The busy Fall continued at Kateslem, with special events and goings-on, on top of the everyday, busy Kateslem activities.

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The Kateslem Kids have been busy working on homework, dressing up for Hallowe’en, and (thanks to sponsored tickets) attending Canucks hockey games and BC Lions football games.


The 2015 Fall Season has been a busy one, here at Kateslem!

Our Kateslem Thanksgiving Dinner was a huge success, with about 160 people attending.  We cooked 7 turkeys, and everyone left very full!

Hillcrest Middle School will be hosting our Kateslem Halloween Costume Party on October 30th, from 3:00 to 5:30 pm.

Como Lake Middle School will be having a Kateslem Lacrosse Clinic on Fridays, during the month of November, run by Karyn’s dad, Coach Joe.

And, perhaps our MOST exciting news…

The Kateslem After-School Program in Coquitlam is expanding to Glen Elementary, starting in January!

Kateslem Mini After Svchool Program in Coquitlam - Now Open -

This summer we launched our first ever summer program!

20 youth attending Como Lake and Banting Middle schools will have the opportunity to get together, from 10am to 4pm, during the month of July, to participate in fun and interactive activities that promote positive development.

Any inquiries about registration and availability should be directed to Kateslem’s Executive Director – Karyn Bell.

(Phone and email information are available on Kateslem’s Contact Page)


Kateslem After School Program supporting Youth At Risk in Coquitlam


Because of the BC Education labour disruption, the 2014 ‘Kateslem Walk To Protect Kids’ was postponed, from May 28th to June 11th.

Kateslem Walk To Protect Kids:

2014 Kateslem Walk to Protect Kids | Coquitlam |

The 2014 Kateslem Walk To Protect Kids is happening!

In the days and weeks preceding the walk, Kateslem Students and Volunteers will be canvassing local Coquitlam businesses, collecting donations.

Please join us for the 5 km walk, on May 28th, at 3:30pm at Summit Middle School, at 1450 Parkway Blvd., in Coquitlam…

Or you can support the on-going work of the Kateslem After School Program with a donation:



Thank you for your support !!!

The Kateslem Youth Society races through the fun filled months of May and June.

What a successful time for the Kateslem Youth Society! All of our members had the opportunity to participate in 3 fun and exciting activities: the Multicultural Dinner, Walk to Protect Kids and a Dragon boating race. All the events proved to be a great time for everyone involved.

Kateslem After School Program - Multi-Cultural DinnerThe Multicultural Dinner held in the cafeteria at Como Lake Middle School brought together the youth at Kateslem and their parents, the principals from Banting, Como Lake and Summit Middle Schools as well as the vice principal, teachers and secretaries from Como Lake Middle School. Everyone spent the night socializing and enjoying great dishes from all around the world! It was clear the favorite dish of the night was Greek Feta Prawns as they were almost gone as soon as they hit the table! The youth gave nine speeches sharing facts and personal stories about the countries they are from including: Nepal, Afghan, Iran, China, Scotland, Philippines and the Ukraine. Karyn Bell, program executive director, said, “It was amazing to watch all the parents, youth, teachers and principals interacting and socializing. It didn’t matter what school they were from everyone came together as the Kateslem Youth Society and had a great time!”

The Walk to Protect Kids is an annual fundraiser held by Kateslem to raise money for the after school program to ensure it is kept free and accessible to all the Coquitlam youth that need us. The total amount raised by the youth in the program was over $2500.00! This year all students from Como Lake Middle School came out to show their support and joined our Kateslem youth in the walk. It was great to see the community support and Kateslem would like to thank Como Lake Middle School for their participation in this great event.

Kateslem After School Program - Dragon BoatAfter such a successful month of May, the youth at Kateslem jump started June with a day at the Dragon Boat Races an event hosted by the Canoe and Kayak Association of BC. Our youth participated in a total of 4 races, winning the last of them by completing 200 meters in 1 minute and 17 seconds! All in attendance including program leaders and a number of parents were ecstatic to celebrate the kid’s success! “This event really brought the best out in the Kateslem youth, everyone came together and showed their strength as a team. They even extended that teamwork to other schools that did not have enough members in their boats by jumping right in and rowing with them so that everyone was able to participate. It was awesome to watch and I am very proud of all the Kateslem kids” said executive director, Karyn Bell. A big thank-you goes out to the Dogwood Nothin’ Dragon, dragon boat racing team who volunteers their time training and encouraging the youth, as well as donating equipment that gives them the opportunity to participate!