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 fact that it and its partners have established four new donor-advised funds over the past year: the Michael Coss Brain Injury Fund; the Steps Together Fund; the Trevor Wingrove Bursary Fund; and the Wesbild LIFT Fund.

“What an amazing year it has been,” says the foundation’s chair, Julie Fisher. “We celebrated our 20thanniversary in 2012 by recommitting ourselves to our mission to encourage and support creative, targeted philanthropy that builds a vibrant, sustainable, and healthy community. The success we have enjoyed over the past 12 months certainly suggests that we are fulfilling that mission.”

The public is invited to attend the Awards Night, which begins with a reception in the lobby of the Evergreen Cultural Centre at 6:30 p.m. and follows with presentations and entertainment in the theatre. Among the entertainers will be fiddler Jesse Kazemir. Please pre-register by sending an email to

The foundation manages a portfolio worth $2.37 million, comprising 20 donor-advised and nine foundation-directed funds. Last year, the foundation distributed more than $90,000 in grants, scholarships and bursaries.

The Coquitlam Foundation is pleased to accept donations to any of its funds, c/o P.O. Box 2, 1207 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, B.C., Canada, V3B 7Y3, or through its website, Coquitlam Foundation is registered with Canada Revenue as a charitable organization, No. 890762347 RR0001.

Contact: Executive Director Dale Clarke: 604.468.2077 or



Bursaries & Scholarships

Raymond A. LeClair Scholarships:
– award of $1,000 each to Lauren Wilson and Marcus Sheardown

Brodie Campbell Memorial Scholarship – donor-advised:
– award of $1,000 to Conner Stroup

James Gordon Stewart Fund Scholarships of $1,500 each to:
–       Katrina Besler
–       Laurel Chan
–       Lauren Gilbert
–       Selina Intile
–       Susanne Koehn
–       Leandro Lopez-Acosta
–       Kylie Shorter

Coquitlam Foundation Education Fund Bursaries of $500 each to:
–       Ke Deng
–       Quinn Lessing
–      Deborah Wong
–       Coral Zarrillo

Steps Together Fund Bursaries of $500 each to:
–       Jason Fong
–       Matthew Hackett
–       Irena Jenei
–       Amy Le
–       Sandhya Shingala

Trevor Wingrove Fund Bursary of $500 to:
– Taylor Davies

Mayor’s Community Fund Scholarships of $500 each to:
–       Alex Camilleri
–       Sarah Saghah
–       Michael Shin
–       Rebecca MacDonald
–       Scott Lee
–       Tiffany Tsu
–       Anna Wang – Pinetree Secondary
–       Jordan Yep – Pinetree Secondary

Wesbild “Learning Initiatives for Tomorrow” (LIFT) Fund Scholarships to Coquitlam Alterative Basic Education (CABE) students, amounts as specified:
–       Garret Broad – $3,000
–       Dylan Fairleigh – $750
–       Jacob Finamore – $1,400
–       Jessica MacDonald – $2,500
–       Stuart McBeth – $2,211

Community Grants

Peter Legge Literacy Endowment Fund:
–       a grant of $2,000 to SD43 Nestor Elementary School

Carleigh Rae LeClair Memorial Fund:
–       a grant of $4,000 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Evergreen Arts Education Fund
–        grants of $9,000 for Evergreen Cultural Centre’s “Teens at Evergreen” program

Shelagh Elaine Fulton Memorial Fund:
–       a grant of $1,500 to the Arthritis Society “Hang Tough” Program

Symington Endowment Fund – donor-advised:
–       a grant of $500 to PoCoMo Youth Services
–       a grant of $2,500 to Tri-City Movement Therapy Society
–       a grant of $1,000 to Lauren Wang
–       a grant of $1,000 to Tiana Hesmert

James Gordon Stewart Fund – grants as specified to:
–  Alzheimer Society of BC  $5,000
–  The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC Branch     $2,500

Heritage Fund – a grant of $1,500 to:
–       Les Echos du Pacifique.

Builders’ Trust (Arts) – grants as specified to:
–  Burquitlam Lions Care Society                               $3,000
–  Children of the Street Society                              $3,000
–  Coquitlam SD43 Aboriginal Education Program                 $3,000
–  Mountain View Elementary (literacy project)                 $3,000
–  Vancouver Intl. Children’s Festival Society                 $3,000
–  Coquitlam Public City Centre Library                        $36,000

Total:  $113,861