Conestoga’s shared vision for senior care came closer to reality on May 23, thanks to the enthusiastic golfers and community leaders who participated in the college’s annual Golf Classic event, held at Rebel Creek Golf Club.
Almost 140 golfers hit the links for a day of fun and friendly competition for the event, which recognizes and honours community and business leaders while raising funds for development projects at Conestoga.
Honourees for 2012 were Ronald Schlegel and his family, provincially recognized operators of quality long-term care and seniors’ retirement home facilities including The Village of Winston Park Continuum of Care Campus in Kitchener-Waterloo.
Funds raised at the tournament will be used to expand Conestoga's Centre of Excellence for Seniors Care and support its mission of “innovation in workforce development” at the Schlegel Research Institute for Aging’s Learning, Research and Innovation Centre, to be located on the north campus of the University of Waterloo. The Institute, a joint project between Conestoga, Schlegel Villages, and the University of Waterloo, will promote research, innovation and workforce development for the enhancement of senior care in Ontario and around the world.
The event raised $60,000, which, in a surprise announcement, was matched by the Schlegel family to bring the day’s total to $120,000 to support the new Institute and its Centre of Excellence for Seniors Care.
In their announcement, the Schlegel family remarked on the value that Conestoga brings to the local community and cited their pride at being involved with the project. The college is the region’s primary provider of health-care professionals.
More information about the Schlegel Research Institute for Aging is available at: http://www.the-ria.ca/
The Golf Classic has raised more than $870,000 since its inception in 1996, providing funds for such Conestoga projects as the Institute for Food Processing Technology, the Centre of Excellence for Skilled Trades and the Roofing Skills Training Centre.
For more information, visit www.conestogac.on.ca/giving