Awards Night was multi-faceted celebration

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation’s annual Awards Night, held June 13, celebrated and supported the promise of the city’s youth, the vision of the community’s many charitable organizations, and the commitment of the foundation’s own volunteers and supporters.

The evening saw the foundation distribute $43,500 in bursaries and scholarships to 53 recipients, and $40,050 in grants to 15 organizations—a total disbursement of $83,550. The foundation has now distributed $1.3 million in the 26 years since its founding. The foundation is especially pleased to have been able to support so many students and young athletes through several of its foundation-directed and donor-advised funds.

Coincidental to the awards night, the foundation received a gracious thank-you letter from one such student, Rai McKenzie, one of last year’s recipients of a Mayor’s Scholarship. “The costs of university are much greater than what is experienced in high school,” wrote McKenzie, a graduate of Centennial Secondary School who is now studying engineering at the University of B.C. “Receiving the Mayor’s Scholarship last year really helped me offset these costs. I would like to tremendously thank the board and staff at the Coquitlam Foundation for supporting me and continuing to support other students with this award.”

This year, the foundation distributed scholarships and bursaries from the Symington Endowment Fund, the Coquitlam Foundation Community Fund, the James Gordon Stewart Fund, the Soroptimist TriCities Fund, Rotary Club Community Service Award Fund, the Steps Together Fund, the Danielle and Gary Couling Education Fund, the Trevor Wingrove Bursary Fund, and the Coquitlam Minor Lacrosse Association Brodie Campbell Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The foundation also distributed grants from a variety of funds to support a wide-range of activities. Among the recipients was the Glen Pine 50plus Society’s Leisure Connections program, which was awarded $3,500 from the James Gordon Stewart Fund to enable it to run a weekly program of support for residents with mild to medium dementia or Alzheimer’s, and also offer brief respite to their caregivers.

As well, a grant of $1,000 from the Danielle & Gary Couling Education Fund went to the Pacific Post-Partum Support Society; the Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland received $1,000 from the Coquitlam Centre Fund; the Noura Homes Community Fund awarded $2,500 to the New View Society; the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society received $1,000 from the Beverley Ann Cook Fund; the Arthritis Society, BC and Yukon Division received $1,500 from the Shelagh Elaine Fulton Fund; the Symington Endowment Fund awarded WestCoast Movement $5,000; and the Evergreen Arts Education Endowment Fund gave $9,000 to the Evergreen Cultural Centre. The Coquitlam Foundation Community Fund gave grants to the Camp Kerry Society, the children of the Street Society, Les Echos du Pacifique, the Unique Get Together Society, Young Entrepreneur Leadership Launchpad, and the Zajac Ranch Society,

Awards Night presenters noted that it has been a year of both sadness and celebration for the foundation—sadness because two of the foundation’s much-respected fund holders, Bill LeClair and Les Wingrove, passed away. “Their many contributions to our community will surely be remembered—and celebrated,” says Colleen Talbot, chair of the foundation’s board of directors.

It was the final Awards Night for at least two directors, including event MC and grants-committee chair Ron Grender, who will leave the board on June 30. “Serving on the Board of the foundation since 2010, Ron has chaired the Grants Committee for several years and has been part of the awards ceremony for even longer,” noted Talbot. “We are happy that he has another opportunity to put smiles on many faces tonight.”

Also leaving the board in the near future is Councillor Terry O’Neill, chair of the marketing and communications committee, who has served 10 consecutive years on the board, the last two as the Mayor’s representative; O’Neill has announced that he has will step down from the board this fall. Mayor Richard Stewart told the Awards Night audience that O’Neill, “has always put his community and its community foundation first.… He deserves to be acknowledged, honoured, and given our heartfelt thanks.”

The event featured stellar entertainment by the Summit Middle School Jazz Band. Generous event sponsors included Sandpiper Signs and Decals, Quantus Luxury Homes, Thrifty Foods and the Evergreen Cultural Centre.

The Coquitlam Foundation manages $3.2 million in 30 foundation-directed and donor-advised funds. The foundation always welcomes donations to any of these funds, which can be made through its website by clicking the Donate Now button.

As well, the foundation invites interested individuals or organizations to consider establishing a fund with the foundation. Individuals and families are also encouraged to think of the foundation when planning legacy and estate donations.

The Coquitlam Foundation is registered with Canada Revenue as a charitable organization, No. 890762347 RR0001.

Here is the complete list of 2018 recipients of grants, scholarships and bursaries


Coquitlam Foundation Community Fund
Camp Kerry Society ($2,750)
Children of the Street Society ($2,750)
Les Echos du Pacifique ($2,250)
Unique Get Together Society ($2,500)
Young Entrepreneur Leadership Launchpad ($2,500)
Zajac Ranch Society ($2,000)

Coquitlam Centre Fund
Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland ($1,000)

James Gordon Stewart Fund
Glen Pine 50plus Society ($3,500)

Noura Homes Community Fund
New View Society ($2,500)

Danielle & Gary Couling Education Fund
Pacific Post-Partum Support Society ($1,000)

Beverley Ann Cook Fund
Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society ($1,000)

Community Diversity Fund
Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association ($800)

Shelagh Elaine Fulton Fund
The Arthritis Society, BC and Yukon Division ($1,500)

Symington Endowment Fund
WestCoast Movement ($5,000)

Evergreen Arts Education Endowment Fund
Evergreen Cultural Centre ($9,000)

Bursaries and Scholarships

Mayor’s Community Fund ($500 each)
Cameron Blom (Pinetree Secondary School)
Maxwell Botsis (Dr. Charles Best)
Iman Fortin (Gleneagle)
Sophie Greenwood (Pinetree)
Serena Jacob (Centennial)
Yun-Kyung (Kate) Kim (Dr. Charles Best)
Timothy Oh (Centennial)
Nicolas Ramirez (Gleneagle)

Symington Endowment Fund
Gymnastics Excellence Awards recipients:
Abby Vosenaar ($300)
Jordan de Jong ($350)
Jordyn Beyer ($400)
Athena Hutchinson ($400)
Kimiko Pausche ($400)
Mara Steinfort ($400)
Emily Christie ($500)
David Dawson ($500)
Matthew Dykman ($500)
Tiana Hesert ($500)
Makalya Koci ($500)
Nicolas Lamond ($500)
Maschke Teegan ($500)
Jasmine Parhar ($500)
Scarlett Earl ($750)
Sophie Patterson ($750)

Coquitlam Foundation Community Fund ($750)
Elena Bruneau
Tyler Wong
Kelly Zheng

James Gordon Stewart Fund ($1,500)
Julian Besler
Jackson Hamanishi
Sarah Karhukangas
Angelique King
Emily Lam
Stephanie Lam
Mataya Lukas
Catherine Shin
Cameron Way

Soroptimist TriCities Fund ($1,000)
Anika Crape-Tardiff
Johanna Jucutan
Chiku Ngosi
Sofia Slater
Give Her Wings
Emily Lam ($500)

Rotary Club Community Service Award ($1,250)
Risa Fox
Emily Lam
Jessica Martell
Ethel Grace Pasion
Joyce Tao

Steps Together Fund ($750)
Jordan Chambers
Kate Kim
Katie Sew

Trevor Wingrove Bursary Fund ($500)
Morgan Lowe
Gabriel Procyk

Danielle and Gary Couling Education Fund ($1,000)
Niloufarsadat Sharif

Coquitlam Minor Lacrosse Association Brodie Campbell Memorial Scholarship Fund ($1,000)
Luke Benedet