Posted on Aug 09, 2022
Distribution and Warehouse Manager for the five Quest Food Exchange not-for-profit grocery market locations in Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby and North Vancouver, Brian Coe, a Ladner resident, who transferred to Ladner Rotary from Tsawwassen Rotary, earlier this year, gave his "classification" speech to our club on August 9, 2022.
Graham Witcher and President Guillermo Bustos
thank Brian Coe as we all welcome him to the club
From 1985 to 2004 Brian worked for a major bank then during the following 10 years in the relocation field. In 2014-18 he worked in the non-profit world with the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, then from 2018 to today, with Quest Food Exchange.
Brian has been serving the Tsawwassen Sun Festival Society for the past 1O years and has been coaching for the past 15 years in the two of the sports of Special Olympics Delta, 5-pin bowling and golf.
He is a former Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Delta, Delta Life Skills and Delta Life Skills Foundation.
Brian first touched base with Rotary at a Ladner Rotary meeting in the late 1990s, but joined Tsawwassen Rotary in 2004, drawn by that club's work in the community, including the Sun Festival Parade, which he served as committee member and then chair, over the past 15 years. He holds a Paul Harris Fellow Award + 2.
Other Rotary projects have included rebuilding cages for OWL bird rescue, Rotary Waterworks installation in Diefenbaker Park, Christmas Lights at that Park with all the trenching for the electrical and a lot of hours assembling every November.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Brian and his family moved to Kitimat for five years when his father transferred to Alcan. His family returned to Vancouver in 1964. After his wedding, he and his wife moved to Richmond then to Ladner. He has three grown sons and a granddaughter. He is active in photography, cycling, kayaking and ice hockey.