College of the Rockies Giving Tuesday campaign sees success

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Image shows five people beneath a North Coal sign, with three holding a large cheque.
Graham Knipfel, Director Donor and Alumni Engagement, College of the Rockies (far left) accepted a $2000 Giving Tuesday donation toward the Engineers Canada Indigenous Access to Engineering bursary from North Coal representatives (l-r) Abby Cousins, Geologist; David Leslie, Manager of Engineering; Bill Arling, Director of Environment; and Patty Vadnais, Communications Lead.

Students at College of the Rockies will have access to more bursary funds, thanks to the College’s inaugural Giving Tuesday campaign.

“We joined a global movement for giving and volunteering and the community responded with enthusiasm,” said Graham Knipfel, Director, Donor and Alumni Engagement. “We’re grateful to everyone who supported our campaign and, in turn, our students.”

Giving Tuesday occurs worldwide after Black Friday each year and is intended to create an international day of charitable giving at the start of the holiday season. The College’s campaign saw cash donations to four featured bursaries as well as in-kind donations to their Automotive Service Technician and Practical Nursing programs.

In the month surrounding the campaign, three new student bursaries were established: The Yoki Fine Arts bursary, the Meetings That Matter Leadership in Tourism and Hospitality bursary, and the Engineers Canada Indigenous Access to Engineering bursary.

The newly established Engineering bursary received a nice boost with a generous donation from North Coal, an emerging steel-making coal producer based in Sparwood.

“Our project is in the BC Environmental approval process and is targeting first coal in 2023, at which time it will employ up to 300 individuals with family-supporting jobs, many in the STEM fields,” said Patty Vadnais, Communications Lead, North Coal. “As our project lies within the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa Nation, we commend the College and Engineers Canada for creating a bursary to support the entry of Indigenous people into the engineering field.”

“We are grateful to North Coal for their generous support of our Engineering students,” Knipfel said. “I would also like to acknowledge additional top donors: David Walls, McElhanney Ltd., College of the Rockies’ Faculty Association, and Russ Kinghorn, whose generosity will also make a tremendous impact on our students.”

Contributions to the College’s scholarship and bursary program can be made at: cotr.ca/giving or by emailing giving@cotr.bc.ca


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For more than 40 years, College of the Rockies has provided post-secondary education that meets the needs and aspirations of the people, industry and businesses of our region. Each year, we welcome more than 10,000 full-time and part-time students into a full range of programs, including: skilled trades, university studies, adult upgrading, early childhood education, health and human services, business, office administration, tourism, hospitality, recreation, fire services, continuing education and contract training. Through smaller class sizes, highly-personalized instruction and dedicated support services, our students are primed to succeed in the job market, or in the next stage of their academic journey.

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