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Remembering Barb Schlegel

Mar 11, 2022 | Media

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Barb Schlegel.  She was a driven, energetic woman who radiated warmth, and was passionate about making the world a better place for older adults.  Barb was a strong supporter of the RIA, and we will miss her greatly. 

Barb and her husband of 58 years, Ron Schlegel, along with their three sons James, Brad and Rob, have given generously to drive research and innovation in aging. The family’s philanthropy enabled the RIA to open its doors in 2005 and has continued to support our mission to enhance care and quality of life for older adults in our community, our country and beyond. Most recently, Barb and Ron presented the RIA with a $6M cheque in June 2021 to add critical capacity to the RIA’s home base at the Centre of Excellence for Innovation in Aging.  

“I had the great pleasure of meeting Barb Schlegel early on in my time at the RIA,” said Tina Mah, executive director of the RIA. “She was kind, exuded positive energy, and encouraged me to continue the important work of the RIA. We are forever grateful for her support of the RIA and our hearts are with the Schlegel family at this difficult time.”

Barb gave generously of her time and talent to her community, and for all those that knew her, she was a bright light at every gathering. We send heartfelt condolences to the Schlegel family, and will forever be inspired by Barb’s drive and passion. 

To learn more about Barb and her legacy, Barb’s obituary is available online.  

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