The Coquitlam Foundation is searching for an Executive Director

The Executive Director will be tasked with executing the Foundation’s 2018-2021 Strategic Plan. To do this, the Executive Director will primarily need to focus on community engagement and fund development. On community engagement, the Executive Director will: • represent the Foundation at community events; • regularly meet with community stakeholders, such as current and prospective Foundation event attendees, award recipients, and sponsors; • maintain active relationships with other community foundations to ensure the Foundation is operating according to best practices; and • […]

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Coquitlam Foundation Receives Significant Donation

The Coquitlam Foundation is the beneficiary of a significant estate from the late Margaret Susan Price (Sue). Sue worked for RBC for most of her career and while she loved many things in the world, she loved her cats the most. It was this love of cats coupled with an understanding of how cats provide companionship for seniors, that led to this fund. “The Coquitlam Foundation is set up to help donors like Sue achieve their philanthropic desires  Sue has […]

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Foundation Welcomes Andrew Richardson As Our Newest Board Member

The Coquitlam Foundation is please to announce the addition of a new member of our Board of Directors, Andrew Richardson. In joining the board, Andrew aims to enhance the Coquitlam community by contributing his skills in management, finance, and risk. Andrew has over 30 years of experience in executive management and board management. Currently, he runs his own risk management consulting business, Simplified Risk Management Inc. Additionally, Andrew is treasurer for Evergreen Cultural Society, and is a member of the […]

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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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Sid Sharma Is Newest Director

The Coquitlam Foundation is pleased to announce that Sid Sharma, an entrepreneur and accountant, has joined its board of directors. After immigrating with his family to Canada in 2008, Mr. Sharma became director of finance and corporate service with the College of Registered Nurses of B.C., and then founded his own business-consulting firm. He later launched Europa Language School and is also a part-owner of a preschool and daycare in Coquitlam. As well, Mr. Sharma is director of finance for […]

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$5k for rehab machine!

We are always extremely pleased to be able to facilitate the philanthropic wishes of the wonderful folks who have given us the honour of managing their funds. On Thursday, we had the distinct pleasure of drawing $5,000 from the Michael Cross Brain Injury fund to donate to the Drive for the Cure Foundation, which in turn, will use the money to support the purchase of a Lokomat machine, which helps brain-injury patients to walk again. Taking part in the cheque-presentation […]

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AGM celebrates successes

Looking back, taking stock, and looking forward. Those were the themes of our 2017-2018 Annual General Meeting, held Thursday evening in the Coquitlam Foundation Room of the City Centre Branch of the Coquitlam Public Library. A great year, as our assets now total about $3.2 million and we have hit the $1.5-million mark in awards (grants, scholarships and bursaries) over the 26-year life of the foundation. A big “thank you” to all our donors, fundholders, and volunteers. Our AGM was […]

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Coquitlam Foundation welcomes Sid Sharma to its board

Thursday, September 20, 2018 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation is pleased to announce that Sid Sharma, an entrepreneur and accountant, has joined its board of directors. After immigrating with his family to Canada in 2008, Mr. Sharma became director of finance and corporate service with the College of Registered Nurses of B.C., and then founded his own business-consulting firm. He later launched Europa Language School and is also a part-owner of a preschool and daycare in Coquitlam. As well, Mr. […]

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Linda Reimer joins Coquitlam Foundation board

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation is pleased to announce that Linda Reimer, a longtime community volunteer and former politician, has joined its board of directors. Reimer was MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam from 2013 to 2017 and a Coquitlam City Councillor for two terms prior to that. She also served on the BC College of Teachers, and was chair of the School District #43 Parent Advisory Council. Among her other community work, she has been a member […]

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Roch Ripley is new Coquitlam Foundation Chair

Friday, July 6, 2018 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation is proud to announce that lawyer Roch Ripley is the new Chair of its board of directors. Ripley replaces Colleen Talbot, who had been serving as interim chair since February following the resignation and move to Toronto of Jason Leo Carvalho. “We certainly must thank Colleen for the great work she did over the past half year,” Ripley said. “With her at the helm, we adopted a new strategic plan, staged […]

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Apply now to serve on Coquitlam Foundation board

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 One down, one to go. The Coquitlam Foundation is in the process of filling one of two vacancies on its board of directors, but is still looking for just the right person for the second position. The successful applicant will be a Coquitlam resident who is a passionate, dedicated team player, preferably with some charity-board experience, and is also willing to volunteer his or her time to join 11 other directors. The foundation’s working board meets […]

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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 […]

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We’re accepting applications for 2 board positions

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 COQUITLAM — The Coquitlam Foundation is looking for passionate, dedicated team players to volunteer their time and talent to fill two vacancies on our board of directors. We’re looking for residents of Coquitlam who, preferably, have past board experience; the successful applicant for one of the positions should also have expertise in administration and computers. Our working board meets monthly; as well, all directors are expected to serve on at least one committee. If we’ve piqued […]

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Coquitlam Foundation to award almost $83,000 in grants, scholarships

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation is pleased to announce that it will distribute almost $83,000 in grants, bursaries and scholarships to students and community organizations at its annual Awards Night, to be held June 13 at the Evergreen Cultural Centre. Executive Director Dwight Yochim said the disbursements include $42,500 in scholarships and bursaries, and $40,050 in grants. “It’s extremely gratifying to be able to support so many worthy individuals and groups,” Yochim said. “As the charitable […]

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Coquitlam Foundation adds directors, vets awards, plans fundraiser

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 COQUITLAM – When it rains, it pours. And when the Coquitlam Foundation gets busy, it gets very busy! The foundation’s executive director, Dwight Yochim, announced this week that the board of directors has approved the appointment of five new board members to fill current and upcoming vacancies precipitated by resignations and retirements. As well, veteran board member and community philanthropist Colleen Talbot has been named chair of the board, replacing Jason Leo Carvalho, who is moving […]

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Coquitlam Foundation now accepting grant, bursary applications

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 COQUITLAM – Maura Fitzpatrick, the fundraising manager for Coquitlam’s Children of the Street Society, needed no prompting when asked to describe how a Coquitlam Foundation community grant assisted her organization last year. “We received $3,500,” Fitzpatrick said, “and I can tell you it was critically important in allowing us to reach kids who live in Coquitlam, to give them the information and practical skills they need to learn how to keep safe from all forms of […]

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Tri-Cities foundations contribute to the community

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Following is the text of a column, jointly written by representatives of the Coquitlam Foundation, the Port Coquitlam Community Foundation, and the Port Moody Foundation, to mark Community Foundations Month in British Columbia. The column was published by the Tri-City News. American psychologist William James said more than a century ago that we humans “are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.” It’s an apt concept to keep in mind […]

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Coquitlam Foundation AGM celebrates community charity

Friday, September 15, 2017 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation celebrated its 25th-anniversary Annual General Meeting on Sept. 14 by focusing on the importance of local charitable enterprises. “We are celebrating 25 years of encouraging and supporting creative, targeted philanthropy that builds a vibrant, sustainable and healthy community,” said chair Jason Leo Carvalho. “During the past year, our board members, our volunteers serving on committees, and our staff members have been working hard to make this mission a reality.” Meeting highlights […]

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New board leadership + directors at Coquitlam Foundation

Saturday, July 1, 2017 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation is pleased to announce that Coquitlam technology entrepreneur Jason Leo Carvalho has been named chair of its board, replacing Janet Toddington, whose term as a director has expired. Longtime board member Colleen Talbot is the new vice-chair, replacing Ken Catton, who has resigned to devote more time to his business interests. New appointees to the board are Coquitlam lawyers Michele Chow and Roch Ripley. Carvalho, 38, was a Business in Vancouver magazine’s […]

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Foundation awards $100,000+ in grants, bursaries and scholarships

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation capped its year-long 25th-anniversary celebration on Tuesday by distributing more than $100,000 in grants, bursaries and scholarships at its annual Awards Night, held at the Evergreen Cultural Centre. The foundation has now awarded more than $1.2 million since its establishment in June, 1992. “What a tremendous way to wrap up what has been an amazing year,” said chair Janet Toddington. “We are very pleased to have been able to support so […]

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Foundation announces creation of Noura Homes Community Fund

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 COQUITLAM – Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Coquitlam Foundation is proud to announce the creation of its 25th donor-advised fund, the Noura Homes Community Fund. Continuing with the “25” theme, not only is it Noura’s 25th anniversary too, but Noura has also set a goal of $25,000 for its fund, which the company seeded with an initial $5,000 donation. “We do a lot of work in Coquitlam, and we just wanted to give something […]

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Canada 150 funds available through Coquitlam Foundation

Saturday, February 4, 2017 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation has joined with the Community Foundations of Canada to offer “Community Fund for Canada 150” grants, of up to $7,000, to qualifying Coquitlam organizations. “Partnering with the Community Foundations of Canada provides the Coquitlam Foundation with access to matching funding to make larger grants than we would normally be able to make,” explains Dwight Yochim, executive director of the foundation. “These grants will be responsive to local priorities, connected to Canada’s […]

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Noura Construction donates to Foundation’s 125 Legacy Fund

Friday, December 16, 2016 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation’s 125 Legacy Fund received another big boost this week with a major donation of $10,000 from Coquitlam-based Noura Construction Ltd. “What a tremendous way to wrap up what’s been a year of great growth for the foundation,” said Executive Director Dwight Yochim. “Noura’s generosity epitomizes the community spirit that is shared by Coquitlam residents and the businesses that operate in our terrific city. It’s very much appreciated.” Jamileh Askarian, Noura’s president […]

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Coquitlam Foundation accepting grant, bursary applications

Sunday, December 11, 2016 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation will begin accepting applications for 2017 grants, bursaries and scholarships on Wednesday, Dec. 14th. Applicants have until 4 p.m. Feb. 15 to submit their completed e-forms, which can be found on the foundation’s website, www.coquitlamfoundation.com. Over the course of 2016, the foundation distributed $188,000 in awards to Coquitlam-area individuals and groups—a record amount. The awards included almost $40,000 in grants to the Coquitlam Firefighters Charitable Society to enable it to assist families, […]

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Coquitlam Foundation accepting grant, bursary applications

Sunday, December 11, 2016 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation will begin accepting applications for 2017 grants, bursaries and scholarships on Wednesday, Dec. 14th. Applicants have until 4 p.m. Feb. 15 to submit their completed e-forms, which can be found on the foundation’s website, www.coquitlamfoundation.com. Over the course of 2016, the foundation distributed $188,000 in awards to Coquitlam-area individuals and groups—a record amount. The awards included almost $40,000 in grants to the Coquitlam Firefighters Charitable Society to enable it to assist families, […]

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Foundation names Dwight Yochim as its new Executive Director

Monday, November 21, 2016 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation has named Dwight Yochim, a Coquitlam resident with an impressive depth of experience in both management and community volunteerism, as its new executive director. “We are extremely pleased to have Dwight join us as we prepare for our upcoming year of community philanthropy,” says Janet Toddington, chair of the foundation. “He comes to us with a wealth of experience, having held executive director positions in a number of major non-profit organizations. […]

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Coquitlam SAR receives foundation funds for new Mobile Command Centre

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 COQUITLAM – When the Coquitlam Foundation established the Coquitlam Search and Rescue Society Fund in 2003, it was seeded with an initial contribution of $20,000. Fast forward 13 years, and the fund has tripled in size. This growth accomplished in large part through public donations, allowed the foundation to present a cheque for $60,000 from the fund to society representatives this morning—the funds supporting the completion of the society’s new, state-of-the-art Mobile Command Centre (MCC). Official dedication of […]

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Trans Mountain signs MOU with Coquitlam Foundation

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 Expansion Project Signs Agreement to Further Educational Awards for Marine Science, Humanities, Trades and Engineering Students in the Tri-Cities COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation and the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will see a $300,000 contribution over 20 years toward funding annual awards for eligible secondary students in School District 43 pursuing studies in nautical science, marine engineering, heavy mechanics, environmental science, social work, and or emergency […]

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Foundation’s 125 Fund receives major donation from Polygon Homes

Monday, October 31, 2016 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation announced today that Polygon Homes Ltd. has made a major contribution of $15,000 to the foundation’s Coquitlam Foundation 125 Legacy Fund. Foundation chair Janet Toddington thanked Polygon for its generosity and philanthropic leadership. She pointed out that the company’s sizeable contribution goes a long way to helping the new fund meet its target endowment of $125,000. Neil Chrystal, President and Chief Executive Officer of Polygon Homes, said the donation is a demonstration […]

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Foundation establishes new Mundy Park Heritage Fund

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation and the Friends of Mundy Park Heritage Society have established a new donor-advised fund designed to support projects and activities promoting or enhancing the conservation of the Coquitlam park system’s crown jewel, Mundy Park. Seeded with an initial contribution of $15,000, which the Friends accumulated through its annual Christmas-tree-chipping program, the Friends of Mundy Park Heritage Society Fund will award grants or bursaries to an eligible student, educational institution or community […]

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Coquitlam Foundation seeking new Executive Director

Thursday, October 6, 2016 The Coquitlam Foundation is searching for an energetic and resourceful, competent and caring, inspiring and insightful individual to fill the position of Executive Director. The position is becoming vacant because of the imminent retirement of the current ED, Jill Cook. “It’s been an absolute pleasure to work with Jill,” says Board Chair Janet Toddington. “The board of directors is disappointed to be losing such a valuable member of its team.  Her energy, leadership and sincere commitment […]

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Cottonwood fire victims to receive food-and-merchandise gift cards

Friday, August 5, 2016 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation has made a major disbursement of funds from the almost $30,000 it has collected to assist families, many of them Syrian refugees, who were displaced by the July 28 apartment fire at 550 Cottonwood Ave. in Coquitlam. On Aug. 5, foundation officials presented a cheque for $23,000 to representatives of the Coquitlam Firefighters Charitable Society (CFCS). In turn, the society will distribute food-and-merchandise gifts cards of up to $400 per person […]

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Grants galore awarded at Foundation event

Sunday, June 12, 2016 COQUITLAM – The awarding of grants for undertakings as diverse as science education and the provision of hearing-assist equipment highlighted the Coquitlam Foundation’s annual Awards Night, held June 9 at the Evergreen Cultural Centre. In total, the foundation distributed about $100,000 worth of grants, bursaries and scholarships to Coquitlam-area groups and students over the past 12 months. Foundation director Janet Toddington also accepted a cheque for $15,000 from Friends of Mundy Park Heritage Society representative Jack […]

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Foundation seeks directors, volunteers

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation is now accepting expressions of interest from Coquitlam residents interested in filling board and committee positions. Board meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month. The foundation fulfills its mandate to be the charitable heart of Coquitlam by: Exercising philanthropic leadership in identifying and addressing community needs Attracting and managing charitable gifts Investing these pooled funds prudently for the benefit of the community The foundation is specifically seeking the […]

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New ‘Legacy Fund’ looks to Coquitlam’s future

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation has established a unique new fund to mark the City of Coquitlam’s 125th Anniversary this year. The fund is designed to enable the foundation to support community-legacy projects throughout the city. In announcing the creation of the Coquitlam Foundation 125 Legacy Fund, foundation chair Janet Toddington issued a broad call for citizens’ donations to help endow the fund with $125,000 by the end of 2016. “It’s a unique opportunity for Coquitlam […]

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Coquitlam non-profits and students can now apply for Foundation $

Thursday, January 14, 2016 COQUITLAM — When the Coquitlam Foundation presented a cheque to Coquitlam Search and Rescue at last spring’s annual Awards Night, it was just one of dozens of such donations and disbursements, totaling $160,000, made to local non-profits and students. But, as numerous as they may have been, each of the grants, bursaries and scholarships awarded last year has made a significant and positive impact on the community. The award to Coquitlam SAR was no exception. Indeed, […]

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Roundin’ up the loot for Kickin’ It Country

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 COQUITLAM – You’d better bring an extra saddlebag to the Coquitlam Foundation’s Kickin’ It Country party next week because you’re bound to leave with some great loot. That’s because the foundation has wrestled up a wagon-load of great silent- and live-auction items, plus a passel of appealing door prizes that’ll be sure to please Coquitlam’s fun-loving cowboys and cowgirls. The fun runs from 6:30 p.m.- 10:30 p.m. (or to whenever the cows come home) on Saturday, […]

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New E.D. starts Aug. 1, joining 3 new board members

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation’s newly hired executive director, Jill Cook, will begin her new job on August 1, joining three recently appointed board members at the helm of the charitable organization. Cook, who replaces Dale Clarke, comes to the foundation with a wealth of experience, having been executive director of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce (2006-2009), the Coquitlam Heritage Society (2009-2014), and the Crossroads Hospice Society. “We are extremely pleased to have Jill join us […]

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Foundation names new executive director at annual Awards Night

Monday, June 22, 2015 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation used the occasion of its annual Awards Night on June 17 to announce that Jill Cook will become its new executive director. Cook earned a reputation as a visionary leader while holding executive director positions with the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce from 2006-2009, the Coquitlam Heritage Society from 2009-2014 and, until recently, with the Crossroads Hospice Society. “We are extremely pleased to be able to retain the services of someone with […]

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Coquitlam Foundation gives grads something special to celebrate

Monday, June 8, 2015 COQUITLAM – High-school graduation season in Coquitlam will be especially memorable for more than a dozen local graduates this year, as they receive bursaries or scholarships from the Coquitlam Foundation at its annual Awards Night. The event, which is being held Wednesday, June 17 at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. before formal presentations start at 7 p.m. In addition to the student awards, the foundation will […]

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WANTED: Passionate people who care for their community

Monday, April 13, 2015 The Coquitlam Foundation is now accepting nominations to fill board and committee positions. Board meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month. The Coquitlam Foundation: *Exercises philanthropic leadership in identifying and addressing community needs and opportunities; *Attracts and manages charitable gifts of cash, bonds, shares, pledges, bequests, and life insurance as permanent endowments; *Invests these pooled funds prudently for the benefit of community wellness, including arts and culture, community wellness, education, health, seniors and […]

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Soroptimists launch new fund with Coquitlam Foundation

Thursday, March 5, 2015 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation has launched a new fund in partnership with Soroptimists International of the TriCities. The Soroptimist TriCities Fund is the foundation’s 23rd donor-advised fund. Creation of the fund was announced by Janet Toddington, chair of the Coquitlam Foundation board, at the Soroptimists’ Give Her Wings Gala in Port Moody on Feb. 28. The news inspired several attendees to donate a total of $2,000 to the fund. The fund’s purpose is to provide […]

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CF says farewell to departing executive director

Friday, February 27, 2015 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation is looking for a new executive director following the resignation of Dale Clarke. Clarke, who has worked with the foundation since the summer of 2011, is taking on a new challenge in the travel and hospitality industry. “It’s been a real pleasure to work with Dale over the past four years,” says foundation chair Janet Toddington. “Her energy and dedication have been instrumental in helping the foundation achieve impressive growth during her […]

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Employment Opportunity: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Friday, February 27, 2015 Executive Director Coquitlam Foundation Serving a fast-growing and dynamic city in the heart of B.C.’s vibrant Lower Mainland, the Coquitlam Foundation encourages and supports creative philanthropy in our community by attracting, managing and distributing charitable contributions. Our vision is at once simple and profound: to improve the quality of life in the city we love. We are aiming just as high in the search for our Executive Director.  Our ideal candidate is energetic and resourceful, competent […]

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Coquitlam Foundation accepting grant applications until Feb. 16

Saturday, January 17, 2015 COQUITLAM – Following a record-setting 2014 in which it distributed $127,000 throughout the community, the Coquitlam Foundation is now accepting applications for a new round of grants, bursaries and scholarships. Deadline for applications is 4 p.m., February 16. From bursaries for high school students entering college to grants for organizations assisting needy individuals, the Coquitlam Foundation provides a wide range of support to further its mission to build a vibrant, sustainable and healthy community. “With the […]

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Tickets on sale for foundation’s ‘Kickin’ It Country’ fundraiser

Sunday, October 26, 2014 COQUITLAM – Tickets are now on sale for the Coquitlam Foundation’s country-and-western-themed “Kickin’ It Country” fundraiser, set for 6:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7 at the Centennial Pavilion, 620 Poirier Street. “Most folks call it a fundraiser,” says foundation chair Janet Toddington. ““But it’ll be more like a ‘fun-raiser.’” That’s because the evening will not only feature live-music—fiddler Jesse Kazemir and troubadour Tony Prophet—but also line dancing and modern group dance led by Candace Zanini from Caydance […]

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Coquitlam Foundation funds Alzheimer’s-support program for seniors

Monday, September 22, 2014 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation has granted $2,238 to Coquitlam’s Glen Pine 50-plus Society to enable it to continue offering the Tri-Cities Leisure Connections program, which provides weekly support to those suffering from varying degrees of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Coincidentally, the board’s decision to approve the grant took place on Sept. 21—World Alzheimer’s Day. Upwards of 70,000 British Columbians suffer from a form of dementia or Alzheimer’s. Janet Toddington, chair of the foundation, noted that […]

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Coquitlam Foundation elects new chair, welcomes new board member

Friday, September 12, 2014 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation highlighted its Annual General Meeting Sept. 11 by electing a new chair, Janet Toddington, welcoming a new board member, Randy Webster, and announcing a fall fundraising event, “Kickin’ It Country.” Toddington, a lawyer, takes over from Julie Fisher, another lawyer, who remains on the board executive as vice-chair. “It is a real honour to assume leadership of the board,” said Toddington, who previously chaired the foundation’s grants committee and also acted […]

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Coquitlam Foundation invites public to Sept. 11 AGM

Saturday, August 16, 2014 COQUITLAM – As the charitable heart of Coquitlam for the past 22 years, the Coquitlam Foundation has had much to celebrate. But never as much as over the past 12 months. The 2013-14 fiscal year saw the foundation distribute grants, bursaries and scholarships totaling a record $124,000 to community organizations and local residents. Moreover, the foundation was able to do this while also increasing to more than $2.7 million the amount it manages in its donor-advised […]

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Coquitlam Foundation welcomes Ken Catton to board of directors

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 COQUITLAM – Julie Fisher, chair of the Coquitlam Foundation, announced today that business leader Ken Catton has been appointed to the foundation’s board of directors for a four-year term. Mr. Catton replaces Wim Vander Zalm, who is stepping down after serving for the past eight years. Mr. Catton recently retired from the position of Vice President and General Manager for Pacific Coast Terminals Co. Ltd. (PCT) in Port Moody.  He was with PCT and its parent […]

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June 5 Awards Night will celebrate banner year

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 COQUITLAM – Setting another record for charitable disbursements. Establishing a major new philanthropic fund. Reaching an all-time high in its managed endowment. All these and much more will be celebrated as the Coquitlam Foundation stages its annual Awards Night on the evening of June 5 at the Evergreen Cultural Centre. Throughout the evening, the foundation will distribute grants, scholarships and bursaries totaling $84,000 to worthy individuals, students and local non-profit organizations. Including the $39,000 in grants […]

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Items pour in for Coquitlam Foundation’s Silent Auction

Friday, February 21, 2014 COQUITLAM – Dozens of items, from audio speakers and jewellery, to golf putters and clothing, will be yours for the right price at the Coquitlam Foundation’s Pub Night and Silent Auction, starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 6 at Woody’s on Brunette, 935 Brunette Avenue, in Coquitlam. A $20 ticket buys attendees a burger and a beer or wine, a fun night featuring a 50/50 Draw and the aforementioned Silent Auction, and the satisfaction of […]

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Free Money! (Do we have your attention now?)

Monday, February 3, 2014 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation is alerting local residents and non-profit organizations that they have less than two weeks left to apply for grants, bursaries and scholarships from the foundation. With upwards of $50,000 in “free money” available to successful applicants this year, there’s good reason to remind interested parties to do all the paperwork before the 4 p.m., February 14 deadline. The foundation has broadened its granting parameters this year, allowing it to support a […]

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Coquitlam Foundation extends grant-application deadline

Thursday, February 13, 2014 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation has some good news for procrastinators. Due to some website-related technical problems, the foundation has extended the deadline to submit applications for 2014 grants, bursaries and scholarships to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17. The deadline was originally 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14. Successful applicants will be notified in May and will be invited to attend the Coquitlam Foundation Awards Celebration Evening at the Evergreen Cultural Centre on June 5, 2014. The […]

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New flexibility for Coquitlam Foundation grants

Saturday, December 14, 2013 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation has launched its 2014 grant-application season with the news it has broadened its funding base to better meet the needs of local residents and community organizations. Along with an announcement that it is now accepting applications for grants, bursaries and scholarships, the foundation disclosed it recently created the new Coquitlam Foundation Community Fund (CFCF). “This exciting new fund amalgamates several older foundation-directed funds into one large, flexible fund,” foundation Chair Julie […]

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Coquitlam Foundation AGM will review memorable year

Monday, October 7, 2013 COQUITLAM – It’s been quite a year for the Coquitlam Foundation. Within the past 12 months, the community philanthropic organization celebrated its 20th anniversary at a spectacular gala, distributed $114,000 at its Awards Night, launched five new donor-advised funds, and saw its total endowment rise to $2.4 million. All this and more will be reviewed at the Coquitlam Foundation’s Annual General Meeting, to be held this Thursday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Coquitlam Foundation Room […]

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Coquitlam Foundation Awards Night to celebrate record year of giving

Thursday, May 30, 2013 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation will be celebrating a very successful year of community philanthropy at its annual Awards Night on Tuesday, June 4 at the Evergreen Cultural Centre. Including new scholarships, bursaries and grants being distributed at next week’s awards celebration, the Coquitlam Foundation will have given a record $114,000 to worthy individuals and organizations since last spring’s Awards Night. (See list, below, for all names and amounts.) The foundation will also be celebrating the […]

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New Michael Coss Brain Injury Fund aims to benefit children

Sunday, April 7, 2013 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation and the Michael Coss Foundation have announced the establishment of a new fund, to be managed by the Coquitlam Foundation, to help brain-injured children. The Michael Coss Brain Injury Fund is named in honour of Coquitlam resident Michael Coss who, having suffered a severe brain injury in a car accident in 2006, revived from a six-month coma after receiving Hyperbaric Oxygenation Therapy, a treatment that is not covered by the provincial […]

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Coquitlam Foundation Grants Committee meets

Monday, March 11, 2013 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation’s Grants Committee met March 7 at Coquitlam City Hall to make recommendations for grants, scholarships and bursaries to be awarded June 4 at the Evergreen Cultural Centre. Final decisions will be made by the full board. The committee comprises chair Janet Toddington and members Sam Nakai, Ron Grender, Linda Meneghello, Ron Price, Franca Aere, Doug Tannahill, Nancy Bennett, Gerri Wallis and Ron Roberge. The foundation has added several new funds recently, […]

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Coquitlam Foundation and local family unveil new education fund

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation and the Safaya family of Coquitlam are pleased to announce the establishment of the Steps Together Fund, whose primary goal is to help local students advance their education. Dale Clarke, Executive Director of the foundation, explains the fund may also provide grants to institutions or organizations undertaking projects or work, primarily in Coquitlam, that will benefit Coquitlam residents. Ravinder Safaya says and he and his wife, Achla Safaya, were inspired to […]

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Coquitlam Foundation launches Trevor Wingrove Bursary Fund

Monday, January 28, 2013 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation and the family of the late Trevor Wingrove, a long-time local lacrosse star and respected manager with the City of Coquitlam, have established a bursary fund in his memory to assist Coquitlam-area student-athletes. The announcement comes in the midst of the Foundation’s annual “granting season,” during which Coquitlam-area residents and organizations have the opportunity to apply for grants, bursaries and scholarships. Deadline for applications is Feb. 15. Wingrove, who died of cancer […]

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Coquitlam Foundation now accepting grant and bursary applications

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation has announced it is now accepting applications from qualified individuals and organizations for grants, bursaries and scholarships to be awarded in 2013. The foundation, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, distributed $90,000 within the community in 2012, including a $36,000 grant from the Coquitlam Builders’ Fund to the Coquitlam Public Library for the naming of the Coquitlam Foundation Meeting Room at the library’s new City Centre branch. Detailed information and […]

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Coquitlam Foundation to manage Wesbild’s new LIFT Fund

Friday, December 7, 2012 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of a major new fund to its portfolio of foundation-directed and donor-advised funds: Wesbild Holdings’ Learning Initiative for Tomorrow (LIFT) Fund. The foundation will manage distribution of scholarships from the new fund, which is designed to benefit graduates of Coquitlam Alternative Basic Education (CABE), a secondary school in School District 43 that offers a unique educational program. Introduced to CABE through the Vancouver Sun Adopt-a-School Program, Wesbild, […]

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Coquitlam Foundation celebrates 20th anniversary next week

Monday, November 5, 2012 COQUITLAM – Call it a celebration of charity, call it a party for philanthropy, or simply call it a good excuse to have a great time. By whatever description, the Coquitlam Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Gala on the evening of November 15 at the Red Robinson Show Theatre will certainly be a celebration. The gala will feature entertainment by singer Karen Lee Batten, a three-time winner of the B.C. Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year award […]

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Coquitlam Foundation donates $36,000 to new City Centre library

Monday, September 17, 2012 COQUITLAM – When the new City Centre Library opens in November, its many features will include a spacious multi-purpose room named in honour of the Coquitlam Foundation. Establishment of the Coquitlam Foundation Room follows the foundation’s decision to make an extraordinary grant of $36,000 to the library from the foundation’s Builders Trust Fund. Julie Fisher, chair of the Coquitlam Foundation’s board of directors, explains that, under the terms of the sponsorship deal reached with the City […]

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Linda Meneghello named to board of Coquitlam Foundation

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 COQUITLAM – Linda Meneghello has been named to the board of directors of the Coquitlam Foundation. A long-time Coquitlam resident, Meneghello is a mortgage specialist by profession but is also well-known for her community voluntarism. As a life member of Kin Canada, Linda has spent many years volunteering in community service and also on the executive of B.C.District for the Kinsmen Association. A founding member of the Juvenile Diabetes Golf Classic board, Linda has helped raise […]

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Long-serving chair retires from board of Coquitlam Foundation

Friday, June 15, 2012 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation bid farewell to its long-serving chair, Colleen Talbot, at its June 14 board meeting. Talbot has served on the non-profit charitable organization’s board for eight years, six of them as chair. Under Talbot’s leadership, the foundation increased the number of its donor-advised funds almost twofold and distributed more than a quarter-of-a-million-dollars’ worth of grants, bursaries and scholarships to local organizations and individuals. Also during Talbot’s tenure, the foundation was able to […]

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Foundation to distribute $56,000 at annual Awards Night

Monday, May 21, 2012 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary as the charitable heart of Coquitlam this year, is proud to announce it will distribute in excess of $56,000 in grants, scholarships and bursaries at its annual Awards Night, May 29. Community groups such as the Place Maillardville Society, the Burquitlam Lions Care Centre, the Tri-Cities Community Television Society and the Children of the Street Society will receive grants of $3,500 from the Builder’s Trust, one of […]

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Unwined – Sip, Savour and Mingle in support of Education in Coquitlam

Saturday, May 12, 2012 Gather a group of friends and enjoy sips of wine, cider, coolers and craft beers, as you take pleasure in savouring the tempting offerings of locat restaurants. Purdy’s Master Chocolatier, Gary Mitchell will be preparing his newest trend in chocolate – a delightful combination when paired with wine. The sounds of jazz add to the unique atmosphere of Coquitlam Centre, after hours*. Take part in the Silent Auction, Island Getaway Raffle and vote on Unwined’s Taster’s […]

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James Gordon Stewart Fund to aid medical research, patients and students

Monday, April 2, 2012 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation is proud to announce the establishment of a major new fund benefitting medical-research, health and educational initiatives. The new foundation-directed fund has been seeded with $355,588 from the estate of the late James Gordon Stewart, a longtime resident of Coquitlam who passed away in December 2009 at the age of 83. The fund is named in his honour. As called for in Mr. Stewart’s will, the fund is designed to aid […]

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Deadline looms for grant, bursary applications to Coquitlam Foundation

Monday, February 13, 2012 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation is reminding qualified individuals and organizations that the February 23 deadline to apply for grants, bursaries and scholarships is fast approaching. The Foundation, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year as the charitable “Heart of Coquitlam,” is planning to distribute upwards of $50,000 within the community this spring. Detailed information and application forms are available at www.coquitlamfoundation.com. In addition to numerous bursaries and scholarships for students, eligible community groups can apply for […]

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Coquitlam Foundation now accepting grant and bursary applications

Monday, January 9, 2012 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation has announced it is now accepting applications from qualified individuals and organizations for grants, bursaries and scholarships. The Foundation, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2012, distributed more than $55,000 within the community last year. Detailed information and application forms are available on online at www.coquitlamfoundation.com. Deadline for applications is 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23. In addition to numerous bursaries and scholarships being made available to individuals, the Coquitlam Foundation has also […]

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Coquitlam Foundation formalizes creation of new Diversity Fund

Monday, November 7, 2011 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation has announced the creation of a new donor-advised fund, the Community Diversity Fund. The fund will provide grants to Tri-Cities individuals, non-profit organizations, or community groups initiating actions, programs or education aimed at improving integration, participation in or access to the community for any diversity group identified by the community as being marginalized. Priority will be given to initiatives which benefit the people of Coquitlam. Donor Alexander Bell of Coquitlam seeded […]

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Coquitlam Foundation announces new Coquitlam Centre bursary fund

Monday, November 7, 2011 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation and Coquitlam Centre have announced the creation of the Coquitlam Centre Fund, whose purpose is to help Tri-Cities-area students attend college or university. The donor-advised fund, which was seeded with an initial donation of $7,250 raised at Coquitlam Centre’s Unwined event last May, was founded in order to assist School District 43 graduates to pursue post-secondary studies in the fields of Business, Marketing or Urban Land Economics. The goal is to […]

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Coquitlam Foundation welcomes Gerri Wallis to board of directors

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 COQUITLAM – School District 43 has named Trustee Gerri Wallis as its representative to the board of directors of the Coquitlam Foundation, replacing Diane Sowden. Wallis, who previously served two, eight-year terms on the board, joins Chair Colleen Talbot, Vice-Chair Julie Fisher, Secretary Janet Toddington, Treasurer Bob Tanaka, and directors Richard Stewart (representing the City of Coquitlam), Janine Davies (representing the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce), Ron Grender, Sam Nakai, Terry O’Neill, Ron Roberge and Wim Vander Zalm. “We’d […]

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Coquitlam Foundation announces new fund to advance library’s mission

Sunday, October 23, 2011 COQUITLAM – Just days before the public unveiling of detailed plans for the new Coquitlam City Centre Library, the Coquitlam Foundation and the Coquitlam Public Library have announced the establishment of a new fund dedicated to furthering the mission of the library. Called the Coquitlam Public Library Living Legacy Fund, the new donor-advised fund will be employed to assist the library in accomplishing the goals of its mission statement: To connect Coquitlam’s diverse community to creativity, […]

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Coquitlam Foundation calls for changes to Gaming Grant policy

Monday, August 15, 2011 The Coquitlam Foundation has presented a written submission to the province’s Community Gaming Grant Review calling for policy changes that would allow community philanthropic organizations such as the foundation to receive community gaming grants. The review, which is being led by Skip Triplett, was established by the provincial government to examine a wide range of issues involving the distribution of grants derived from gaming revenues in British Columbia. Public hearings are taking place throughout the province […]

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Coquitlam Foundation names new Executive Director

Tuesday, August 2, 2011 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation has named Dale Clarke as its new Executive Director. A longtime Coquitlam resident, Clarke boasts more than 25 years of experience as a business administrator and special events manager. She replaces Laurel Lawson, who resigned because of health reasons. “We will miss Laurel’s many talents and dedication, and we are very sorry to see her leave,” says Colleen Talbot, board chair. “However, we are extremely pleased to be able to welcome […]

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Coquitlam Foundations welcomes new director to its board

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 The Coquitlam Foundation has welcomed Janine Davies to its board of directors. Davies, a branch manager with G&F Financial Group, represents the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce on the foundation’s board. She replaces restaurateur Fred Soofi. Davies joins chair Colleen Talbot, vice-chair Julie Fisher, secretary Janet Toddington, treasurer Bob Tanaka and directors Ron Grender, Sam Nakai, Terry O’Neill, Ron Roberge, Diane Sowden (representing School District 43), Richard Stewart (representing the City of Coquitlam), and Wim Vander Zalm […]

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AGM set for Sept. 15, 2011

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 COQUITLAM — The Coquitlam Foundation has announced that its Annual General Meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011 in the Nancy Bennett room of the Poirier Public Library, 575 Poirier Street, Coquitlam. Interested parties, fundholder representatives and members of the public are invited to participate in the review of the 2010-2011 year. Please contact us at info@coquitlamfoundation.com if you plan to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

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Coquitlam Foundation distributes $55,000 during annual Awards event

Thursday, May 26, 2011 COQUITLAM – During an evening of much celebration and expression of gratitude, the Coquitlam Foundation, together with representatives of its numerous donor-advised funds, distributed almost $55,000 in grants, bursaries and scholarships to dozens of Coquitlam individuals and organizations on Tuesday, May 24. The annual Awards Presentation Evening, which took place at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, marked the happy culmination of a year’s work by the Coquitlam Foundation’s fund holders, board of directors, committee members, volunteers, and […]

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Coquitlam Foundation announces Mayor’s Community Fund

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 The Coquitlam Foundation has announced the establishment of a new fund to benefit local residents. Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart signs agreement with Colleen Talbot (centre), chair of the Coquitlam Foundation, and Julie Fisher, vice-chair. Known as the Mayor’s Community Fund, the fund was initiated by Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart, who also sits on the board of the foundation, and will be administered by the Coquitlam Foundation. The fund, out of which $4,000 is being distributed this […]

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Coquitlam Foundation announces new board executives, reports asset growth

Thursday, September 16, 2010 Julie Fisher is the new vice-chair of the Coquitlam Foundation and Janet Toddington is its new secretary. The announcement was made at the Foundation’s Annual General Meeting, September 9. Fisher, who had been the organization’s secretary, replaces long-time board member Gerri Wallis, who retired earlier this year. Colleen Talbot remains as chair and Bob Tanaka continues as treasurer. Tanaka reported that, as a result of the board’s sound investment policies, net assets for the fiscal year […]

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Crunch Crazy for Charity

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 COQUITLAM – Year one of the hike-athon “Coquitlam Crunch Challenge: Embracing Diversity” and Coquitlam resident Alexander Bell pushed hard and met his goal of ten passes up and down the popular hiking trail! In total, he hiked over an elevation gain of 2500 metres ~ like walking from sea level up to the top of Blackcomb Mountain ~ nearly 50 km in total. Bell teamed up with the Coquitlam Foundation to raise awareness and funds for initiatives […]

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Coquitlam Foundation welcomes two new directors

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation has added two new members to its board of directors. Ron Grender, a retired School District 43 principal, takes the spot vacated by the retiring Gerri Wallis. Fred Soofi, operator of the Pasta Polo restaurant, fills the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce position on the board, replacing Richard Rainey. They join board Chair Colleen Talbot, Secretary Julie Fisher, Treasurer Bob Tanaka, and directors Sam Nakai, Terry O’Neill, Ron Roberge, Diane Sowden, Mayor Richard […]

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Comic Steven Wright headlines Foundation’s ‘Laugh Out Loud’ Fall Gala

Friday, August 20, 2010 COQUITLAM – Tickets are now on sale for the Coquitlam Foundation’s 2010 Fall Gala, “Laugh Out Loud,” Friday, October 22 at the Red Robinson Theatre. Academy Award-winning comedian Steven Wright The evening of fun kicks off in the theatre’s upper foyer at 5:30 p.m. with appetizers, an open bar, silent auction and more. Revelers are encouraged to wear their “loudest” shirts to get into the “Laugh Out Loud” spirit of the evening. The action then shifts […]

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The Coquitlam Crunch Challenge ~ Embracing Diversity

Wednesday, August 4, 2010 COQUITLAM – Two girls and one daddy head enthusiastically up the trail as they help Alex train for the first annual Coquitlam Crunch Challenge. Coquitlam resident Alexander Bell is joined by family and friends as he trains for the first annual fundraiser for Diversity.Bell is teaming up with the Coquitlam Foundation to raise awareness and funds for initiatives that embrace diversity. On August 29, 2010 starting at 6:00am, Coquitlam resident Alexander Bell, will climb the popular hiking […]

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Coquitlam Foundation sets date, location for 2010 AGM

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation will hold its 2010 Annual General Meeting in the Nancy Bennett Room of the Coquitlam Public Library, 575 Poirier Street, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 9. Fund representatives and the public are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. The Coquitlam Foundation, which began operation in 1992, encourages and supports creative, targeted philanthropy that builds a vibrant, sustainable and healthy community. It manages more than 20 donor- and foundation-directed funds, focusing […]

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WANTED: Passionate people who care for their community

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation is now accepting nominations to fill board and committee positions. Board meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month. The Coquitlam Foundation, which was founded in 1992, promotes and facilitates enhancement of the community by: Exercising philanthropic leadership in identifying and addressing community needs and opportunities; Attracting and managing charitable gifts of cash, bonds, shares, pledges, bequests, and life insurance as permanent endowments; Investing these pooled funds prudently for the […]

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