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SPOTLIGHT: Scotiabank swings in $ for KidSport

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

Scotiabank Fremont Village Port Coquitlam swung in $6,000 to the SD43 charity golf tournament this month.

A total of $26,000 was netted at the event for KidSport.

Social Justice 12 students at Coquitlam’s Dr. Charles Best secondary took their passion and concerns to the Vancouver Art Gallery last weekend with a focus on promoting transgender rights.

This year, they elected to petition the provincial government to amend the BC Human Rights Code to include language that guarantees transgendered people access to human rights legislation.

While at the VAG, the Social Justice class collected about 1,000 signatures for the petition that they hope will be presented in the next legislature session by Coquitlam-Maillardville NDP MLA Selina Robinson, who joined the students at VAG along with MLA Spencer Chandra, Dr. Charles Best teacher Ken Ipe and Morgane Oger, chair of the Vancouver Trans Alliance Society.

Little ones with Coquitlam’s Childgarden Preschool joined city crews last week for a litter pick-up day at Mundy Park.

The four-year-old students along with teachers and parents used tongs, gloves and bags to pick up trash around the popular greenspace, which they dub the Magic Forest.

Their field trip ended with a demo of the Wastech organic waste truck.

The preschoolers have been active in their environmental efforts, writing letters to city hall to call for more anti-litter signs.

A $1,500 donation from the Port Moody Foundation went into the hands of the Children of the Street Society this month.

The grant to the Coquitlam-based charity, which was founded by former SD43 trustee Diane Sowden, was one of several awarded June 10 at the foundation’s annual general meeting.

The money will be used to help the society’s school-based prevention workshops in PoMo for the next academic year.

The workshops give children and youth the information and practical tools they need to learn how to be save from sexual exploitation.

In the last school year, the society presented 13 workshops for 610 kids in PoMo, said fundraising manager and spokesperson Maura Fitzpatrick.

Meanwhile, six organizations will split more than $17,000 from the Port Coquitlam Foundation.

Last week at the Gathering Place in Leigh Square Community Arts Village, foundation president Janine Davies announced the names of the recipients who support children and youth, the arts and culture, education and health services.

They are: ACCESS Outreach Youth Services Society (REACH OUT PRO); Children of the Street Society (Taking Care of Others or TCO2); Riverside secondary (Multicultural Leadership Storytelling Festival); Communities Embracing Restorative Action Society (youth justice); Stroke Recovery Association of BC (The Singing Project); and the Wilson Centre Seniors Advisory Association Board (seniors well-being).

“The PoCo Foundation is pleased to be supporting innovative programs that address the growing challenges of mobility and access for all community members,” Davies said in a news release.

As well, Biljana “Billy” McLaughlin and Greg Lunde won the 2014 scholarships from the PoCo Lacrosse Association Advised Fund.

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