Media Advisory: Vancouver Tech Students Strike Gold Thanks to the Duke of Edinburgh's Award

    VANCOUVER, June 3 /CNW/ - His Royal Highness, The Prince Edward Earl of
Wessex, will be presenting 36 students from Vancouver Technical Secondary
School (VTSS) with gold awards for their achievements pursuing The Duke of
Edinburgh's Award programme. The programme encourages young people aged 14-25
to reach personally-established goals in four areas: community service, skills
development, physical recreation and adventurous journey.
    All 36 VTSS students receiving gold awards are a part of the TD
Waterhouse Investing in Youth Initiative that helps raise awareness of the
programme and ensures youth at risk and youth with disabilities have the
opportunity to participate. Since its debut five years ago, TD Waterhouse has
pledged over $700,000 to bring the Investing in Youth Initiative to nine
Canadian cities resulting in a dramatic increase in the number of youth taking
part and succeeding in the programme.

    WHAT:   36 Vancouver Technical Secondary School will be receiving gold
            awards from HRH The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, recognizing
            the students for their achievements pursuing the Duke of
            Edinburgh's Award.

    WHO:    HRH, The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex

            36 Gold Award recipients from Vancouver Technical Secondary

            Jim Kershaw, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager,
            TD Waterhouse Private Investment Advice, Western Canada and
            Vice President of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award British Columbia
            & Yukon Division

    WHEN:   Thursday, June 4, 2009
            2:15 pm: Arrival of HRH, The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
            2:30 pm: Awards ceremony

    WHERE:  Vancouver Technical Secondary School
            2600 East Broadway
            Vancouver, B.C.

            Media are welcome to attend the event at 2:00 pm to take
            photographs or footage from the event floor. Following the
            ceremony at 3:00 pm, there will be the opportunity to meet with
            event participants, gold award achievers and representatives and
            sponsors of the programme.

For further information:

For further information: To RSVP or for more information please contact:
Meghan Thomas, TD Bank Financial Group, (416) 944-4151,;
On-site contact on June 4: Aurora Bonin, TD Bank Financial Group, (604)

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