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RBC FOUNDATION GIVES $30,000 TO SUPPORT YOUTH LEADERSHIP

VANCOUVER, BC, FEB 28, 2013:  The RBC Foundation has donated $30,000 to the Catching the Spirit Youth Society (CTS) to support youth leadership, environmental awareness, and sustainability. This brings RBC’s contribution over the past 12 years to over $250,000 to this local non-profit.

The RBC Foundation has supported us from the beginning, and without their donations CTS simply would not be what it is today” notes board chair Bob Gunn.

We’ve grown from a summer-only program in Pacific Spirit Regional Park to being able to offer year-round programming in four regional parks. We had over 450 youth giving back over 15000 volunteer hours to their communities just last year. The ongoing support by RBC Foundation has made that possible.”

Catching the Spirit is offered free to youth aged 12 to 18 in Metro Vancouver, and has been delivered in collaboration with Metro Vancouver Regional Parks since 2001.  This youth-led program offers opportunities for teens of different ages and social, cultural, and economic backgrounds to work together, learn from each other, have fun, and contribute significantly to their communities. Pacific Parklands Foundation partners with Catching the Spirit Youth Society to raise funds to ensure that the program can be provided at no cost to participants and their families.

In the cheque presentation photo (from left to right): Pam Horochuk of RBC Foundation; Sandra Allen, Director of Catching the Spirit; Peijia Ding, Catching the Spirit youth participant; Becca Stephen, Catching the Spirit Intern, and Bob Gunn, Catching the Spirit Board Chair

October 29, 2012

FACE THE WORLD FOUNDATION GIVES $20,000 TO SUPPORT YOUTH LEADERSHIP

Cheque Presentation by Face the World FoundationVANCOUVER, BC, OCT 29, 2012:  The Face the World Foundation continues to deliver on its mission to give back to Vancouver with a $20,000 donation to support youth leadership and environmental awareness.

“We applied for a $10,000 grant and we were overwhelmed when they responded to our request for support with a grant in the amount of $20,000,” notes Catching the Spirit Youth Society Board Chair Bob Gunn. “For me, this is a strong indicator that they saw great value in the program that we offer and the opportunities we create year round for youth leadership and community involvement.”

The Catching the Spirit program is offered free to youth aged 12 to 18 in Metro Vancouver, and has been delivered in collaboration with Metro Vancouver Regional Parks since 2001. The program is a place for youth of different ages and social, cultural, and economic backgrounds to work together, learn from each other, have fun, and contribute to their communities. Pacific Parklands Foundation, the foundation for the preservation, enhancement and conservation of Metro Vancouver’s regional park system, is the lead funding coordinator for the Catching the Spirit program. 

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