Mark LovickMark Lovick, RBC Regional Vice President for South Vancouver Island, has won United Way’s Chair’s Award of Distinction. The Award was presented at United Way’s annual Spirit Awards.

The annual United Way Spirit Awards recognizes and thanks donors and workplaces for their ongoing community support. The Chair’s Award of Distinction is the event’s most prestigious award recognizing individual philanthropic leadership.

Mark is a member of United Way’s Community Campaign Cabinet, has participated on a Community Investment Steering Committee, is part of United Way’s Financial Challenge Spirit Award and has been a loyal donor to United Way since the 1980s when he started with RBC as a bank teller.

Mark understands the importance of balancing his investment portfolio. His financial support of United Way means that he is able to help people in need. “We are privileged – we have access to education, to a regular pay cheque. Not everyone has that privilege,” says Lovick.

Volunteering time and talent to the community also yields a solid return on investment. “I was always thinking that my job needed 150% of my time and community involvement less. Now I see that an increase in community involvement has a positive impact on my job,” adds Lovick.

Aside from Mark’s work with United Way, Mark has also been a volunteer for the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 31 for many years.

Mark encourages his staff to give back. For this year’s workplace campaign, Mark emphasized the importance of raising employee awareness and education for the work that United Way does. He facilitated multiple Days of Caring, when employees volunteer time to help out a local social-service agency, and multiple “Impact speakers” where employees get to hear firsthand from somebody who has been helped by a United Way funded agency. Mark also arranged for RBC to loan an up and coming employee to United Way to act as a Campaign Associate (CA) during last fall’s fundraising season which helped United Way keep costs down while benefitting from an extra pair of hands.

Congratulations Mark!