In 1991, John Digby joined RBC Royal Bank. Now, with over 37 years in financial services, he has become very knowledgeable about retail, business services, and the real estate industry. But what John is most passionate about is giving back to others in his community.
Recipient of the 2017 RBC Global Citizenship Award, John has been actively involved in Brampton and Mississauga since the mid-1970s. John currently serves on the board of the Rotary Club of Brampton, where he has been a member for over 20 years. John also serves as a Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Peel Children’s Aid Foundation.
One of the things that John enjoys most is being able to participate in and fundraise for initiatives such as the Ride to Conquer Cancer, RBC Run for Kids, United Way, Peel Memorial Hospital Foundation, Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Easter Seals of Canada, Canadian Cancer Society, JDRF, MS Society of Ontario, and Junior Achievement Peel. In addition, John has been coaching youth and adult soccer in Brampton and Toronto since 1980. He is also very active in his church.
John believes that everyone has the ability to make a difference in the world by giving back in whatever ways we can (through time, finances, building personal connections, etc.), and he demonstrates this to those around him by the way that he gives back to his community. He always wants to encourage others to do the same, and would advise anyone who thinks that they aren’t able to do enough to remember that life is like a marathon—it’s not about comparing yourself to others, but about achieving your personal best.
Now, John is going to push himself to do just that by stepping out of his comfort zone and onto the dance floor. While the opportunity to participate in and create and awareness of Community Foundation of Mississauga’s work excites John, he is scared by the thought of having to do something for which he has never had formal training. However, his passion for the foundation and their work has inspired him to try something new, and he is looking forward to learning how to dance from a professional instructor. Up until this point, his only dance experience has been at weddings, parties, and other events, where he loves to have a good time with his wife, Patricia. Although he is not a dancer, John loves to bike, run, and play sports, and he is hoping that his athleticism will help him to become a pro.
John has always admired Latin dancers, and would love to be able to perfect his salsa skills through this experience. However, what matters most to him is that he gets the chance to share this experience with others and invite them to join him in supporting the work that Community Foundation of Mississauga is doing in and for the community.