Spotlight: Coquitlam police officer honoured by Governor General

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

S/Sgt. Robert Ellwood Lemon of Coquitlam was invested into the Order of Merit of the Police Forces today (Wednesday). The citation was given by Gov. General David Johnston to recognize Lemon’s service as a member of the B.C. tactical troop.

 

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HEART STRINGS

The charitable Music for the Hearts strung in $2,700 for the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation at its third annual concert at Coquitlam’s St. Laurence Anglican Church in August. The money will be used to buy a paediatric bronchoscope.

 

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BLUE BEARD

Coquitlam’s RC MacDonald elementary — a school of 136 students — collected $4,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation. Principal Ceri Watkins honoured his promise to dye his hair and beard blue.

 

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GREEN TEAM

Invasive species were pulled from Port Moody’s Shoreline Trail last weekend by the Lower Mainland Green Team. The group worked with the city of PoMo on the environmental clean-up last Saturday.

 

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HAIR FOR FOX 

Rebecca Hansen’s head is feeling a little lighter these days after she had a dozen inches chopped off last week to raise awareness and funds for the Terry Fox Foundation, which has its provincial branch in Port Coquitlam.

 The French Immersion teacher, who instructs at Glen elementary school in Coquitlam (where Fox was a student from grades 5 to 7 in the 1960s), helped to generate more than $7,000 in donations for the cause — $2,000 more than the school target. 

Her long locks will now be made into a wig for a young cancer patient. Student Tess Perkins, who brought in $1,055 for the foundation, also had eight inches of her hair cut off  at the school assembly. “Terry’s story has made quite an impression on her,” Hansen wrote in an email to The Tri-City News.

 

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HOSPITAL GALA

An annual gala to raise money for the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation got a shot of $230,000 at last Saturday’s event at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver in Coquitlam.

The Evening of Caring, sponsored in part by The Tri-City News brought in the cash for the Port Moody foundation’s Fund A Need campaign. 

Pictured from left to right are: Karen Horton (director of development); Dr. Bertrand Perry; Charlene Giovannetti-King, executive director; and Carly Foster, director of events. To donate to Fund A Need, visit erhf.ca.

 

GIVING THANKS

More than 7,700 pounds of non-perishable food was collected last month for the Share food bank as part of the eighth annual BC Thanksgiving Food Drive

Volunteers were at Save On Foods in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam on Sept. 17 for the campaign, which throughout the Metro Vancouver district, brought in nearly 430,000 pounds of goods for 50 food banks throughout the province, said spokesperson Josie Tonio McCarthy.

 

Please send Spotlight press releases and photos to jwarren@tricitynews.com.

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