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Coquitlam Recognizes Community Environmental Leaders

by GS GS |

COQUITLAM, BC, June 12, 2014 – The City of Coquitlam held its eleventh Environmental Achievement Award dinner on June 8, 2014. The City’s annual awards recognize community volunteers who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to promoting, preserving and enhancing Coquitlam’s natural environment.

The recipients of these awards excel in the areas of conservation, public awareness, environmental education, habitat enhancement and sustainable living. In addition, the award recipients show initiative and leadership while volunteering for projects that have long-term environmental benefits for the community.

The City of Coquitlam would like to thank and acknowledge the recipients of the 2014 awards.

2014 Winners
Youth Individual(s) Award

  • Hannah Brown, Sophia Draper and Shauna Turner – Started the Hub Secondary School learning garden, as well as led their school in the development of an indoor greenhouse, and a recycling and composting program.

Youth Group Award

  • Miller Park Community School’s Environment Team Leaders – Have operated a weekly recycling program since 1998, and they also give an environmental awareness presentation each year during their Earth Day school assembly.

Adult Group Award

  • Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable - Since 2011, the Roundtable has been coordinating activities that promote the long-term sustainability of the Coquitlam River Watershed.

Adult Individual Award(s)

  • Muriel and John Lagan - Started a Garden Club at Harbour View Elementary six years ago and although their grandchildren no longer attend the school, they continue to work in the school’s garden with the students during lunch breaks. 
  • Kiyoshi Takahashi - Joined the Burke Mountain Naturalists in 1992 and has been instrumental in the Purple Martin Enhancement and Monitoring program, which includes a nest box program for this species at risk. 
  • Pasquale Gnocato - A dedicated volunteer at the Inspiration Garden since it started in fall 2009.

Environmental Educator Award

  • Quirien Mulder Ten Kate – Teacher with the TALONS gifted program at Gleneagle Secondary who incorporates a significant component of environmental education into the program.

Certificates of Appreciation

  • Louise Allan
  • Poroshat Assadian
  • Sandy Budd
  • Eva Collins
  • Garry Elgear
  • Friends of Finnie’s
  • Elaine Golds
  • Inspiration Garden Harvest Team
  • Leasa Masters
  • Tony Matahlija
  • Pinetree Secondary Key Club
  • Jason Turner


For more information, contact:
Tracy Kyle, P.Eng.
Acting Manager Environmental Services
P: 604-927-3536