Spotlight: Casino night at Coquitlam seniors manor

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


Thirty years of Parkwood Manor Retirement Residence by Revera was marked with a special evening at the Coquitlam facility on Sept. 15. Mayor Richard Stewart was at the Las Vegas-style gala, which also served a five-course meal.

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Port Moody Police, St. John Ambulance and other community volunteers joined members of the MADD Metro Vancouver chapter for the group’s second annual grocery bagging fundraiser at the IGA in Port Moody last month.




The Evening Optimist Club of Coquitlam gave $1,000 to Coquitlam-based Children of the Street Society for the charity’s work in preventing the sexual exploitation of Coquitlam teens. 




Girls Night Out, the largest annual fundraiser for the Port Moody Arts Centre, yielded $14,000 for new capital items. The sold-out event saw guests mingle and hear from comedians at the Inlet Theatre.




WO2 Maryam Shamsi of 754 Phoenix Air Cadets, a Port Moody squadron, won a $2,500 bursary last month from the Aircrew Officers Association in partnership with the Air Cadet League of Canada. Meanwhile, the group was out in the community on Oct. 21 and 22 to take in donations for its tag days fundraiser. The money will support cadet activities including gliding and flying.



The newest microbrew on Port Moody’s Brewers Row poured in two accolades from the BC Beer Awards last month. Parkside earned second place for its DimWit Belgian Witbier, in the Belgian Ale division, while Motel 5-Hop Pale Ale reaped bronze in the North American IPA section. Parkside products are crafted by brewmaster and co-founder Vern Lambourne, who opened the Murray Street business with Sam Payne last summer.



A number of Tri-City women are finalists for the Women’s Collaborative Hub Women Influencer Awards, which are sponsored in part by The Tri-City News. The group received 132 nominations for women in the Tri-Cities, Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge for its inaugural awards that will be handed out Nov. 9 at the Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club. Among the local candidates are: Sharon Perry, founding principal of Sharon Perry Inc.; radio and TV host Cathy Cena; Coquitlam Coun. Teri Towner; and Port Moody businesswoman Celia Chiang.



A disability fund was renamed at an event in Port Moody on Wednesday night in honour of Jason Cole and Rand Surbey, who lives with cerebral palsy. The Cerebral Palsy Association of B.C. renamed its Equipment Assistive Devices Fund as the Jason and Rand Fund in recognition of their “super sized athletic endeavours and hearts.” The fund name change was announced at the Fashion Without Limits: Diversity in Motion at Old Orchard Hall.

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