected to Vancouver City Council in 2005 as a member of the Non-Partisan Association. Lee has a distinguished career in the film and arts scene having played different roles for a number of local and Canadian productions.
He holds two masters’s degrees in Political Science and Public Administration. Lee has a diverse career and enjoys living life to its full potential. He is currently a writer, translator, actor, CBC radio news commentator, LS Times TV talk show host, event creative planner, marketing and communications consultant; public policies and business analyst. In 2012, Lee was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for public service. He was nominated in the category of Best Supporting Actor at the 2017 Leo Awards.
Danielle Connelly – Chair of Communications
Danielle has a back ground in communications having graduated from Carleton University with a BA Honours in Political Science and Communications. She has worked in the non-profit, public and private sectors and is also an entrepreneur having founded an online business dedicated to parents and thrifty living.
Danielle has been involved in many community initiatives and associations including serving as a member of the New Westminster Minor Hockey executive, Block Watch Captain, and as a coach and team manager with the New Westminster Minor Salmonbellies.
She has also taken a strong interest in local school issues, having served on the Richard McBride Elementary and Ecole Glenbrook Middle School Parent Advisory Councils and by spearheading the Rally to Rebuild New Westminster Secondary School.
Danielle resides in the historic and every changing neighbourhood of Sapperton with her husband Trevor and their two sons.