Q: Tell us about the RBC Queen Bees – are you long-time participants?
Q&A with team captain Patti Perry
A: We have some team members who have been around from the beginning. RBC has participated in the event every year but one.
Q: What motivated you to participate?
A: The number of colleagues I have had over the years who have been affected by breast cancer. Two years ago at our practice night, as we were paddling back to the wharf, a friend and colleague who is a survivor stopped us and gave a heartfelt speech about what it meant to her that we supported this event. It was that moment that I told myself I would continue to lead this team as long as I am able.
Q: What did it mean to your team to win the first-ever Dragon’s Lair in 2016?
A: Being in the Dragon’s Lair allowed us to spend the day together with not only teammates but with the family and friends who came to support. It was a real honour to be in the comfort of the Lair.
Q: Did you add any special fundraising challenges to boost your chances of winning?
A: Our team’s excitement and enthusiasm over the last few days before the event was certainly something to be proud of. The communications between the team members challenged everyone to push just a little harder. It was a race to the finish and our biggest supporter, RBC Foundation, pushed us over the top.
Q: Will the Queen Bees compete for the Lair again this year?
A: Absolutely – our goal is to rename the Lair to “The Bee Hive”!