RBC names Sackville Rivers Association 2013 RBC Blue Water Grant Recipient

RBC is giving a $5,000 Blue Water Community Action Grant to Sackville Rivers Association. The funds will help develop a plan to restore large sections of two of the major tributaries of the Sackville River – Stoney Brook and Tomahawk Run. This is the fifth year RBC has partnered with Sackville Rivers Association on a water-related project.

“In today’s climate of variable economic conditions, a non-profit organization like SRA has difficulty securing funding to deliver services to the community so we’re very fortunate to have a strong working relationship with RBC resulting in many years of support for our activities from habitat restoration for the wild Atlantic salmon to our educational programs such as River Rangers,” says Damon Conrad, Coordinator SRA. “Without this support from RBC, SRA would not be able to serve our local community to the extent that we do.”

This grant is one of only five new RBC Blue Water Project Community Action Grants given in Atlantic Canada in 2013 and one of only 68 across the country.

“Water is our most precious natural resource, and we know that industry, government, business and individuals can all play a part in watershed protection,” said Glen Dormody, RVP Metro Halifax. “We are pleased to be helping Sackville Rivers Association with its work in fostering a culture of water stewardship in this province.”

The grant will be celebrated in the RBC Bedford branch on June 14, which is RBC Blue Water Day.

About RBC Blue Water Project
The RBC Blue Water Project is an historic, wide-ranging, 10-year global commitment to help protect the world’s most precious natural resource: fresh water. Since 2007, RBC has pledged over $36 million to more than 500 charitable organizations worldwide that protect watersheds and promote access to clean drinking water, with an additional $6 million pledged to universities for water programs. In 2013-2014, the RBC Blue Water Project will focus on supporting initiatives that help protect water in towns, cities and urbanized areas. For further information, visit www.rbc.com/bluewater.

About RBC Community and Sustainability
Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) and its subsidiaries operate under the master brand name RBC. We employ approximately 80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 15 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 49 other countries. RBC is recognized among the world’s financial, social and environmental leaders and is listed on the 2012 – 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the DJSI North American Index, the Jantzi Social Index and the FTSE4Good Index. RBC is one of Canada’s Greenest Employers, one of Canada’s 50 Most Socially Responsible Corporations and among the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World.

RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2012, we contributed more than $95 million to causes worldwide, including donations and community investments of more than $64 million and $31 million in sponsorships.