Giving Kids a Playground of Learning Opportunities

The ROM is one of Canada’s largest extra-curricular educators and engages 400,000 students annually with educational programming, experiential learning activities, and virtual and outreach programs. Established in 2005, the ROM School Visits Bursary Program enables at-risk youth to visit the Museum free of charge. Through creative and interactive activities, this vital program sparks lifelong curiosity and fosters intellectual growth in children. The ROM is grateful to our generous partners for helping us teach and inspire thousands of kids each year.

As a founding partner of the ROM’s School Visits Bursary program, HSBC has enabled more than 12,000 students to enjoy an impactful learning experience at the Museum. Their early support of the program was crucial in bringing on future donors to expand this vital program. “HSBC is pleased to continue our support of the ROM’s School Visits Bursary Program,” says Linda Seymour, Executive Vice President and Head of Commercial Banking, HSBC Bank Canada. “We are committed to supporting the communities we operate in through providing access to unique educational experiences for children and youth at places like the ROM.” As a leading international bank in Canada, HSBC is a strong supporter of educational programming for children and youth, empowering them to reach their full potential.

A Canadian leader in delivering audit, tax, and advisory services, KPMG is committed to making our communities stronger, more vibrant and better places to live and work. KPMG has been a valued School Visits partner since 2010. “A visit to the ROM opens students’ eyes to a world of opportunity beyond their imagination,” says Bobbi-Jean White, Partner. “KPMG is proud to help enrich the lives of Toronto youth through the Museum’s creative, hands-on education programs.”

More than 7,000 students have visited the ROM, thanks to the generous support of Great-West Life, London Life, and Canada Life. A School Visits partner since 2007, they are committed to nurturing discovery and inspiring wonder in children through the ROM. An Imagine Caring Company, together Great-West Life, London Life, and Canada Life donate a minimum of one percent of average pre-tax profits to non-profit, charitable, and community organizations each year. “The School Visits Program enables thousands of students to explore the ROM’s impressive collections of world cultures and natural history each year,” says Jan Belanger, Assistant Vice-President, Community Affairs. “We are pleased to provide access to unique learning opportunities that stimulate creative thinking and lead to success.”

Standard Life is the ROM’s newest School Visits Bursary Program partner. A leading long-term savings and investment company, Standard Life has been doing business in Canada for more than 180 years and is committed to giving back to the community. “We want to make a meaningful difference in the lives of young Canadians. Supporting the ROM’s School Visits Bursary Program is one way we can achieve this,” says Jennifer Gregory, Vice-President, Business Development, Group Savings and Retirement at Standard Life. “We believe in investing for tomorrow today by offering students extraordinary learning experiences at the Museum.”