Richard T. Lee, MLA for Burnaby North, presents a 2014 Child Care Award
of Excellence to the Company at its global headquarters on May 30
BURNABY, BC, May 30, 2014 /CNW/ - Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (NYSE and
TSX: RBA), the world's largest industrial auctioneer, has been awarded
a 2014 Child Care Award of Excellence for its in-house child care
facility at its global headquarters in Burnaby, B.C. The Company is one
of 15 child-care providers, organizations and a municipality to be
recognized by the Ministry of Children and Family Development for its
outstanding work on behalf of B.C. children and families. Ritchie Bros.
is being recognized under the category of "Innovation", which
recognizes individuals and/or organizations providing service
innovation in a non-traditional setting. MLA Richard T. Lee (for
Burnaby North) presented the award to the Company at its Burnaby
headquarters on Friday, May 30.
"On behalf of the Province and the Minister of Children and Family
Development I am very pleased to present this award to Ritchie Bros
Auctioneers for the commitment and dedication it has shown towards its
employees and towards our youngest learners in B.C.," said MLA Richard
T. Lee. "Ritchie Bros. deserves our sincere thanks and special
The Ritchie Bros. Corporate Child Care facility was opened in September
2009 when the Company moved into its newly-constructed LEED-Gold
certified building in Burnaby, B.C. The facility is licensed to care
for 59 children, and child care fees are partly subsidized by the
Company. The education curriculum offers a mix of early childhood
development programs and techniques, including Montessori, Reggio
Emilia and traditional early learning methods.
"When we were designing this building several years ago and thinking
about what features it should have we knew we wanted a child care
facility, but I don't think we could've ever imagined what a great
success it has been," said Peter Blake, CEO, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers.
"Ritchie Bros. is a family-centric company, you can feel it in the
building. I love coming downstairs to our cafeteria and seeing parents
eating lunch with their kids from the child care. It really adds to the
atmosphere. It's a great honour to win this award and would like to
sincerely thank MLA Richard T. Lee for coming to visit us."
The 5,000-square-foot (465-m²) child care facility features large
classrooms, child-sized bathrooms and furniture as well as two outdoor
playgrounds designed by Paul Dirks (architect of the Vancouver Olympic
Village). Outdoor facilities also include gardens and variety of
different types of vegetation.
"You don't see many facilities like this. Having an in-house child care
is very innovative and hugely beneficial for employees," said Christine
Clements, Corporate Child Care Director, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers
Child Care Programs. "As early childhood educators we are committed to
providing top quality care by building strong relationships with
children and their families and by providing them the experiences they
need to grow and learn in a safe and clean environment. For us, it's a
great honour just to be part of the Ritchie Bros. family and we would
like to thank them for providing this wonderful facility for their
To see photos of the child care facility and MLA Richard T. Lee's visit
to Ritchie Bros.' global headquarters, visit www.rbauction.com/photos.
About Ritchie Bros.
Established in 1958, Ritchie Bros. (NYSE and TSX: RBA) is the world's
largest seller of used equipment for the construction, transportation,
agriculture, material handling, energy, mining, forestry, marine and
other industries. Ritchie Bros. TM solutions make it easy for the world's builders to buy and sell
equipment with confidence, including live unreserved public auctions
with on-site and online bidding (rbauction.com), the EquipmentOneTM secure online marketplace (EquipmentOne.com), a professional corporate asset management program, and a range of
value-added services, including equipment financing for customers
through Ritchie Bros. Financial Services (rbauctionfinance.com). Ritchie Bros. has operations in more than 25 countries, including 44
auction sites worldwide. Learn more at RitchieBros.com.
SOURCE: Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers
For further information:
Ian Malinski, Corporate Communications Lead, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers
Phone: +1.778.331.5432 | Email: CorpComm@rbauction.com