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Robin Howard
Robin Howard is the new president of the Quayside Community Board.

Do you have an idea for a project that will help lift the community’s spirits as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic?

If so, the City of New Westminster wants to help you bring your idea to fruition through its 2021 One Time Small Grant program. The program is supporting small projects and events with a maximum cash value of $3,500, with the possibility of an additional $1,500 in city services.

The application deadline is Friday, July 23.

“Does your organization have a project or initiative that will celebrate our city, lift community spirit, recognize loss and support our collective recovery as we move forward from the pandemic?” said a notice about the session. “Learn more about how we can work with you to make your vision into reality.”

For more information about the city’s grants program, go to

Quayside Community Board selects new president

A new president has taken the helm of the Quayside Community Board.

The group, which represents an area that’s home to 20 buildings, 2,749 condo units and more than 6,000 residents, has announced that Robin Howard is its new president. This position was temporarily not filled when COVID-19 hit in early 2020 and the group didn’t meet for nearly a year.

“The Quay is a distinct and unique part of New West,” he said in a news release. “I am proud to be a longtime resident and now the new QCB president.  I look forward to contributing to this great community.”

Howard was raised in Burnaby, but regularly ventured to New West with his family for excursions to the King Neptune Restaurant, Army & Navy, Woodward’s and Eaton’s department stores. He moved to New West in 1989, and has lived at the Quay ever since.

Howard is happy to combine his work in sales and his involvement in strata boards in his new role as president.  Other members of the Quayside Community Board executive include Maureen Albanese (treasurer), Karen Tomkins (secretary) and Enzo Guerriero (director-at-large). 

For more information about the Quayside Community Board, go to

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