Coquitlam Foundation announces new board executives, reports asset growth

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Stacy Ashton (left), executive director of Community Volunteer Connections, shares a moment with Laurel Lawson, executive director of the Coquitlam Foundation. Lawson’s colourful blouse is helping promote the Foundation’s Fall Gala, “Laugh Out Loud.”

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 ended June 30 totaled $1.7 million, compared to $1.55 million the previous year. He also told that AGM that the Foundation distributed $54,000 in grants, bursaries and scholarships last year.Meantime, tickets are still available for the Coquitlam Foundation’s 2010 Fall Gala, “Laugh Out Loud,” October 22 at Red Robinson Theatre.

The action then shifts inside the theatre, where merrymakers will enjoy premium seats for the 8 p.m. show of comedian Steven Wright. The evening kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with appetizers, refreshments, silent auction and more. Revelers are encouraged to wear their “loudest” shirts to get into the spirit of the evening.

Tickets are $150 each, with proceeds supporting the Coquitlam Foundation’s philanthropic work. To order, email or call 604.468.9598. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, and silent-auction donations are also being accepted.

The Gala is being presented in conjunction with Red Robinson Theatre.

The Coquitlam Foundation encourages and supports creative, targeted philanthropy that builds a vibrant, sustainable and healthy community. Donations can be made c/o P.O. Box 2, 1207 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, B.C., Canada, V3B 7Y3, or through the Foundation’s website. The Coquitlam Foundation is registered with Canada Revenue as a charitable organization, No. 890762347 RR0001.

Coquitlam Foundation chair Colleen Talbot: 604.521.3454
Coquitlam Foundation executive director Laurel Lawson: 604.468.9598.