Central Albertans invited to create a lasting legacy at RDC

Date posted: 
Fri, 04/21/2017
Paving Our Future

Paving Our Future campaign supports construction of new Centre

Red Deer College alumni and people from across central Alberta are invited to become part of the history of the College through the Paving Our Future campaign.

The campaign provides an opportunity for people to show their College and community pride by making a charitable donation in support of the new Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Canada Gary W. Harris. Those who make a donation will have their family, business or personal name engraved onto a paving stone, which will then be used to create the legacy walkway to the new Centre.

“This is an opportunity for people to be a part of something larger than themselves,” says Patrick Galesloot, RDC Alumni Association Board Director. “Through this campaign, RDC alumni and community members can contribute to the new Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, which will have tremendous impact on our community, now and for years to come.”

Galesloot, who helped to create the idea for Paving Our Future, describes how the idea for the paving stone fundraiser ties in with the history of the Bricklayer, RDC’s previous student magazine, and it also connects with the theme of helping students. “When we raise money for scholarships and bursaries and help students get the education they desire, we are laying the foundation for their future – setting them on the path for success,” he says. “These themes seemed to reinforce this initiative of a walkway, a pathway, a foundation funded by RDC alumni and community members.” 

Bre Fitzpatrick, RDC’s Alumni Development Coordinator, shares how this support will be an essential element for the campaign, which is the single largest fundraising initiative that the Alumni Association has embarked upon. “Red Deer College is very fortunate to have supportive groups of people who maintain a strong connect to our institution, whether these may be RDC alumni, community members or partners,” she says. “These people really are the mortar between the bricks of what we are today and what we will be in the future. Their support of Paving Our Future will have a tremendous impact on the College, and their names will be engraved in the legacy walkway of the new Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.”

The Paving Our Future campaign will run until July 15, 2017. Information on the paving stones and engraving options, as well as donation amounts, is available at rdc.ab.ca/pavingourfuture.

The Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Canada Gary W. Harris will open its doors to learners in the fall of 2018. The venue will also host five events during the 2019 Canada Winter Games. The Centre has an estimated cost of $88 million, funded through a combination of donations, partnerships and government funding. Details on this facility are available at rdc.ab.ca/thecentre.

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For additional information contact:

Shelley Newman
Communications Strategist – Corporate