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 distribute at least two $500 bursaries a year.

(L-R) Coquitlam Centre General Manager Franca Aere, Foundation Chair Colleen Talbot, Foundation Executive Director Dale Clarke, Coquitlam Centre’s Barbara Cody

The establishment of the fund represents the fruition of a charitable project that brought many aspects of the community together: the public, whose participation in Unwined made the event such a success; the Unwined volunteers, whose work was vital to the running of the event; the companies that donated goods and services to the event; and Coquitlam Centre itself, whose leadership and sponsorship of Unwined was essential to the establishment of this fund.

“Coquitlam Centre is to be congratulated for this innovative charitable endeavour—one that has led directly to a new fund that will assist local students to pursue their post-high-school dreams,” Foundation Chair Colleen Talbot noted. “Needless to say, we are very pleased to be able to add this fund to our growing portfolio of two dozen foundation-directed and donor-advised funds.”

A member of the Community Foundations of Canada network, the Coquitlam Foundation manages an endowment of more than $1.8 million. Its funds focus on everything from arts enhancement and academic achievement, to literacy promotion and community service. It distributed $55,000 in grants, scholarships and bursaries at its Awards Night last May.

Donations to the foundation or any of its funds 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’s mission is to encourage and support creative, targeted philanthropy that builds a vibrant, sustainable and healthy community.

Contact: Chair Colleen Talbot, 604.521.3454; or

Executive Director Dale Clarke, 604.468.2077;