TD Bank Group donates $2.5 million to Frontier College as part of continuing long-term commitment to literacy in Aboriginal communities

Gift will expand Aboriginal Summer Literacy Camps program to 110 communities across Canada

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VANCOUVER, June 15, 2015 /CNW/ - More Aboriginal children in communities across Canada will now be able to access an expanded Aboriginal Summer Literacy Camps program, thanks to a landmark $2.5 million donation made by TD Bank Group to Frontier College at an event today in East Vancouver. The gift was announced by Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair, TD Bank Group and Wayne Gretzky, TD Brand Ambassador.

TD's donation represents it long-standing commitment to supporting children's literacy initiatives and is one of the many ways TD is strengthening the communities in which we live and work. Today's gift to Frontier College is one of the largest community donations TD has made to date to a single organization and is the largest in support of youth literacy and the Aboriginal community.

"I'm passionate about literacy and I've advocated for it to become a national priority, with greater investment in making sure our youth today and future generations have the skills they need to keep Canada prosperous," said Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair, TD Bank Group. "I am proud TD has chosen to help Frontier College expand its highly successful Summer Literacy Camps program because we know kids want to read and this program gives them a better opportunity to do so."

"Frontier College is grateful for the significant commitment from TD to the First Nations, Métis and Inuit children participating in the Summer Literacy Camps. This support means more children can build their literacy and numeracy skills over the summer months, while engaging in traditional community-based activities, preparing them for the school year," said Sherry Campbell, President and CEO, Frontier College.

TD's long-term partnership with Frontier College goes back more than 30 years, representing a total contribution of more than $4 million. TD began supporting the Summer Literacy Camps program for the first time in 2011. Today's gift will expand the program so it will be available in 110 First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities from coast to coast to coast this summer.

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 2014, TD donated over $82 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, visit www.td.com/corporateresponsibility.

About Frontier College
Frontier College is Canada's original literacy organization. Founded in 1899, this non-profit organization recruits and trains volunteers to deliver literacy programs to children, youth and adults in communities across the country. Frontier College helps Canadians improve their literacy and increase their opportunities. We believe literacy is a right. For more information, visit www.frontiercollege.ca 

SOURCE TD Bank Group

Image with caption: "TD made a $2.5 million donation to Frontier College on Monday in Vancouver to help the organization expand its Aboriginal Summer Literacy Camps program. The gift announcement was made by Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair, TD Bank Group and Wayne Gretzky, TD Brand Ambassador. (CNW Group/TD Bank Group)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150615_C9604_PHOTO_EN_43519.jpg

For further information:

Jeff Meerman
TD Bank Group
604-654-0324
jeff.meerman@td.com
@TDNews_Canada

Meredith Roberts
Frontier College
416-923-3591 ext. 324
mroberts@frontiercollege.ca
@FrontierCollege


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