Wesbild Donates $20,000 for New Book Bus

Wesbild Donates $20,000 for New Book Bus

Last week, Wesbild announced a $20,000 donation to the Coquitlam Public Library to help fund their Book Bus.

The library has been raising money to replace the Book Bus after a fire destroyed the original bus in 2014. The new Book Bus will feature over 3000 library books, publications and resources, and will be fully wheelchair accessible. The Book Bus is expected to be in service in July 2015.

“The new Book Bus will fulfil an important role by bringing library services to the doorsteps of all communities in Coquitlam, including Burke Mountain,” said Kevin Layden, President and CEO of Wesbild Holdings. “Wesbild is pleased to contribute to this important project that will make a visit to the library more accessible for families, students and seniors.”

“We are pleased to have Wesbild support this important services,” said Library Director Todd Gnissios. “With this mobile Library Link we bring the power of discovery, creativity and knowledge out into our neighbourhoods and provide them a doorway to all of the services the Library offers.”

Learn about the Book Bus at library.coquitlam.bc.ca.

In The News:

Donation helps put library on wheels – Tri-City News, June 15, 2015

Coquitlam library finds new book bus – The Now News, June 17, 2015


June 2015 Wesbild LIFT Scholarship Recipients

June 2015 Wesbild LIFT Scholarship Recipients

We are proud to announce the most recent CABE graduates who received the Wesbild LIFT scholarship, which were awarded at CABE’s commencement ceremony on June 22.

Congratulations to:

  • Galen Doerksen to study Culinary Arts Level Two at Vancouver Community College
  • Allison Koote to study the Media Office Assistant Program at Coquitlam Continuing Education
  • Brenda Ramirez to study Administrative Assistant & Computerized Accounting at Coquitlam Continuing Education
  • Melodie Giraud to study Criminal Justice at the University of the Fraser Valley

And to these previous recipients who have had their scholarships renewed:

  • Sofia Herandez to continue studies in Criminology at Douglas College
  • Alex Johnstone to continue studies in Environmental Science at Douglas College
  • Maurice Dharan to continue studies at Douglas College
  • Narina Magee to continue studies at Douglas College
  • Cammeo Linardis to continue studies at Douglas College

The Wesbild LIFT Scholarship has committed significant funds over the next year and onward to support CABE graduates get post secondary training and education. The scholarship is open to current CABE graduates. Grads from up to 18 months ago can also apply, along with graduates from other schools in School District 43 but who have spent 75% or more of their time at CABE.

The next rounds of applications are due in November. Click here to download an application form.

Burke Mountain School Meeting Announcement

Burke Mountain School Meeting Announcement

At the Burke Mountain Community Schools Information Meeting last night, School District #43 announced that the land has been secured for five new schools at Burke Mountain in partnership with Wesbild, the City of Coquitlam, and the Government of British Columbia.

It was also announced that Wesbild has donated $5 million to fund a synthetic field at the future Middle School and High School site, as well as 6 acres of land to the School District for the future Elementary School site (Marigold) on the far east side of future development.

Wesbild remains committed to working with the School District, City and Province to ensure that new schools remain a top priority for the Burke Mountain area.

Click the link below to read the full news release from School District #43.

Land secured for five new schools at Burke Mountain – School District #43

In helping to expedite the new school process, School District #43 is hosting a Community Neighbourhood Learning Centre consultation and Open House for the Smiling Creek Neighbourhood on June 24 at 6pm at Leigh Elementary in the Gymnasium. This meeting will share feedback received to date on the Neighbourhood Learning Centre, and invite further feedback.

In addition, the open house will include a progress update on the Smiling Creek Elementary School design.