HSBC and the Tolerance Foundation working together

MONTREAL, June 18, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Marc Gold, President of the Board of the Tolerance Foundation and Anne Lagacé Dowson, President and Director General of the Tolerance Foundation, are proud to announce the arrival of a new supporter in the battle against bullying and discrimination.

HSBC Bank Canada is donating $50,000 over two years to further the Foundation's work by helping to deliver the Foundation's Tolerance Caravan program.

"We are delighted to support this important cause," said Bill Aubé, Senior Vice President, Head of Commercial Banking for Quebec, the Atlantic and Ottawa Region. "Bullying and discrimination in our schools are issues we hear a lot about and the Tolerance Foundation is doing a great job of providing students with tools to tackle the problem."

The Tolerance Foundation is unique in Canada, and Québec. Based in Montréal, it sends teams of young and dynamic animators into schools across the province, as well as New Brunswick and Ontario. Using interactive workshops and other visual tools they help students develop the awareness and language they need to combat exclusion when they encounter it.

The workshops focus on empathy and the critical importance of activating witnesses, transforming them from bystanders to upstanders.

Each year the Foundation goes into over 80 schools interacting with 30,000 students, in English and French in both public and private schools.

The Foundation is funded by both public and private sources and has a working budget of about three quarters of a million dollars per year.

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About the Tolerance Foundation :
The Tolerance Foundation's mission is to raise awareness among youth about respect for difference in order to build a more just and inclusive society.

About HSBC:
HSBC Bank Canada, a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, is the leading international bank in Canada. With around 7,200 offices in over 80 countries and territories and assets of US$2,556 billion at 31 December 2011, the HSBC Group is one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations.

SOURCE Tolerance Foundation

For further information:

Anne Lagacé Dowson
Présidente et directrice générale // President and Director General
La Fondation de la tolérance  // The Tolerance Foundation
180, boul. René-Lévesque Est, bur. 420 Montréal (Québec) H2X 1N6
T. : 514-842-4848
TC. : 514-842-7557


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