About Rob Bottos
Coquitlam has been my home for the past 40 years. I grew up in Maillardville, attending Alderson, Maillard, and Centennial. I was a renter for many years, and am now a homeowner in Austin Heights.
As a Life Skills Worker, I have spent 11 years helping Special Needs Adults in the TriCities and North Shore areas. In my position, I promote and build inclusive communities, where everyone can participate, regardless of age, ability, or socio-economic status. I presently sit on the City of Coquitlam’s Universal Access Ability Advisory Committee.
MODERN SOCIAL DEMOCRAT
Growing up in a low income family, the NDP was the party that spoke up for families like mine. As an adult, I joined the NDP because I knew I would be welcomed for my ideas, and not judged for my lack of means.
I have a good working relationship with my MLA, and I am proud to have volunteered for Diane Thorne, Dawn Black, Fin Donnelly, and Selina Robinson. I am a current member of the executive of The Coquitlam Maillardville NDP Constituency Association, and have held the position of Member at Large for the last 2 years.
I am a member of the BCGEU, and believe in the ideals and principles of the Trade Union movement. Long before I ventured into local politics, I was an active member of the various Unions I belonged to. Unions have and continue to be the one true equalizer and voice for working people in our community.
I joined Coquitlam’s Royal Canadian Legion Branch #263 in 2006 and have been a member ever since. For the last 22 years I have been an active member of their Annual Poppy Campaign, and in recent years I have become a preferred volunteer and recruiter.
Through my involvement in the Scouting community over 21 years, I have been able to make several significant contributions. For 14 of those years I served as a Scout leader in Coquitlam working with various troops. I then joined the District Service Team, from which I advanced to the position of Assistant District Commissioner for Troop, where I oversaw the delivery of program and compliance with Scouts Canada policy.
Growing up, my family had to rely on the Food Bank on occasion. For the last 11 years I have organized an annual Food drive every November, and I also collect donations from both friends and co-workers. The Food Bank was there when my family needed it, and I’m just doing my part to help the next family.