Spotlight: PMSS student wins GG medal

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


A Grade 11 student at Port Moody secondary will receive an honourable sovereign’s medal. Anjali Menon, who was nominated by Free the Children for her volunteerism with environmental initiatives and the food bank, learned last fall she was a recipient but, due to shipping complications, found out she’ll get the hardware in the mail this month. “I am looking forward to using this award as motivation to continue to serve our community,” she told The Tri-City News.

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Coquitlam restauranteur Fred Soofi (second from left) organized a Nowruz feast with the Hafez Literature Club, in March. The meal raised $9,243 for Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation to buy an ultrasound for cardiac patients.


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RBC staff walked with Crossroads Hospice Society at the 2018 Teddy Bear Picnic Parade in June to hand out teddy bears — earning it $1,000 from the RBC Foundation, the volunteers’ charity of choice.




The Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable is $10,000 richer thanks to the Vancity Shaughnessy branch. The grant will be for the North Fraser Salmon Assistant Project to keep Tri-City riverbeds free of invasive plant species.


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RBC staff took time out to spruce up the Crossroads thrift store in Coquitlam. In honour of their volunteering efforts, the RBC Foundation gave $1,000 to the Crossroads Hospice Society.




A former BC Liberal MLA and Coquitlam city councillor is now on the board of directors for the Coquitlam Foundation. Linda Reimer, the president-elect of the Rotary Club of Coquitlam and a board members with Tri-City Transitions, joined the organization last month; it manages $3.2 million in 30 foundation-directed and donor-advised funds. “We are ecstatic that Linda has agreed to join our board,” said foundation chairperson Roch Ripley, in a press release. “Her wealth of experience and demonstrated commitment to community work will greatly assist our ongoing commitment to encourage and support creative, targeted philanthropy that builds a vibrant, sustainable and healthy community.”


Students at Meadowbrook elementary were so good at recycling in their last academic year they won a cash prize in a provincial contest. Spokesperson Andrea MacDonald said their entry into provincial Return-It School competition resulted in a second-place win and $2,500 for the Coquitlam school; first place, in the elementary category, went to Rutland.


The Port Coquitlam Community Foundation’s annual mayor’s croquet tournament last month — an event sponsored in part by The Tri-City News — swung in $70,000 in net proceeds for the non-profit organization, $20,000 more than last year’s event. Since it started, the annual tourney has brought in $282,000 for the cause, Mayor Greg Moore told city council last month.

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