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 be handing out grants to two dozen community groups.

Grants committee chair Ron Grender says new awards being distributed this month, plus extraordinary grants, bursaries and scholarships handed out since last year’s Awards Night ceremony, amount to $141,773 – a record annual amount.

Entertainment for next week’s event will be provided by the Maillardville-based French-Canadian choir, Les Echos du Pacifique.

“Everyone is invited but please let us know if you’re coming by emailing us by June 12 at,” says foundation chair Janet Toddington. “We hope to see you there!”

The foundation manages almost $2.9 million in 27 foundation-directed and donor-advised funds. The foundation always welcomes donations to its funds. To learn more about the Coquitlam Foundation, including how to get involved, please visit

The Coquitlam Foundation is registered with Canada Revenue as a charitable organization, No. 890762347 RR0001.