The Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center (WFCPC) received a donation from a Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Capital Markets Speak Up for Inclusion Program winner Ashley Caldwell. The program grants $10,000 each to five RBC Capital Markets employees, to donate to charity, as a reward for their dedication to creating a diverse and inclusive environment inside and outside RBC Capital Markets. Ashley Caldwell, Vice President of Leveraged Finance at RBC Capital Markets and Advisory Board member for the WFCPC, was one of the five awardees of the RBC Capital Markets Speak Up for Inclusion Award. Awardees must be in good standing as a U.S. RBC Capital Markets employee, contribute to creating an inclusive culture inside/outside RBC Capital Markets, recruit and create a diverse work environment as well as speak up in workplace conversations involving diversity and inclusion. Her passion for speaking up and creating spaces for those who are disabled contributed to her being selected for the award.
“I am really passionate about helping those with disabilities as I am disabled myself,” Ashley said. “My experiences give me a unique opportunity to speak on behalf of those who are disabled.”
Ashley suffered a spinal cord injury as a child. This injury motivated her to make a difference as a community leader for those with disabilities. Ashley joined the WFCPC advisory board in 2015. The Center, established in January 2013, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people of all ages living with cerebral palsy by providing comprehensive personalized care, conducting groundbreaking research, and educating medical professionals, patients, and caregivers about the latest advances in cerebral palsy. Ashley’s work with on the board ultimately inspired her to donate her RBC Capital Markets award to the center.
“The Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center is a one-stop-shop for patients with cerebral palsy. They not only understand your medical needs, but your needs as a whole person, which is important and necessary for those with cerebral palsy,” said Ashley. “The Center helps improve the quality of life that patients have, especially as patients age. Their work and growth inspired me to donate my award.”
“We are delighted to receive this donation from Ashley,” said David P. Roye, Jr., MD, Executive Director of the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center. “Ashley has been an instrumental member of our advisory board for the past few years, providing advice to leadership and ensuring that our efforts align with the Center’s mission.”