International Women's Day 2021.

On the 8th of March, RBC Wealth Management had the opportunity to host a exclusive virtual event to celebrate the International Women’s Day.

The live event was hosted by Chris Oosthuizen, Regional Director, with special guest Martin Thibodeau, Regional President and keynote speaker, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe.

Described as transformational, engaging, and thought-provoking, Hanley-Dafoe’s keynotes provide practical strategies, grounded in global research and case studies, that help foster resiliency within ourselves and others. Relevant subject matters like "Taking action to retain women leaders during COVID-19’ and “Creating an Inclusive Culture: What every leader can do’ were discussed by the panel members.

A donation from RBC Foundation, RBC Wealth Management, of $2500 was made to Minerva BC (Kamloops), https://minervabc.ca/ presented by Mike Edwards, VP & Branch Manager RBC DS.

 

 

 

 

Pink Shirt Day.

#PinkShirtDay  -  The Covid-19 pandemic has created repercussions worldwide and overcoming this unprecedented crisis means we have to rely on each other; it has shown us the importance of working together and advocating for the most vulnerable in our community. Our shirts may not be Pink this entire year, but our message is the same: be kind and treat everyone with respect and dignity.

Orange Shirt Day.

Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

September 30 th is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission Residential School commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew from Phyllis's story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission. RBC DS Kamloops proudly participated in this day by wearing their shirts  to create awareness about the impact of the Residential School system on both Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals and communities.

Orange Shirt Day has evolved in to a nationally participated day. This day provides a platform to keep the discussion on all aspects of truth and reconciliation at the forefront and encourages all Canadians to hear about the history of residential schools.

 

 

Meals On Wheels-Kamloops.

Kamloops RBC Dominion Securities extended a warm donation for $2500 to our local Meals on Wheels team, seen here cheque presented to Dawn Christie, Manager of the Mt Paul Community Food Center and Val Janz, Chief Operating Officer at ICS.

Meals On Wheels is a meal delivery program available to all persons who are unable to provide meals for themselves regardless of age or income.
Meals provided by this program are ordered once a week and delivered to recipients by a dedicated volunteer team. They aim to promote the general welfare and to 
enhance the quality of life for older adults by identifying, developing, and providing culturally sensitive nutritious meals and related activities.
It is dedicated to providing seniors with the necessary nutritional support to protect them against food insecurity, and to help them continue to live independent and
fulfilling lives. For many seniors, Meals on Wheels is the first service that they seek for assistance to help them stay in their own homes and live independently. 

 

International Women's Day 2020.

On the 4th of March, RBC Wealth Management had the opportunity to host a networking event to celebrate the International Women’s Day in the Kamloops community.

We would like to express our gratitude to the Gender Equality Committee of the TRU School of Business & Economics, RBC Dominion Securities, RBC Royal Bank & KPMG for supporting this event. The evening kicked off with guest speaker Tricia Turner, Strategic Advisor – Finance Management, BCLC & Trina Turner Coaching highlighting executive coaching best practices, followed by a fire side chat with guests, Jessica Vliegenthart- Lawyer, Fulton LLP, Katie Neustaeter- TNC UW and Refraction Communications , Leni Reichor- Tax Partner, KPMG, highlighting the importance of authenticity and vulnerability in work places.

The event was MC’d by Sarah Cuzzetto (Associate Wealth & Investment Advisor - RBC DS) and Alecia Karapita (Commercial Account Manager - RBC).

A donation from RBC Foundation, RBC Wealth Management, of $3500 was made to Minerva BC, https://minervabc.ca/ presented by Mike Edwards, VP & Branch Manager RBC DS and Dave Maurer, Community Manager RBC.

”Those who dare win” – motto, British Special Air Service

“Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on” – Serena Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

Royal Inland Hospital - Radiothon

RIH Foundation's Radiothon was a huge success this year ! It was RIH's biggest year ever and together we raised over $236,000! This amazing total for the day brought the bar over the $1 million mark for the cumulative Radiothon total over the past six years! Indeed, a huge accomplishment!

The funds raised will make a huge difference to the patients, as RIH will now be able to purchase some of the most advanced equipment. . We aim at demonstrating how essential it is to support our community involvement for the benefit of our local hospital.

 

 

 

United Way Starfish Backpack

RBC Dominion Securities, Kamloops came together as a team to bring in Christmas hampers full of goodies and essentials for the children in the United Way Starfish Backpack Program. This program helps feed local school kids by ensuring they have food for the weekend. The Kamloops branch is proud to work alongside with The United Way and School District #73 to support this important initiative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lizzy's Closet Donation - Elizabeth Fry Society

RBC Dominion Securities Kamloops branch had another successful clothing drive to support The Lizzy's Closet run through the Elizabeth Fry Society. This initiative helps out the women in our community that are in need and gives them a helping hand towards getting ready for career/future endeavors .

We collected many bags full of business clothes, shoes and purses for these women who are trying to get back into the workforce.

The volunteers at Lizzy’s closet were extremely grateful for our generosity.

 

The Mustard Seed New Life Community

The Kamloops RBC Dominion Securities employees had it's 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive.  This year we donated a total of 45 turkeys (640.17 lbs.) to The Mustard Seed New Life Community for their annual Thanksgiving Dinner. That's 14 more turkey's than last year to help provide a special meal to those less fortunate people in our community.

2019 Canadian Artistic Swimming Competitions

On May 6-12, 2019 Kamloops hosted the 2019 Canadian Artistic Swimming Championships in the Canada Games Aquatic Center. We at RBC Wealth Management and RBC are proud to have sponsored this amazing event.

For the first time in since 2000, the competition held events in all age groups making it the largest Canadian Artistic Swimming Championships in decades.

Thank you to the 600+ swimmers, coaches and officials who brought this tournament to life.

International Women's Day

On March 8th, 2019, RBC Wealth Management and RBC Royal Bank hosted a wine and cheese networking social, featuring Guest speaker Darby Ewashina - Co-Founder and Tribe Leader of the Limbus Movement at the Commodore Grand Cafe & Lounge.

As part of our ongoing support of The EmpowerHer, our donation this year went towards funding and providing access to the Happyness Centre.

Below is a photo of Darby Ewashina, Co-Founder and Tribe Leader of the Limbus Movement sharing her incredible story to the 100 guests.

The Mustard Seed New Life Community

The Kamloops RBC Dominion Securities employees had a Thanksgiving Turkey Drive in the branch again this year.  We donated 31 turkeys (441 lbs.) to The Mustard Seed New Life Community for their annual Thanksgiving Dinner to the 400 or so homeless/ less fortunate people in our community.  We beat last year's number of 23 turkeys in 2017!

Power Start Breakfast

THANKS to our volunteers who helped prepare, cook and serve the Power Start Breakfast today.

On May 3, 2018, our group of six volunteers were up bright and early and went to A.E. Perry School where they provided breakfast to the approx. 20-24 kids in the Power Start Breakfast Program at this location in Kamloops.

We served them a hot breakfast of sausages and pancakes with all the trimmings - strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and whip cream. They were all so happy to have a great meal and it was heart-warming to see them so happy.

Just to make it better, The Boy's and Girl's Club Power Start Program will also be receiving a $1,000 grant for this day of giving.

Power Start Volunteers

Cooking pancakes Erin, Norm & T

International Women's Day

On March 8th, 2018, RBC Wealth Management in partnership with the United Way and the Women’s Leadership Council co-coordinated the International Women’s Day event at the Hotel 540.

At the event, RBC Wealth Management made a $5,000 contribution to the new EmpowerHER program by the Elizabeth Fry Society.

Below is the cheque presentation to Penny Douglas, Secretary of the Elizabeth Fry Society from Mike Edwards, Vice President, Branch Manager and Dave Maurer, Community Manager, RBC Retail.

 

Anastasia Bucsis, RBC Olympian Speed Skating

We were fortunate enough to be able to bring in Anastasia Bucsis, 2-time Olympian 2010 and 2014 to come to the event as our main speaker that night.  During the day she went to one of our local elementary schools to speak as well as had lunch with a few of the kids in our Speed Skating Club.  In all it was a great day for Anastasia and she was an inspiration to many.

Power Start Program Donation

In January 2018, RBC Dominion Securities Kamloops wanted to start the new year off right by helping support some of our kids in our community get 2018 off to a good start. Our employee's participated in a December Jean's Day Month, which enabled us to raise a total of  $1,400.  All of these funds were donated to Power Start Program run by the Boy's & Girl's Club of Kamloops.

 

Basic For Babies

In November 2017, RBC Dominion Securities was proud to attend the Food Bank's Basic For Babies drive.  This is our fourth year in supporting this great cause with a donation this year for $3,850.

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New Life Community Kamloops Turkey Drive

On September 18th, 2017, RBC Dominion Securities challenged all employees to help contribute to a turkey donation. This donation was for the New Life Community Kamloops for Thanksgiving.

There was an great response from RBC Dominion Securities Kamloops branch along with RBC Retail Group and had a total of 25 turkey’s in the end.

On October 4th, Mike Edwards and Lucille Kapsha had the honor of delivering and presenting the New Life Community Kamloops with a total of 425 lbs. of turkeys for them to serve for Thanksgiving.

The New Life Community Kamloops said that with our help, it would cover the 300 – 400 people they expected to serve on October 9th.

 


 

Habitat For Humanity

In August of 2017, RBC Dominion Securities had the privilege to be part of helping the Habitat For Humanity build two homes for two local families in Kamloops.  

Not only did we donate to this project, but we also volunteered our time at both the build site and at the ReStore.

A select group of RBC Dominion Securities employees actually went to the build site to help out with the foundation.  It was very labour intensive and in unusually high temperatures (36 degrees), but such a rewarding experience at the end of the day.

Another group of employees had the opportunity to help in getting the new Restore ready for opening.  They helped with shelving, stocking and moving of merchandise.  All net proceeds from the ReStore go to the Habitat For Humanity building.  For many of them, they had never heard of the ReStore and they too were thrilled to be able to help out and be part of making the two homes possible.

BUILD SITE

 

RESTORE

 

 

Special Olympics

In July 2017, RBC Dominion Securities welcomed RBC's own Will Dean, two time Canadian Olympic

Rower,  to speak to some of the top athlete's of the province. Support goes directly into maintaining,

growing and improving programs for athlete's across the province, creating a positive impact on many

communities. Many volunteers made it to MacArthur Island  to join and support thousands of athlete's

as they competed.

Will Dean leading his home-town district, Victoria, into the opening ceremonies.

Will Dean and a soccer team from Kelowna celebrating after a big win.

International Women's Day

Kamloops & District Elizabeth Fry Society

In March 2017, RBC Dominion Securities & Royal Bank  co-donated $5,000 to the Kamloops & District Elizabeth

Fry Society to set up programs to help women in our community get back into the workforce.  Below, Mike Edwards,

Branch Manager RBC Dominion Securities (left) and Ray Warren, Vice President, RBC Commercial Banking (right)

presented Louise Richards, Executive Director of the Kamloops & District Elizabeth Fry Society (middle) with the

donation.

Lizzy's Closet

Employees were inspired by this event and wanted to help even more. Later that same month,                                                                                                                                                          RBC Dominion Securities did their own donations for the Lizzy's Closet Clothing fundraiser.                                                                                                                                                                Many items where donated to  assist women in the community.

Boys & Girls Club

In November 2016, our team sponsored a family in need to make their Christmas                                                                                                                                                                       special. A total of $1,500.00 was raised and we were able to give the family a                                                                                                                                                                                          number of needed items. 

Kamloops Food Bank

Basics For Babies

In November 2016, RBC Dominion Securities contributed to the Kamloops                                                                                                                                                     Food Bank's 'Basics For Babies' fundraiser. With a total of over 1750 pounds                                                                                                                                                    of baby products and $50,000 donated, 2016 was the most successful B100 Basics for                                                                                                                 Babies event in history!