RBC Employees are 'Putting Communities First' in York Region June 18-24



    NEWMARKET, ON, June 14 /CNW/ - RBC employees will help build stronger
communities June 18-24 in York Region by volunteering with Habitat for
Humanity and fundraising for the York Central Hospital and the planned Vaughan
Hospital.
    "Putting Communities FIRST is a week-long celebration of RBC's commitment
to the communities in which our employees live and work," said Jennifer Tory,
RBC Regional President, Greater Toronto Region.
    The volunteer efforts of RBC branch and commercial banking employees,
combined with community donations by the RBC Foundation, will mean almost
$2.6 million will be contributed to community organizations in the GTA.

    Look for these and other Putting Communities FIRST activities in York
Region throughout the week:

    
    -  June 19 & 20 - RBC employees will volunteer at the Newmarket Habitat
       for Humanity ReStore, carrying out a spring cleaning and organizing
       the store's inventory

    -  All week, RBC branches in Bolton, Concord, Kleinburg, Maple and
       Woodbridge will be selling cute stuffed toys to raise funds for the
       planned Vaughan Hospital. Branches in Richmond Hill will be selling $2
       wrist bands and lapel pins June 18-29 to raise funds for York Central
       Hospital's chemotherapy clinic opening later this year.

    -  Friday June 22 - All 33 RBC branches in York Region will join branches
       across Canada to host a nation-wide First For You customer
       appreciation day. Employees will be hosting special in-branch
       activities and serving refreshments to thank clients for their
       business

    -  Saturday, June 23 - Five of RBC's newest branches in York Region
       (located in Newmarket, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Thornhill) will invite
       the public to celebrate their grand opening with free refreshments and
       activities for the whole family
    

    "RBC is proud to be part of the community all year, and this week, we
will be thanking everyone in the community for the work they do to make it a
better place to live. Putting Communities FIRST is a way we can show our
commitment to our clients, our neighbourhoods, and our employees," said Maria
Bosnjak, Regional Vice President, York South.
    Almost 5,000 RBC branch and commercial banking employees in York region
and across the GTA will each receive a $20 gift card to donate to the charity
of their choice using the on-line charity portal www.canadahelps.org
    "It's our way of saying thank you to our employees and help them
contribute to stronger neighbourhoods," noted Jeff Boyd, Regional Vice
President, York North/Vaughan.
    RBC is proud to support hundreds of community organizations in the GTA.
In 2006, RBC invested over $6.5 million in more than 182 community projects in
the GTA through charitable organizations.

    About RBC

    RBC believes in building prosperity by contributing to the communities in
which we live and work. We are now one of Canada's largest corporate donors,
and we support a broad range of community initiatives, through donations,
sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2006 RBC contributed more
than $83 million to community causes worldwide. As a founding member of
Imagine Canada, RBC is committed to donating at least one per cent of our
average annual net income before taxes.




For further information:

For further information: Alexis Mantell, Communications Manager, Greater
Toronto Region, (416) 974-4796, alexis.mantell@rbc.com


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