RBC donates $750,000 to nursing
RBC Financial Group made a $750,000 contribution to the University’s Thinking the World of our Future fundraising campaign at a ceremony in Prince Albert Dec. 12. The money will support community development education and research in the College of Nursing.
U of S officials say the College of Nursing is poised to become a world-class centre of expertise in the area of community development, and RBC’s lead donation is being viewed as a catalyst to establish a world-class Community Development Program under the leadership of an RBC Director of Community Development.
“By working as part of a comprehensive team to identify issues, nurses can tailor health care and support services for their communities, create a demand for change, support changes and advocate for government policies that complement these efforts,” says Joan Sawatzky, U of S Acting Dean of Nursing. “This new approach is changing the way health care is delivered.”
During the Dec. 12 event, RBC representatives from Regina, Saskatoon and Toronto joined U of S Vice President of Advancement Heather Magotiaux at Prince Albert’s Riverside Community School to see the impact of an existing community development initiative in which the U of S is involved.
RBC’s partnership with the U of S College of Nursing will support nursing researchers’ involvement in community settings, collecting and analysing data and identifying patterns that affect health.