"Reason is always a kind of brute force; those who appeal to the head rather than the heart, however pallid and polite, are necessarily men of violence. We speak of 'touching' a man's heart, but we can do nothing to his head but hit it." --G.K. Chesterton

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

News from the Coquitlam Foundation

I was busy over the weekend writing promotional material for the Coquitlam Foundation's annual Awards Night, which is being held May 29. Here's what I've distributed to the media and put up on the foundation's website, http://www.coquitlamfoundation.com/. Hope to see you at the event next week!:

May 21, 2012

Foundation to distribute $56,000 in grants, scholarships and bursaries

COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary as the charitable heart of Coquitlam this year, is proud to announce it will distribute in excess of $56,000 in grants, scholarships and bursaries at its annual Awards Night, May 29.

Community groups such as the Place Maillardville Society, the Burquitlam Lions Care Centre, the Tri-Cities Community Television Society and the Children of the Street Society will receive grants of $3,500 from the Builder’s Trust, one of two dozen donor-advised and foundation-directed funds administered by the Coquitlam Foundation.

As well, three Coquitlam students are receiving awards of $1,500 each from the newly established James Gordon Stewart Fund. In all, 18 students and 19 community groups will receive $56,427.90 in funding. See below for complete list.

“This is a special time of year for everyone at the Coquitlam Foundation,” says Executive Director Dale Clarke. “After all, helping worthy individuals and groups is the reason we exist. And by supporting these students and organizations, we help build a stronger community.”

The Awards Night is being held at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam. It will begin with appetizers and refreshments at 6:30 p.m., followed by presentations at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the SD43 Student Glee Club and the Children of the Street Society. Tickets are free, but attendees are asked to pre-register by calling 604.468.9598 or emailing info@coquitlamfoundation.com.

Over the past 12 months, the Foundation has established a record number of new funds, including the James Gordon Stewart Fund, the Coquitlam Centre Bursary Fund, the Community Diversity Fund, and the Coquitlam Public Library Living Legacy Fund.

Operating as the charitable “Heart of Coquitlam,” the Coquitlam Foundation has distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past two decades. It now manages about $2.2 million in foundation-directed and donor-advised funds.

The Foundation will be acknowledging the contributions of its founders and past directors, celebrating its current success, and looking ahead to its future at a special 20-Year Celebration Event on November 15 at the Red Robinson Theatre. Watch the Foundation’s website, www.coquitlamfoundation.com, for more details as they become available.

The Coquitlam Foundation is always pleased to accept donations, c/o P.O. Box 2, 1207 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, B.C., Canada, V3B 7Y3, or through the Foundation’s website.The Coquitlam Foundation is registered with Canada Revenue as a charitable organization, No. 890762347 RR0001.


Executive Director Dale Clarke: 604.468.2077
Chair Colleen Talbot: 604.290.6128


Bursaries & Scholarships

Raymond A. LeClair Scholarship:
- award of $1,500 to Kayla Phillips

Brodie Campbell Memorial Scholarship:
- award of $1,000 to Connor Stroup

James Gordon Stewart Fund Scholarships of $1,500 each to:
- Kathryn Beck
- Jai Xin (Ivy) Tan
- Jamie Shorter

Coquitlam Foundation Education Fund
Bursaries of $500 each to:
- Kathleen Chu
- Helen Huang
- Derek Schaper
- Arturo Bustillos
- Maana Javadi

Mayor’s Community Fund Scholarships: (8 x $500 each)
From Pinetree Secondary - Ho Yi Kwan and Jihoon Choi.
From Dr. Charles Best Secondary - Danny Pavel and Jessica Park
From Gleneagle Secondary - Juanpaolo Mercado and Louise Hung
From Centennial Secondary - Erin Keltie and Cole Milton

Community Grants

Peter Legge Literacy Endowment Fund:
- a grant of $1,500 to the Friends of Coquitlam Library Society

Carleigh Rae LeClair Memorial Fund:
- a grant of $3,500 to Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland

Symington Endowment Fund:
- a grant of $1,000 to PoCoMo Youth Services
- a grant of $2,000 to Tri-City Movement Therapy Society
- a grant of $2,000 to Tri City Gymnastics Society

Johnston Fund – a grant of $1,500 to:
- Society for Community Development

Environment Fund – a grant of $500 each to:
- Watershed Watch Salmon Society, and
- SD#43 – Pinetree Secondary School

Community Wellness Fund - a grant of $2,500 to:
- Kateslem Youth Society

Cultural Fund - a grant of $1,000 to:
- Austin Heights Business Improvement Assn.

Heritage Fund – a grant of $1,000 to:
- Coquitlam Heritage Society

Builders’ Trust – awards as specified to:
- Societe Place Maillardville Society $3500
- Burquitlam Lions Care Centre $3500
- Children of the Street Society $3500
- Coquitlam Place des Arts Society $3000
- Vancouver Intl. Children’s Festival $3000
- Tri-Cities Community Television Soc. $3500
-  Theatrix $3075
-  Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation $2852.90

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