CHESTERMERE — The local RBC branch may have opened its Chestermere account months ago, but it still held a special ceremony on Saturday to celebrate its arrival in the community.
Bank representatives joined residents and Town of Chestermere officials for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 4.
“This has been a much-anticipated day,” said Sheri Gouthro, branch manager. “We’ve put a lot of planning into this, and it’s our official introduction to Chestermere.
“I’m very proud to work for an organization that puts community at the highest value.”
During the event, the Chestermere Public Library was presented with a $5,000-donation for the “Reading Buddies After-School program.” Gouthro said the library is aligned with RBC’s values of mental health and wellness.
CPL interim director Debbi Weber said the library was thrilled to receive RBC’s donation, adding the program is still in the early planning stages. However, she said the program will be designed to encourage children to improve their reading skills by getting help from older peers.
More details are expected to be announced in late August or September.
“It’s really nice to have the opportunity to start a new program and have the funding for it,” said Ruth Wright, president of the library foundation. “It’s going to help young kids strengthen their reading skills and give teens in the area a chance to volunteer.”
Bruce MacKenzie, RBC regional president, was on-hand to present the library with their oversized cheque. He said there’s nothing more important than helping out with the community, especially when it comes to education.
MacKenzie also called rural communities the “backbone of Canada,” and said RBC looks to help communities grow by adding more financial institutes.
“We’re thrilled with our branch here in Chestermere,” MacKenzie said. “It’s been in town for a few months now and it’s really going gangbusters.
“We’re very proud of our staff for getting involved with the community.”
The day’s festivities also included kids’ activities and an appearance by RBC-sponsored Olympian skier Brady Leman.
According to RBC’s website, it’s Canada’s largest bank as measured by assets and market capitalization. RBC currently employs approximately 79,000 employees who handle close to 18 million clients through offices in Canada, the United States, and 56 other countries.