Russ Kinghorn established the Engineers Canada Indigenous Access to Engineering bursary in an effort to support the participation of Indigenous people in engineering. (Photo submitted by College of the Rockies)

Russ Kinghorn established the Engineers Canada Indigenous Access to Engineering bursary in an effort to support the participation of Indigenous people in engineering. (Photo submitted by College of the Rockies)

College of the Rockies Giving Tuesday campaign sees success

Students at College of the Rockies will have access to more bursary funds, thanks to the college’s inaugural Giving Tuesday campaign.

“We joined a global movement for giving and volunteering and the community responded with enthusiasm,” said Graham Knipfel, director, donor and alumni engagement. “We’re grateful to everyone who supported our campaign and, in turn, our students.”

Giving Tuesday occurs worldwide after Black Friday each year and is intended to create an international day of charitable giving at the start of the holiday season. The college’s campaign saw cash donations to four featured bursaries as well as in-kind donations to their automotive service technician and practical nursing programs.

In the month surrounding the campaign, three new student bursaries were established: the Yoki Fine Arts bursary, the Meetings That Matter Leadership in Tourism and Hospitality bursary, and the Engineers Canada Indigenous Access to Engineering bursary.

The newly established engineering bursary received a nice boost with a generous donation from North Coal, an emerging steel-making coal producer based in Sparwood.

“Our project is in the BC Environmental approval process and is targeting first coal in 2023, at which time it will employ up to 300 individuals with family-supporting jobs, many in the STEM fields,” said Patty Vadnais, communications lead, North Coal. “As our project lies within the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa Nation, we commend the college and engineers Canada for creating a bursary to support the entry of Indigenous people into the engineering field.”

“We are grateful to North Coal for their generous support of our Engineering students,” Knipfel said. “I would also like to acknowledge additional top donors: David Walls, McElhanney Ltd., College of the Rockies’ Faculty Association, and Russ Kinghorn, whose generosity will also make a tremendous impact on our students.”

Contributions to the College’s scholarship and bursary program can be made at or by emailing

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

An ARBOC Spirit of Freedom bus. Photo: BC Transit
Creston Valley Transit receives new fleet of buses

The 26-foot light-duty ARBOC Spirit of Freedom buses can carry up to 21 passengers and provide flexibility for up to two mobility aids.

Amanda Parsons, a registered nurse on staff at the Northwood Care facility, administers a dose of the Moderna vaccine to Ann Hicks, 77, in Halifax on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan-Pool
61 new COVID-19 cases, two more deaths in Interior Health

Twenty-nine people are in hospital, seven of whom are in intensive care

Andre Robert won $500,000 through a Lotto Extra ticket on Dec. 23, 2020. Photo: Jeanne d’Arc Allard
Creston resident wins $500k through Lotto ticket

“I was surprised. I wasn’t sure if it was true or not.”

Community mental health workers are in high demand, and a new program at Selkirk College will provide opportunities in this field. File Photo
Selkirk College to train community mental health workers

Twelve students will complete two courses enabling them to work in health and human services

Dr. Cori Lausen, bat specialist, has questions about logging in an unusual bat habitat near Beasley. Photo: Submitted
Kaslo biologist questions logging at unique West Kootenay bat site

Dr. Cori Lausen, a bat specialist, studies a population of bats above Beasley

A woman writes a message on a memorial mural wall by street artist James “Smokey Devil” Hardy during a memorial to remember victims of illicit drug overdose deaths on International Overdose Awareness Day, in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Monday, August 31, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. paramedics respond to record-breaking number of overdose calls in 2020

On the front lines, COVID-19 has not only led to more calls, but increased the complexity

Southern resident killer whales in B.C. waters. Research shows the population’s females are more negatively influenced by vessel traffic than males. (Photo supplied by Ocean Wise Conservation Association)
Female orcas less likely to feed in presence of vessel traffic: study

Research the southern resident population raises concerns over reproduction capacity

(Black Press Media files)
Transport Canada not budging on enclosed deck rules, despite calls from BC Ferries union

There have been at least 23 cases of the U.K. variant detected in Canada, four of which are in B.C.

The Elk Valley Hospital is adapting to meet the needs of patients in the Elk Valley.
One in five tests in Fernie area coming back positive: doctor

Dr Ron Clark of Elk Valley Hospital said one in five tests was returning positive for COVID-19

Throughout December, RCMP conducted CounterAttack road checks as police worked to keep roads free of impaired drivers. (BLACK PRESS file photo)
From the “You can’t make this stuff up” file – stories from the BC CounterAttack campaign

Amusing, yes, but a reminder impaired driving affects ability to drive and to make good decisions

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Video of man doing backflip off Vancouver bridge draws police condemnation

Group says in Instagram story that they ‘don’t do it for the clout’

Inspection of bridge crossing on a B.C. forest service road. (B.C. Forest Practices Board)
B.C. falling behind in maintenance of forest service roads

Auditor finds nearly half of bridges overdue for repair

(Black Press Media files)
Woman steals bottles of wine after brandishing stun baton in New Westminster

Police say the female suspect was wearing a beige trench coat with fur lining

Most Read