Coquitlam Foundation launches Trevor Wingrove Bursary Fund

Monday, January 28, 2013

COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation and the family of the late Trevor Wingrove, a long-time local lacrosse star and respected manager with the City of Coquitlam, have established a bursary fund in his memory to assist Coquitlam-area student-athletes.

The announcement comes in the midst of the Foundation’s annual “granting season,” during which Coquitlam-area residents and organizations have the opportunity to apply for grants, bursaries and scholarships. Deadline for applications is Feb. 15.

Wingrove, who died of cancer in 2010 at the age of 42, had been the City of Coquitlam’s General Manager of Corporate Services and had also enjoyed a long and stellar career in lacrosse.

The Trevor Wingrove Bursary Fund will award a cash bursary to graduating high school students who have played lacrosse with the Coquitlam Minor Lacrosse Association for at least two years and are enrolling in a post-secondary institution, training program or career-training program. The Fund has been seeded with an initial deposit of just under $5,000.

“The Wingrove family has had a 42-year relationship with Coquitlam Minor Lacrosse and we are thrilled the Fund will allow a CMLA student-athlete to further their post-secondary education,” the family said in a statement.

Foundation chair Julie Fisher thanked the Wingroves for establishing the fund. “This new donor-advised fund will have a positive impact on the community we serve,” Fisher says. “We are pleased to be in the position to help the family further its philanthropic goals while also keeping Trevor’s memory alive.”

The Foundation currently manages two dozen donor-advised and foundation-directed funds, with a total endowment of $2.3 million.

Wingrove started playing lacrosse in 1972 at the age of four. He won a total of eight provincial championships while wearing a Coquitlam Minor Lacrosse uniform.  He was awarded the top individual award as the Lacrosse Boy before moving on to star with the Coquitlam Junior and Senior Adanacs, where he also won numerous awards. In 2011, the Coquitlam Minor Lacrosse Association renamed its famed Dogwood Tournament the Trevor Wingrove Memorial Tournament. It also established the Trevor Wingrove Inspirational Player Award.

Trevor was well known for his outstanding play on both ends of the floor, sportsmanship, and inspirational play. He was a leader who showed a great commitment to the game.  Those traits are the criteria for this annual award. “Lacrosse was an important part of Trevor’s life and helped him develop the values of team play, work ethic, and trying your best to succeed,” the family stated.

Trevor’s brother, Craig Wingrove, says the desire to establish the fund reflects the fact his late brother spoke warmly of the Foundation. “He would be proud of the contributions so many people made to establish this Fund to help a student-athlete further their education,” Craig says.

Trevor’s father, Les Wingrove, says his late son was always grateful whenever anyone helped him along the way, whether it was in the sport of lacrosse or in life itself. “I think he would be happy to know that we are hopefully going to help people like him to get ahead in the world even though it is only in a small way,” he says.

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