Peter and Kathy Lacey donate $250,000 towards RDC business and non-profit program development

lacey-018As new business ventures emerge in central Alberta, RDC has been given a distinct advantage to train and prepare both business and non-profit staff, thanks to a $250,000 donation made by Peter and Kathy Lacey.

The gift is multi-faceted and will be used to develop online and blended delivery options for the leadership and applied management  programs that are currently only being delivered in person; as well as to kick-start a new certificate program for non-profit management.  All the research and program development is led by the RDC School of Continuing Education, who currently work with local businesses to provide the applied management and leadership certificates in central Alberta. With the help of the funding from the Laceys, that training can now be made accessible to a larger group of potential learners.

“We are working with the non-profit community to establish what the programming should look like. Work is underway and we will continue to engage the community in the development of that program,” says Brenda Munro, Dean of the School of Continuing Education. “Putting the existing business programming online will allow us to better serve businesses that might not always have the time to send their staff to a centralized location, but would benefit from additional training. Our goal is to help central Alberta businesses grow and thanks to this incredible gift, we can continue to work towards that.”

Peter and Kathy Lacey have been heavily involved in the community of Red Deer for the past 30 years. They raised their family in central Alberta and all three of their adult kids now live and work in Alberta. Both Peter and Kathy are involved with A Better World in developing schools, health clinics, and micro finance projects in Kenya, Africa over the past nine years. Kathy has been a member of the Westerner Park Board, served with the Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools, and was one of the group founding members of the Festival of Trees. With Peter’s role on the RDC Board of Governors for six years (three of which were as Chair), his time as President of the Canadian Western Equipment Dealers Association, and his love for entrepreneurialism, this gift towards building community connects seamlessly with the Lacey’s commitment to leadership.

“Leadership skills are necessary for success in business and non-profit organizations. We believe that our investment in Red Deer College will develop these skills for our future leaders, to create strong and vibrant communities,” says Kathy Lacey.

In the last year, the RDC School of Continuing Education delivered professional development and business related training to over 6000 individuals and collaborated with over 60 businesses to provide customized training to their employees. This gift affords the School an opportunity to grow exponentially and take courses on the ground to new heights.