“Water is one of the most precious resources on earth. Everything we do depends on it – it is vital to our social and economic well-being,” said Gord Nixon, CEO, RBC.
“We are honoured to support the important efforts of this year’s grant recipients, whose programs reflect our new focus on water issues in urbanized areas, where so many of our employees and clients live and work. I am confident that these organizations will help create a future with swimmable, drinkable and fishable water.”
In BC, of the 15 organizations receiving funds, the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) came out with the lion’s share of grant dollars.
The RDOS was encouraged and supported in their grant application by the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB), and both the North and Central Regional Districts.
“The RBC Blue Water Project is a 10-year, $50 million grant program to support projects dedicated to water conservation, watershed protection, access to clean drinking water, and other fresh water-related issues in Canada and around the world. We are proud and excited this year to be able to present such a significant donation to the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen as the funds will benefit our communities throughout the Okanagan” said Karen Boring-Olsen, Regional Vice President RBC Okanagan.