Coquitlam Foundation moves to new level with Executive Director contract

Friday, October 31, 2008

The Coquitlam Foundation is pleased to announce that it has contracted with consultant Laurel Lawson to provide Executive Director services.

Founded in 1992, the Coquitlam Foundation is a federally registered charity whose purpose is to act as a catalyst and resource for philanthropy throughout Coquitlam.

The Foundation has distributed $475,000 to charitable organizations and individuals since 1992, including $91,000 in grants and bursaries during the past fiscal year. The Coquitlam Foundation currently manages charitable funds worth $1.4 million.

Lawson, a long-time Coquitlam resident, is a talented administrator and project manager, having worked most recently as Dean of Student Services and Director of Housing at the Art Institute of Vancouver and, before then, as the administrator running the Coquitlam Learning Opportunity Centre and special projects for School District #43.

“We are extremely pleased that someone with such an exemplary record of accomplishment, such high energy and such an inspiring vision has agreed to apply her talents to the Coquitlam Foundation,” says Colleen Talbot, chair of the Coquitlam Foundation’s board of directors.

Under the leadership of Honorary Chairperson Peter Legge and Coquitlam Mayor Maxine Wilson (a member of the Foundation’s board), the Coquitlam Foundation’s Kickstart Campaign recently received $105,000 in donations from Coquitlam’s corporate community.

“The success of Kickstart propelled the Coquitlam Foundation to a new level, allowing us to contract for Executive Director services,” Talbot explains. “We could not have achieved this without the corporate community’s overwhelmingly positive response to Kickstart. We are very grateful.” Lawson begins the contract position November 1.