Bonita is a voice for equality, with a focus on addressing the unmet needs of women and girls and persons with disabilities. Bonita drives systemic change that puts people first.
On Coquitlam Council Bonita has worked on the following committees: Fraser Health Advisory Council, Metro Vancouver Indigenous Relations, Tri-Cities Early Childhood Development, Universal-Access Ability, Sports Advisory Committee, Library Board, and for 4 years on standing committees for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. She has also been a three-time delegate at the Commission for the Status of Women at the United Nations.
On the economy, Bonita championed buy-local as a tool to grow small business, challenged pipeline corporations and succeeded in moving policy to have them pay their fair share on impacts to local taxpayers, and completed a successful housing affordability strategy that generated the most rental housing starts in the region. Bonita is currently working on advocating for new federal tax law to spur on more purpose-built rental.
Before being elected to local government Bonita worked in consumer products across Canada as a Business Analyst. She has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Manitoba, a Human Resource Management Certificate from the University of Calgary and is a Certified Programmer Analyst from CDI in Montreal.