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WATCH: Red Deer College unveils the BMO Financial Group Wellness Studio

BMO contributes $300,000 towards RDC’s Shaping Our Future campaign

Red Deer College unveiled the BMO Financial Group Wellness Studio on Monday, acknowledging a $300,000 donation from BMO during a special event at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

The funds support RDC’s ‘Shaping Our Future’ campaign.

“This morning, on behalf of BMO Financial Group, I’m pleased to announce a $300,000 donation to support the new Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre,” said John MacAulay, BMO’s senior vice president & division head – prairies & NWT.

“This iconic venue will host (part of) the upcoming 2019 Canada Winter Games and we know how important these Games are for the local economy, and how they will enrich lives of athletes, coaches and of spectators.

“Beyond the Canada Winter Games, the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre will also provide teaching and learning spaces, and will be a venue for athletic performance and for students and the community.

“We are proud to be part of this new and inspiring space that will host national athletic talent, and will support our community’s future generations of students here at Red Deer College.”

The BMO Financial Group Wellness Studio’s floor-to-ceiling windows look over the NOVA Chemicals Waskasoo Creek Nature Walk on the south end and Builders’ Hall to the north.

The space is a component of the Collicutt Performance Fitness Zone and is being used for fitness classes, yoga and meditation.

“Your significant investment in RDC today continues to support our students, our community, and it helped us build this Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre,” said Joel Ward, RDC president and CEO. “If you take a look at this great facility and what’s happening already, you can see that the value and contributions of our partners are really critical to the success of this building.

“I’ve never been a part of anything that has been more universally accepted as an addition to this great College and this great community, and that will also support generations of learners and our student athletes. It will also make a significant difference to the health and wellness of our community,” he said.

“BMO’s contribution is really critical to the success that we are already having today.”

The Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, which is perhaps the most recognizable result of the Shaping Our Future campaign, is one component of the work RDC has been able to accomplish with the support of partners like BMO Financial Group, noted a release.

“It’s another piece that says this community supports what we are doing at this great College, and the facilities that we are building are really designed to serve everyone,” added Ward.