Giving Back to Our Community
Partridge Wealth Management of RBC Dominion Securities is a major believer in giving back to the community, as evidenced by Peter and Pete’s long history of volunteer work in the Niagara Region. We are so proud to call Niagara home and we do our very best to get involved in the community to help make it a better place. Here are some of the organizations we support.
St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre
A lifelong musician and supporter of the arts, Peter Sr. and his wife Janet made a transformative donation of $1,000,000 in April 2013 to the St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre. Peter is the fundraising chair for the centre’s $5-million public campaign, a component of the total $65-million campaign.
The Downtown Performing Arts Centre will be a specialized, purpose-built and professionally managed facility that will present, promote and develop the arts inNiagara. The largest venue, a 775-seat concert hall, will be named Partridge Hall in honour of the family. This development is key to revitalizing downtownSt. Catharines, the urban growth centre ofNiagara, and will add an important new cultural attraction to the region, serving artists, students and arts patrons across the peninsula.
Pictured: Poppy Gilliam, Peter Partridge Jr., Peter Partridge Sr., Janet Partridge, John Partridge, and Mayor Brian McMullan
United Way of St. Catharines & District
Peter and Pete have had a long affiliation with the localUnited Way of St. Catharines & District. Not only are they both long-time donors but they have taken an active role in many campaigns.
Peter Jr. and his wife, Poppy Gilliam, chaired Leadership Giving during the 2009 campaign, both Peter Sr. and Jr. chaired Major Giving during the 2012 Campaign, and Peter Jr. chaired Major Giving for the 2013 campaign. Pete and Poppy hosted a major giving reception at their home in 2013, Poppy hosted a Women's Leadership Reception at their home in 2012, and Pete joined the board of directors in March 2013.
Peter and Pete were thrilled to receive the 2013 United Way Volunteers of the Year Award at the year-end celebration for their hard work and dedication throughout the campaign.
Pictured: Peter Partridge Jr. and Peter Partridge Sr.
Niagara Community Foundation
Pete Jr. is the Chair of the St. Catharines Community Fund, part of the Niagara Community Foundation, which raises permanently endowed funds to benefit citizens ofSt. Catharines. When Pete got married in 2005, he and his wife Poppy established the Partridge Gilliam Family Fund through the Niagara Community Foundation. This fund benefits various local children’s charities as selected by Pete and Poppy each year.
So far theUnited Way, The Walker Woodend Living Campus, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the YMCA’s ProKids Program and the Niagara Peninsula Children’s Centre have been local charities selected by Peter and Poppy.
Pictured: Poppy Gilliam, Chase Partridge, and Peter Partridge Jr.
Peter Partridge Sr. currently serves as the Chair of the Advisory Board for Rodman Hall, which is committed to excellence in visual arts programming and education, providing services and resources to the students and faculty of Brock Universixty,St. Catharines and theNiagara region. Peter has sponsored various events at the hall, such as the recent “Hot Talks” series.
Sir Winston Churchill Football Team
Pete Jr. has been volunteer coaching at his alma mater,Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, since the fall of 1999. During that time the team has won 4 championships and more than 20 of his former players have played football at the university level. Pete also chaired the annual Bulldog Football Alumni Golf Tournament that raises funds for the program for five years and chaired the fundraising initiative to raise $37,000 for a large scoreboard for the field in 2009. He also arranged for the Commissioner of the CFL to attend the opening of the scoreboard as well as many local dignitaries, former coaches, former players, parents and friends of the program.
Niagara Symphony Orchestra
Peter Sr. has been a big supporter of the NSO over the years and is very excited to hear them perform in Partridge Hall in 2015.
Peter's association with Brock goes back almost 50 years to the Fall of 1964 when Brock's First President asked Peter to conduct a group of students who were interested in forming a choir to sing at a couple of Christmas concerts. The "Brockenspiels" were born. In the 1980's Peter became a great supporter of Brock athletics and in 1992 he was elected the first President of the Brock Men's Basketball Booster Club. He accompanied the team toHalifax in March of 1992 where they won the National Championship. The Brock Foundation appointed Peter a Trustee in the 1990's and elected him chairman in 2002. Peter was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2004, served a 6 year term and was a member of the Investment Sub-Committee.
Today, he continues to support athletics and he and his wife, Janet, have established the Peter and Janet Partridge Scholarship for assisting student athletes. The family's philanthropy towards Brock continues with a contribution to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts and the naming of the Partridge Family Studio.
Amici sparks change in the lives of underprivileged children between the ages of 7-17 using the transformational power of a summer camp experience. Both Peter and Pete spent over 10 summers of their childhood at summer camp and firmly believe that every child deserves the same experience.