Robert Tanaka

Coquitlam, British Columbia

The city of Coquitlam and the strength of the community is indebted to the commitment of volunteers like Robert (Bob) Tanaka. Bob has sat on many local boards, notably the Coquitlam Public Library and the Coquitlam Foundation and shared his skill set as an accountant to further the goals of the organizations he serves. In these roles Bob held various positions, including Treasurer, applying his expertise to steer the financial well-being of the boards while demonstrating the importance of engagement and what it can accomplish.

Bob has also lent his leadership skills to more regionally based organizations such as the Domestic Abuse Services Society, the Crossroads Hospice Society and Foundation and the Tozenji Japanese Culture Centre. In his many volunteer endeavours, three things remain constant to Bob’s volunteerism: his willingness to serve, the effectiveness of that service, and the good will he creates as part of that service.


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I volunteer because I believe it is my duty and responsibility to lend a helping hand especially to those needing a lift. The granting of these awards gives all volunteers the acknowledgement that service is critical for the well-being of our communities.