Spotlight: 'Mr. Port Moody' gets a baseball diamond

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


The family of Canadian Baseball hall-of-famer Wayne Norton was at Westhill field in Port Moody last Saturday as Mayor Mike Clay officially renamed it the Wayne Norton Baseball Diamond. John Haar, another hall-of-famer joined Greg Douglas (BC Sports Hall of Fame) and John Berry (Baseball BC) at the event.

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Maura Fitzpatrick, fundraising manager for the Children of the Street Society, thanked Hashim Abuelgasim, assistant manager for RONA Austin, for his store’s recent donation of $400. The cash came in via in-store popcorn sales.




An app to encourage girls’ health took second place at the Technovation B.C. regional contest this month. Mia Frohnsdorf, Angela Kim, Joelle Lewis, Evelyn Olson and Natalie Vaida of Kwayhquitlum middle school created IMpower.




Five Tri-City students clinched awards this month at the provincial French public speaking competition, Concours d’art oratoire. More than 10,000 students from across B.C. competed for a spot with 235 youth making it to the finals — including eight from Coquitlam — which were hosted by the Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon at SFU Surrey. The winners are: Ellen Piasentin, Grade 7 early immersion at Banting middle (third place, “La beauté est douleureuse”); Maria Galdian, Grade 7 late immersion at Banting (second place, “Les champions des champignons”); Dorsah Nassiri (pictured above with chief judge Bettina Cenerelli), Grade 8 immersion at Banting (third place, “La violence par armes à feu”); Claire-Xi Song, Grade 12 early immersion at Dr. Charles Best secondary (first place, “L’intelligence artificielle: vers un future véritablement artificiel”); and Farida Kayed, Grade 8 francophone at École des Pionniers de Maillardville (second place, “La reconnaissance”). The other SD43 finalists were Luc Wool and Chloé Mayo of Banting middle school, and Christina Lam of Dr. Charles Best secondary school.




Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam MP Ron McKinnon toured the PoCo recreation complex construction site with Kristen Dixon, the city’s director of engineering and public works, on Monday. The federal government kicked in $12.5-million for the $132-million capital project.




Reg Seguin presented Maura Fitzpatrick, fundraising manager for Coquitlam’s Children of Street Society, with $2,500 this month on behalf of the Burnaby Elks Lodge No. 497. The money brings the fraternal organization’s total donations to the non-profit group to $6,500 for its anti-sexual exploitation workshops in Burnaby.




A panel discussion at the Coquitlam Public Library on Mental Health in B.C.: History and Hope raised funds for the Mary Steinhauser bursary and shed light on the history of Riverview.


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