RBC Rewards GTA's "Local Heroes" with Donations

    RBC Continues to Commit During Tough Times with Community Celebration

    TORONTO, June 26 /CNW/ - Community groups throughout the GTA were the
winners this week, after RBC announced more than $1.5 million in donations and
charitable support. The announcements were made as part of RBC's national
Community Celebration Week, a week-long effort from July 21-27 to recognize
and celebrate "local heroes": groups or individuals who are helping to create
a better Canada.
    The RBC Foundation has now donated $4.8 million to 224 groups in the GTA
this year. The gifts will help numerous local groups make a difference in
their communities in areas such as children's mental health, emerging artists
and youth at risk.
    "It important to take the time to honour and celebrate the efforts of
Canadians - big and small - that make a difference in our community and create
a better future for us all," said Jennifer Tory, RBC Regional President,
Greater Toronto Region. "RBC is proud to support and nurture efforts to build
strong, healthy communities year-round. As one of Canada's largest corporate
donors, we take seriously our responsibility to lead through the sharing of
our expertise, ideas, time and financial resources."
    As part of Community Celebration Week, RBC Royal Bank branches across
Canada also invited members of the community to recognize their own "local
heroes" on Recognition Walls and make a personal pledge to create a better
Canada at www.carrythetorch.com. RBC employees across the region "lent a hand"
by volunteering and fundraising for even more "local heroes".
    "Community Celebration Week gives us all the perfect opportunity to
recognize some of the people who make a difference and inspire us all to
create a better future for our families, our communities and our country,"
Tory said.

    GTA "Local Heroes" Recognized with Donations include:

    -   AWIC Community Social Services
    -   Big Brothers Big Sisters York
    -   Big Brothers Big Sisters Toronto
    -   Big Brothers Big Sisters, Peel
    -   Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ajax-Pickering
    -   Brampton Arts Council
    -   Brampton Neighbourhood Resource Centre
    -   Casey House
    -   Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
    -   City of Toronto Mural Program at Harbourfront
    -   Covenant House
    -   Delisle Youth Services
    -   Dorothy Ley Hospice
    -   Easter Seals
    -   Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women
    -   Eva's Satellite
    -   Gilda's Club - Camp in the City
    -   Habitat for Humanity York
    -   Habitat for Humanity Mississauga
    -   Heart Touching Heart Ministries, The DAM - After School Drop-In
    -   Markham Stouffville Hospital
    -   McMichael Canadian Art Collection
    -   National Ballet of Canada and National Ballet School - YOU Dance
    -   Ontario Science Centre - Super Mondays Program
    -   Project Work, Job Retention & Retraining
    -   Providence Health Centre Foundation
    -   Rouge Valley Health System Foundation
    -   Scarborough Women's Centre
    -   Second Harvest
    -   Soulpepper Theatre Company
    -   South Asian Family Support Services of Scarborough
    -   Tafelmusik, Baroque Summer Institute
    -   Toronto Children's Chorus
    -   Toronto Zoo Foundation
    -   Ukrainian Canadian Centre
    -   Vaughan Health Care
    -   Yonge Street Mission
    -   Yorktown Child & Family Centre
    -   Youth Employment Services
    -   YWCA Toronto

    GTA "Local Heroes" Recognized by RBC Employee Fundraising and Volunteer

    -   More than $180,000 raised for the Hospital for Sick Children, in the
        22nd annual RBC/SickKids Walkathon
    -   $75,000 for Rouge Valley Health System Foundation during "Give from
        the Heart to Save a Heart" campaign to purchase three ECG machines
    -   Toronto Regional Conservation Authority (Kortright Centre)
    -   Daily Bread Food Bank
    -   Second Harvest
    -   Boys and Girls Club of Peel
    -   Brampton Neighbourhood Resource Centre
    -   Greenbriar Recreation Centre
    -   Horizons for Youth
    -   Woodgreen Community Services
    -   Foodshare Toronto
    -   Markham Museum
    -   Peel Children's Aid
    -   ... and many more

    About RBC Community Celebration Week:

    From June 21st to the 27th, RBC will be celebrating those committed to
making their community a better place to live. As one of Canada's largest
corporate donors, RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives, through
donations, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. RBC believes in
building prosperity by contributing to the communities in which we live and
work. In 2008, RBC contributed more than $99 million to community causes
worldwide. As a founding member of Imagine Canada, RBC is committed to
donating at least one per cent of our average annual net income before taxes.

For further information:

For further information: Judy Dobbs, Director, Communications - Greater
Toronto Region, (416) 974-3178, judy.dobbs@rbc.com

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