Monday, 1 June 2009

2010 Olympics: RBC Press Release

RBC recognizes Scouts Canada volunteer as its first Ottawa Torchbearer

OTTAWA, June 1 /CNW/ - John James, RBC's first Ottawa Torchbearer, has pledged to create a stronger community through continuing his volunteer efforts with Scouts Canada by helping young adults grow and become leaders.

"I think that all athletes are amazing. It is inspiring to see how athletes push themselves to be the best they can be. The Olympic Games embodies this spirit and I'd like to thank RBC for giving me the chance to be a part of the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay," said John James. "Helping youth is critical - they need support as they go through major life changes. I am happy that being selected as a torchbearer will allow me to get this important message out to the country."

James is entering his tenth year of volunteering with Scouts Canada and works with youth aged 18 to 26. As the father of a three-year-old daughter, he is committed to helping youth and working with his community to provide support and guidance to the adults of tomorrow.

"We are pleased to announce John James as our first Ottawa Torchbearer and recognize the contribution his pledge will make to creating an even better Canada," said Rod Schaaf, regional president, Ontario North and East, RBC. "Anyone can be part of the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. We encourage Ottawa to share in this thrill of a lifetime by entering our contest at to be a torchbearer and win the ultimate Olympic experience."

RBC will award over 2,300 Olympic Torchbearer spots through this contest which closes July 15, 2009. To enter, pledge to create a better Canada at

Approximately 12,000 Canadians will carry the flame across the country at their own pace with millions more cheering and supporting them. Applicants will be asked to select where in Canada they want to carry the Olympic Flame. Torchbearer applicants must be a resident of Canada, aged 13 or older. Full contest rules and regulations are available on the website at

For further information

Lauren Raley, Communications Advisor, Ontario North and East Region, (416) 313-6496,

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