TD Canada Trust cares about the future of communities. They have a long history of investing in literacy and education causes, even conducting their own research studies into the economic cost of low literacy. Their research found that found Canada’s workforce only has below average or average literacy and numeracy skills compared with other OECD countries, so they are looking to support programs that help address these issues across the country. See report.

Since 2011, Strong Start has benefitted from almost $30,000 in financial support from TD Canada Trust, who have been avid supporters of the Letters, Sounds and WordsTM program across Waterloo Region, Wellington County, and Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk. While this year’s donation will continue to support these three regions, TD Canada Trust is also investing in our preschool program, Get Ready for SchoolTM.

On March 30, 2016, Machelle Denison, Executive Director, and Christina Proctor, Development Co-ordinator, were invited to TD’s Stanley Park branch for its grand re-opening celebration, marking a renovation, and the installation of a Foreign Exchange Centre. It has here that Nelson Araujo, TD Stanley Park Branch Manager, and Ryan Bennett, TD District Vice-President, presented Denison, with a $10,000 cheque in support of our programs. With the new additions to the Stanley Park branch, clients across Waterloo Region are now able to buy foreign cash quickly and conveniently, with over 50 currencies on site. Our congratulations to TD Canada Trust for this exciting new addition to community banking.

Our sincere thanks to TD Canada Trust and employees as well for their continued and generous support!

Photo: Christina Proctor, Development Co-ordinator (left) and Machelle Denison, Executive Director receive a cheque from Nelson Araujo, TD Stanley Park Branch Manager, and Ryan Bennett, TD District Vice-President. Berry Vrbanovic, City of Kitchener mayor, joined in on the celebration.