RBC Insurance, Hockey Canada & Hockey Hall of Fame recognize Port Cartier volunteer

    Quebec's "RBC Local Hockey Leader" awarded $10,000 for hockey in her

    TORONTO, March 6 /CNW/ - France Bédard, a multi-tasking hockey volunteer
in her community, will be recognized in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
    Bédard is this year's RBC Local Hockey Leader for Quebec, one of 13
volunteers (one for each Hockey Canada branch) recognized today by RBC
Insurance, with support from Hockey Canada and the Hockey Hall of Fame. The
winners, who will also receive a signed Team Canada jersey, were chosen from
hundreds of nominations received from across the country.
    "By giving her time to hockey for more than 32 years, at both the local
and the regional level, and having seen two generations develop, one can truly
say that France must be a little crazy about hockey, volunteer work or both,"
said Port Cartier's Claude-Cindy Boies in a nomination essay. "She has served
as a treasurer, governor and coach and has won several volunteer awards."
    RBC Insurance will donate $10,000 to a local hockey cause in Bédard's
name. Bédard is also invited to attend a special ceremony on April 28, 2008,
unveiling a display honouring the 2007-08 RBC Local Hockey Leaders at the
Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. A banner recognizing her achievement will also
be raised in the local arena.
    "RBC Insurance is proud to continue the tradition of recognizing truly
dedicated hockey volunteers like France Bédard," said Neil Skelding, President
and CEO, RBC Insurance. "Hockey is a way of life in many Canadian communities,
and volunteers are the engines that keep it running."
    A panel including National Women's Team member Jennifer Botterill,
National Men's Sledge Hockey Team Captain Jean Labonté, hockey legend Ron
Ellis, Dr Allan Morris, Chairman of the Board for Hockey Canada and regional
Hockey Canada officials selected winners from hundreds of nominations
submitted through the program website. Hard work, dependability, enthusiasm
and leadership were among the criteria considered during the evaluation of
submissions. Over the past four years RBC Insurance has awarded more than
$500,000 to grassroots hockey activities across Canada through the RBC Local
Hockey Leaders program.
    "Every Canadian community has individuals that organize, administer,
fundraise, coach and do whatever it takes to keep hockey vibrant in their
communities," said Bob Nicholson, President, Hockey Canada. "We appreciate
RBC's continued leadership not only in recognizing these volunteers, but also
in providing the funding to replace aging equipment, improve facilities and
generally make hockey more accessible."
    For more information and biographies on all of the RBC Local Hockey
Leaders, please visit www.rbcinsurance.com.

    2008 Regional RBC Local Hockey Leaders:

    Region                     RBC Local Hockey Leader     Community
    Hockey North               Mike Gravel                 Inuvik, NT
    British Columbia           Doug Bondue                 Port Alice, BC
    Alberta                    Garry Wolosinka             Viking, AB
    Saskatchewan               Robert "Sam" Somerville     Eatonia, SK
    Manitoba                   Laurent Kerbrat             St. Laurent, MB
    Ontario                    Angelo Giajnorio            Niagara Falls, ON
    Northwestern Ontario       Russell Desjarlais          Kenora, ON
    Ottawa District            Ron Baker                   Brockville, ON
    Quebec                     France Bédard               Port Cartier, QC
    New Brunswick              Jean Pelletier              Dalhousie, NB
    Nova Scotia                Graham Parker               Middleton, NS
    Prince Edward Island       June Sencabaugh             Murray River, PEI
    Newfoundland & Labrador    Dave Ingram                 Clarenville, NFLD

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For further information: Katie Hammill, (416) 603-9452; Jackie Braden,
Media Relations, RBC, (416) 974-2124

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