Coquitlam Foundation names new Executive Director

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation has named Dale Clarke as its new Executive Director.

A longtime Coquitlam resident, Clarke boasts more than 25 years of experience as a business administrator and special events manager. She replaces Laurel Lawson, who resigned because of health reasons.

“We will miss Laurel’s many talents and dedication, and we are very sorry to see her leave,” says Colleen Talbot, board chair. “However, we are extremely pleased to be able to welcome Dale to the foundation. She brings a wealth of experience and a proven record of success in both the private and non-profit sectors.”

Clarke says she welcomes the opportunity to work in the city she has called home for 34 years. “This is an ideal position for me and a wonderful opportunity,” she notes. “It allows me to combine my passion for community involvement with my managerial and administrative experience and abilities.”

Clarke is currently a principal with TANCO Business Solutions, and boasts extensive executive- and administrative-assistant experience, most recently with Canada Wide Media Ltd., working directly with Chairman Peter Legge.

A member of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce and the Vancouver Board of Trade, Clarke has served as committee chair for SHARE Family and Community Services’ annual Gala and as event coordinator for the Douglas College Foundation’s Light the Lake Festival.

The Coquitlam Foundation encourages and supports creative, targeted philanthropy that builds a vibrant, sustainable, and healthy community.

A member of the Community Foundations of Canada network, the Coquitlam Foundation manages an endowment totaling $1.85 million, 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. It distributed $55,000 in grants, scholarships and bursaries at its Awards Night in May.

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.

Contact: Chair Colleen Talbot, 604.521.3454;