TD announces significant gift in support of literacy in Aboriginal communities with Frontier College

WINNIPEG, June 26, 2013 /CNW/ - TD Bank Group, a long-time proponent of children's literacy programs across Canada announced today a $100,000 donation in support of Frontier College's Aboriginal Summer Literacy Camps. Clint Davis, Vice President, Aboriginal Banking, TD Bank Group was joined by Frontier College Manager Rhonda Taylor and Frontier College Camp Coordinator, Brad Clearsky at the Canad Inns Destination Centre Transcona in Winnipeg to make the announcement.

The national camps, which provide fun, interactive literacy programming for youth aim to minimize summer reading loss, which can occur if children don't continue building their reading and writing skills during the summer break from school. Established in 2005, the camps have grown from 5 to more than 80 camps operating in Manitoba, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick.

"A recent report by TD Economics in support of National Aboriginal Day, revealed that there are many barriers to Aboriginal peoples improving their literacy including geographic location," said Clint Davis, Vice President, Aboriginal Banking, TD Bank Group. "With many from the community living in rural and remote locations, formal training and higher education is almost non-existent. So we are extremely proud to support these programs offered by Frontier College that provide access and opportunity to bettering literacy in Aboriginal communities across the country."

Frontier College President Sherry Campbell is proud of this association with TD Bank Group. "TD has been supporting Frontier College for over 30 years, and with this latest contribution, we will be able to reach more youth and children in the Aboriginal communities across Canada and continue to evolve our programs to fit the needs of our participants for years to come."

To read the executive summary or full TD Economics report - Literacy Matters: Unlocking the Literacy Potential of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, please go to www.td.com/economics filed under June 20, 2013.

About Frontier College

Frontier College is Canada's original literacy organization. Founded in 1899, this charitable 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 that literacy is a right. www.frontiercollege.ca

TD Community Giving

TD Bank Group invests in communities in order to effect positive change in the places where it operates and where its clients and employees live and work. In 2012, TD donated over $65 million to support community organizations in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. In Canada, TD focuses on education and financial literacy, creating opportunities for young people and the environment. For further information, please visit www.td.com/corporate-responsibility.

SOURCE: Frontier College

For further information:

Abby Robins
Director of Communications, Frontier College
arobins@frontiercollege.ca
Office: 416-923-3591 ext. 378
Cell: 416-277-3340

Tashlin Hirani
TD Bank Group
Tashlin.hirani@td.com
416-982-3375

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