Environmentalist Ruth Foster (left) and filmmaker Eva Wunderman joined Mary Anne Cooper last month at a Port Moody dinner to raise funds for a new film about the 104-year-old resident. The feast by Fred Soofi of Pasta Polo collected more than $6,000 for the Wunderman flick: maryannecooper.ca.
Preschool teacher Jennifer Durkin will retire next month from Kiddies Korner; a special event to mark her four decades at the Port Coquitlam facility will be held on May 25.
Five Masonic lodges in the Tri-Cities and Maple Ridge gave $2,500 to the Crossroads Hospice Society last month.
PINK FOR AMANDA
Hard Rock Casino Vancouver rung in $500 on Pink Shirt Day for Amanda’s Legacy, a Port Coquitlam group that will use the cash for online safety awareness programs.
Yvonne Blom, president of the ladies auxiliary of the Maple Ridge Eagles #2831, handed $2,500 to Maura Fitzpatrick, fundraising manager with the Children of the Street Society. The Coquitlam non-profit group was Blom’s charity of choice.
NEW BIA LEADER
The Port Coquitlam Business Improvement Association has a new executive director. Last month, Jennifer McKinnon replaced Susanna Walden in the top job, which steers economic development in downtown PoCo. McKinnon is well-known for her community work including with the Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sunrise and the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, where she leads the Women in Business committee. She previously worked for Pacific Coast Terminals and Red Robin, the latter in its corporate office. McKinnon will be at Engage PoCo at the Shaughnessy Street pop-up park on May 14 from 3 to 5 p.m.
$29K FOR KIDSPORT
The 6th annual School District 43 charity golf tournament to benefit KidSport Tri-Cities swung in $29,000. The golf and dinner fundraiser was held Sunday at the Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club in Coquitlam and saw Mike Parkins win the 50/50 draw, which he donated to the Coquitlam-based non-profit group. The total collected at the tourney will pay for sports registration fees for about 100 students in the district. Meanwhile, Innovative Fitness will host its golf tourney — in support of KidSport — on June 14 in Whistler while the 24th annual KidSport golf game by Morgan Creek is on June 17.