RBC Donates $750,000 To The New Oakville Hospital

Posted: September 23, 2011

RBC’s President and CEO, Gordon Nixon presented the Oakville Hospital Foundation with a $750,000 RBC Children’s Mental Health donation. This gift will help establish the RBC Emergency Department’s Psychiatric Unit where young patients requiring urgent mental health care will receive assistance and will support the RBC Transitional Care Services Program aimed at helping local school boards raise awareness and reduce the stigma attached to mental illness.  

The RBC Children’s Mental Health Project is a multi-year philanthropic commitment to programs that reduce stigma, provide early intervention and increase public awareness about children’s mental health issues. One in five Canadians will experience mental illness during their lifetime and many of these disorders begin in childhood or adolescence.  

“At RBC, we are passionate about helping our communities and a key focus is supporting mental health-related causes.  We want to give youngsters a great start so that they are able to cope and live productive lives,” said Gordon Nixon, President & CEO, RBC. “We are proud to support the work of the Oakville Hospital Foundation. By creating and providing parents and health care professionals with access to a network of trusted sources, we can all help reduce the stigma of mental illness.”  

Through the Children’s Mental Health project, RBC will create a network of organizations and experts in the field that are trusted sources of information for parents and caregivers who may not know where to turn to for help. The network will include the RBC Children’s Mental Health advisory panel, made up of nine mental health experts, as well as the grant recipients, which currently includes over 100 hospitals and health care organizations across the country that are specialists in mental health issues, related to children.

“We are grateful to RBC for this leadership gift. Their vision and generosity will have a considerable impact on the mental health care needs of our youngest and most vulnerable patients,” said Tina Triano, CEO, Oakville Hospital Foundation.   In 2011, RBC has contributed over $1.4 million to organizations across Ontario South West. “RBC’s donation to the New Oakville Hospital is one of the largest children’s mental health donations that RBC has ever announced in Southwestern Ontario,” said Laura Gainey, RBC’s Regional President for Ontario South West. “There is a clear need for Children’s Mental Health services and programs across the region and we look forward to working with our partners and healthcare providers to help those youth in need.”  

“Mental illness can affect an individual in all aspects of their life. To be effective, you have to intervene, treat and support the young person in all their various environments. An all encompassing community strategy is vital," said Dr. Alan Brown, Chief and Physician Program Director, Department of Psychiatry.  

About RBC Children’s Mental Health  
The RBC Children’s Mental Heath Project is a multi-year philanthropic commitment to programs that reduce stigma, provide early intervention and increase public awareness about children’s mental health issues. The RBC Children’s Mental Health Project is our cornerstone ‘health and wellness” donations program, and since 2009, we have donated more than $6.5 million to over 125 community-based and hospital programs across Canada.  For more information, visit www.rbc.com/childrensmentalhealth.   RBC is recognized among the world's financial, social and environmental leaders, and is one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers, one of Canada's 50 Most Socially Responsible Corporations and one of the Best Workplaces in Canada. In 2010, RBC contributed more than $130 million to community causes worldwide, through donations of more than $56.6 million, and an additional $73.5 million in sponsorship of community events and national organizations.  

About Oakville Hospital Foundation
The Oakville Hospital Foundation is partnering with the community to fund essential equipment for Oakville’s Hospital to enable high quality patient care. The generous support from the community is needed to help the Foundation achieve its $60 million campaign goal.

For more information:  
Suzanne Hallsworth Director, Communications                                              
P: 905-845-2571 x. 6250
Email: shallsworth@haltonhealthcare.com