Bio Dennis Marsden
I have, for the past 25 years, helped families buy and finance their homes, budget for raising their families, save for retirement, as well as finance their businesses in my role as Branch Manager at Westminster Savings and previously Coast Capital Savings, two of the Province’s largest Credit Unions. Most recently, I have taken on a partnership role with Green Waste recycling company and sit on the board for a publicly traded company that is building a solar and agricultural farm in Aruba.
The Next Twenty Years...
We'll see Coquitlam continue to evolve and grow, and it is this growth that will provide significant challenges for all of our families. Burke Mountain, Burquitlam, and the Town Centre are areas that have seen dramatic and visible change in recent years but every neighbourhood is seeing change whether it be in the development of higher density condos, larger homes in the older established neighbourhoods or transit and recreation needs.
We Need to Work Together...
To ensure that we build and maintain good neighbourhoods, connected neighbourhoods and safe neighbourhoods. Again, please share with me your thoughts by visiting my contact page.
In my first term on Council I served you as...
- Chair - Economic Development Advisory Committee - In this role we have focussed creating the environment to attract and retain businesses. Championed the need for more employment space in developments and the reduction of red tape to make doing business in Coquitlam easier.
- Chair - Tri Cities Healthier Communities Committee - This committee has representatives across the community from Fraser Health to the Tri Cities Seniors Planning Network to Share Family Services. We have championed the need for more physicians, more walkable communities, actions to address the opioid epidemic and most recently, the development of plans to address social isolation in youth and seniors.
- Vice Chair - Riverview Land Advisory Committee - Riverview is a gem. We need to see the return of Mental Health Services and it is a prime location to provide the much needed addiction services. In my time on the committee, I called for and succeeded in receiving a commitment that development on the site would not exceed the current footprint, ensuring that we retain the arboretum and the approximately 160 acres of green space.
- Council Rep - Fraser Health Municipal Roundtable - I represented the city in addressing the needs in the region, including the expansion of Eagle Rage Hospital to better serve Coquitlam, the re-introduction of services at Riverview for Mental Health and addiction as well as numerous other regional issues.
- Alternate Director - Metro Vancouver Board of Directors - I attended meetings in the absence of the assigned representatives, specifically focussing on bringing my finance skills to the debates.