Royal Roads University's New "Don't Stop" Campaign Taps Marketplace Realities and Puts Lifelong Learning First

Campaign transforms transit stop into a "don't stop finding inspiration" community bookshelf

VICTORIA, Nov. 24, 2016 /CNW/ - Royal Roads University (RRU) has launched a new campaign that encourages students to become lifelong learners – a concept RRU strongly heralds as key to life and career success, and one that is particularly relevant given today's workplace realities. Focusing on the value of learning how to learn, the "Don't Stop" campaign aims to inspire everyone to keep moving forward in all aspects of their lives, whether through a formal education, in the workplace, or even an inspiring encounter.

"With today's quickly evolving career landscape, students need to develop a mindset that allows them to adapt and change very quickly – they need to become life-learners," said Catherine Riggins, Associate Vice President with Victoria's Royal Roads University. "Our new 'Don't Stop' campaign is rooted in RRU's strong desire to equip today's students for a lifetime of learning – a lifetime where they don't stop learning, succeeding, and contributing to the world around them."

Working with Will Creative, RRU's four week "Don't Stop" campaign makes clever use of print, digital, and out-of-home media – including transforming a transit shelter in Vancouver into a community book share, showing the ability to grow and inspire change in oneself can be as simple as opening up a book. The signage explains: "Don't stop finding inspiration. Take a book or leave a book. Or both." (Click here to watch the inspiring video.)

Another execution at the Vancouver International Airport saw a "Don't Stop" mural created with over 1,400 sticky notes. People were asked to share the things that they hope to keep doing throughout their lives – highlighting the importance of lifelong commitment to personal, professional, and community growth. (Click here to watch the mural video.)

To further the "Don't Stop" message, the stories of eight accomplished alumni are featured throughout the campaign – these are alumni who continue to better themselves and impact the world in exceptional ways.

"Students are in need of fluid knowledge that can adapt and change into the future, as they pursue multiple career paths throughout their lives," said Lisa Lebedovich, Creative Director at Will Creative. "This is what Royal Roads offers, and what our campaign builds on: encouraging people to continually question, discover, evolve and explore, as they keep pushing forward in all areas of their lives."

The "Don't Stop" campaign's message was underpinned by RRU's Career Confidence Survey – a national poll of more than 1,000 employed Canadians (conducted by Ipsos). Notably, the survey confirmed 87 per cent of Canadian agree that life-learning is crucial to career success, further bolstering the campaign's relevance.

Veritas provided PR support to the campaign, with Cossette Media acting as the media buying agency.

"As an academic institution, we recognize that learning can come from anywhere — such as a book found at a transit stop. The key is learning how to be a life-learner…and then don't stop," said Riggins. "We feel our experiential and collaborative approach to education uniquely sets up students for a lifetime of success, no matter what stage of life they are in. With the 'Don't Stop' campaign, we're encouraging individuals to keep moving forward in their career, and in life."

ABOUT WILL
Will is a creative agency that focuses on the development and amplification of brands through a strong strategic sense of purpose and emotional connection. Launched in Oct 2014, Will employs 17 full time staff in their Vancouver office, and works across most major industries. Clients include: Nature's Path Foods, Royal Roads University, lululemon, B.A. Robinson, HSBC Canada Sevens, Canada Games Council, Freestyle Canada, Hootsuite, BCLC, WCLC, Ivanhoe Cambridge, Wilson School of Design at KPU, Thompson Rivers University, Live Nation, BrandLive, Eminence, Onni and Trust Hospitality.

ABOUT ROYAL ROADS UNIVERSITY
Royal Roads University is like no other in Canada. The campus is unparalleled: situated amidst old-growth forest on a 227-hectare ocean-side parkland, it has a 100-year-old castle as its centerpiece. In contrast, the university's 21st-Century programs are dedicated to providing first-class graduate education to professionals, and to offering intensive undergraduate degree completion programs in professional fields. For more information on the University - including degrees, admissions, the campus, research projects, news and our alumni, please visit: www.royalroads.ca.

SOURCE Royal Roads University

Video with caption: "Video: Royal Roads University's "Don’t Stop” campaign transforms a transit stop into a free community bookshelf, surprising Vancouver commuters with an encouraging message: "Don’t stop finding inspiration. Take a book or leave a book. Or both.” The innovative out-of-home media execution illustrates the campaign's key focus: learning how to be a life-learner — and then not stopping — is crucial for career and life success.". Video available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Su-iDSIAX1Q

Image with caption: "Royal Roads University's "Don’t Stop” campaign transforms a transit stop into a free community bookshelf, surprising Vancouver commuters with an encouraging message: "Don’t stop finding inspiration. Take a book or leave a book. Or both.” The innovative out-of-home media execution illustrates the campaign's key focus: learning how to be a life-learner — and then not stopping — is crucial for career and life success. (CNW Group/Royal Roads University)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20161124_C1673_PHOTO_EN_825594.jpg



For further information: Brendan Bailey, bailey@veritasinc.com, 604-340-2440


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