Spotlight: Optimist Club gives $1k to COS

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


Annette Smith, president of the Evening Optimist Club of Coquitlam, handed over $1,000 to Neely Yuda of the Children of the Street Society for school-based workshops in the Tri-Cities in preventing sexual exploitation.

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The McKesson Foundation was thanked for donating more than $10,000 for the Zajac Ranch for Children, a summer camp in which many Tri-City kids with medical conditions attend.




Coquitlam’s Dogwood Songsters performed their last concert for the fall season at Belvedere Care Home recently. The group will perform a Christmas concert on Sunday at Dogwood Pavilion, at 1:30 p.m.


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Children of the Street Society got a $6,000 boost at the North Shore Community Foundation’s award ceremony. The money will be used to teach North Shore school kids about child/youth sexual exploitation prevention.


In recognition of International Volunteer Day, a number of Tri-City organizations gave shout-outs on social media Wednesday to their non-paid helpers. Among them was Coquitlam RCMP, which noted in the first 10 months of this year, its volunteers had donated more than 16,100 hours in six programs to keep the community safe. Last month, Mounties celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Burquitlam Community Police Station and two volunteers who signed up on Day 1 and continue to offer their services for free: Natalie Thomas and Karim Hashan.


Coquitlam’s Courtney Brazil is one of 14 accounting students in B.C. who made the national honour roll for outstanding results on their Common Final Examination (CFE). The multi-day exam, administered by the CPA Western School of Business in September, also saw 60 other Certified Public Accountant students from the Tri-Cities pass the test. “I am immensely proud of the 945 hard-working B.C. candidates who passed the 2018 CFE by developing and demonstrating technical and professional skills they will take with them into the next stage of their careers and beyond,” said Steve Vieweg, FCPA, FCMA, CEO of the CPA Western School of Business, in a press release.

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