Long-serving chair retires from board of Coquitlam Foundation

Friday, June 15, 2012

COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation bid farewell to its long-serving chair, Colleen Talbot, at its June 14 board meeting. Talbot has served on the non-profit charitable organization’s board for eight years, six of them as chair.

Under Talbot’s leadership, the foundation increased the number of its donor-advised funds almost twofold and distributed more than a quarter-of-a-million-dollars’ worth of grants, bursaries and scholarships to local organizations and individuals.

Also during Talbot’s tenure, the foundation was able to hire its first permanent staff member, an executive director. The woman who currently holds that position, Dale Clarke, has high praise for Talbot.

“It’s been a real pleasure to work with Colleen,” Clarke says. “She is very knowledgeable about the non-profit sector. And you couldn’t ask for a more supportive board chair.”

Talbot, in turn, praises the many volunteers who have contributed to the success of the foundation. “It has been my privilege to work with such an involved, community-minded group of people,” she says.

Talbot will continue to sit on the boards of the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame (as secretary-treasurer), Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Canada (as president) and the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of BC (also as president).

The Coquitlam Foundation board will select a new chair at its July meeting.

The foundation manages $2.2 million in foundation-directed and donor-advised funds. It distributed more than $56,000 within the community at its Awards Night on May 29 at the Evergreen Cultural Centre. 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.