Foundation awards $100,000+ in grants, bursaries and scholarships

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation capped its year-long 25th-anniversary celebration on Tuesday by distributing more than $100,000 in grants, bursaries and scholarships at its annual Awards Night, held at the Evergreen Cultural Centre. The foundation has now awarded more than $1.2 million since its establishment in June, 1992.

“What a tremendous way to wrap up what has been an amazing year,” said chair Janet Toddington. “We are very pleased to have been able to support so many worthy students and community organizations. It truly brings to life our commitment to be the charitable heart of Coquitlam.”

A highlight of the evening was the announcement of Canada 150 grants, of $7,000 each, to two local organizations: Hillside Community Church, for the Rising Eagle Reconciliation Concert to be held at the Town Centre Park Plaza on July 7; and the Veterans Voices of Canada Association, to support its Keeping History Alive in Coquitlam project.

The Canada 150 grants are funded equally by the Community Foundations of Canada (supported by the Government of Canada) and the Coquitlam Foundation.

Among the several local organizations receiving grants of $3,500 from the Coquitlam Foundation Community Fund (CFCF) were Place Maillardville (summer camps); Kateslem Youth Society (hygiene education and support); I am Someone Ending Bullying; Children of the Street (student outreach); Camp Kerry Society (family grief and loss healing project); St. John’s Ambulance (mobile medical treatment centre); and Place des Arts Society (Artist-in-Residence Program: Summer Performing Arts Residency).

The foundation also awarded grants of $3,500, from the James Gordon Stewart Fund, to Leisure Connections (dementia support) and the Alzheimer Society of BC (educational workshops).Other organizations receiving grants were: the Cerebral Palsy Association ($2,000 from the CFCF); Big Sisters ($3,500 from the Coquitlam Centre Fund); and Pacific Post-Partum Support Society ($1,000 from the Della and Cam Grant Fund).

In addition, the Carleigh Rae LeClair Memorial Fund awarded a grant of $8,500 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the Shelagh Elaine Fulton Fund gave a grant of $2,500 to the Arthritis Society’s Hang Tough program.

Scores of students also received scholarships or bursaries from the following funds: Raymond A. LeClair Scholarship Fund; Danielle and Gary Couling Education Fund; Trevor Wingrove Fund; Steps Together Fund; James Gordon Stewart Fund; Rotary Club Community Service Award; Soroptimist TriCities Fund; Mayor’s Community Fund; the Wesbild Learning Initiatives for Tomorrow (LIFT) Fund; and the Symington Endowment Fund. A full list of the students will be published on the foundation’s website.

Toddington thanked grants-committee chair Ron Grender and events-committee chair Linda Meneghello for their important role in making the evening a success. She also pointed out that the foundation had established three new funds over the past year: the 125 Legacy Fund, the Friends of Mundy Park Heritage Society Fund, and the Noura Homes Community Fund.

A special thanks was also extended to the foundation’s Legacy Sponsor, Polygon, and Event Sponsor, the Evergreen Cultural Centre. Also receiving well-deserved thanks were two young musicians, Gurmehak Bhourji and Hriday Buddhev, who provided a musical interlude during the event.

Director Colleen Talbot presented Toddington and vice-chair Ken Catton—both of whom will be leaving the board at the end of the month—with bouquets as a token of the foundation’s appreciation for their service.

Executive Director Dwight Yochim says the public is invited to attend the first event of the foundation’s 2017-’18 fiscal year – its AGM, taking place Sept. 14 in the Coquitlam Foundation room of the Town Centre Branch of the Coquitlam Public Library.

About the Coquitlam Foundation

The Coquitlam Foundation manages $2.9 million in 30 foundation-directed and donor-advised funds. The foundation always welcomes donations to any of its funds, which can be made through its website, As well, the foundation invites interested individuals or organizations to consider establishing a fund with the foundation. Legacy and estate donations are also welcome. The Coquitlam Foundation is registered with Canada Revenue as a charitable organization, No. 890762347 RR0001.