YELL & Coquitlam Youth: Stories of Leadership, Community Building & Innovation

YELL (Young Entrepeneur Leadership Launchpad) is an organization centered around providing mentorship and education for young leaders. Educators, YELL partners, mentors, and community leaders work together to support the confidence and problem-solving skills of the youth in YELL’s various courses. Last year, The Coquitlam Foundation awarded YELL Canada with a grant for $2500 to fund their project entitled “YELL & Coquitlam Youth: Stories of Leadership, Community Building & Innovation”. The project involved creating three video shorts, each showcasing one Coquitlam […]

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Zajac Ranch: Giving Three Coquitlam Children the Joy of Summer Camp

The Zajac Ranch’s mission is to provide memorable, enriching camp experiences in an accessible and innovative facility for children and young adults with medical conditions, who may not be able to attend camp otherwise. Last year, The Coquitlam Foundation helped Zajac Ranch accomplish this vision with a grant of $2000. This donation funded the summer camp experience of three children from Coquitlam: 11-year-old Tasha, who has Autism spectrum disorder; 9-year old Xavier, who has Severe Hemophilia A; and 11-year old […]

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Pacific Post Partum Support Society – A Vital Service For Women and Families

In June 2018, the Pacific Post-Partum Support Society  (PPPSS) received a grant for $1000 from the Coquitlam Foundation. This grant helped provide postpartum depression/anxiety telephone support for residents of the Coquitlam area. In the last year, 214 callers who identified themselves as residents of Coquitlam or Port Coquitlam received support from this service. This number does not include anonymous callers, which means the number of Coquitlam residents impacted by their crucial front-line services is likely even higher. Furthermore, PPPSS created brochures […]

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New View Society – Supporting Individuals With Mental Illness

The New View Society was founded in 1973 with a mission to foster the growth and recovery of individuals with mental illness in the Tri-Cities, though Housing, Employment, and Social Recreation programs. One of the ways in which they support the employment of individuals with mental illness is through their One Stop Assembly, a social enterprise which employs around 30 New View members per year. Using small weight scales and a heat sealing/dating process, the employees of the OSA package and […]

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Les Échos du Pacifique – Encouraging Arts in Coquitlams’s Francophone Community

Les Échos du Pacifique, a Francophone choir that rehearses and performs in Coquitlam, received a grant for $2250 from the Coquitlam Foundation last year. With these funds, the choir was able to pay for an ad with the Tri-City News, printed and photocopied concert programs and posters, new choral pieces, one commissioned work entitled, “Embraceable You”, and professional photos of the choir to be displayed on their website. Last year, three new, younger choir members joined, and three former choir […]

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Coquitlam Foundation Celebrates its 27th Annual Awards Ceremony

On the evening of June 20th, organizations, grantees, students, awards recipients, community members, donors, directors, and staff came together to celebrate the accomplishments of the Coquitlam community. It was the Foundation’s 27th annual awards ceremony, hosted at the Evergreen Cultural Centre. A remarkable $70 000 in scholarships, bursaries, and grants was distributed. This was the final awards ceremony for two of our board members: Linda Reimer and Justina Mark. Linda Reimer has been on the board for the last year, and has assisted […]

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Tri-Cities Brain Injury Support – Helping Brain Injury Survivors Enjoy the Outdoors

The Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association received an $800 grant from the Coquitlam Foundation’s Community Diversity Fund. The Tri-City Brain Injury Support Group, consisting of brain injury survivors, holds group outings which often requires having many support people to ensure each individual’s safety. Prior to receiving this fund, the group mostly met during the winter, and had limited summer programming. With the aid of this grant, the association was able to double what they had previously been able to do […]

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Foundation Brings on Two New Board Members

The Coquitlam Foundation is pleased to announce two new additions to the Board of Directors: Hazel Joomratty and Iris Sun. Hazel Joomratty moved to the City of Coquitlam in 2015, and her and her family have loved living here. With her kids growing up, Hazel has developed an increased awareness of and desire to give back to the community. Her last board contribution was five years ago in Vancouver, so joining the Coquitlam Foundation is an excellent opportunity for her to resume contributing her time […]

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Project Lokomat – Bringing Lokomat Therapy to Surrey Neuromotion Clinic

The Project Lokomat campaign was launched in November of 2017 by the Neuromotion Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Clinics and the Drive for the Cure Foundation. With the goal of helping individuals with brain and neurological disorders, stroke, or spinal cord injury regain their ability to walk, the project is raising money to bring a Lokomat® machine to Fraser Valley.  The Lokomat® is a rehabilitation device that optimizes recovery. Its harness allows the user to maintain excellent posture and facilitates repetitive movements, allowing individuals to improve on […]

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Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland Study Buddies Program

Mentoring matters. In 2018, The Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland received $1000 from the Coquitlam Foundation to fund their Study Buddy program. This is a weekly one-to-one mentorship program aimed at building the academic success and self-confidence of female, transgender, and non-binary youth in the Lower Mainland. With the help of this funding, the Study Buddy program was able to support 146 at-risk youth, with 11 coming from Coquitlam.   Many of the youth (ages 7 to 17) who are mentored […]

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Foundation Hires First Summer Student

With funding from the Canada Summer Jobs Grant, the Coquitlam Foundation has brought on a Summer Student to the team for the first time. The Foundation was excited to hire a student Communications Coordinator to improve its ability to reach out to the community, create an online tool to streamline the grant application process, and more. Naoreen Kabir, a Computer Science student at the University of British Columbia, comes to the foundation with expertise in computer programming, communications, web design, and […]

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Foundation Seeks Volunteer Board Member

As the charitable heart of Coquitlam, the Foundation collaborates with community members, businesses, and local government to encourage people to INVEST in their community. Together we ENRICH and INSPIRE one another, using the earnings on the funds that are created to support important and needed community initiatives for youth, seniors, in health, the Arts, education/literacy, conservation, heritage and the environment. The Role of Our Board The Foundation’s board is a hands-on working board committed to being the charitable heart of […]

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