Kateslem Summer Updates

It has been an extremely busy year. Here are a few updates for Summer:

Our ‘Kateslem Walk To Protect Kids’ 2016:

Our Walk in June raised almost $8,000!

Thanks to all the students, parents, businesses and community groups that helped us with this fund-raiser!

See you in 2017!

Summer Program:

Our summer program is up and running at Como Lake Middle School for July…

And will be operating during August at Banting Middle School.

Dragon Boat Races:

The Kateslem Dragon Boat Team took first place in dragon boating racing this year, despite it being EXTREMELY wet!

Year End Field Trip:

The Kateslem Kids had a blast horseback riding, at the Kateslem Year End Field Trip!

Have a great Summer!

Kateslem After School Program supporting Youth At Risk in Coquitlam

Marching Into Spring

The Kateslem Programs are March-ing into Spring, with quite a few different projects.

Soccer Clinic - Kasim & Lukus getting ready to play a scrimmage game - Photo by Dylan Baggott

The Kateslem Soccer Clinic will run from March 14th to 18th, with Registration taking place at the Banting Middle School Office on March 2nd and 4th, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm.  You can find out more information, by clicking here.

The Kateslem Kids have started their fishing program, which they love!

The Kateslem Kids will start collecting pledges in the Community, for the Kateslem Walk To Protect Kids, in early March… with the Walk taking place on June 10th. For more information about the Kateslem Walk to Protect Kids, and details about how you can become involved, please click here.

The Kateslem Kids are also busy building their Dream Houses… a project where the Kateslem Kids compete to build their ideal home.  The finished models and the accompanying stories will be taken to one school, to be presented to the Principals, who will choose three winners. (This will happen in the middle of April.)

The Kateslem Multi-Cultural Dinner will be held on Tuesday, April 12th, at Summit Middle School, from 4:00pm to 5:30pm, in the multi-purpose room.

And the Kateslem Program is pleased to announce we will be expanding to Minnekhada Middle School, in April!



Busy Springtime

The Kateslem kids are having a busy Springtime, with lots of upcoming events!

March 16 – 20 is the free Kateslem Soccer Clinic. (Registration is full.  Thanks to everyone who signed up, it will be fun!)

March 23 is the planting ceremony of the Kateslem Community Garden, which is a vegetable garden at Como Lake School.

Here is a link to a Tri-City News article: http://www.tricitynews.com/community/297818281.html

April 16th will mark the start of Kateslem Dragon Boat lessons. (Continuing through the end of May.)

April 29th is the Kateslem Multi-Cultural Dinner.

The Annual Kateslem ‘Walk to Protect Kids’ is May 29th.  Kateslem students will be out collecting pledges in the Community, over the coming months. The ‘Walk’ Poster is below. 

2015 Walk to Protect Kids - 700

Or, you can find more details here.

A Walk To Protect Kids Whirlwind

On June 11th 2014, the kids at Kateslem took to the streets in our annual ‘Walk to Protect Kids’.

This year, Kateslem youth raised over $6500.00, an amazing accomplishment!

Everyone involved at Kateslem couldn’t be more proud. The youth really showcased how much they value the Program, shown by their tireless efforts collecting pledges.

Way to go Kateslem Kids!

Thanks to the businesses and individuals who pledged and sponsored kids!

2014 Kateslem Walk To Protect Kids

2014 Kateslem Walk To Protect Kids


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 | Kateslem.com

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 !!!

Ready, Set, Go!

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!