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Posted November 9, 2009
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Corporate Philanthropy

YMCA and St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation to Benefit from TD Donations

Kitchener-Waterloo – TD Bank Financial Group is pleased to announce two gifts to the Kitchener-Waterloo community to support health care and social services in the region. The Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA will receive $100,000 for its “Investing in Healthy New Canadians” initiative, and St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation will receive $50,000 as part of the TD Grants in Medical Excellence program to support nursing education.

“Both of these organizations are community leaders that epitomize family-friendly support at its best,” said Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair, TD Bank Financial Group. “Now more than ever, our communities need resources and we’re thrilled to respond today with donations to the KW YMCA and St. Mary’s. We’re determined to help strengthen communities in which we live and work and we hope many generations will benefit from these services.”

The Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA

The “Investing in Healthy New Canadians” initiative will provide youth new to Canada with the emotional, spiritual, and physical support needed to adapt, contribute and prosper in the Kitchener-Waterloo community. The funds will also support the expansion campaign of the local YMCA that will strengthen the community by providing opportunities for personal growth and active involvement for children, adults and their families.

St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation

The donation from the TD Grants in Medical Excellence program will ensure the advancement of healthcare education at St. Mary’s. The support toward the191-bed community hospital will help fund improvements to enhance the quality of the clinical care it provides to patients and ensure that the best medical talent is receiving the professional development to meet the needs of this growing community.

“As a resident and community member, I know how much we rely on both of these services in our day-to-day life here in Kitchener-Waterloo,” said Karl Brecht, VP Commercial Banking, TD Bank Financial Group. “It’s not everyday that organizations operating in the twin cities get this sort of funding, so today’s announcement means a lot to us here in K-W.”

Children's health, literacy and education, and the environment are the three main areas of focus for TD's community giving. Flagship programs within these areas include: TD Children's Hospital Fund; TD Friends of the Environment Foundation; TD Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup; TD Canadian Children's Book Week; TD Canada Trust Scholarships for Community Leadership; and the TD Summer Reading Club. With support from customers and employees, TD is involved with a host of national, regional and local causes benefiting diversity, arts and culture and other community programs. In 2008, TD donated $35 million to more than 2100 organizations across Canada.

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