Spotlight: Former Fox student launches Virginia school Fox Run

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


Former Terry Fox secondary student Jack Charboneau — now a student athlete in Virginia — this month launched the first Terry Fox Run for the U.S. state. Charboneau spoke about his hometown hero at Blue Ridge School.

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The ninth annual KidSport Day fundraiser at White Spot last month flipped in $80,000 for the non-profit group, of which $1,518 came in from the Coquitlam eatery; partial proceeds will go to KidSport Tri-Cities, run by Chris Wilson.




BCGEU gave $2,000 to Crossroads Hospice after it “lost” its annual donation following the cancellation of this summer’s Hard Rock Casino car show due to the labour dispute at the Coquitlam casino.




Port Moody Police Chief David Fleugel and Const. Darrin Conlon checked out the new $13,000 speed reader board last month, used to slow commuters and provide data at speed hot spots. 


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International landmarks were lit up in purple Wednesday for World Mental Health Day, a campaign started by Port Coquitlam’s Carol Todd after the cyberbullying death of her daughter Amanda. Places such as the London Eye as well as university campuses and city halls donned the colour in response to the stigma around mental health. Meanwhile, Todd is calling on the federal government to designate Oct. 10 as Mental Health Day.

Coquitlam actor Sarah Giles, 11, appears in several upcoming episodes of the Netflix/SYFY series Ghost Wars. Giles is best known for her recurring role as Abigail McGrath-Dufresne.

The opening of a new $1-million pathway in downtown Port Coquitlam was feted Tuesday. The city hosted the party on Hawthorne Avenue to celebrate the completion of the Donald Street pathway, which extends from Welcher Avenue to Central elementary. The party was a thank you to the neighbourhood for putting up with the construction over the spring and summer months. The four metre-wide paved walkway adds to the pathway’s first leg, from Wilson Avenue to Elks Park, built in 2014. The new project resulted in the conversion of 200 m of local roadway and the relocation of utilities and road access for eight properties.

Students at Moody middle school last year worked with visual arts teacher Adrian Walker to produce a new vinyl wrap for a city of Port Moody’s garbage truck. Last month, the wrap was officially unveiled — showing their 1,000 images of a green future.

About 100 staff from Coast Capital Savings recently rolled up their sleeves to help create a new outdoor classroom at Suwa’lkh School, an indigenous educational program for grade 6 to 12 students in the Tri-Cities.

Port Coquitlam city council designated two special weeks in the city, at Tuesday’s meeting. Oct. 15 to 21 was proclaimed as Waste Reduction Week in PoCo while Nov. 5 to 11 was declared as Veteran’s Week to coincide with Remembrance Day.

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