Susanna Walden of the Downtown Port Coquitlam BIA helped to sort 200 pieces of warm clothing donated for Turn Down the Heat Week, for the Coquitlam homeless shelter at 3030 Gordon Ave.
SENIORS CENTRES $
PoCo MLA Mike Farnworth last week handed a $35,576 cheque to George, a resident at Hawthorne Seniors Care Community that is one of 88 care homes to get a grant under the Seniors Safety & Quality Improvement Program.
POCO EP TALK
Therese Mickelson of Mickelson Consulting spoke Nov. 7 to about 30 people at the city of Port Coquitlam’s annual Business Recovery Workshop, hosted by the Emergency Preparedness division.
A total of $4,000 raised by the Coquitlam Legion through poppy sales was donated — just before Remembrance Day — to the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation, which is now collecting funds to expand the PoMo emergency department.
Coquitlam resident — and Halloween fan — Vickie Marie Ayers will hand over thousands of dollars to Variety - The Children’s Charity at its annual telethon. Last month, Ayers tricked out her family’s home on Blue Mountain Street leading up to Oct. 31 and raised $8,236 for the cause. She hopes to present the organization with a $36,000 cheque in February, she told The Tri-City News in an email last week.
GREEN FOR ADOPTION
Port Coquitlam city hall was bathed in green last Friday — while Coquitlam city hall will go green tomorrow (Friday) —to shed light on adoption. Adoption Awareness Month is proclaimed every November in B.C. to draw attention to the number of children and teens waiting for permanent homes through adoption, guardianship or a kinship placement. Nearly 1,400 kids have been adopted from government care in the past five years but there is still an ongoing need for more adoptive families — particularly, Indigenous families and families willing to take on larger sibling groups, teens or children with significant special needs. "Adoption is one important way we can connect young people with the care and support that loving adults are eager to provide,” said Children and Family Development Minister Katrine Conroy, in a news release. “November, Adoption Awareness Month, is a time for us to reflect on the hundreds of children and teens in B.C. who still need support and care, the kind that lights up lives with love.”
BRONZE FOR POCO BEER
Port Coquitlam’s newest microbrewery reaped third place at last month’s Harrison Beer Festival. Taylight Brewing, which is located at 402 - 1485 Coast Meridian Rd., took the bronze award at the seventh annual event, held Oct. 26 and 27 at Harrison Hot Springs. Old Yale Brewing Co. earned first place and the top cask accolade while Red Collar Brewing Co. won second spot in the competition.
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