College receives $5 million donation to Centre

Date Posted: September 25, 2015

The Centre for Health, Wellness & Sport has a new name — the Gary W. Harris Centre for Health, Wellness & Sport.

The new name, announced September 18, honours the $5 million donation made by Gary Harris to the Centre. It is the largest single donation the College has ever received

“The generosity our College has received from supporters such as Gary Harris brings us that much closer to our vision in serving our learners,” said Shelley Ralston, Chair of the RDC Board of Governors, during an event announcing several recent donations. “Being the beneficiary of Mr. Harris’ trust and philanthropy not only makes us very grateful but truly honoured.”

The Gary W. Harris Centre for Health, Wellness & Sport will provide vital new teaching and learning spaces, and will offer Central Alberta a comprehensive venue for athletic, recreational and community.

“When I became aware of the wide-ranging impact of this facility, and what it means for the future of our College and the citizens of Red Deer and central Alberta, I wanted to do my part in making it a reality. It’s very encouraging to see the direction that we are headed in this community, and I am excited to see it all unfold,” said Harris.

Students’ Association President Maryanne McGrath told those gathered that the Students’ Association understands the commitment required to make a large donation to a campaign.

“The Students’ Association has long been a donor to Red Deer College, through scholarships, donations and partnerships,” said McGrath, “continuing to have a presence as a strong supporter of Red Deer College includes a potential contribution to the Centre. We are pleased to be engaging in discussions with the senior leadership team of Red Deer College to explore ways the Students’ Association can commit to its own donation.

“We thank each of you for your contribution to and belief in the future of Red Deer College, but most importantly, your belief in the futures of our students.”

Other announcements

Adding to the excitement was the announcement of Hockey Alberta’s long-term strategic investment of $1.5 million in support of the new Centre.

The event also honoured investments by Lacombe County which has donated $1 million, and Red Deer County which has donated $500,000.

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