RBC recognizes Scouts Canada volunteer as its first Ottawa Torchbearer

    OTTAWA, June 1 /CNW/ - John James, RBC's first Ottawa Torchbearer, has
pledged to create a stronger community through continuing his volunteer
efforts with Scouts Canada by helping young adults grow and become leaders.
    "I think that all athletes are amazing. It is inspiring to see how
athletes push themselves to be the best they can be. The Olympic Games
embodies this spirit and I'd like to thank RBC for giving me the chance to be
a part of the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay," said John James. "Helping youth is
critical - they need support as they go through major life changes. I am happy
that being selected as a torchbearer will allow me to get this important
message out to the country."
    James is entering his tenth year of volunteering with Scouts Canada and
works with youth aged 18 to 26. As the father of a three-year-old daughter, he
is committed to helping youth and working with his community to provide
support and guidance to the adults of tomorrow.
    "We are pleased to announce John James as our first Ottawa Torchbearer
and recognize the contribution his pledge will make to creating an even better
Canada," said Rod Schaaf, regional president, Ontario North and East, RBC.
"Anyone can be part of the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. We encourage Ottawa to
share in this thrill of a lifetime by entering our contest at
rbc.com/carrythetorch to be a torchbearer and win the ultimate Olympic
    RBC will award over 2,300 Olympic Torchbearer spots through this contest
which closes July 15, 2009. To enter, pledge to create a better Canada at
    Approximately 12,000 Canadians will carry the flame across the country at
their own pace with millions more cheering and supporting them. Applicants
will be asked to select where in Canada they want to carry the Olympic Flame.
Torchbearer applicants must be a resident of Canada, aged 13 or older. Full
contest rules and regulations are available on the website at

For further information:

For further information: Lauren Raley, Communications Advisor, Ontario
North and East Region, (416) 313-6496, lauren.raley@rbc.com

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