In a very personal way, she wanted to expand her knowledge, so she could support her husband and children in understanding their culture and incorporate important traditions and history into their day-to-day lives. What she uncovered was a huge gap in knowledge.
Following a free course with the University of Alberta, Beverly learned there was a significant opportunity to enhance her indigenous cultural awareness and understanding. RBC supported her in her desire to become a strong ally by giving her the opportunity to participate in the Social Impact Learning Program (SILP) in 2021. SILP matches RBC employees with not-for-profit organizations and Beverly was matched with a BIPOC organization. “That experience continued to open my eyes and helped me understand how I can create impact in that area,” she explains.
Beverly shares that she has been very open about her desire to support the Indigenous community, and RBC has been proactive about supporting her. In fact, in a previous role, she supported Indigenous markets in Alberta as a Deposit Specialist.
In her spare time, Beverly is involved in her children’s hockey organization, and she works with her husband to ensure their kids, and other Indigenous children in Alberta, can play competitive hockey and represent their nation in their annual Native Hockey Provincials.