With a new executive director, a new fun-filled fundraising event on the horizon, and the foundation’s annual grants and bursaries applications now open – the New Year is certainly off to a rockin’ start for the Coquitlam Foundation.
Kicking off the New Year for the not-for-profit organization was the welcoming of their new executive director, Lisa Landry. Hailing from a public relations background, Landry was the founding general manager and editor of snapd Coquitlam newspaper, and is also currently the executive director of the Austin Heights Business Improvement Association. Landry follows in the footsteps of the foundation’s former executive director, Dwight Yochim, now the senior manager of the BC Search and Rescue Association. “We were very fortunate to have been able to work with Dwight, and know he will do a great job at the BC Search and Rescue Association,” said Coquitlam Foundation Chair Roch Ripley. “Lisa comes to us with a wealth of community relations, experience, and energy, and we’re beyond thrilled to now be working with her to help better the lives of Coquitlam residents through the Foundation.”
Landry arrives just in time for the organization’s grant and bursary cycle. Applications are now open and available on the foundation’s website until 4pm on Friday, February 14. The 28th annual awards ceremony will be held this year at the Evergreen Cultural Centre on June 10, 2020, where Community grants, bursaries and scholarships will be presented to organizations and individuals from the Tri-Cities. The foundation is also very pleased to let the community know that the number of funds, providing bursaries and scholarships, has increased from four to nine this year. Since the Foundation was formed in 1992 the not-for-profit organization has proudly distributed over $1.5 million in awards.
Adding to the foundation’s current happenings is the upcoming 1st annual “Rockin’ It” fundraiser. Featuring a live band, local favourites – The Crayons, the event will take place at the All Saints Hall, Friday, April 24, from 6pm-12pm. Tickets are $75 and include dinner, silent and live auctions, along with best costume prizes. This exciting evening promises to be a great time for all, and it’s definitely a must-do night out for Tri-Cities rock ‘n’ roll fans! TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE MID-FEBRUARY.