Heritage Society Members Receive Freedom of the City

Mary Anne and Ron with Mayor Trasolini

This October, two distinguished Heritage Society members received the honour of Freedom of the City from the City of Port Moody.  Both Mary Anne Cooper and Ron Curties have spent many years volunteering their time to make Port Moody a better place.  Only 12 other individuals have received this honour since it was established in Port Moody in 1971.

Mary Anne and Ron with Mayor Trasolini

Dr. Mary Anne Cooper’s dedication to heritage conservation cannot be understated. As a driving force behind establishing Ioco Ghost Town Days, she has worked tirelessly to protect the Ioco Town Site. She was an active member of the Heritage Commission for seven years, and has served on the Board of the Port Moody Heritage Society. “Mary Anne’s dedication to preserving our heritage is remarkable,” said Mayor Trasolini. “She has worked tirelessly to ensure Port Moody’s heritage is preserved.”

Mayor Trasolini continued, “I can’t imagine our city without Ron Curties’ many contributions. He is most deserving of Port Moody’s highest honour.” Ron has been on at least 26 civic committees, and has participated in several signature Port Moody festivals and events. Ioco Ghost Town Days, Golden Spike Days, the Terry Fox Run, the Port Moody Library Links to Literacy Annual Golf Tournament and the Port Moody Foundation have all benefited from Ron’s volunteer work.

“Mary Anne Cooper and Ron Curties are active long time Port Moody residents and volunteers who have donated thousands of hours to the betterment of the city,” said Councillor Gerry Nuttall in his nomination for the award. “These two very special people have dedicated decades to making Port Moody a better place and deserve to receive the Freedom of the City honour.”

We are thrilled to have such dedicated and accomplished members among us. Congratulations and thank you both for all you have done for Port Moody!

The Station Museum Goes to Tri Cities VolunteerFest

Tri Cities VolunteerFest

This weekend the Port Moody Station Museum was at the Tri-Cities VolunteerFest at Coquitlam Centre. It was a fantastic event put on by Community Volunteer Connections, where we and other local organizations had the opportunity to meet enthusiastic people looking to give back to the community. We also got to chat with Coquitlam’s mayor Richard Stewart and MP Finn Donnelly. Thanks to CVC for allowing us to connect with so many great new volunteers!

Ioco Ghost Town Days 2011 a Success!

Kindred Spirits sing along

Kindred Spirits sing along

Thanks to everyone who participated in making Ioco Ghost Town Days a big success this year.  It was a fitting celebration for the 10th anniversary of the event.  Feedback so far has been very positive.  If you were there, please add some of your thoughts.

Here are some of the records for our 10th year:

  • Highest attendance – approximately 2000 people.
  • Biggest budget. Thank you Heritage Canada, Port Moody Heritage Commission, and Pacific Coast Terminals!
  • Most performing groups – 11 different groups.
  • Most hot dogs grilled.  Thank you Kinsmen!
  • Most tents put up – 30 total. Thank you Impact Canopies and Danco!
  • Most video footage of Mary Anne Cooper talking about Ioco town’s history. See the Coquitlam Now and the Tri City News.
You can see more photos from the event on the Port Moody Station Museum Facebook page.

Dennis Hewson's magic show

We had a great time and I hope you did too. See you again next year!