RBC Foundation commits $450,000 over five years to RDC student wellness, leadership and career programming

Date posted: 
Fri, 10/13/2017
RBC Foundation announcement

In continuation of our longstanding partnership, Red Deer College is pleased to announce a commitment of $450,000 over five years from RBC and the RBC Foundation to support and enhance student leadership opportunities, career development, and student mental health and wellness services.

RDC is committed to ensuring our students receive exceptional academic programming and access to additional career development initiatives and wellness programming. With the focus being on prevention, RBC Foundation’s support will certify that Red Deer College will be able to continue to support the growing need of these types of programs for our students.

“It is a tremendous opportunity for Red Deer College to develop and provide programs that will directly and positively impact our students in order to ensure their success,” says Joel Ward, President & CEO. “The commitment from RBC and the RBC Foundation to augment current activities that encourage student wellness while providing additional development programming is so encouraging. All of these programs will ensure that our learners have the necessary tools to successfully complete their academic journeys and effortlessly transition into their working lives.”

The funding will focus on three key areas at Red Deer College: student mental health and wellness, leadership and mentorship through the RBC Ambassador Program, and career development.

RDC will expand programming currently supported in part by RBC Foundation’s past investment to provide enhanced direct support for mental health delivery, including a new 24/7 access online platform. Additionally, the RBC Student Ambassador program will continue to receive support, allowing student leaders across campus to continue making significant contributions to the College, and the community at large, while developing advanced personal, professional and leadership skills. Relevant career development learning opportunities, as well as exposure to local and regional employers will continue as RDC learners focus on developing their skills and networks that will serve them in the years to come.

“The programs that are offered through the Ambassadors provide valuable skills that help you throughout your years as a student,” says Charity Lehn, first-year Business Administration Student and RBC Student Ambassador. “They have given me the opportunity to become involved, meet new people, and volunteer in the community. It has made my college experience better and has given me skills I will use for the rest of my life.”

“Young Canadians need greater access to the opportunities and resources that will help them unlock their fullest potential,” says Ron Sauve, Regional Vice President, RBC. “We are proud to play a part in the efforts Red Deer College has underway to help its student body achieve this through our donation.”

Over the past number of years, Red Deer College has been honoured to work closely with RBC and the RBC Foundation as a Distinguished Partner. Their generous support has provided countless initiatives that support student life, wellness, leadership, and development.

“Through their corporate and community work, RBC and the RBC Foundation continually demonstrate their unwavering commitment to enhancing our community and our region,” says Ward. “As we look to RDC’s exciting future, we know that the contributions from RBC and the RBC Foundation will be an incredible benefit to our College and to the learners we serve.”

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Photo caption (l-r): Michael Donlevy, RDC Vice President, Enterprise and Community Relations; Ron Sauve, RBC Regional Vice President; Jeff Boyd, RBC Regional President, Alberta & The Territories; Jerilynn Daniels, RBC Senior Manager, Community Investments and Marketing, Alberta & The Territories; Joel Ward, RDC President & CEO 

For additional information contact:

Shelley Newman
Communications Strategist – Corporate