Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteerism and community participation play an important part in building the spirit of our community.

Beginning with the Incorporation Celebration Committee in 1913, our local service clubs and community organizations have a long history of volunteer activities. Our City’s volunteers support community projects and contribute to making our City stronger, safer and healthier.

Port Coquitlam volunteers give hope and friendship to those in need. They help when asked and, more importantly, even when they’re not. You’ll find volunteers involved in our community’s minor sports, schools, churches, emergency preparedness programs, care facilities, animal welfare organizations, cultural events, outreach programs, crime prevention initiatives, environmental programs … the list is endless!

The City of Port Coquitlam is a better place thanks to the tireless efforts of volunteers working throughout our community. It is with sincere appreciation that we say “thank you” to the volunteers who assist us and make Port Coquitlam a beautiful place to live, grow and prosper.

Volunteer Spotlight: Caroline Sigrist

“It’s good to be involved in the community and to meet new people.” Caroline Sigrist grew up in Ontario; her father had been transferred to British Columbia and after a few visits she knew she would like it here and decided to make the move herself. She has been...

Volunteer Spotlight: Helen Mitchinson

“If everyone stepped out of their house and picked up just one piece of litter, our community would be so much more beautiful.” Helen Mitchinson, a long time Port Coquitlam resident, has a weekly routine: she walks a two and a half kilometre stretch of Confederation...

Volunteer Spotlight: Lucas Hotra

Lucas Hotra is a twenty-three year old Port Coquitlam resident and an active volunteer at Hyde Creek Recreation Centre. Lucas does an exceptional job organizing pool equipment and ensuring that the pool deck is clear and safe for participants. On top of volunteering,...

Volunteer Spotlight: Melia Rokosh

“I loved the way it made me feel so accomplished to know that I was making a difference in their lives” Melia, a grade 12 student at Riverside Secondary School, is passionate about staying active and helping others. When she’s not studying or volunteering, Melia...

Volunteer Spotlight: Joan Gould

“Volunteering can become a way of life; the rewards are precious and opportunities are limitless. The pure enjoyment I have walking into the rec complex every day, engaging with patrons, staff and fellow volunteers is what keeps me going.” Joan Gould has worn a number...

Volunteer Spotlight: Jake Rogalski

“My experience volunteering with youth has been very impactful… As someone who is looking to become a future educator for youth, it’s definitely been encouraging knowing that my passion is transparent; being a role-model and leader for these kids is an amazing...

Volunteer Spotlight: Emma-Jane Richards

“I’ve learned a lot about myself while volunteering with PYC. I’ve gained a lot more confidence as a person; I’m no longer hesitant to voice my opinion on topics and experiences that matter to me.” Emma-Jane, a Grade 11 student at Terry Fox Secondary, has been an...

Volunteer Spotlight: Daniel Bowers

“It’s been one of the most positive experiences of my life so far; I remember being involved in children and youth programs myself when I was younger, and now I get to give back as a leader.” Daniel, a Grade 11 student at Terry Fox Secondary, has been an active...

Volunteer Spotlight: Dmitry Kostyukov

“It was challenging moving across the world at such a young age, but hockey gave me the opportunity to get involved in my community right away.” Dmitry, a Grade 12 student at Riverside Secondary, has been an active volunteer in Port Coquitlam’s Skating & Bike...

Volunteer Spotlight: Rayne Johnson

“From where I came from, the journey I’ve been on and where we are now, it is truly a gift being able to give back to the community that welcomed us with open arms.” Rayne, a mother of two, has wasted no time getting involved with her new community of Port Coquitlam....

Volunteer Spotlight: Kendra Seguin

“I wanted to give back to something that gave me so much; the positive experience I had when I was a camp participant years ago is truly what made me want to be a key contributor to my community today.” Kendra, a Gleneagle Secondary student, has been a catalyst for...

Volunteer Spotlight: Don Knudsen

“Being able to see the children progress, have fun and learn new skills has been fantastic – contributing to their own personal success and helping staff out on the ice has been an even greater feeling for me.” Don, who is turning the young age of 70 this August, has...