Lawyers West knows what it means to give back to the community and how enriching it is to be involved in volunteering time and committing corporate profits to support local initiatives.
The Coquitlam Foundation began operation in 1992 and encourages and supports creative, targeted philanthropy that builds a vibrant, sustainable and healthy community. It manages more than 25 donor- and foundation-directed funds, focusing on everything from the arts and athletics to literacy and senior or youth needs. Julie Fisher served as a Chair/Vice Chair/Secretary/ Director from 2007-2015, and is currently serving on the Policy Development Committee and Events Committee.
The Foundation and its fundholders award grants, scholarships, and bursaries of over $100,000 each year to various non-profits and community projects and students. To support the Foundation and the funds or learn more about the Foundation, attend the free, annual Awards Night held at the Evergreen Cultural Centre in May or June each year, support or attend a fundraiser such as a Beer and Burger Night in the Winter/Spring or a Fall Gala, attend the Annual General Meeting held at the Coquitlam Foundation Room at the Coquitlam Public Library each September, or listen to the annual update to City Council around National Philanthropy Day each November.
Rotary Club, Coquitlam Sunrise
The Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sunrise has been serving the community since 1990. Jason Jakubec was inducted into the Club in May 2003 and has been an active member with respect to the clubs local and global projects.
He served as President of Coquitlam Sunrise in the 2006-2007 Rotary year and has been the Club’s Youth Exchange Officer since 2004. He has also served as the Club’s representative with the Rotary World Help Network for three years. As a result of his contributions to the Club, Jason has been named a Paul Harris Fellow. Julie Fisher in her support of the Rotary Club and Rotary International Youth Exchange Program for District 50/50 with Jason also was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow in 2012 from the Club.
Rotary District 5050 Youth Exchange Program
Every year, approximately 8,000 high school students from around the world participate in a year-long cultural and academic exchange in a foreign country, sponsored and hosted by Rotary Clubs around the world.
Jason Jakubec is a past Chair and current District Committee member since 2008 for the 5050 Youth Exchange Program. The Committee coordinates with the District Team members in the selection of Outbound students from Canada and the United States and reviews and places the Inbound students from other Exchange countries. Jason Jakubec and Julie Fisher have hosted many youth exchange students from around the world through the Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sunrise since 2005, and continue to support the program and students both inbound and outbound.
Operation Red Nose
One of the primary service programs run by the Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sunrise, Operation Red Nose provides driving services to assist those members of the community who are enjoying the December holiday season get home safely with their vehicles. Operation Red Nose aims to provide another safe alternative to those who may have had a drink and should not be driving.
Jason Jakubec has been a volunteer driver and dispatcher since 2007, assisting the Club’s efforts of getting hundreds of people home safely and keeping our roads safer for everyone. For more information on Operation Red Nose and volunteering, check out the Coquitlam Sunrise website in October Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sunrise
Since 1988, Crossroads Hospice Society has provided compassionate care to those affected by the end-of life experience, and supporting grief and bereavement support to residents of the Tri-Cities, New Westminster, Anmore, Ioco, and Belcarra communities. Jason Jakubec has served on the Board of the Society as Chair/Treasurer since 2010. Lawyers West has supported their annual Gala Fundraiser, Treasures of Christmas since 2011.
Support the Hospice by attending Hike for the Hospice in May, Treasures of Christmas in November, Spring or Winter Celebration of Life, Bucket List Festival in February, shopping or donating to their Thrift Store, or attend a monthly community event.
Pandora’s Vox and Espiritu
PANDORA’S VOX was founded in 1989 by Director Gillian Hunt. The society is dedicated to contributing to the cultural life of the community and to sharing its enjoyment and enthusiasm for music and the performing arts. In September of 2002 ESPIRITU VOCAL ENSEMBLE, a 40 voice mixed ensemble was formed under the society umbrella. This talented ensemble pursues musical excellence in a variety of styles. Annamarie Kersop has performed with both PANDORA’S VOX and with ESPIRITU.