Spotlight: RibFest judging, pig roast feast, chili cook-off

Publisher tucks into rib entries


Shannon Mitchell (second from left), the publisher and sales manager at The Tri-City News, was on the judge’s panel at the fifth annual RibFest at Rocky Point Park July 21.

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Coquitlam RCMP clinched the crown at the Port Coquitlam Farmer’s Market chili cook-off July 18. The Mounties won the contest 88-51 against the PoCo firefighters.


Port Coquitlam Mayor Brad West (second from left) was at a pig roast lunch hosted by kostklip that, on July 5, marked its 50th year in B.C. — nearly half of that time in PoCo.





Tri-City businessmen Amin Shivji of 123Dentist in Coquitlam and Haresh Bhatt of Natu’oil Services in Port Coquitlam (pictured) are finalists in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year; the winner will be named Oct. 3.




Coquitlam Coun. Trish Mandewo (centre) of the Women’s Collaborative Hub this month partnered with Ruben’s Shoes, Blankets BC, Envision and SD43 students to send a 40-foot container with items to help the victims of Cyclone Idai, which struck Africa in March.




Douglas College, which has a campus in Coquitlam, has a new vice president for administrative services and chief financial officer. Kayoko Takeuchi assumes the roles Sept. 9. According to a press release, Takeuchi has worked at the Justice Institute of B.C. for the past 14 years, where she rose from controller to v-p of finance and operations. She is on the board of directors for the Canadian Legal Information Institute, a non-profit branch of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada; she is also a member of the Government Organization Accounting and Auditing Forum of CPABC.


More than 100 civic and community officials broke ground in Port Moody this month for the new Tri-Cities Children’s Centre (TCCC), a facility that will be part of The Springs. Located at 2318 St. Johns St., on the former St. Andrew’s Ioco United Church site, the development will include 55 new affordable rental homes plus the kids centre operated by Kinsight and Share Family and Community Services Society.  TCCC will provide services and programming for families of children with developmental delays and disabilities. The Springs, which is funded in part by the city and provincial government, is expected to be up by the summer of 2021. 


The philanthropic group People Who Give A Damn Tri-Cities last month donated $1,400 to KidStart, a mentorship program that helps at-risk kids. Administered by PLEA Community Services — the organization that recently took over the Coquitlam-based Children of the Street Society — KidStart supports young people ages six to 18 in Metro Vancouver. People’s past recipients include Tri-City Transitions, Share Family and Community Services, the Gaby Davis Foundation, Access Youth Outreach Services, the Charlene Revealey Children’s Charity Society and KidSport Tri-Cities.

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