SPOTLIGHT: RCMP go bald for Cops for Cancer

Recent achievements by residents, businesses and groups in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody

Coquitlam RCMP Const. Tania Saunders (centre) had her head shaved this month at MasterCuts in Coquitlam Centre mall last week to raise awareness and money for Cops for Cancer, an annual ride for the Canadian Cancer Society.


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Douglas College Foundation was gifted $30,000 from Westminster Savings Credit Union this month, bringing its legacy bursary to more than $50,000. About $2,000 a year goes students in need at Douglas, which has a campus in Coquitlam.




Kia West of Coquitlam was awarded the Green Star from the New Car Dealers Association of B.C. to recognize the highest sales of battery-electric vehicles sold in the Lower Mainland last year. 


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Christopher Kung is the commanding officer of the Tri-Cities’ newest air cadet squadron. Last week, the signing ceremony took place at Maillard middle school, the base for 808 RCACC Coquitlam.




The Douglas College Foundation has a new board of directors. 

Eight Tri-City residents were recently selected to serve for the 2016-’17 year including four members on the executive committee: Darlene K. Hyde (right) as chair, Paul Holden as vice chair, Wendy Lindvik as treasurer and former Coquitlam city councillor Neal Nicholson as secretary. 

They are joined on the board by Tri-City residents Marissa Martin, Suzanne Kyra, Ted Lau and Ted Leung.

The board also includes past chair Baj Puri, Golnaz Aliyarzadeh, Wayne Aroundus, Nick Cheng, Michael J. Edwards, Tej Kainth and Tom Williams.

The college has two campuses including one in Coquitlam Town Centre.




Société Francophone de Maillardville has a new communications manager.

Laura Bouzid, a native of France who studied in Ireland, joined the French-Canadian organization in Coquitlam this month. She previously worked at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival and with  La Troupe du Jour.

A non-profit group, Société was founded in 1983 and runs a number of francophone programs including the annual Festival du Bois at Mackin Park.



The outdoor piano that livened downtown Port Coquitlam over the summer was moved last week. 

The city relocated the instrument to inside the Port Coquitlam recreation complex. 

The piano is provided as part of the Pianos on the Street outdoor music project, a community engagement initiative spearheaded by Pacey’s Pianos and the Piano Teachers Federation in partnership with the city of Port Coquitlam.

Since 2014, Pianos on the Street has been placing pianos in public places in iconic locations around Metro Vancouver.


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