September 12, 2018

Health Care Foundation and RBC Partner to Support Higher Education for Those Living With Mental Illness

St. John’s, NL - The Health Care Foundation announced today a partnership with the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) to provide educational opportunities to young adults living with a mental illness and/or addiction through the Moving Lives Forward Bursary Program. The partnership was announced during a celebration at College of the North Atlantic’s Prince Philip Drive Campus on September 12 at 10 a.m.


“The Health Care Foundation is proud to partner with RBC and Eastern Health’s Mental Health and Addictions Program to offer the Moving Lives Forward Bursary Program,” said Debbie Patten, Chair, Health Care Foundation Board of Directors. “Our hope is that by improving access to education for those living with the extra challenge of navigating a mental health issue, we can aid them in finding meaningful employment, stability, a sense of control and mastery over life-circumstances.”


Thanks to the support of RBCs Future Launch, Moving Lives Forward provides $45,000 worth of bursaries a year to individuals who have received services through Eastern Health’s Mental Health and Addictions Program. Bursaries are valued up to $1,500 each per recipient, per semester, and are allocated for tuition, fees and books/materials.


“We recently announced RBC Future Launch, our largest-ever commitment to help prepare young people for the future of work,” said Colin Krulicki, RBC Regional Vice President, Newfoundland and Labrador. “We’re pleased that the Moving Lives Forward Bursary Program will help lighten the financial burden students face so they can focus on what matters: learning new skills, developing professional networks, building resiliency and gaining relevant work experience.”


Applications for Moving Lives Forward are accepted three times a year for fall, winter and spring/summer semesters. Applications are reviewed by a committee of mental health and addictions clinicians and community partners to evaluate need and ensure that the financial support will help the recipient reach their personal goals.


To learn more about Moving Lives Forward, and for application information and guidelines, please visit


About the Health Care Foundation


The Health Care Foundation is committed to raising and stewarding funds for the advancement and enhancement of patient comfort and care, medical equipment, research and education within adult hospitals and facilities serving the St. John’s region. Through its fundraising initiatives, the Health Care Foundation assists Eastern Health in providing health care for the St. John’s region and specialized tertiary health services for the entire province.


About RBC


Royal Bank of Canada is a global financial institution with a purpose-driven, principles-led approach to delivering leading performance. Our success comes from the 84,000+ employees who bring our vision, values and strategy to life so we can help our clients thrive and communities prosper. As Canada’s biggest bank, and one of the largest in the world based on market capitalization, we have a diversified business model with a focus on innovation and providing exceptional experiences to our 16 million clients in Canada, the U.S. and 34 other countries. Learn more at‎


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Media contacts:
Jackie O’Brien
Senior Manager, Communications and Stewardship
Health Care Foundation
T: (709) 777-5906
C: (709) 743-3127