Foundation names new executive director at annual Awards Night

Monday, June 22, 2015

COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation used the occasion of its annual Awards Night on June 17 to announce that Jill Cook will become its new executive director.

Cook earned a reputation as a visionary leader while holding executive director positions with the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce from 2006-2009, the Coquitlam Heritage Society from 2009-2014 and, until recently, with the Crossroads Hospice Society.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to retain the services of someone with such a stellar record of accomplishment,” says Janet Toddington, chair of the foundation’s board of directors. “We’ve just enjoyed a record-setting year at the foundation, and we look to even greater achievements with Jill Cook at the helm.”

For her part, Cook says, “I am honoured and excited to take on the role of executive director with the Coquitlam Foundation. The foundation is an outstanding organization, well recognized for its efforts and contributions to strengthen our community. I look forward to the opportunity of being a part of its continued success.”

The foundation’s donor-advised and foundation-directed funds awarded a record $142,000 in grants, bursaries and scholarships over the past year. As well, the foundation now manages almost $2.9 million—another record.

The foundation awarded grants from the Coquitlam Foundation Community Fund to 20 local organizations during its Awards Night last week at the Evergreen Cultural Centre. In addition, about two dozen students received bursaries and scholarships from foundation-directed and donor-advised funds.

As well, several more grants, scholarships and bursaries were awarded by foundation-directed and donor-advised funds, including the first-ever grant from the Community Diversity Fund, to the Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association to support the TriCities Brain Injury Support Group.

A complete list of awards presented on June 17 can be found, below. (Note, several other extraordinary grants and bursaries, including those from the Wesbild LIFT fund, were awarded throughout the past 12 months and are not included on this list.)

Meantime, the foundation also announced that its Annual General Meeting would be held September 10 in the Coquitlam Foundation Room of the Town Centre branch of the Coquitlam Public Library. As well, the foundation is holding its second annual Kickin’ It Country fundraiser on November 14 at the Dogwood Pavilion.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will support the foundation’s operations and charitable endeavours. For more information, please email us at

The foundation always welcomes donations to its foundation-directed and donor-advised funds. Please visit our website ( for more details.

The Coquitlam Foundation is registered with Canada Revenue as a charitable organization, No. 890762347 RR0001.

Recipients of grants, scholarships and bursaries awarded at the Coquitlam Foundation’s Awards Night, June 17, 2015, at the Evergreen Cultural Centre.

CMLA-Brodie Campbell Memorial Scholarship: Cameron Shaw, $1,000

Raymond A. LeClair Scholarship Fund: Anastasia Evans, $1,000

Carleigh Rae LeClair Memorial Fund

$5,000 JDRF to support its Finding Balance Conference

$3000 will support its Youth Council Program

$2,000 to the JDRF to support its Youth Ambassador Program

The Mayor’s Community Fund Scholarships of $500

Pinetree Secondary – Carmen Yang, Jordan Lee

Dr. Charles Best Secondary – Ju Hee, Marc Cheneval

Gleneagle Secondary – Kimberley Venn, Max Pang

Centennial Secondary – Cindy Wei, Sam Mohseni

The Community Diversity Fund: TriCities Brain Injury Support Group through the Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association, $500

The Symington Endowment Fund: Tri-Cities Movement Therapy, $4,000; David Dawson, $700; Mariko Abeziegler, $700; Tiana Hesmert, $700; Lauren Wang, $500; Alannah McPherson, $500; Fayth Normey, $300; Mara Steinford, $150; Rhianne Eder, $150; Scarlett Earl, $150; Emily Christie, $150.

Shelagh Elaine Fulton Fund Award: Arthritis Society’s Hang Tough program, $1,500.

Danielle and Gary Couling Education Fund bursary: Tia Seitz, $1,000

Coquitlam Foundation’s Community Fund bursaries: Denna Naemi, Connor Beardmore, Nikita Bagg, and Benny Huang, $750 each

James Gordon Stewart Fund Scholarships: Gabriela Torres, Maureen Lao, Kristina Eng and Julia Fazl, $1,500 each

The Trevor Wingrove Bursary Fund: Harlowe Steele, $500.

The Steps Together Fund Bursaries: Samantha Feng, Jordan Kam, Audrey Poblete, $750 each.

Coquitlam Foundation Community Fund

Burquitlam Lions Care, $3,500

Pacific Post-Partum Support Society, $1,000

Coquitlam Search & Rescue, $3,500

Junior Achievement of British Columbia, $3,500

Kateslem Youth Society, $3,000

Riverview Hospital Historical Society, $2,600

Scouts Francophone Columbie Britannique, $3,500

Coastal Sound Music Academy, $3,500

Children of the Street, $3,500

Place Maillardville Society, $3,500

CERA Society, $1,500

Riverview Horticultural Centre Society, $3,000

Glen Elementary School, $2,590

Suwa’lkh School, $3,500

Parent Support Services of BC, $2,050 (plus $1,000 from the Della and Cam Grant Fund)

ArtsConnect, $3,500

Societe Francophone de Maillardville, $3,500

I Am Someone Ending Bullying Society, $3,500

Coquitlam Public Library, $3,500

Community Volunteer Services for Seniors, $3,500