Spotlight: Carney grad earns $5k for her Caribbean soup kitchen

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


A graduate of Port Coquitlam’s Archbishop regional secondary was recently named the Student of the Semester by her post-secondary institute. Mariel Chan’s recognition by the American University of the Caribbean, where the Port Coquitlam resident is studying medicine at Sint Maarten, came with a $5,000 grant to be spent on a community initiative of her choosing. A 2016 graduate of McGill University, Chan served hot meals to the homeless at St. Patrick’s Basilica while in Montreal and, in the Caribbean after Hurricane Irma hit earlier this year, she started a soup kitchen at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Cole Bay.
With Chan’s application for the Student of the Semester grant for the the church soup kitchen, Taylor Messick, president of the AUC Student Judiciary Committee, wrote: “Mariel convinced us of the soup kitchen’s importance and showed us how much of an impact the grant would make on their program. Mariel’s proposal was professional and thorough and we knew exactly where the funds were going. Most of all, we were excited to reward someone who has been such an active member of AUC, who is intelligent, and who has an incredibly giving heart.”

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Tri-City Transitions got $1,000 from Coquitlam Sunrise Rotary at its open house this month. Transitions board chair Pat Dewhurst and executive director Carol Metz are flanked by Rotarians Brad Richardson and Ron Postma.




Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart joined other city councillors for a red ribbon cutting at The Taphouse this fall as part of its grand opening. The eatery is located beside the Executive Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre in Burquitlam.




Port Moody firefighters joined staff of the Panatch Group at 50 Electronic Ave. to hand over a $6,000 cheque to Share Family and Community Services, a social service agency in the Tri-Cities.




Port Coquitlam’s Irvine elementary saw more than 300 guests at its school Christmas fundraiser last Saturday — and drew some big helpers including MP Ron McKinnon, MLA Mike Farnworth, city councillors Nancy McCurrach and Steve Darling and Trustee Michael Thomas.

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