The City of Port Moody held their annual Civic Appreciation Dinner this past Saturday. They celebrated four people who have made outstanding contributions to the community over the years. This year’s recipients and their bios from the City release…
Helen Daniels – Arts Award
Presented by the Arts and Culture Committee
Helen is a tireless advocate of the arts. Through ArtsConnect, she puts on signature events, maintains a diverse online resource and creates a welcoming space for artists. Signature ArtsConnect events like the ArtsConnect ArtWalk, ArtistCircle, Golden Brush and Quick Flick Challenge all benefit from her vision and expertise. Helen creates a strong creative community that crosses municipal borders by forging strong partnerships and encouraging collaboration.
Bill Nicol – Environmental Award
Presented by the Environmental Protection Committee
Bill is a long-standing volunteer with the Port Moody Ecological Society. He’s collected over 60,000 aluminum cans through litter pickup in local parks and donations from other people. In total, Bill has raised over $3,000, which he used to create the Bill Nicol Bursary. In 2011, the bursary awarded two $1,500 scholarships to hatchery volunteers who are studying earth and ocean sciences at UBC and the fish and wildlife program at BCIT.
Port Moody Heritage Society & Mary Anne Cooper – Heritage Award
Presented by the Heritage Commission
Starting in 2011, the Port Moody Heritage Society now organizes Ioco Ghost Town Days, a free community event that promotes Port Moody’s heritage. It also celebrates the establishment of a Heritage Conservation Area within the former Ioco Townsite. Local resident and Freedom of the City recipient Mary Anne Cooper championed the Ioco Heritage Conservation Area designation. She’s also the key founder of Ioco Ghost Town Days, and until last year was the organizing force behind the event. October 2011 marked the 10th anniversary of Ioco Ghost Town Days. With a record-breaking single day attendance of over 2,000 people, the Heritage Society is committed to carrying on this valued event.
Bob Favelle – Sports Achievement Award
Presented by the Parks and Recreation Commission
Bob has been involved with Port Moody Soccer for over 16 years as a coach, mentor and advocate. His long term vision for the club and the sport make him a well-respected member of the soccer community. Youth who graduate to an adult level of play have already benefitted from Bob’s vision. He’s created a relatively new adult soccer program that has already grown to over 10 teams of male and female players. In 2006, he organized the Hollywood United Soccer Club vs. Vancouver Whitecaps Alumni fundraising celebrity soccer match. Proceeds from this event were used to purchase the bleachers that overlook Trasolini Field behind the Recreation Complex.
Congratulations to all the award recipients, and thank you for continuing to make the Tri-Cities a better place to live.
The City of Coquitlam unveiled plans for the new Burke Mountain firehall. The building will cost $9.6 million, construction is set to begin next year with a finished firehall in 2015. It looks like Coquitlam may pull this off without a costly referendum that will be ignored.
Finally the Ministry of Transportation posted their video about the Evergreen Line on Youtube. Really gives a good sense of what the Evergreen Line will look like, and we’ll be riding it before you know it.