Sep 21, 2015 Return to Headlines

Apply Now to be part of Coquitlam 125!

by Kevin Henkelman |

COQUITLAM, BC, September 21, 2015 – In 2016, Coquitlam will be celebrating its 125 anniversary, and local organizations are invited to have their 2016 activities sanctioned as official Coquitlam 125 events.

Guided by the Coquitlam 125 Anniversary Steering Task Force (CAST Force), the City is planning a year-long celebration that will include a variety of events and activities that will honour the community’s rich history and celebrate what makes Coquitlam and its people great.

Sanctioned activities are an excellent way for community-based arts, heritage, cultural and sports organizations to contribute to making Coquitlam 125 a unique and memorable celebration. 

Activities that meet the sanctioning criteria will receive marketing support, including promotion in local print media, web profile and social media promotion, as well as a listing in the Coquitlam 125 calendar of events. Sanctioned activities can also use the Coquitlam 125 anniversary logo on their marketing materials. 

To meet the criteria, the planned event or activity must:

  • support the mission and vision of the Coquitlam’s 125 Anniversary Celebration,
  • take place in Coquitlam,
  • create a strong community connection in a neighbourhood or community area and
  • inspire a lasting legacy for Coquitlam residents. 

Interested organizations can also apply for funding support through the City’s Spirit of Coquitlam Grant Program. Groups wishing to have their Spirit Grant request sanctioned will need to meet the criteria for both the Spirit Grant program and the Coquitlam 125 sanctioned activity program. 

For more information, please visit coquitlam125.ca or contact Geri Briggs-Simpson at 604-927-6900 or 125sanction@coquitlam.ca

The fall grant application deadline is Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. Additional information on the Spirit Grant program is available at coquitlam.ca/spiritgrant.

About Coquitlam 125

In 2016, Coquitlam will celebrate its 125 anniversary in a year-long celebration that honours the community’s rich history and sets the stage for a dynamic future.

Incorporated on July 25, 1891, Coquitlam was a small agricultural community.  At the time of incorporation, a state-of-the-art lumber mill – later known as Fraser Mills – was under construction on the north bank of the Fraser River. In the early 1900s, French Canadians settled in the area and established Maillardville, the largest Francophone centre west of the Rockies. Today, Coquitlam is home to over 140,000 people from diverse ethnic backgrounds. The community also benefits from over 6,200 businesses who contribute to local employment and Coquitlam’s prosperity.

Leading the celebrations is the community-based Coquitlam 125 Anniversary Steering Task Force (CAST Force). Guided by the Coquitlam 125 Vision –Stories told, stories to be created – the CAST Force will fulfill their mission to engage the community through meaningful experiences that celebrate our heritage, create strong connections and inspire lasting legacies towards an exciting future.

Help Make History!

Volunteer for Coquitlam 125 and be part of Coquitlam’s milestone celebration. Help us kick off the year at the Activate Coquitlam 125 event, assist at the Kaleidoscope Arts and Cultural Festival, or help out by decorating and participating at community block parties! There are many opportunities for you to share your expertise and enthusiasm to showcase the best of Coquitlam.  

To find out more about our volunteer opportunities, visit coquitlam125.ca, or contact 604-927-6922 or volunteers@coquitlam.ca.

For more information, visit coquitlam125.ca.  Or stay connected by following the City of Coquitlam on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. #coquitlam125

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Media contacts:

Joan McCauley
CAST Force


Geri Briggs-Simpson
Community Services Manager
City of Coquitlam