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 Executive Director Laurel Lawson.

“What a wonderful evening,” noted Chair Colleen Talbot. “It was very fulfilling for us to be able to support so many worthy students and local agencies.” Added Lawson: “The evening was a real joy not only for the many grateful recipients, but also for all of us who worked to stage the event.”

The evening saw $44,704 in grants and $10,000 in scholarships and bursaries distributed from donor-advised and foundation-directed scholarship, bursary and grant funds. See full list in Grants & Bursaries section of website, Past Recipients sub-section.

The Coastal Sound Children’s Touring Concert Choir—which operates under the umbrella of a past grant winner, the Coastal Sound Music Academy—joined with a current grant winner, the Eire Pacific Dance Society, to provide the evening’s entertainment.

“It was such an honour to be presented our grant at the awards ceremony,” said dance society presidentAllison Butzelaar. “Our dancers had a great time performing.”

Other highlights included inspiring addresses from one of last year’s bursary winners, current University of Victoria student Michael Wilson, and from Joan Roberts, Executive Director of Place des Art, also a past grant winner. Both described their awards’ positive effects.

The Coquitlam Foundation also acknowledged and expressed gratitude for the receipt of $2,689 donated recently by Cora’s Restaurant in Coquitlam, and of $8,500 raised for the foundation at Coquitlam Centre’s Unwined event earlier this month.

Meantime, the Coquitlam Foundation’s Annual General Meeting will be Thursday, September 15, 7:30 p.m., in the Nancy Bennett Room of the Poirier Library. “We hope the public will join us to review the successes of the past year and to look to ways in which we can continue to advance the opportunities within our community in the year to come,” said Lawson.

The Coquitlam Foundation manages an endowment totaling $1.85 million and comprising more than 20 foundation-directed and donor-advised funds focusing on everything from arts enhancement and academic achievement, to literacy promotion and community service.

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’s mission is to encourage and support creative, targeted philanthropy that builds a vibrant, sustainable and healthy community.


Coquitlam Foundation Chair Colleen Talbot: 604.521.3454

Coquitlam Foundation Executive Director Laurel Lawson: 604.468.9598