New E.D. starts Aug. 1, joining 3 new board members

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation’s newly hired executive director, Jill Cook, will begin her new job on August 1, joining three recently appointed board members at the helm of the charitable organization.

Cook, who replaces Dale Clarke, comes to the foundation with a wealth of experience, having been executive director of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce (2006-2009), the Coquitlam Heritage Society (2009-2014), and the Crossroads Hospice Society.

“We are extremely pleased to have Jill join us as we gear up for another big year of community philanthropy,” says Janet Toddington, chair of the foundation’s board of directors. During the past year, the foundation distributed more than $142,000 in grants, bursaries and scholarships.

The foundation’s respect for Cook is matched by her admiration of it. “The foundation is an outstanding organization, well-recognized for its efforts and contributions to strengthen our community,” she says. “I look forward to the opportunity of being a part of its continued success.”

Also new to the foundation are directors Justin Kim, Justina Mark and Madhavee Inamdar, replacing Sam Nakai, Bob Tanaka, and Julie Fisher. Kim, who runs an IT consulting firm, is the new board secretary; Mark, a Chartered Professional Accountant, is the new treasurer; Inamdar, a program advisor with B.C.’s Ministry of International Trade, will chair the CF’s new multicultural committee.

The foundation will conduct its AGM at 7 p.m., Sept. 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 Nov.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.