Symington Endowment Fund

The Symington Endowment Fund

The Symington Endowment Fund is a donor advised fund held by the Coquitlam Foundation. It was established in 2009 by Vivien Symington, creator of Empowering Steps Movement Therapy, in honour of her parents Dr. David C Symington and Evelyn Symington. Vivien established the fund to empower children with neuro-developmental disabilities, youth-at-risk, and high performance gymnasts in the pursuit of excellence. Since 2009 the fund has dispersed over $40,000 in the form of grants and bursaries to children and youth.

Dr. and Mrs. Symington

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On October 2nd the West Coast Movement Therapy Society hosted the 2nd annual Empowering Steps and Wheels 5k walk run roll.  It was a beautiful sunny day at Mundy Park. One of our ESMT Moms, Tracy Riley, lead a Zumba warm up which pumped everyone up for the 5k! We were also fortunate to have one of our ESMT Moms, Kristie Robin, capture some special moments throughout the day. There is a link below to check out more photos!

     After the 5k there was a BBQ and prizes, and time for the families and staff to connect outside of Club Aviva. It was because of our sponsors and volunteers that made the event a great success. The event raised over $10,000 with a large donation from our corporate sponsor, Club Aviva.  All funds go directly to the Symington Endowment Fund supporting children and youth living with neurodevelopmental delays, high performance athletes, and youth at risk. A large appreciation goes out to all ESMT families and friends who came out to support the event! This is an annual event that we want to keep growing so we can continue to grow the Symington Endowment Fund!

We also give special thanks to the following for making a difference by contributing and supporting this wonderful event!

Club Aviva
Kristie Robin Photography
Waves Coffee House
Macdonald's Home Health Care
Work - Enterprise Paper
Real Canadian Superstore
Coquitlam Centre
Active Body Pitt Meadows
Sinister Skin Tattoo & Piercing
Cineplex Coquitlam
Zone Bowling Coquitlam
Coquitlam Foundation

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