Julie Fisher new chair of foundation; Desiree Dupuis added to board

Monday, July 23, 2012

COQUITLAM – Coquitlam lawyer Julie Fisher is the new chair of the Coquitlam Foundation’s board of directors, replacing the retired Colleen Talbot.

“I am very grateful the board has selected me as chair,” says Fisher. “It’s a real honour and a tremendous responsibility. Colleen did a tremendous job in her six years as chair, and set a high standard for all who follow.” Fisher served as vice-chair and secretary of the board in past years.

Janet Toddington, who served two years as the board’s secretary, becomes the new vice-chair, and Sam Nakai is the board’s new secretary. Bob Tanaka continues as treasurer.

Meantime, the foundation has welcomed Desiree Dupuis to the board as the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce’s representative, replacing Janine Davies, who has become chair of the new Port Coquitlam Community Foundation. Dupuis is co-founder of Three Sixty Financial Group. Long-time community volunteer Linda Meneghello joined the board earlier this summer.

As well, the board has approved the re-appointment of directors Toddington, Ron Roberge and Terry O’Neill to new four-year terms.

The foundation manages $2.2 million in foundation-directed and donor-advised funds. It distributed more than $56,000 in grants, scholarships and bursaries at its Awards Night in May 29. The foundation will celebrate its 20th anniversary at a gala event at the Red Robinson Theatre on November 15.

The Coquitlam Foundation is always pleased to accept donations, c/o P.O. Box 2, 1207 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, B.C., Canada, V3B 7Y3, or through its website, www.coquitlamfoundation.com. The Coquitlam Foundation is registered with Canada Revenue as a charitable organization, No. 890762347 RR0001.