RBC invests $267,500 in Vancouver Island communities



    Support directed to 32 charities throughout the region in 2007

    VANCOUVER, Dec. 21 /CNW/ - RBC donated $267,500 to 32 charities on
Vancouver Island 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 $35,000 were given to non-profit organizations to support
everything from student entrepreneur and eldercare programs to community
theatre initiatives.
    "RBC is proud to support the work that charities throughout Vancouver
Island are doing to enhance the quality of life in the region," said Debora
Linehan, RBC regional vice president, Vancouver Island, south.
    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 Mark Lovick, RBC regional vice president, Vancouver Island, north.
    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 on Vancouver Island received grants in 2007:

    
    Victoria

      -  Entrepreneurial Learning Foundation - $2,000
      -  Rock Solid Foundation - $5,000
      -  Greater Victoria Hospitals Foundation - $15,000
      -  Queen Alexandra Foundation for Children - $10,000
      -  BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities - $5,000
      -  Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Victoria - $10,000
      -  Burnside Gorge Community Association - $10,000
      -  Fairfield Activity Centre Society - $4,000
      -  Greater Victoria Eldercare Foundation - $5,000
      -  Habitat for Humanity - $10,000
      -  Mount St. Mary Foundation - $5,000
      -  Power To Be Adventure - $5,000
      -  Victoria Society for Educational Alternatives - $5,000
      -  Victoria Women's Sexual Assault Centre - $5,000
      -  Ballet Victoria Society - $5,000
      -  Belfry Theatre Society - $5,000
      -  Victoria Symphony Society - $5,000

    Nanaimo

      -  Malaspina University-College Foundation - $25,000
      -  School District No.68 - $4,000
      -  Nanaimo Arts Alive Summer School of the Fine Arts Society - $2,500
      -  Nanaimo Art Gallery Society - $5,000
      -  Vancouver Island Symphony - $5,000

    Courtenay/Comox

      -  Showcase Festival Society - $5,000
      -  Habitat for Humanity - $5,000
      -  The Corporation of the City of Courtenay - $10,000

    Duncan

      -  Cowichan District Hospital Foundation - $10,000
      -  Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association - $5,000

    Campbell River

      -  Campbell River Hospital Foundation - $7,000
      -  Laichwiltach Family Life Society - $8,000

    Powell River

      -  Powell River General Hospital Foundation - $25,000
      -  Powell River Academy of Music - $5,000

    Tofino

      -  Wickaninnish Community School - $35,000

    




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