College of the Rockies’ launches ‘Giving Tuesday’ campaign

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Russ Kinghorn established the Engineers Canada Indigenous Access to Engineering bursary in an effort to support the participation of Indigenous people in engineering.

College of the Rockies is launching their first Giving Tuesday campaign on Tuesday, December 3. The campaign is aimed at encouraging local businesses, organizations, and individuals to contribute to the student bursary program at the College.

Giving Tuesday is a global movement, occurring on the first Tuesday after Black Friday, intended to create an international day of charitable giving at the start of the holiday season.

“All contributions received for our Giving Tuesday campaign will go directly to removing financial barriers for College of the Rockies students,” said Graham Knipfel, Director, Donor and Alumni Engagement.

“Supporting local students who we expect will gain meaningful employment or establish businesses in our region is a way to demonstrate a commitment to the long-term economic development of the area.”

Russ Kinghorn, a past- president of Engineers Canada, has established the Engineers Canada Indigenous Access to Engineering bursary at the College in conjunction with the Giving Tuesday campaign.

“I established the bursary in an effort to support the participation of Indigenous people in engineering, where they are currently terribly under-represented,” he said. “If we’re looking at tackling infrastructure issues in Indigenous communities, it makes sense to have Indigenous engineers dealing with these issues. College of the Rockies is a small college, in a small region, with a significant Indigenous community and is ideally set up to act as a stepping stone for Indigenous people to get into engineering at other institutions, in particular UVIC.”

Giving Tuesday donors may contribute to an existing bursary at the College, including the Engineers Canada Indigenous Access to Engineering Bursary, by donating online.

Contributors may also create a new bursary as a way to honour or memorialize a loved one, support a specific program or subject area, show support for an industry, or to raise awareness of a local business.

To create a new bursary, or to contribute by cheque, contact Graham Knipfel at gknipfel@cotr.bc.ca or call 250-489-8263.

Learn more about the becoming a College of the Rockies donor at cotr.ca/giving


About College of the Rockies
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.

Heather Jackson
Manager, Communications and Marketing
College of the Rockies