Putting children's mental health first


    PETAWAWA, ON, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - Today, RBC presented a $50,000 donation to
support children's mental health programs in the Petawawa community.
    The Phoenix Centre for Children and Families received a gift of $40,000.
"This donation will help develop programs for families dealing with issues
such as deployment to Afghanistan," said Greg Lubimiv, Executive Director of
the Phoenix Centre.
    The Phoenix Centre for Children and Families provides evidence based,
children's mental health related resources for emotionally distressed families
in Renfrew County.
    "We are thrilled with RBC's commitment to this important cause," said
Lieutenant Colonel Bill Moore. "The Phoenix Centre provides a crucial service
to the military community and the new resources from the Royal Bank of Canada
will significantly improve the ability of our families to deal with the
challenges they face."
    A second gift in the amount $10,000, was donated to the Petawawa Public
Library to develop a self-help family resource section which will provide
children, parents and youth with information they can use to improve their
well being.
    "Supporting children's mental health is a key priority for RBC," said Rod
Schaaf, RBC Regional President. "We hope our support will help children in our
communities to overcome obstacles and reach their full potential."

    About RBC Financial Group

    RBC Financial Group (RBC) has been named Canada's Most Respected
Corporation in the category of "Corporate Social Responsibility" for 11
consecutive years in the annual KPMG/Ipsos Reid poll. In addition to having
one of the leading community care programs in Canada, RBC is a founding member
of Imagine Canada, committed to donating at least one per cent of its annual
net income before taxes to charitable causes. In 2005, RBC invested more than
$65 million in communities across North America, including $40.6 million in
donations to charitable organizations and $25 million invested in

For further information:

For further information: please contact: Dano Spooner, Communications
Manager, RBC, Tel: (416) 974-0347; Greg Lubimiv, Executive Director, Phoenix
Centre, Tel: (613) 735-2374 ext.231, Cell: (613) 633-1627

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