Partners Investing in Parkinson's Research (PIPR)
Retired Investment Advisor Roberta Driscoll was a main part of our team and an even larger part of her community when it comes to fundraising for Parkinson's Disease. Bobbie joined RBC Dominion Securities in 1982 and advised clients about their portfolios for the better part of 36 years up until her retirement in May of 2018. She acted as the Chief of Operations for our team in support of the decision making, wealth, and investment management process.
Bobbie is a founding member and co-chair of Partners Investing in Parkinson's Research (PIPR) successfully raising funds for Ottawa based research for Parkinson's Disease. Here's some background on Parkinson's Disease and her fundraising efforts with PIPR:
Parkinson’s disease in the most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s affecting more than 100,000 Canadians, including 8,000 here in Ottawa. Sadly, Roberta Driscoll's husband, John was diagnosed with the disease 23 years ago. There are no proven treatments that can slow the relentless progression of this disease, only drugs to help manage the wide range of symptoms.
Two of Bobbie's former colleagues with RBC Dominion Securities also have Parkinson’s disease in their families. They came together, along with other members of the investment community to form Partners Investing in Parkinson’s Research (PIPR). They wanted to make a difference in the community by helping fund the world class research that is being done in Ottawa, and make a difference in the lives of their loved ones. The ultimate goal is to find a cure.
They committed to a ten year plan, with an overall goal of raising $1,000,000 and are thrilled to announce that in 2015 they achieved the $1,000,000 goal, 3 years ahead of plan. As of 2018, the amount of funds raised stand at $1,300,000. All funds raised have stayed in Ottawa and are at work in the research labs of the Parkinson’s Research Consortium at the Ottawa Hospital. The Parkinson’s Research Consortium is working on the development of new drug treatments and targeted gene therapy to help stop the progression of Parkinson’s disease.
In recognition of her exemplary commitment through her dedicated volunteerism, Roberta was honoured to be awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from the Governor General in 2016.
In November 2016, the Association of Fundraising Professionals Ottawa Chapter awarded the PIPR volunteers with the award for Outstanding Philanthropic Group as nominated by The Ottawa Hospital Foundation
The Ottawa Hospital Foundation recognized PIPR’s efforts by naming them the recipient of the 2012 Inspiration award.
For more information on PIPR or to donate please visit Partners Investing in Parkinson's Research. If you're looking for more ways to give visit The Ottawa Hospital Foundation.