Launch of Vancouver Foundation's Smart & Caring Communities Initiative with special guest, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada

VANCOUVER, June 3, 2013 /CNW/ - Vancouver Foundation will announce a major new community outreach initiative and funding program on Tuesday, June 4, in response to His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada's call for Canadians to build a more "smart and caring" nation leading up to Canada's 150th birthday in 2017.

The June 4 event will feature presentations by:

  • His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada
  • Ian Bird, President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Foundations of Canada
  • Gordon MacDougall, Chair, Vancouver Foundation
  • Faye Wightman, President and CEO, Vancouver Foundation
  • Andrea Reimer, Councillor, City of Vancouver

Date:   Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Time:  Media Registration - 9:00 a.m.  -  9:15 a.m.
The Governor General arrives at 9:30 a.m. 
Presentations - 9:30 a.m.  -  11:00 a.m.
Location:  Alice MacKay Room, Library Square Conference Centre
350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC

Presenters will be available for media interviews immediately following the event.

About Vancouver Foundation
With almost 1,500 funds and assets totaling $814 million, Vancouver Foundation is Canada's largest community foundation.  In 2012, Vancouver Foundation and its donors made more than 4,000 grants, totaling approximately $46 million to registered charities across Canada.  Since it was founded in 1943, Vancouver Foundation, in partnership with its donors, has distributed more than $917 million to thousands of community projects and programs. Grant recipients range from social services to medical research groups, to organizations devoted to arts and culture, the environment, education, children and families, disability supports for employment, youth issues and animal welfare.

SOURCE: Vancouver Foundation

For further information:

Martin Livingston
Vancouver Foundation Communications
604-629-5184   martin.livingston@vancouverfoundation.ca 
www.vancouverfoundation.ca