Toronto youth benefit from TD Waterhouse investment in The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

    Students at North Albion Collegiate Institute hear from HRH, The Prince
    Edward, Earl of Wessex

    TORONTO, June 5 /CNW/ - TD Waterhouse's Investing in Youth initiative has
helped young Torontonians gain access to The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Young
Canadians Challenge. Today, at North Albion Collegiate Institute, students
will be hearing directly from His Royal Highness, The Prince Edward, Earl of
Wessex about the Award and the benefits that come to those who accept the
    Designed to increase awareness of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme
and its benefits to urban communities, TD Waterhouse's Investing in Youth
initiative ensures the Awards programme is made available, without barriers,
to all youth in Canada.
    The TD Waterhouse initiative provides funding for the employment of Field
Officers who introduce the Award to communities as well as engage and offer
support to participants. Over the past three years TD Waterhouse has pledged
$700,000 to take the Investing in Youth initiative to nine Canadian cities to
ensure inner-city and disadvantaged youth are able to participate.
    "This initiative strives to aid Canadian youth in developing key life
skills and experiences while fostering their personal growth and achievement,"
said Ian Somerville, Branch Manager, TD Waterhouse. "We want to provide access
to the Duke of Edinburgh Award to youth who might not otherwise have this
terrific opportunity."
    The Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme is open to Canadians between the
ages of 14 and 25 regardless of circumstance or ability. Participants achieve
the Award by attaining personally established goals in community service,
skills development (covering almost any hobby, skill or interest), physical
recreation and an adventurous journey (including canoeing, dog sledding,
hiking and sea kayaking). There are three levels of the Award (Bronze, Silver
and Gold), each requiring increasing degrees of effort and commitment.
    The Award was founded in 1956 by HRH Prince Philip to help young people
develop a sense of responsibility to themselves and their communities. Today
the award operates in over 100 countries and has become one of the world's
most prestigious youth programmes. Brought to Canada in 1963, the Award
attracts 30,000 participants each year from every corner of the country.

    TD Community Giving: Making a Difference Together

    Children's health, literacy and education, and the environment are the
three primary areas of focus for TD's community giving. The major flagship
programs within these areas are: TD Children's Hospital Fund, TD Friends of
the Environment Foundation and the TD Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, TD
Canadian Children's Book Week, TD Canada Trust Scholarships for Community
Leadership, and the TD Summer Reading Club. In addition, through the support
of our customers and employees, TD is involved with a host of national,
regional and local programs in support of diversity, arts and culture and
other causes. In 2007, TD donated $33 million to more than 2,000 charities and
not-for-profit organizations across Canada.

For further information:

For further information: and to arrange an interview with Ian
Somerville, please contact Carolyn Abbass/Tracey Bochner, Paradigm Public
Relations, (416) 203-2223 ext. 221,

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