The Coquitlam Crunch Challenge: Embracing Diversity
On August 29, 2010 starting at 6:00 a.m., Coquitlam resident and Safe Harbour co-ordinator Alexander Bell began to climb up and down the popular hiking trail, the Coquitlam Crunch, as many times as he could in one day, after teaming up with the Coquitlam Foundation to launch a Diversity Initiative Fund for Coquitlam. Bell’s goal was to raise $10,000 over five years so that the fund would begin to generate enough interest to start distributing annual grants within the Tri-Cities. That goal was achieved in 2015.
My vision for the future is to have people representing every diversity group to join me in the Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge.
In 2015, another $2500 was raised for the Community Diversity Fund (held and administered by the Coquitlam Foundation) which provides grants to Tri-Cities’ individuals, non-profit organizations, or community groups initiating actions, programs or education aimed at improving integration and participation by diversity groups, identified by the community as being socially or financially marginalized.
In 2016 our total funds raised since 2010 was over $16,000 ! Read our summation for our 2016 event HERE.
Here we grow again! In 2016 the Nothin Dragon Masters team became the new co-benefactors, hosts, and organizers of the event. The Coquitlam based 50+ dragon boat team is made up of primarily seniors who refuse to sit idle. This diverse group, while dealing with the challenges associated with aging, aim to keep an active and healthy lifestyle. Not only does the club support close to 70 masters (male and female) athletes who compete throughout the year, they are also involved in the community and mentor challenged youth from the Tri-Cities in the sport of dragon boating. They also support the Riverside Secondary dragon boat team.
Learn more about the Nothin Dragon Masters HERE.