First Nations Science Program gets major boost from RBC Foundation

RBC cheque presentation

Science East Science Centre is pleased to announce a major funding initiative for its First Nations Science Program from RBC Foundation. Representatives from the bank presented Science East with a cheque for $10-thousand, as a first installment. RBC Foundation will invest a total of $30-thousand over three years into the program.

“We are very happy to support the First Nations Science Program,” says Jeramie Joudry, branch manager for RBC Royal Bank. “This is an important program to foster growth and community partnerships, and we are excited to be part of it.”

The First Nations Science Program was established in 2011, with an initial gift from RBC Foundation. The program inspires understanding and interest in science studies and careers by providing hands-on science workshops, travelling exhibits, career events, after-school activities, science centre visits and professional development for teachers in science.

Science East has developed a national reputation for the quality of its science outreach programming across New Brunswick. In 2014, Science East was the winner of Best Outreach Program in Canada from the Canadian Association of Science Centres for their science and technology career program, Illuminate.

“This gives us long-term sustainability for our First Nations Science Program,” says Science East CEO David Desjardins. “Our staff have worked hard to make this program happen, and we couldn’t be happier to know we have the resources to keep it going for years to come.”

RBC is one of Canada’s largest corporate donors, with a tradition of philanthropy dating back to 1891. In 2014, RBC committed more than $104 million in donations and sponsorships worldwide to support community activities and organizations.

Picture (L to R): Chris Morrison, RBC Royal Bank Commercial Account Manager; David Desjardins, CEO of Science East; Jeramie Joudry, RBC Royal Bank Branch Manager.