Spotlight: Candlelight vigil, plants out in PoMo

Recent accomplishments by residents, businesses and groups in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.


Port Moody Station Museum wrapped up its centenary celebrations marking the end of WWI — and its 11 Days of Remembrance program — with a candlelight vigil on Nov. 10. Among the attendees were PoMo Coun. Hunter Madsen.

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Invasive plant species were pulled from the Shoreline Trail in Port Moody by Lower Mainland Green Team volunteers Sunday. Their next removal is Saturday at the Coquitlam River Park. Go to to RSVP.




Jay Sharpe, fire chief of the Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department, spoke at former Belcarra mayor Ralph Drew’s 40th retirement party last week. The department also serves Anmore.




Coquitlam’s Hilal Dabir won $10,000 from Storyhive this month to create a music video for Kresnt. The grant is part of Storyhive’s Music Video Edition. Dabir, a native of Kabul, Afghanistan, is a film and music producer whose Storyhive pitch was titled Remember Way Back. He was one of 40 recipients of the Storyhive funding from Telus. Dabir’s final project will be available for viewing next summer on Telus Optik TV On Demand and


Two Coquitlam teens will receive their silver level Duke of Edinburgh awards Saturday from B.C.’s Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin. Kesley Rana and Tony Wuyue Sun will be presented with the accolades at a ceremony in Burnaby along with 37 other recipients. “Youth who achieve the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award demonstrate significant ability and commitment. Participating youth don’t work towards a cash prize but rather the intrinsic value of challenging themselves by setting goals and then achieving them,” said executive director of the BC & Yukon division Sushil Saini in a news release. To earn the silver level, achievers must complete the four sections of the program: service to community, development of a skill, physical recreation and an adventurous journey in nature.


Nine female leaders were recognized in Coquitlam last week for their positive roles in the community at the second annual Women Influencer Awards. The Women’s Collaborative Hub honoured Tri-City recipients Karen Roosen (extraordinary winner); Tina D’Amelio (exceptional educator); Bernadette Butler (online dynamo); and Tabitha McLoughlin (sustainability champion). And, in Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge, the winners were: Brenda Garcia (community steward); Cheryl Zandbergen (inspirational wonder woman); Vicki Kipps (beyond the call of duty); Dr. Ursula Luitingh (outstanding caregiver); and Melissa Quinn (emerging influencer).

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