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RBC $100,000 Gift Energizes Campaign to Create New Social Space for Toronto Youth with Autism

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Toronto, June 17, 2010 – Hundreds of children, family members, volunteers and staff of Geneva Centre for Autism marked the organization's 14th Annual Picnic on June 16, 2010 by celebrating a $100,000 gift from RBC Foundation which will help fund a unique social and life skills training space for youth with autism in Toronto.

The RBC gift is being made to the Centre's public fundraising campaign to establish Canada's first specialized resource centre for teens and young adults with autism.

"RBC is proud to be continuing to support the Centre", remarked Jenny Poulos-Lafazanis, Regional Vice-President, RBC Royal Bank. "This investment will enable its dedicated team of professionals to develop and implement creative and best practice programming for young people with autism".

Following the cheque presentation ceremony, Margaret Whelan, Geneva Centre for Autism's Executive Director commented, "We are incredibly grateful to RBC. Building on its past support of our skill building programs for children, RBC is once again helping us blaze a new path in autism service, this time for teens and young adults living in the community."

For more information about the Quest – The Geneva Centre for Autism Campaign for Youth and Adults, visit www.autism.net/foundation.

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Geneva Centre for Autism is a Canadian and international leader in the development and delivery of training, support and clinical intervention services, for individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. Designated by the Ontario government as a provincial autism resource, the Centre trains thousands of professional, parents and other family members each year.

RBC believes in building prosperity by contributing to the communities in which we live and work. We are now one of Canada's largest corporate donors, and we support a broad range of community initiatives, through donations, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2009, RBC contributed more than $105 million to community causes worldwide. As a founding member of Imagine Canada, RBC is committed to donating at least one per cent of our average annual net income before taxes.