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SPOTLIGHT: Tri-City people helping here and abroad
For Port Coquitlam master warrant officer Ron Leblanc (top), making a difference in Afghanistan was more than serving for the second time in this war-torn country. On Aug. 27, he and his mentors delivered a variety of childcare supplies to the Afghan National Police Academy’s daycare centre. The daycare allows for female Afghans to take part in police training. It was easy for Leblanc to enlist support from his home unit, the British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s’ Own) located in Vancouver. “Once I determined what aid they needed I sent a simple email back home requesting help and I got over $2,000 dollars from my parent unit,” said Leblanc. “I arranged to have Pampers, female hygiene products, kids clothing, playground equipment and of course toys purchased.”
Below: AstraZeneca’s James Kavanagh (second from left) and Gordon McIntosh (far right) present Mehmud Karmali, director, cardiac services, RCH (far left), Adrienne Bakker, RCH Foundation president and CEO, and Dr. Gerald Simkus, medical director, cardiac services, RCH with a cheque for $5,000 for priority equipment needs. Royal Columbian Hospital has the busiest cardiac intervention unit in B.C., performing more than 5,100 heart catheterizations each year.
Hundreds attended the Klahanie Community Block Party recently, which organizers have called a grand success. Port Moody firefighters brought Judd House, which attracted curious visitors while local singers and musicians, Sean and Joyelle set up to entertain the ballooning crowd. Dozens of bicycles festooned in the latest decor wheeled along the closed street in a parade, and not to be outdone, more than 20 primped dogs strutted their stuff while competing for Klahanie Canine Trophies while hand-crafted boats formed an armada in the Klahanie swimming pool. Col. Moody introduced the Cancan girls for a ‘yesteryear’ extravaganza just before local chef, Josh, served almost 200 dishes of local sausages, potatoes and corn.