Ducks Unlimited Canada

Ducks Unlimited Canada

September 24, 2014 17:22 ET

100 Thousand Reasons to Be Excited!

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - Sept. 24, 2014) - On Friday, September 26, 2014 the education team from Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) will have thousands of reasons to be excited. The RBC Blue Water Project is a historic, wide-ranging, 10-year global commitment to help protect the world's most precious natural resource: fresh water. Since 2007, RBC has pledged nearly $41 million to more than 700 charitable organizations worldwide that protect water.

This year DUC has been chosen as an RBC Blue Water Project Leadership Grant recipient and will be receiving a donation in the amount of $100,000.

DUC is committed to educating society on the value of wetlands and how wetlands are vital to filtering and purifying our water and how they mitigate the effects of climate change.

RBC knows the value of wetlands and has generously selected DUC as one of this year's grant recipients. RBC is supporting DUC's Saskatoon urban education efforts which will involve community partnerships and field trips to city wetlands including those in the newly created Hyde Park. DUC will use these funds to provide direct education activities and also collaborative efforts with a number of groups, agencies, institutions and companies in Saskatoon, including the University of Saskatchewan and the City of Saskatoon.

DUC recognizes that there is an immediate need for coordinated education efforts to change attitudes and activities regarding wetland loss, storm water management, flooding and the way water is valued, used and reused and then discharged back into the South Saskatchewan River.

The intent of this project is to support wetland education and to allow a number organizations with similar missions and goals to work together to reach the people of Saskatoon with information about wetland values and with opportunities to take action with local projects.

"RBC has a longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability with a renewed focus on water issues in urbanized areas. We're delighted to partner with Ducks Unlimited Canada and their awareness efforts in Hyde Park and Saskatoon," said Michael Delainey, RBC's Regional Vice President for Saskatoon. "Urban water initiatives like this are critical to making a meaningful difference in the communities where we all live, work and play."

DUC is honoured to have been chosen as a 2014 RBC Blue Water Project grant recipient and will use these funds to provide opportunities for people in Saskatoon to learn more about wetlands. Barbara Hanbidge of DUC sees this opportunity as, "very exciting and well timed to meet the needs of Saskatoon citizens who already understand the importance of wetlands and also those who may now learn about our wonderful wetlands as a result of this generous donation."

Media are invited to attend:

Date: September 26, 2014
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Cheque presentation and photo opportunity
Location: Hyde Park
(event location is adjacent to the bridge on the walkway between Herold Court and Rosewood subdivision)
Who: - Merebeth Switzer - Ducks Unlimited Canada National Education Manager
- Barbara Hanbidge, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Saskatchewan Policy Specialist
- Michael Delainey, RBC Regional Vice President, Saskatoon
- Chuck Turner, RBC Sales Manager, Small Business
- Kyla Torrie, RBC Branch Manager (Lakewood)
- Grade 4 students from St. Luke School will be assisting with the cheque presentation and taking part in a pond dipping activity at the nearby wetland.

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. Learn more at

Contact Information

  • For more information, to conduct an interview or to RSVP to
    the event, please contact: Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Barbara Hanbidge
    DUC Provincial Policy Specialist
    Cell: 306.222.4806 or Office: 306.665.7158

    Sandy Kwong, Marketing & Communications Coordinator,
    Manitoba, Saskatchewan and NW Ontario
    Office: 204.988.3511

    Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Chelsea Manz
    Communications Specialist - Saskatchewan
    306-359-2233 or 306-535-6777