SPOTLIGHT: Cadet parade, clothing campaign
Coquitlam’s Tiffany McFadyen will be the new face of a national clothing campaign for the fall. The development director for Ronald McDonald house, McFadyen will represent LUCY Clothing and Forever Yours Lingerie after entering a model search contest in May to win the role.
Staff at the Coquitlam Ikea store teamed up with Big Brothers last Sunday for its eighth annual spring cleanup. The charity had trucks at both Lower Mainland Ikea stores (the other is in Richmond) to accept clothing and household donations from customers, who in return got a store coupon. In total, the drive collected 16,252 lb. of goods — 9,431 lb. from Coquitlam and 6,821 lb. from Richmond. “At Ikea, we believe that children are the most important people in the world and our long-standing local partnership with Big Brothers provides us with an excellent opportunity to support the children in our community alongside our customers,” Jen Knight, Ikea Coquitlam’s communications manager, said in a news release.
A number of Coquitlam residents and groups were recognized by the city this month for their environmental stewardship. Rodney Lee, Victoria Wee, Jennifer Allott, the Hoy/Scott Watershed Society and Pinetree secondary’s Alpha Wolves took home 2012 achievement awards at a ceremony. As well, certificates of appreciation went to the Ranch Park elementary and Maillard middle green teams, Hillcrest middle’s Grade 6/7 class, Walton elementary’s Grade 2/3 class, Anne Holt, Cam Aronetz, Theresa Roberts, Louise Allan, Diane Nipius, Pasquale Gnocato and Stefanie Putzhammer.
A Port Moody secondary school student was presented an award last week by WorkSafeBC for a safety film she made. Sydney DiBenedetto won the top prize in the Grades 8 to 10 category for her video, titled Work Safe BC 2012, which shares a boy’s story about a father who doesn’t make it home from work. To view the movie, go to: worksafebc.com/publications and look under Multimedia.
A couple who own a Port Coquitlam cycling shop has helped collect more than $104,000 as part of a charity bike ride from Vancouver to Seattle. The two-day Ride to Conquer Cancer, which is being supported by Kelly and Glen Hobbis of Cap’s Westwood Cycle and its team, collected the money for the BC Cancer Foundation. The Cap’s westwoodcycle.ca team has been training four to five times a week since the beginning of the year for the ride, which happened last weekend. To help them reach their goal of $109,000, visit www.conquercancer.ca.
SAYING IT WITH FLOWERS
The chair of a Coquitlam philanthropy group was showered with flowers this and last week after she stepped down from the job she has held for six years. Colleen Talbot received a bouquet from Coquitlam Foundation vice-chair Julie Fisher after the foundation’s June 14 board meeting; and at Monday’s city council meeting, foundation director Wim Vander Zalm also presented Talbot with flowers after she was acknowledged for her work by city council. The non-profit society will name a new chair next month.
CONNECTING THE DOTS
PoCo Dots Daycare and Port Coquitlam’s BC Christian Academy hosted their annual community carnival last Friday. The event included a roving clown, bouncy castle, games, face painting, pony rides, a barbecue and music from Monkey Fist.
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