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RBC Supports Catching the Spirit and the Pacific Parklands Foundation

Jennifer Cabeldu of RBC presents Pacific Parklands Foundation with a $30,000 cheque in support of the popular Catching the Spirit Youth Environmental Stewardship program

Vancouver, BC – May 29, 2012—Jennifer Cabeldu of RBC presented Pacific Parklands Foundation with a $30,000 cheque in support of the popular Catching the Spirit Youth Environmental Stewardship program. RBC has been a major supporter of both the Pacific Parklands Foundation and the Catching the Spirit Youth Environmental Stewardship program over the last ten years contributing approximately $300,000 to PPF to date.

It is because of such generous donations that Catching the Spirit has been successful as a unique leadership, social responsibility and environmental stewardship program for youth aged 12 to 18.  It is offered in the Metro Vancouver region in collaboration with the Metro Vancouver Regional Parks and as a result of fund-raising initiatives by CTS and grants, corporate donations and individual donations applied for and collected by the Pacific Parklands Foundation, the program remains free to youth. The CTS summer camps have become a place for youth of different ages and social, cultural and economic backgrounds to collaborate, learn from each other, have fun and give back to their communities. Together the participants learn about themselves, each other, the environment and sustainability all while forming lasting friendships. It is run for youth by youth, engaging more than 300 youth. Denise Coutts, Executive Director of the PPF, notes that “Pacific Parklands Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of Metro Vancouver’s regional parks. The organization tirelessly raises funds for various projects including the Catching the Spirit Youth Environmental Stewardship program and is incredibly grateful for the years of support RBC has provided. They are truly a partner in PPF’s effort to preserve the future of our parks.”

For further information, contact:
Caitlin Hill, Communications and Fund Development Coordinator
Pacific Parklands Foundation
caitlin.hill@metrovancouver.org
Tel: 778.452.2676
www.pacificparklands.com

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