Coquitlam 125 – ​What a Year!

Stories told, Stories to be created

As we celebrated our 125th anniversary throughout 2016, the community of Coquitlam came together to forge memories that will serve as a catalyst for deeper connections moving forward. It was a year to remember, and a year to build on.

Woven through the year's events and projects was the theme Stories told, Stories to be created, which celebrated Coquitlam's rich history and dynamic future.

Legacy Projects

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  • Stories Told

  • The Salmon Project

  • Town Centre Park Plaza

  • 55+ BC Games

  • Coquitlam 125 Tree

Coquitlam 125 ArtistSupporting Artists

We invited artists and artisans to create art and display their creations and we provided a wide variety of performance opportunities for both established and emerging musicians, dancers and actors. 

The seven members of the Artist Rendering Tales Collective (ARTCI) spent the year gathering stories, mentoring volunteer interviewers, writers and actors. They created historical characters who represented Coquitlam's past; engaged the community through visual art projects, and documented the events with photos and film.

Artist Summary:

  • 616 artists, artisans and performers participated in Coquitlam's 125 festivites

Signature Event Highlights

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  • Activate Coquitlam 125

  • Dish & Dialogues

  • Kaleidoscope: Celebrating 125 Years of Arts & Culture

  • 2016 Neighbourhood Nights Program

  • 125 Block Party Challenge

  • Lights at Lafarge


Volunteerism was an essential component. both in planning and executing the activies and events, and as a method of engaging the community.

Volunteer roles included:

  • Working groups and event planning volunteers
  • Lead volunteers – managed other volunteers & liaised with event coordinators
  • Historical characters – portrayed a Coquitlam character at official Coquitlam 125 events
  • Production assistants – staffed video booths and assisted actors
  • Event ambassadors – greeted & assisted the public
  • Activity attendants – managed activity sites & assisted participants
  • Event logistic volunteers – helped with the setup/takedown, food services, parking etc.

Volunteer Summary:

  • Total volunteers = 156
  • Total volunteer hours = 2, 035

Corporate, Government & Business Partners

Coquitlam 125 would not have been possible without the generosity of our corporate partners and the many businesses and organizations that contributed cash or in-kind support. We are extremely grateful for their help in making this milestone year a great success. 

Partnership Summary:

  • $275,500 – in-kind support
  • $195,500 – cash support
  • $470,500 – total support