Prominent retired Calgary business executive Richard (Dick) Haskayne and his wife Lois (Kenney) Haskayne, along with Rosebud Centre of the Arts Board Chair Colin M. Jackson, today jointly announced a $1 million gift to Rosebud Centre of the Arts (RCA), a leading rural arts and educational institution located 60 minutes outside of Calgary. The funds are earmarked to assist in the retirement of the mortgage on the Rosebud Mercantile building, to accelerate new programs, and to provide for the organization’s growth and future capacity building. The 10,000 square foot Mercantile – the cornerstone of Rosebud Theatre’s hospitality operations – will be renamed The Rosebud Haskayne Kenney Mercantile in honour of this significant gift.
“An abiding joy at Rosebud Centre of the Arts is the goodwill and the great support the organization receives from the wider community,” said Jackson. “This organization was built on the rural roots that have fed and continue to shape the great province of Alberta. It is a place which lives the rural values of hospitality, self-confidence, gratitude to the Creator, respect for all, and self-reliance. Through their gift, Dick and Lois Haskayne have prepared Rosebud Centre of the Arts for growth as a nationally respected centre of performing arts education. RCA is a remarkable example of rural regeneration through arts and education, a proud voice for our Alberta heritage, and an inspiring example of rural creativity and innovation.”
Well-known in both business and philanthropy circles, the Haskaynes have deep ties to the Rosebud area. Mrs. Haskayne (nee Kenney) grew up in the community of Redland just west of Rosebud. Mr. Haskayne was raised in nearby Gleichen. Steadfast supporters, the Haskaynes say, “The Centre, whose vision aligns with ours, provides quality education and entertainment. Simply, it has kept the community of Rosebud alive. We are proud to honour our rural roots and to offer financial support to ensure continued success!”