Major gift boosts Michael Coss Brain Injury Fund

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation is pleased to announce that the Michael Coss Brain Injury Fund, one of the 20 donor-advised funds the foundation manages, has received a donation of $100,000.

The gift comes from Jean-Pierre Forest of Vancouver, who, like Michael Coss, is a brain-injury survivor. In making the donation, Forest thanked Coss for his friendship and support during their shared journey to recovery.

Forest presented the cheque to Coss on August 3 following Forest’s successful completion of a tandem skydive in Abbotsford—his first skydive since a catastrophic plane crash five years earlier that left him with internal injuries, broken vertebrae, a compound fracture of his right forearm, and a traumatic brain Injury.

The donation will help the Coss fund cover the costs of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy treatments and other non-funded medical options for children who have sustained a brain injury.

“We join with the Coss family in thanking Mr. Forest for his generosity,” Julie Fisher, chair of the Coquitlam Foundation, said. “The donation will truly benefit those in need of this specialized treatment. The gift also underlines the importance of the sort of community philanthropy that the foundation supports.”

The foundation manages a portfolio worth more than $2.4 million, comprising 20 donor-advised and nine foundation-directed funds. Last year, the foundation distributed $114,000 in grants, scholarships and bursaries. The foundation will hold its Annual General Meet at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, October 10, in the Coquitlam Foundation Room at the City Centre Branch of the Coquitlam Public Library.

The Coquitlam Foundation is pleased to accept donations to any of its funds, c/o 1207 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, B.C., Canada, V3B 7Y3, or through its website, Coquitlam Foundation is registered with Canada Revenue as a charitable organization, No. 890762347 RR0001.

(Please see our Facebook page for a photo of Michael Coss accepting the $100,000 cheque from Jean-Pierre Forest.)

Contact: Executive Director Dale Clarke: 604.468.2077 or