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Jonathan X. Coté

First elected in 2005, Jonathan X. Coté served three terms on New Westminster City Council before being elected as Mayor in 2014. As a New Westminster Councillor, Jonathan earned a reputation as a strong leader around issues such as transportation, our local economy and parks and recreation facilities. Jonathan has recently been appointed to several Metro Vancouver Committees and will serve as Vice Chair of the Regional Planning Committee, a member of the Housing Committee, the Mayors’ Committee, Performance and Procurement Committee and the Zero Waste Committee. He is also a member of the TransLink Mayors’ Council. During his time as a Councillor, he was Chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee and co-Chaired the Master Transportation Committee.

Outside of council, Jonathan worked in the insurance industry as a Senior Injury Litigation Adjuster and also completed his Master’s Degree in Urban Studies at SFU. In his spare time, Mayor Coté enjoys New Westminster’s recreation facilities with his family and stays active cycling, swimming and playing tennis.

Christine Dacre

Christine Dacre is a Chartered Professional Accountant (Certified General Accountant), working at TransLink as Vice President, Financial Services.  She brings with her a wealth of experience in senior finance roles and has been a member of a number of boards, most recently being the New Westminster Victims Assistance Association.  Christine spent 15 years on the board of numerous credit unions.  Originally as a director of the Dairy Industry Credit Union, Christine participated in three separate mergers ending with G&F Financial Group.  During these mergers, Christine played a significant role ensuring a smooth transition each time both at the board and management levels.  In her spare time, Christine is an avid golfer and loves to hike with her dogs.

Carla Hotel

Carla Hotel is currently a Criminology Instructor and the Department Chair of the Criminology Department for Douglas College. Previously, Ms. Hotel was a Consultant for Children Who Witness Abuse Program and D-Code, a national research and policy think tank. Active in her community, she is Faculty Advisor of the Rehabilitation Committee and Personal and Sexual Harassment Advisor for Douglas College. Ms. Hotel has received several academic awards including the Simon Fraser Graduate Fellowship and Canadian Law and Society Association Bursary. She holds a Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia (UBC), a Master of Arts in Criminology and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Simon Fraser University (SFU), and holds a Certificate in French from a University in France.

Baj Puri

Baj Puri has been involved in the lumber and building material industry and is very active in his community. Mr. Puri currently serves as the Chair of the Fraser Alumni Association of Sea and Navy League Cadets and the Chair of the Douglas College Foundation. He is also a member of the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce and the New Westminster Board of Variance. Previously, Mr. Puri served as Chair of the BC Association of Police Boards and the New Westminster branch of the St. John Ambulance (Officer of the Order of St. John). He was also the president of the Hyack Festival in New Westminster and was a member of the Press Council of BC, New Westminster Advisory Planning Commission, the New Westminster Parking Commission, and the Transit Police Board. In 1996, he was recognized as Citizen of the Year and has received Her Majesty the Queen’s Silver, Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals for community service and in 1998, he received the Building Supply Industry Merit Award. Mr. Puri has sat on the New Westminster Police Board once before.

Sasha Ramnarine

As a business lawyer, Sasha Ramnarine works with small businesses and start-up companies. Since 2008 Sasha has been partnering with the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade to advocate the municipal and provincial government for policy changes affecting small businesses in British Columbia.  He contributes to the Police Board experience in advocating for social justice issues, including support for high-risk youths, ensuring safe drinking water in First Nations communities, and career mentorship for immigrants and refugees. When he is not working, he can be found hiking, swimming, golfing, and playing competitive cricket.