RBC invests $134,000 in Thompson-Okanagan communities



    Support directed to 12 charities throughout the region in 2007

    VANCOUVER, Dec. 21 /CNW/ - RBC donated $134,000 to 12 charities in the
Thompson-Okanagan in 2007 as part of its commitment to enhance the economic
and social well-being of the communities where it operates. Grants ranging in
size from $2,000 to $40,000 were given to non-profit organizations to support
everything from literacy programs and new hospital equipment to community
theatre initiatives.
    "RBC is proud to support the work that charities throughout the
Thompson-Okanagan are doing to enhance the quality of life in the region,"
said Brian Simkins, RBC regional vice president, B.C. Interior.
    In order to help organizations make a real difference in the community
and to the people served, RBC focuses its support on a limited number of
critical community needs: education, health, social services, arts and
culture, civic and environment.
    "RBC is committed to making a lasting social impact through responsible
philanthropy and by building strong partnerships with the charitable sector,"
said Karen Borring-Olsen, RBC regional vice president, Okanagan.
    RBC invested more than $42 million with charities in hundreds of
communities in 2006, making it a leading corporate donor in North America. RBC
also recently announced the creation of the RBC Blue Water Project(TM), an
innovative 10-year, $50 million grant program to support projects dedicated to
water conservation, watershed protection, access to clean drinking water, and
other water-related issues in Canada and around the world.
    The following organizations in the Thompson-Okanagan received grants in
2007:

    
    Okanagan

    -   Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation - $10,000
    -   Vernon and District performing Arts Centre Society - $2,000
    -   Kelowna General Hospital - $25,000
    -   Kelowna Visual and Performing Arts Centre Society - $5,000
    -   Penticton Seniors Recreation and Wellness Society - $5,000
    -   South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation - $10,000

    Kamloops

    -   Kamloops Boys and Girls Club - $40,000
    -   Kamloops Laubach Literacy Council Association - $2,000
    -   Royal Inland Hospital Foundation - $15,000
    -   Interior Community Services - $10,000
    -   Kamloops Brain Injury Association - $5,000
    -   Western Canada Theatre Company Society - $5,000
    





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