Local Community Food Centre
Staff from our Stratford branch recently volunteered at the The Local Community Food Centre. The Local’s mantra is that everyone can benefit from learning how to cook healthy food from scratch on a tight budget, and how community gardening, low cost markets, and community meals can help promoting health and social inclusion. Their programs, staff, volunteers and community members reflect the belief that dignified access to healthy food is a right that should be fulfilled for everyone in Canada.
To celebrate Canada’s 150th, we gave thousands of Canadian youth $150 each, with no strings attached, and challenged them to Make 150 Count. In Stratford, ON, Keara Flood welcomed refugees to our city with the RBC funds and continued her giving ways.
In & Around the Community
In 2014, more than two-thirds of the animals coming in the Stratford-Perth Humane Society were adopted or returned to original owners. The remaining animals are awaiting adoption, either at our shelter or in foster homes. Financial support from our community enables us to provide health care, shelter, and nutrition for all adoptable pets while they are with us. As the need for adoptive families grows, so does the need for donations to fund the care of animals still at the shelter.
The Stratford RBC Dominion Securities branch joins an exceptional group of supporters who understand the importance of a providing a safe place for animals in need.
Thank you to everyone at RBC Dominion Securities Stratford Branch for your generous staff donation of $1,000.00!
2014 RBC Blue Water Project donates $2.7 million to protect water in cities and towns worldwide
This year, RBC Blue Water Project Leadership and Community Action Grants, total more than $2.7 million in funding for fresh water protection and preservation programs. Awarded on the company's annual RBC Blue Water Day, these grants support 134 organizations spanning seven countries, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Bahamas, China, Chile and Australia.
The Stratford Branch of RBC Dominion Securities is shown here participating in the clean up of the Old Grove in Stratford during RBC Blue Water Day held in June. We had an enthusiastic crew cover the area from TJ Dolan to Upper Queens Park and the Meadowrue area. We collected 10 bags of garbage and donated $1,000 to the Avon Trail Association.
RBC Wealth Management is proud to support Food Banks Canada through the RBC Foundation’s gift of $100,000.
In addition to our national donation, Stratford branch of RBC Dominion Securities has made a $5,000 donation to The Local Community Food Centre here in Stratford. The Community Food Centre is a welcoming space where people come together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food. CFCs provide emergency access to high-quality food in a dignified setting that doesn’t compromise their self-worth. People learn cooking and gardening skills there, and kids get their hands dirty in the garden and kitchen in ways that expand their taste buds and help them to make healthier food choices.
Our staff is shown above volunteering helping the children to prepare a community meal for over 100 people of which staff members also served to local residents.
As a long time supporter for the Strong Kids Campaign, it gave me great pleasure to chair the RBC DS Partners Charity Invitational golf tournament at Heron Point, Ancaster this summer. Approximately $20,000 was raised and the proceeds were split between the Stratford-Perth YMCA's 2014 Strong Kids Campaign and the Boys & Girls Club of Brantford.
I stopped by to read to a group of young YMCA campers and present RBC’s 2011 gift of $2,000 to the Strong Kids Campaign. Over four years RBC has invested $7,500 in the lives of children and youth in our community through their gifts to the Y’s annual campaign.
Soccer:RBC Girls U-14 Stratford Strikers are blue, gold & silver.
After losing their first game of the season, the RBC U14 Strikers went undefeated in league play the remainder of the year and finished with an overall record of 25-5-5. The girls battled hard all year long and finished the season winning the league title, Oshawa tournament gold, Stratford tournament silver and the Championship Cup. RBC Dominion Securities has a strong presence in Stratford’s hockey community with the RBC Arena, RBC Play Hockey program and Stratford Community Foundation – Sport Fund. However, I believe it is important to be involved in the community 12 months of the year. After coaching the Strikers for two years, this year I traded in my coach’s whistle to become the team sponsor. Looks like a winning combination.
Building a better community starts with the right foundation.
We are proud to sponsor the Third Annual Mayor’s Gala in support of the Stratford & Perth County Community Foundation.
As a long time resident of Stratford, a member of the business community and member of the corporate fundraising committee, it gives me great joy to be part of such a significant event. On June 21, 2007, we announced a very significant contribution from RBC Dominion Securities and the Royal Bank. As a result, Pad A will now be known as the RBC Arena. In addition, RBC has also committed to supporting the Rotary Hockey League which is the largest user of ice in the city.
The Re\Max a-b Realty/Kinsmen Golf Classic proceeds of $6,500 helped purchase a vital signs monitor which measures pulse, blood pressure and blood oxygen for Paediatrics. A special lounger/sleep chair was also purchased to allow parents a comfortable sleep over. L-R Cathy McCann RN, John Wolfe, Diana Henry, SGH Foundation Treasurer, Rob Bryan, Event Sponsor/RBC Securities and Mary Dingman.
During the officially proclaimed Stratford pediatrics day celebration, the RBC Foundation presented a cheque for $225,000 to support the new Stratford General Hospital pediatrics unit with the naming of the RBC pediatrics nursing station and 2 specialized care rooms and the establishment of the RBC Heart and Soul Staff Technology, Training and Transition Fund. This leadership gift from RBC will be a catalyst for further business partnerships.
RBC announced its support of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival with a commitment of $35,000. Funds will be directed towards the Bartholomew Fair which opens in the spring. RBC has a long history of supporting the arts and we are proud to say that a portion of the funds will be directed towards supporting talented emerging artists!
The indviduals in the photo are, from left: Bill Predinchuk, RBC Royal Bank Vice-President Huron Perth Oxford agriculture and commercial financial services; Tom Parisi, RBC Royal Bank Regional Vice-President; Antoni Cimolino, General Director Stratford Shakespeare Festival; Dan Mathieson, Mayor of Stratford; Rob Bryan, Vice President and Branch Manager, RBC Dominion Securities
2009 Strong Kids Campaign Chair and Stratford
YMCA board member Shawn Bohnert (L) and Rob Bryan, Vice-President and Branch Manager of RBC Dominion Securities in Stratford pose with the Strong Kids Campaign thermometer after Rob presented Shawn with RBC’s $2000 contribution in support of the campaign.
RBC Foundation generously donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Huron Oxford Perth Chapter. Pictured, from left, Andrew Douglas, Kinsmen, Member, Donna Mitchell, CF representative and Robert Bryan, Branch Manager
RBC Dominion Securities employee volunteering combined with RBC Foundation's financial support have had a real impact on local charities and programs in Stratford and area.