Special Event - Celebrating the Impact of BMO Financial Group

Amanda Hancox, Piotr Biernat, Nada Ristich, DTRC Board Chair Garry Neil, DTRC Development Manager Rachel Nolan National Ballet of Canada Principal Dancer Aleksandar Antonijevic presented Ms. Ristich with one of his beautiful photographs.


To celebrate the generosity of BMO Financial Group and its Director of Corporate Donations Nada Ristich, the DTRC held a special reception on April 2nd in Toronto. Former Board member Beverly Creed graciously hosted the event at her home, giving dancers, and DTRC Board and Staff an opportunity to thank Ms. Ristich and BMO personally for their support.

“BMO Financial Group has been an extraordinary support for the DTRC’s work. Their corporate responsibility is based on working in partnership with the not-for-profit sector to reinvest in communities and effect change. And what a change their “reinvestment” has made in the lives of transitioning dancers! BMO’s support extends to the complete career cycle of a professional dancer, as they have also been a major sponsor of our ‘on the MOVE’ program for emerging artists,” said DTRC ED Amanda Hancox.

Piotr Biernat, the event’s guest speaker, gave an impassioned speech about his current studies in Architectural Technology, and the supporting role that the DTRC played throughout his transition. Piotr has danced with many celebrated artists and companies, including Danny Grossman, Peter Chin, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Mocean Dance, Kaeja d’Dance, and CORPUS. “It was scary to go back to school after so many years,” said Piotr. “Having help from the DTRC was a meaningful opportunity and I felt honoured and obligated to do well. It was easy knowing that I had such outstanding support behind my new dream, not only financially but also psychologically.”

The DTRC is especially grateful for the expertise and thoughtful guidance it received from Ms. Ristich. “Ms. Ristich has an extraordinary understanding of the potential that dancers have to excel in a career beyond dance,” said Amanda. “It is clear that she truly cares about the individual artist – their present and their future – and that is a great gift to the DTRC and to all dancers. I can’t imagine a more knowledgeable and supportive partner for the DTRC. We are truly blessed.”


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