With a focus on transportation safety, Nick’s leadership has contributed to enhanced opportunities for both pedestrians and cyclists in Burnaby.
Nick Volkow has been a Burnaby resident since 1983. A family man working as a truck driver, he and his wife were raising three young children in the city when Nick was inspired to serve his community and work towards helping to provide more opportunities for youth to gather and play in safe, supporting environments. Combined with his progressive ideas on the environment and local transportation issues, Nick stepped forward to serve on the Burnaby Parks Commission.
During those ten years, Nick’s ability to work together with citizens with a similar focus resulted in numerous benefits for the city’s youth. The award-winning Bonsor Park Metro Youth Park facility and the Confederation Skate Park in north Burnaby, that became a model for community involvement as youth who would be using the park participated in its design, were a result of his contributions.
In 1996 he was elected to Burnaby City Council and has been re-elected 6 times, most recently in 2014.
Committed to making Burnaby a great place to live, work and play, Nick’s community networking skill has enhanced his contribution on Council and has moved forward a number of significant initiatives, including the development of four leading-edge youth centres in Burnaby – one in each quadrant of the city.
His ideas to dredge and rejuvenate Burnaby Lake, stemming from his time serving on the Parks Commission, were instrumental in realizing the completion of this environmentally-sensitive $20 million project. As an important local and regional asset, this significant long term endeavour is now being recognized for its significants improvements to water quality, wildlife habitat and potential recreational opportunities.
With a focus on transportation safety, Nick’s leadership has contributed to enhanced opportunities for both pedestrians and cyclists in Burnaby. Projects such as the Central Valley Greenway – the 24-kilometre cycling and walking path that runs from Vancouver to New Westminster through Burnaby near the Millennium Line Skytrain route – and the three new pedestrian overpasses – has provided citizens with vital links to parks, shopping, worksites and major transit hubs.
Nick’s active involvement over the past 12 years in promoting and supporting the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival at Deer Lake Park has brought a significant entertainment option for Burnaby’s citizens and an opportunity to promote the city and its tourism industry. This year, an attendance record was set as first-class musicians provided a day of spectacular entertainment enjoyed by residents, families and visitors from both near and far.
In January, 2014, Councillor Volkow was appointed to serve on the following Council Committees and as a Council Liaison or Representative
- Metro Vancouver Board of Directors- Alternate
- Environment Committee – Member
- Simon Fraser Liaison Committee – Chair
- Social Issues Committee – Member
- Transportation Committee – Chair
- Engineering Department – Council Liaison
- Local Court of Revision – Council Representative
- Community Heritage Commission – Vice Chair
Past Council Appointments:
- Council Liaison, Engineering Department and Fire Department
- Chair, Executive Committee of Council
- Chair, Transportation Committee
- Member, Finance and Civic Development Committee
- Member, Burnaby Social Sustainability Strategy Steering Committee
In the community:
- Past-member, North Fraser Harbour Commission (1993–1996)
- Past-member, Ex-Brits Red Lions Rugby Club
- Member of “Million Mile Club”, Canadian Association of Fleet Supervision