Craig Hodge moved to Coquitlam as a young child, and attended Hillcrest Elementary, Charles Best Junior High and Centennial Secondary Schools.
He and his wife, Darla Furlani, are raising their three teenage boys Robbie, and twins Brandon and Dawson in Northeast Coquitlam.
Craig began his career as a photojournalist in 1974 in Coquitlam at the Columbian Daily Newspaper and, when it went out of business in 1984, he helped to start The Tri-City News, where he worked until his retirement in June 2011.
In his 36-year career, Craig’s achievements were recognized with 42 international, national, and provincial journalism awards.
For three decades, Craig has been an active volunteer and leader in this community.
In the community, Craig has:
helped research and author Coquitlam’s first history book “Coquitlam 100 Years”
participated on the BC Summer Games committee, in 1991
worked on the first Riverview Hospital Task Force as a provincial appointee, in 1995
served as president of the Tri-Cities’ Chamber of Commerce
elected three times to the B.C. Chamber of Commerce board serving a total of six years
member of the city’s economic development, and traffic and safety advisory committees
chair of the city’s traffic calming committee
served as a board member of the Coquitlam Foundation
served as president of the Coquitlam Heritage Society
coached with Metro-Ford Soccer Club and Tri-City ball hockey Association
Craig runs a Scout troop on Burke Mountain
Craig was elected to Coquitlam City Council in 2011 and currently is:
Chair of Sports and Recreation Advisory Committee
Director on the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors
Vice Chair of the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee
Member of the Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Committee
Member of The Union of British Columbia Municipalities Executive
Chair of Union of BC Municipalities Community Safety Committee
Co-Chair of British Columbia’s Local Government RCMP Contract Management Committee
Member of The Fraser Basin Council - Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy Leadership Committee