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Biography:  Fin Donnelly



Fin Donnelly is a Coquitlam city councillor and environmental advocate who has strong roots throughout New Westminster- Coquitlam- Port Moody.


First elected to Coquitlam city council in 2002, Fin is known as a strong and effective community leader.  During his time on council, Fin has championed many local issues, with a strong focus on the importance of sustainable communities that strike a balance between our environmental, economic, social and cultural needs.  


Fin is also well known for his work as Executive Director of the Rivershed Society of British Columbia, a charitable organization dedicated to protecting the health and biodiversity of the Fraser River. Since 1995, he has talked to over 55,000 people in hundreds of BC schools and communities about the importance of environmental sustainability. Between 1990 and 2000, Fin made 14 environmental marathon swims, covering more than 3200 kilometres in BC’s rivers, lakes and ocean to draw attention to the health of these significant water bodies, and the need for increased stewardship.


Born in New Westminster, Fin spent his early years living in Port Moody, and swam for many years as a member of New Westminster’s Hyack swim team. His father was an electrician with MacMillan Bloedel, Queensborough Division, for 27 years, while his mother taught preschool in Port Moody and Coquitlam for 20 years. Fin now lives and works in the city of Coquitlam.


2008    Re-elected to Coquitlam City Council (3rd term)

2006    Moved that Metro Vancouver adopt the Zero Waste Challenge

2005    Re-elected to Coquitlam City Council (2nd term)

2002    Elected to Coquitlam City Council (1st term)

2002    Awarded Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal

2001    Inducted into B.C. Summer Swimming Association’s ‘Pool of Fame’

1999    Named, “Environmental Educator of Year,” by the Environmental Educators Provincial Specialists’ Association.
1999    Spirit of Community “Community Action Award”

1998    Inducted onto Banting School’s ‘Wall of Fame’

1997    Named Iyim Yewyews by the Squamish Nation.

1995    Honoured by the Georgia Strait Alliance with a lifetime membership.

1994    Named Coquitlam Chamber of Commerce’s “Sports person of the Year.”

1994    Set the unofficial world record for swimming Juan De Fuca Strait (10 hrs,10 min.).

1992    Set the unofficial world record for swimming Georgia Strait (8 hours, 5 minutes).

1988    Placed in the finals at the Canadian Olympic swim trials.

1987    Won four gold medals swimming for Canada in Tel Aviv, Israel.

            Raised over $50,000 for environmental concerns.

































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