"At RBC, we have a strong commitment to supporting health care research and programs because this is our way of showing that a healthy Canada is important to us. Our donation to the University of Regina is a perfect example of our ongoing commitment to health and wellness initiatives that respond to critical research needs, enhance quality of life and improve community services," said Peter Carton, Regional Vice-President, Saskatchewan, RBC Royal Bank.
The fellowship program will provide funding over a five-year period to attract and retain exceptional researchers in the field of aging and health. Research fellows are top faculty members and full-time researchers who form a critical part of a dynamic research team, as they dedicate their time to researching improvements on current practices.
"Health research is one of five strategic priorities at the University of Regina," said David Barnard, President of the University of Regina. "Changing demographics have brought seniors' health issues to the forefront, and research is essential to help reduce health care expenditures and human suffering. RBC's donation will enable us to further our understanding of the complex issues surrounding aging and human health."
The Centre on Aging and Health is an interdisciplinary research centre that investigates the many health issues affecting Canada's aging population. The centre is the first and only gerontology research centre in Saskatchewan and has established partnerships with health care facilities and gerontology organizations.
"RBC has shown great leadership in making this generous donation to the Building Dreams and Futures campaign," said Barb Pollock, Vice President of External Relations. "It is clear that this gift will have an impact on our community for years to come."
Building Dreams and Futures is an ambitious campaign to raise funds for five priority areas of the University of Regina: the 2005 Canada Summer Games, student support, research support, the Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport, and emerging priorities. The projects and activities planned for those areas will cost a total of $75 million. Funds are being raised from a variety of funding sources, including donations from individuals, corporations, and community organizations. Information on the campaign and how to make a contribution is available at
1-866-667-7500 or www.uregina.ca/campaign.
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