Newfoundland student recognized as TD Community leader

TD Scholarship for Community Leadership 2012 recipient Donovan Taplin recognized for vision, leadership and community spirit

TORONTO, April 3, 2012 /CNW/ - TD Bank Group is recognizing 20 of Canada's most promising students by awarding each of them a 2012 TD Scholarship for Community Leadership. One of the most prestigious merit scholarships in Canada, it is valued at up to $70,000 per student. The scholarship recognizes and supports Canada's emerging leaders, all of whom have demonstrated innovation and initiative while making a difference in their community. Each scholarship recipient exemplifies the best in community leadership from coast to coast.

This year, TD recognized the achievements of Donovan Taplin (Bell Island, NF), a young leader who has inspired environmental awareness across the Atlantic region.

For the 17th consecutive year, TD will contribute more than $1 million towards the recipients' post-secondary tuition and living expenses, along with a guaranteed offer of summer employment at TD for up to four years. Eligible students are in their final year of high school, or CEGEP in Quebec. To date, TD has donated more than $17 million to 340 students.

"We are thrilled to recognize these exceptional students and community leaders with the TD Scholarship for Community Leadership. They offer us a glimpse of our country's bright future," said Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair, TD Bank Group. "TD is proud to support those who make a positive impact in their community."

TD Scholarships for Community Leadership - 2012 Newfoundland Recipient:

In his small town, Donovan Taplin is a champion of community development. After participating in expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic, Donovan started a community environmental group called the Green Island Society.  The group has organized clean-ups, tree plantings, as well as outreach and presentations to local schools on Bell Island. Donovan is leading the revitalization of radio in his community; local radio now provides the community with a conversation platform to engage and address local issues. Donovan is an active member of his student council and works on the St. Michael's Regional High School newspaper. For more information about this year's recipients, as well as eligibility and application details for the TD Scholarships for Community Leadership, visit www.td.com/scholarship.

TD Community Giving

TD invests in communities to make a positive impact where it does business and where our customers, clients and employees live and work. In 2011, TD donated over $66 million to support community organizations in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. In Canada, we focus on Education and Financial Literacy, Creating Opportunities for Young People, and the Environment. For more information, please visit www.td.com/corporateresponsibility.

 

For further information:

Megan Hooper
TD Bank Group
416-982-4725
megan.hooper@td.com       
 
Mary Attard
MSL Group
416-847-1343
mary.attard@mslgroup.com