Barb Hobson


Barb Hobson


School District #43: Coquitlam

Running for

School Board

Party or Slate (if applicable)



Do you know how much your local government invests in the arts? Would you commit to advocating for an increase in that cultural investment for arts, culture, and heritage in your community, within the capacity of your elected body?

I have been advocating for the arts for more than 20 years and will continue to do so.


If elected, will you take an active role on behalf of your local government in championing the growth of arts, culture and heritage in your community? Why?

I will continue to advocate for more arts education in schools and as a member of the board of Place des Arts I will continue to advocate for better funding for local facilities.


Students with an education rich in the arts have better grade point averages and are three times more likely to get a degree. Will you commit to making the arts a critical component of every child’s education? If so, how?

I will continue to advocate for increased spending for the arts in our schools.

Cultural Growth

How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?

As the president of the Board of Place des Arts, I am continually advocating for additional space and staffing for our facility.

Cultural Spaces

Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?

I believe vibrant cultural organizations and spaces are integral to a community.

Cultural Tourism

How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?

Place des Arts is a vibrant cultural centre that welcomes visitors as well as reaching out to the community at all local events and festivals.

How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?

By offering exhibition space and a gift shop for local artisans to sell their products and creating jobs to attract these individuals.

Key Issues

What do you feel is the single most important issue relating to arts, culture, and heritage in your community, and what action will you take to address it?

Arts organizations need to work together, and not in competition, to advocate for additional facilities and spending on the arts.


How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)

I've served on the Board of Place des Arts for close to 20 years and continually advocate for and support the arts in our community by participating on the board, attending exhibitions and cultural events.

Additional Information

If you'd like to provide voters with additional information about your stance on arts, culture, and heritage issues in your community, please use the space below.

I understand and support having more availability of arts and culture in our community. I believe an educated citizen should be exposed to arts and culture as well as sports and recreation. These two areas go hand in hand to help to provide a well rounded education.