Local youth gives back to community thanks to “Make 150 Count” grant from RBC

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

An Amherstburg student was recognized by RBC and, in turn, used her award to better the community.

Emily Renaud, 17, was recognized by the Amherstburg branch of RBC with a $150 grant under the banking institution’s “Make 150 Count” program. The program is geared at inspiring young Canadians to do something to “help communities prosper” during Canada’s 150th birthday celebration.

Emily Renaud (right) gives a flower to Anna Weekes Saturday evening. Renaud received a “Make 150 Count” grant from RBC and chose to spend her $150 brightening the day for seniors at Seasons Amherstburg.

Emily Renaud (right) gives a flower to Anna Weekes Saturday evening. Renaud received a “Make 150 Count” grant from RBC and chose to spend her $150 brightening the day for seniors at Seasons Amherstburg.

Renaud was nominated by Amanda Ward, an employee at a Windsor RBC branch, for the Amherstburg award with Renaud’s chosen project being to hand out flowers to residents at Seasons.

“I was chosen by RBC bank. I’m a client there,” said Renaud. “They picked someone from the community to do something great.”

Renaud said she was notified about three weeks ago she would receive the $150 grant and decided to hand out flowers at Seasons Amherstburg to brighten the day of the seniors. She distributed the flowers during the dinner hour last Saturday afternoon.

The Grade 12 student at General Amherst High School said she wanted to do something to help seniors.

“I find a lot of times they are forgotten,” she said.

Emily Renaud (second from left) gives flowers to Terry Nantais, Kate Hankewitz and Kay Knight during a March 4 visit to Seasons Amherstburg.

Emily Renaud (second from left) gives flowers to Terry Nantais, Kate Hankewitz and Kay Knight during a March 4 visit to Seasons Amherstburg.

Handing out flowers was also the best way to use the money to reach as many people as she could, she added.

“I feel really proud I am able to give back to my community in a bigger way,” said Renaud.

Flowers by Anna also assisted in making sure Renaud had 120 carnations to hand out as they helped cover any costs over and above $150 for the flowers.

RBC employees are selecting young people within their communities to participate in the program. In addition, young Canadians between the ages of 16-25 are part of RBC’s national movement by sharing how they would make $150 count through Twitter or Instagram using #Make150Count for a chance to be selected.

For more information, visit rbc.com/make150count.

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