Susan Jarema, and her two children have been long time residents of Port Moody and Coquitlam since 1996. Her passion for conservation has grown over the years as climate change has become a more pressing issue. Susan is an active member of her community and the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce and a Director on the Rivershed Society. Her web agency, New Earth Marketing, founded in 2006 supports many conservation organizations and non profits in the GVRD to help them create […]
This fund is established by Diane Stiglish, the daughter of Jack and Helen, to honour her parents for all their hard work over the years. Diane was born in New Westminster in 1948 at the Royal Columbain hospital. She worked at TELUS for 33 years before retiring in 2003.
Diane has lived in Coquitlam for 41 years. She aims to address the issues she has seen with seniors, in particular those who are isolated and live alone, as well as to support women who need a helping hand in furthering their education.
Jack and Helen Stiglish lived in Burnaby from 1943 to 1969 on the mushroom farm. They then moved to their dream house, which they built in Coquitlam BC, and lived there from 1969 to their passing in 1994 and 2009.
Helen Mary Stiglish, maiden name Pietraszko (which became Pietrosko), was born in Coleman Alberta on March 30, 1920 and died July 3, 2009 in Burnaby. Helen grew up in Athalmer-Invermere, BC., with her three brothers Joe, Walter, and Frank, and her sister Violet.
Fabian Jack Stiglish was born Feb 21, 1916 and died in New Westminster on Oct 15, 1994. Jack grew up on a farm in Leask, Saskatchewan, with his five brothers Frank, John, Sylvester, Steve, and Joe, and his two sisters Barbara and Muriel.
Jack changed his name from Stiglich to Stiglish to make it easier to pronounce and spell. Everyone knew Jack by the name Jack Stiglish or F. J. Stiglish.
Jack left the farm in Leask in 1938 and moved to BC where he met Helen in Invermere. In 1940, Helen and her parents moved to a neighborhood in the Pattullo Bridge area in Surrey. Jack also moved to Surrey and became a fisherman
with his own boat and worked in a mill as well.
Helen and Jack were married Dec 5, 1942 in BC, and took a train to Leask Saskatchewan to spend their one month honeymoon on the family farm. Every bride’s dream honeymoon!
Jack and Helen had a son Allan, born in 1946. Allan Stiglish changed his name back to Stiglich and moved to Langley in 1970 where he built his own mushroom farm and has lived there ever since.
In 1943, Jack and Helen brought a mushroom farm at 1050 Keswick Ave and Lougheed Highway (later changed to 3782 Keswick) in Burnaby. This had been the first mushroom farm in BC started by W.T Money around 1928.
When they bought the mushroom farm, there was no Lougheed Highway; eventually there was a 2-lane highway and later a 4-lane highway which the children would cross every day to go to school. The mushroom farm consisted of 4 acres of land of which about 1.4 acres were used to grow mushrooms. This was until 1969, at which point they sold the business to a townhouse development. It was Helen’s idea to sell the mushrooms by the pound and mushroom manure by the sack to people who came to the farm. Meanwhile, Jack would deliver mushroom manure to people’s homes. They belonged to the Fraser Valley Growers Co-op Association, where they sold their mushrooms under the label Money’s Mushrooms.
Jack and Helen were entrepreneurs, especially Jack – he tried his hand at raising chinchilla for their pelts and Helen had visions of wearing a chinchilla stole! They also owned a brick business and The 4 Acre Trailer Court at 675 Lougheed Highway in Coquitlam. They owned the trailer court from the 1950’s until 1979, when they sold it to Walter and Dennis Hohn. Jack and Helen were very strict about keeping the trailer court neat and tidy. He also had overnight trailer spaces and camping spaces which were quite popular with the tourists and provided space for stored trailers; there were 4 duplex suites and a laundry room.
When they bought the trailer court, Edgar Ave (the street right behind) did not go through all the way, so they bought the three lots behind the trailer court to ensure no one could complain about it. On one of the lots, 703 Edgar Ave, they built their dream home in 1969 which was just lovely with a view of the Fraser River. This was Helen’s only other home in all the time she was married. The house was built so that Helen could sit in her living room and watch the people go in and out of the trailer court and thus keep an eye on things.
One year, in the early 1960’s, there was a big Jehovah’s Witness convention in Vancouver. The trailer court was overflowing with campers and tenters! Jack decided to redirect the overflow to the mushroom farm at the corner of Lougheed and Keswick just over a mile down the road. Part of the 4 acres was grass, so the tents and campers set up here. There was only one toilet and sink in the bathroom over the garage, so Jack may have put in portable toilets to help. This campground only lasted a few days as some of the neighbors complained to Burnaby City Hall. Because Jack did not have a permit, the city shut the campground down.
Helen and Jack were a real team. Both worked very hard on the mushroom farm and in the trailer court. Helen would keep the books and would always be ready to give her opinion. Helen was also an accomplished homemaker; her passions were crafting, gardening, oil painting and trying to create new recipes for all those mushrooms!
There was time for fun too. For many years, they were members of the Vancouver Heights Square Dance Club in Burnaby. When they retired, they began years of traveling and wintering in Arizona and continued to square dance down there as well. Summers were spent at their place in Whatcom Meadows, Washington State.
Jack was very community-minded. He was an active member of the British Columbia Motels, Resorts & Trailer Parks Association for many years. He was also one of the founding members of the Coquitlam Rotary in 1967, which to this day meets every Wednesday at 11:30 AM at the Vancouver Golf Course.
This Fund commemorates the life of Carleigh LeClair who was born and raised in Coquitlam. Carleigh attended Hillcrest Elementary School, Maillard Junior Secondary School and graduated from Centennial High School. When Carleigh was 16 years old she was diagnosed with Type 1 (Juvenile) diabetes. The disease had a devastating effect on every aspect of Carleigh’s life. She struggled with controlling her blood sugar levels and with the emotional trauma that came with never knowing how diabetes would affect her next. […]
Beverley Cook was born in Victoria in 1948 and lived in Coquitlam for approximately twenty years before her passing June 2, 2010 at the age of 62. After a fifteen year fight, her death was caused by complications associated with her primary disease, multiple myeloma. She remained very positive and caring for others to the end. Beverley was a devoted stay at home Mom for her three children, Alan, Matheson, and Ann, and a loving wife for Norm (42 years). […]
Situated on 57 acres of land in the heart of the Tri-Cities, Coquitlam Centre features over 910,000 square feet of retail on two spacious levels. Coquitlam Centre is the only shopping centre in the Metro Vancouver offering Hudson’s Bay, London Drugs, Sport Chek, T&T Supermarket, UNIQLO, H&M, Aritzia, Sephora, Lululemon, Atmosphere, Golf Town, Walmart, and Best Buy, all in one convenient location.
The Coquitlam Public Library Living Legacy Fund is a donor-advised fund, created in October 2011, through which the Coquitlam Public Library Board will further the library’s mission–to connect Coquitlam’s diverse community to creativity, discovery and knowledge.
Alexander Bell moved to Coquitlam in 2000. He has a long history of working with a variety of diversity groups including youth, people with mental health challenges, people with disabilities, Canadian immigrants, and aboriginal communities. In 2010 Alex decided he wanted to start a community fund that would help support diversity groups that may be marginalized in Coquitlam and the Tri-Cities, to become more integrated either socially or economically into the community. So the Community Diversity Fund was born. In […]
Coquitlam Search and Rescue is a Volunteer Search and Rescue team based in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. We serve the communities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody (The Tri-cities), Anmore, Belcarra, Burnaby and New Westminster. To learn more about Coquitlam Search and Rescue go to their website.
Dogwood Pavilion isa social recreation centrefor adults50 years or better toget together, make new friends and enjoy a variety of leisure activities. It is a warm and friendly place with plenty of free parking. The pavilion is operated by the City of Coquitlam Parks, Recreation and Culture Department. We also have a fully equipped woodworking shop, snooker room, lapidary workshop, computer lab, lounge and library. This fund was originally named the Hollins Green Fund when it was under the direction […]
The Evergreen Cultural Centre, a registered charitable organization and not-for-profit society, opened its doors in October 1996 in the new Town Centre in Coquitlam, British Columbia. A shared vision of the City of Coquitlam, the Tri-City arts community, private business and senior government, it is a facility and organization committed to providing excellence in arts and culture. Evergreen is operated by the Evergreen Cultural Centre Society and governed by a Board of Directors. It is funded by the City of […]
Friends of Mundy Park Heritage Society have established a new donor-advised fund designed to support projects and activities promoting or enhancing the conservation of the Coquitlam park system’s crown jewel, Mundy Park.
On May 18th, 2006 Michael was driving to Kelowna with his former spouse and seven-month-old twins, to attend a work function and stay with friends. Catastrophe struck while on the Coquilhalla highway — Michael lost control of the van and it rolled at least one and a half times. Michael was unresponsive, with evidence that the airbags had deployed and he was restrained by his seatbelt. He was in a comatose state. He was transported by air to Royal Inlands […]
Noura Homes is a family owned company that creates luxurious dream homes. Known for their high-end homes in Burke Mountain, central Coquitlam, Westwood Plateau, and Rockridge. Building custom dream homes successfully since 1992.
Peter Legge is an inspiration to anyone who meets him! He lives his life dream as an internationally acclaimed professional speaker, a bestselling author and as Chairman & CEO of the largest independently owned magazine publishing company in Western Canada – Canada Wide Media Limited. He is a community leader, tirelessly devoting his time to many worthwhile organizations and a past Chair of the Vancouver Board of Trade. For more than 40 years, Peter Legge has embodied the gutsy spirit […]
This Fund is to commemorate the memory of Shelagh Fulton (nee Hogg), a long time Coquitlam resident and community volunteer. Shelagh lived with the challenges of rheumatoid arthritis her entire adult life. In 1989 she co-founded the Hang Tough Arthritis Support Group and was actively involved with the Group until shortly before her death on December 27, 2001. She was a compassionate and caring person who inspired many.
This is a fund, officially sanctioned by the City of Coquitlam’s 125 Anniversary office, was created by the Coquitlam Foundation to mark the 125 anniversary of the founding of the City of Coquitlam.
Founded in 2013, the Coquitlam Foundation Community Fund (“CFCF”) draws several previously separate foundation-directed funds–including the the Builders’ Trust Fund, the Community Wellness Fund, the Cultural Fund, the Education Fund, the Environment Fund and the Heritage Fund–into one large community fund. This rebalancing gives the Foundation greater flexibility to better respond to a wide range of community funding requests.
Della and Cam Grant
Before he died in December 2009 at the age of 83, Mr. Stewart directed in his will that
the foundation distribute monies to help people with Alzheimer’s and kidney disease as well as Tri-City students attending Simon Fraser University.
Dr. J. Crosby Johnston was one of the founding board members of the Coquitlam Foundation. He is one of the driving forces behind Coquitlam’s request for city status. He was active in the community over the years by serving on committees such as the Committee for the Disabled, the Coquitlam Crime Prevention Committee and served as President of Dogwood Pavilion for two terms.