Gold’s Gym in Port Coquitlam was at The Mirage in Las Vegas for a convention and accepted the Best New Gym in North America award. The business opened last year.
ROOTED AT HOME
The Vancity Maillardville branch recently deposited an Envirofund grant for $20,000 to the Fresh Roots Urban Farming Society to pull local invasive species.
Cantopop singer Frances Yip, who performs at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver in Coquitlam on Friday night for SUCCESS, was thanked this week for her charitable efforts.
WAY TO GO!
RBC staff at the Coquitlam Town Centre branch were acknowledged for their participation in this year’s Teddy Bear Parade with a $1,000 donation to Crossroads Hospice.
Semo Foundation president Manny Kang, digital sales manager at The Tri-City News, last month gave flats of baby formula to Share with News publisher Shannon Mitchell.
B.C. Christian Academy, a non-profit school in Port Coquitlam, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. More than 300 Tri-City and Fraser Valley students attend the school.
$20K TO HOSPICE
The Coquitlam Qi Gong group flowed $1,200 into the Crossroads Hospice Society coffers recently, bringing their total to nearly $20,000 for the charity since 2002.
Pizza Hut eateries in Coquitlam brought in $8,742 for the Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes while the Port Coquitlam restaurant served up $2,047 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
MEET AND GREET
Centennial secondary grads Matt Layzell and Matt Rose spent time after their Kaleidoscope Festival show last Saturday night to talk with fans. The Coquitlam fest drew more than 7,000 visitors.
The inaugural Bill Warwick Memorial Car Show — hosted by the Coquitlam Legion in honour of the late branch senior executive — drew more than 1,000 visitors to Ridgeway Avenue to view the 90 cars.
Members of Port Coquitlam’s Hyde Creek Watershed Society used the dry, hot weather to get into the creeks (with the OK from fisheries) to clear debris and fall trees in the northside area.
17 YEARS LATER
Gill McCulloch, director of Safe + Sound First Aid Training, got a surprise this summer when a student she taught 17 years ago brought her own daughter for the same Tri-City course.
Coquitlam resident Svitlana Rezai took home a Tri-City News prize pack from last Saturday’s Kaleidoscope Festival at Coquitlam Town Centre Park. Rezai accepted the award, which she won through a Facebook contest, on stage during the second annual event. The gift included show tickets from the Evergreen Cultural Centre, Mariner Beer swag, tokens to the Coquitlam Farmers Market and a handmade bowl from Place des Arts.
Three organizations with Tri-City ties got cash injections this summer from the First West Foundation through its Envision Financial Community Endowment. Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland received $6,537 for its Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds program; the Kateslem Youth Society dug up $4,981 for garden boxes and a greenhouse; and Westcoast Family Centres Society took in $4,800 for its Work/Life Balance Training for Social Service Professionals program.
Paul Holden will chair the new executive team of the Douglas College Foundation board of directors.At a recent annual general meeting, the board elected Holden — the president and CEO of the Burnaby Board of Trade, who has a background in publishing and media — to oversee the organization.
Financial advisor Nick Cheng was named the board vice-chair while Wendy Lindvik, a branch manager for HSBC, takes the position of treasurer for the upcoming year and former Coquitlam city councillor Neal Nicholson is the secretary.
The past chair is Darlene Hyde, the board chair for Westminster Savings Credit Union.
“This year, we are shifting our focus to strengthening and deepening the foundation’s relationships with our donors and volunteers,” said foundation executive director Leanne Poon, in a news release. “We are incredibly grateful for our new executive. They are providing their expert advice as business and community leaders to increase the Foundation’s community profile and increase philanthropic support for our students, programs and the college.”
The foundation started in 1985 and helps with student financial aid at the college, which has a campus in Coquitlam.
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