Matching the spirit of Giving Day gift for gift
Front row (left to right): Heritage Hall Society members, Deana, Wes and Ruth Richardson; Back row (left to right): Marvin Maronda and guest, and Jerry Wylie at the Heritage Hall High Tea in 2011. The Richardson's are longtime contributors to a number of SAIT projects — including their contribution to the Student Success Fund as part of SAIT Giving Day on October 30.
The Richardson family has made a generous donation that has paved the road to success for SAIT's second annual Giving Day. The family's matriarch, Ruth Richardson, is making a dollar-for-dollar matching donation of up to $25,000 to the Student Success Fund.
The Richardsons are truly a SAIT family with connections to the Institute going back about 70 years. Ruth's late husband George studied automotive mechanics in the 1950s. Their sons Bill and Wes, and daughter-in-law Deana are all alumni, attending SAIT in the 70s and 80s.
"The best way to succeed these days is to get a good education," says Ruth Richardson. "When George, Deana and my two boys went to SAIT, being a student wasn't as expensive as it is today. I know students now struggle financially with tuition, supplies, rent, groceries and everything else.
"The reason I choose to give to SAIT is to help students graduate, move into their chosen career, and hopefully help make their dreams come true."
Ruth Richardson grew up on a farm near Vulcan, Alberta. She married George Richardson in 1953. He worked in the family's automotive business, while she worked as a telephone operator and then at a local drugstore. As well as working and raising a family, she volunteered for a number of charitable groups including the Order of the Royal Purple, Lionettes, United Church Women's and the Scouts of Canada.
The Richardsons are longtime contributors to a number of SAIT projects including student awards and the SAIT Opportunities Fund which supports special projects that benefit students. A section of Heritage Hall was named The Richardson's Foyer in 2008 in honour of their many contributions to SAIT.