Charles Butler donates car to Algonquin College Waterfront Campus
submitted photo Pat Watts, second from left, general manager of Butler Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac, hands over the keys to a new vehicle to Algonquin College’s Waterfront Campus manager Jamie Bramburger, Dean Karen Davies and manager Vicky Faught.
Algonquin College is again benefiting from the generosity of one of Pembroke’s best known philanthropists. Charles Butler has donated a new vehicle to the college for the second time in three years, citing his concern for the safety of college employees who frequently travel to and from Algonquin’s main Woodroffe Campus in Ottawa and to other parts of Ontario.
“I have been very impressed with the college and what it does for our community, and donating a new vehicle is one way that I can show my appreciation to the college’s employees,” says Butler.
“I’ve been selling cars for a long time, and every once in a while it’s nice to give one away” quips Butler, who first donated a vehicle to the college when it opened its new Waterfront Campus in the fall of 2012, calling it a grand opening gift in celebration of the new building.
In the spring of 2014, the college recognized Butler’s philanthropic efforts by awarding him an honorary diploma at its convocation ceremony. In addition to helping many major fundraising campaigns in the community, including the Pembroke Regional Hospital and Miramichi Lodge, the owner of Butler Chev Olds also set up a lucrative bursary program at the college.
The Charles Butler bursary program awards four-$2,500 bursaries annually to students studying full-time at the Waterfront Campus. Butler has made a ten-year commitment to the program which started three years ago and has already helped 12 students pay for their investment in a college education.
Campus Dean Karen Davies, calls Butler’s generosity incredible.
“Mr. Butler has been a great friend to Algonquin College in recent years and we are very grateful for his continued support,” she says. “The gift of a new vehicle takes a lot of pressure off our operating budgets and also ensures that our employees are travelling in a modern vehicle with the latest in safety features.”
Charles Butler celebrated 50 years in the automotive sales business in 2013. His career has been celebrated by the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce which bestowed on him a lifetime achievement award, acknowledging his business prowess, longevity and community contributions.