RBC Foundation Donates $40,000 to HLF to Support Mental Health Initiatives

BURLINGTON, November 21, 2016  – The Halton Learning Foundation (HLF) is pleased to announce a donation of $40,000 from RBC in support of mental health initiatives at schools of the Halton District School Board.

The donation will enable elementary and high schools across Halton to access funding for mental wellness programs and resources. Schools can apply for funds by submitting a grant request through the Halton Learning Foundation.

“One in five students struggles with a mental health issue, and that has a tremendous on schools and educators,” said Lesley Mansfield, executive director of HLF. “This donation will help schools deliver programs and offer training or resources that can support children and youth in our communities who are struggling with a mental health challenge.”

“The RBC Foundation is proud to support the Halton Learning Foundation and the Halton District School Board in their efforts to create positive, engaging, safe and inclusive learning environments for youth, “ said John Lever, regional  vice president, RBC Halton South. “At RBC, we believe children are our future and we are committed to supporting programs that help youth and families access the right care at the right time.”

Research shows that student mental health and well-being has an impact on school performance, attendance and achievement. The Halton District School Board believes in the promotion of positive mental health and well-being to support student success for all students.

“The Halton District School Board is very appreciative of the support from both RBC and the Halton Learning Foundation,” said Stuart Miller, director of education of the Halton District School Board. “When community partners and schools work together to promote and support mental wellness, we can make a significant difference for our youth.”

About the Halton Learning Foundation
The Halton Learning Foundation helps support quality education for Halton District School Board students by providing emergency help for students in need, post-secondary scholarships, and funds to assist schools that have classroom needs beyond core education funding.

About RBC
Royal Bank of Canada is Canada’s largest bank, and one of the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. They are one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, investor services and capital markets products and services on a global basis. RBC has over 80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 36 other countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com.‎

RBC helps communities prosper, supporting a broad range of community initiatives through donations, community investments, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2015, RBC contributed more than $121 million to causes around the world.

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For more information, contact:

Lesley Mansfield, Executive Director
Halton Learning Foundation
905.335.3665 ext. 3207
mansfieldl@hdsb.ca

Saira Husain, Regional Communications Manager
RBC Southwestern Ontario
905.639.5404
saira.husain@rbc.com