Spotlight: Vancity helps Coquitlam teens get jobs

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


The Maillardville branch of the Vancity Credit Union donated $3,500 to Société Place Maillardville for the Vancity Job Club, which gives teens the tools to develop employment skills such as resume writing and first aid.

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Eric Diehl, a Grade 9 student at École des Pionniers in Port Coquitlam, took second place at Concours d’art oratoire this month for his talk titled Les avantages et les désavantages de la richesse.





The Sapperton Business Association injected $13,000 into the Royal Columbian Hospital, which serves the Tri-Cities, prior to its annual Sapperton Day Street Festival on June 12. The cash came from last year’s street fest.




Three Kwayquitlum middle students won perfect scores on the Gauss Math Competition. Brian Yu (Grade 6), Sophie Zhao (Grade 7) and Ricky Liu (Grade 7) worked on problem-solving and math.



Coquitlam RCMP OIC Sean Maloney spent part of Police Week handing out his top awards to leaders in his detachment, which is shared with Port Coquitlam, and the community.

Corporals S. Grimmer, D. McNeill and Q. Frewing received the OIC Awards for leadership along with Const. M. Desjarlais and A/Const. J. Punzo. Recipients of the OIC Awards for Community Service were A/Const. D. Campbell, J. Motak, R. Voutilainen and T. Wiens as well as C. Ahn, C. Clemente, J. Dardengo and J. Litz.

Maloney also presented awards in excellence in performance to constables T. Roberts, J. Bucknell, M. Ferrer and D. Nauzad, K. Heel and the detachment’s robbery and sex crimes units. Valour accolades went to J. Annett, T. Wight, L. Mekkes, C. Wu, Cpl. C. Singh and Const. J. Guevara.

Meanwhile, innovation awards were given out to to G. Low and the Coquitlam RCMP sex crimes unit while long-service medals were passed on to Sgt. E. Conway and Cpl. M. Potvin for 25 years with the RCMP.


Port Moody Police Chief Const. Chris Rattenbury won a community leadership award this month from the Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC and Yukon branch.

The accolade recognizes Rattenbury for his contributions to help save the lives of those waiting for an organ transplant. “I am honoured to play a role in this life-saving campaign,” he said in a news release. “Given the sobering statistics, it makes sense that the police be part of the organ donation solution both for the health and wellness of the business and the community at large.”


Pinetree secondary students Michael Lin and Damir Nindovic  won an honourable mention for their video “Work Safe (Or You Won’t Have A Good Day)” in the Grade 11-12 category for the 11th annual WorkSafeBC Student Safety Video Contest. 

The students will share $500. The contest tasked students with creating a two-minute original video that explores the topic of impairment in the workplace, and what employers and workers can do to address it.


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