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Calgary Realtors donate $1 million to Ronald McDonald House

From left: RMHC corporate development officer Sarah Heibein; RMHC CEO Jason Evanson; CREB Realtor Community Foundation chair Murray Scotton; and RMHC chief development officer Denise Kinghorn.

The Calgary Real Estate Board’s Realtor Community Foundation has awarded $1 million in grant funding to support Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Alberta to create an additional 60 suites for families at its Calgary location.

“Ronald McDonald House Charities Alberta is doing outstanding work to support families at some of their most challenging times,” says Murray Scotton, chair of the CREB Realtor Community Foundation. “This funding will allow more families to have a safe place to stay when they are caring for their ill child and provide a warm caring home for them to be a part of during that time.”

RMHC Alberta supports families seeking vital medical treatment for their seriously ill or injured child, while providing a home-away-from-home for families who need to travel for medical reasons. The RMHC house is an inclusive space, serving all communities and populations including people with disabilities, LGBTQ2+, Indigenous people and newcomers to Canada.

“More families need RMHC than ever before. Alberta’s Ronald McDonald Houses are full, yet we’re only meeting 14 per cent of the demand. As an essential service, this is simply unacceptable. Families traveling for medical care, along with AHS, need us to expand,” says Jason Evanson, CEO of RMHC Alberta. “Our first steps towards expanded capacity begin with this generous grant from CREB Realtor Community Foundation.”

Work is well underway for the Calgary expansion project. Funds granted to RMHC Alberta will be delivered over three years with the final installment in 2025.

“No family should bear the additional emotional and financial stresses of not being together when they’re faced with the illness or injury of a child,” says Thomas Lui, board member and Expansion Committee chair with RMHC Alberta. “This $1-million grant from CREB will impact many families that are facing issues related to accessing healthcare and enables RMHC Alberta to address some of those challenges.”