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SPOTLIGHT: Coquitlam students make the YELL finals

YELL! A total of 80 students from School District 43 took part in the second annual YELL Venture Challenge last week.


A total of 80 students from School District 43 took part in the second annual YELL Venture Challenge last week.

In all, 16 teams pitched their creative ideas to a panel of judges during the day including the Swave team from Pinetree secondary in Coquitlam, made up of Cindy Luo, Ariana Kazimi, Jesse Qin, Mari Apeles, Adrienne Ahn and Emily Naing.

Team Swave got into the finals with its sleep-enhancing pillow.


A Coquitlam civic facility snapped up a win in a photo contest during national volunteer week.

Place Maillardville took the second-place award last month from Volunteer BC, which hosted the competition on the theme Volunteers Are Part of the Ripple Effect.

Place Maillardville's image of summer camp volunteers was one of more than 190 entries. The top 3 photos will be used in Volunteer BC's marketing materials.

"We are pleased to have received such a large number of photo entries that illustrate the immense pride that British Columbians have in their communities and for their volunteers," said Lawrie Portigal, president of Volunteer BC, in a press release.


The Tri-City Qi Gong group run by Dr. John Loh handed over $1,200 to the Crossroads Hospice Society last month. Dr. Loh practises on Sundays at the Coquitlam Centre mall. To date, the group has raised nearly $17,000 for Crossroads.


Last week's Music for Hearts concert strung up more than $2,500 for the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation.

The second annual show at Port Moody's Inlet Theatre, which was attended by 170 people, was organized by university students and hospital volunteers Pedram Laghaei, Parisa Safavi, Mehran Mirahmadi and Donyanaz Divsalar.

The proceeds will be used for emergency room medical equipment.


The winners of the sixth annual Tri-Cities Champions for Young Children Awards of Excellence will be named this month.

But last week, the finalists were revealed by the organizers, the Tri-Cities Early Childhood Development.

The nominees in the five categories (Individual Champions, Group /Organization Champions, Business Champions, Champions Working with Children Who Have Special Needs and Leadership Champions) are: BC Automobile Association, BC Christian Academy Kids Club, Susan Donald, Sal Kiridena, London Drugs Photo Lab, Gayle McAllister, John Maddalozzo, Barb Mancell, Cindy O'Neill, Port Coquitlam Daycare Society, SHARE Mountain View Family Resource Program, Tom Lee Music, Leanne Twaddle, Ashley Wollacott and Donna Woroschuk.

As well, a number of people and groups also got nods: Karina Bagley, Cindy Carlson, Mehdi Hadjoudja, Sandra Hogg, Korean Mothers Group, Vicki Lepper, Mary Anne Nelson, Panda Bear Children's Centre, Janet Stockbruegger and World of Wonder.

The banquet will be held May 21 at the Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club. Visit for more information about the event.


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