RBC invests $145,800 in northern B.C. communities

    Support directed to 10 charities throughout the region in 2007

    VANCOUVER, Dec. 21 /CNW/ - RBC donated $145,800 to 10 charities in
northern B.C. in 2007 as part of its commitment to enhance the economic and
social well-being of the communities where it operates. Grants ranging in size
from $5,000 to $50,000 were given to non-profit organizations to support
everything from children's literacy and health care programs to after-school
learning initiatives.
    "RBC is proud to support the work that charities throughout northern B.C.
are doing to enhance the quality of life in the region," said Dale Freschi,
RBC regional vice president, B.C. north. "RBC is committed to making a lasting
social impact through responsible philanthropy and by building strong
partnerships with the charitable sector."
    In order to help organizations make a real difference in the community
and to the people served, RBC focuses its support on a limited number of
critical community needs: education, health, social services, arts and
culture, civic and environment.
    RBC invested more than $42 million with charities in hundreds of
communities in 2006, making it a leading corporate donor in North America. RBC
also recently announced the creation of the RBC Blue Water Project(TM), an
innovative 10-year, $50 million grant program to support projects dedicated to
water conservation, watershed protection, access to clean drinking water, and
other water-related issues in Canada and around the world.
    Non-profit organizations interested in applying for an RBC grant are
encouraged to visit our website at

    The following organizations in northern B.C. received grants in 2007:

    Prince George

    -   University of Northern BC - $50,000
    -   Advanced Coronary Treatment Foundation of Canada - $20,000
    -   Cerebral Palsy Association of Prince George and District - $10,000
    -   Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation - $5,000
    -   Prince George Parent-Child Mother Goose Society - $5,000


    -   City of Terrace - $10,000


    -   Mackenzie Counselling Services Society - $7,500

    Burns Lake

    -   College of New Caledonia - $20,000


    -   Smithers Community Services Association - $13,300


    -   Houston Link to Learning - $5,000

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For further information: John Groves, Tel: (604) 668-2651

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