Sunday, September 9, 2018

Optimists Award Scholarships


The Coquitlam Optimist Club has presented Robert Simms Memorial Scholarships to ten 2018 graduates of Tri-Cities secondary schools.  The scholarship recipients and their schools are Dora Monica Bassili of Dr. Charles Best, Noamie Kamba of Centennial, Negin Ketabachi of Heritage Woods, Sophia Mueller and Stephanie Nguyen of Terry Fox, Ethel Pasion of Centennial, and Kristie Tai of Gleneagle. 

The $500 Robert Simms Memorial Scholarship is named in honour of a long-time School District 43 educator and counsellor, who was a charter member of the Coquitlam Optimist Club.  The selection of scholarship recipients is based primarily on the students’ service to their schools and the wider community.   In addition, the students’ academic records must demonstrate their ability to succeed at post-secondary studies. 

The 2018 scholarship recipients have chosen a range of post-secondary institutions.  Students attending schools in the British Columbia include Stephanie Nguyen and Kristie Tai (University of British Columbia), Negan Ketabachi and Ethel Paison (Simon Fraser University), and Sophia Mueller (Pacific Life).  Monica Bassili is attending the University of Alberta, while Noamie Kamba is at Trent University. 

Students attending schools in the Lower Mainland received their scholarships at a dinner hosted by the Coquitlam Optimist Club on September 4, 2018.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Raffle Supports Youth Curling Development



The Optimist Clubs of British Columbia in partnership with Curl BC are offering a $5,000 cash prize in a raffle to support youth curling development.  There also will be ten $500 prizes.

Tickets cost $20 each and are available from your local Optimist Club or your local curling club. Only 2,000 tickets will be sold.

The money raised from the annual raffle funds “I Rock the House” curling development camps throughout the province. At these camps, 15-17 year old juvenile curlers assist a professional trainer in teaching skills to the younger (9-11 year old) curlers.


The Optimist-Curl BC Junior Curling Raffle also supports:

  • Coaches of youth curling teams across the province to become Competition Coach Certified;
  • 2018 Optimist BC U18 Curling Championships;
  • Rockslide Summer Curling Camp.


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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Come to the Free Skate on Remembrance Day

Come to the annual Optimist Free Skate on November 11. The event will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at the Poirier Sports & Leisure Complex, 633 Poirier Street, Coquitlam, BC. Admission and skate rentals are free, but participants are encouraged to donate a non-perishable item for the Food Bank. The event is one way the Coquitlam Optimist Club recognizes the good things that the young people of our community do.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Optimist Club Awards Scholarships

The Coquitlam Optimist Club has awarded the $500 Robert Simms Memorial Scholarships to ten 2016 graduates of secondary schools in the Tri-Cities.  The recipients are:

  • Elaine Buenaventura of Terry Fox, who will attend Capilano University;
  • Bebo Elhosary of Heritage Woods, who will attend UBC;
  • Sydney Herzog of Terry Fox, who will attend SFU;
  • Jane Lee of Heritage Woods, who will attend UBC;
  • Sami Ko of Terry Fox, who will attend UBC;
  • Matthew McIlwrick of Port Moody, who will attend University of Pennsylvania;
  • Kassandra Richard of Terry Fox, who will attend SFU;
  • Monica U of Centennial, who will attend Douglas College;
  • Stephanie U of Centennial, who will attend Douglas College; and
  • Julie Yoon of Centennial, who will attend UBC.
The Robert Simms Scholarships honors students who have given outstanding service to their schools and communities while maintaining academic excellence.