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TD Waterhouse Investing in Youth initiative helps bring the 44 year old challenge to the inner-city HALIFAX, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - Through the support of TD Waterhouse's Investing in Youth initiative, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Young Canadian's Challenge is being brought to inner-city and disadvantaged youth in Halifax. The TD initiative is part of a national outreach designed to increase participation in The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Programme by ensuring the Award is made available, without barriers, to all youth in Canada. The TD investment has provided funding for a local Duke of Edinburgh Field Officer to recruit and support Halifax participants. On Monday, February 5, Halifax youth will have the opportunity to meet Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair, TD Bank Financial Group at a reception celebrating TD Waterhouse's "Investing in Youth" initiative. The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is an exciting self-development program available to all young people, equipping them with life skills to make a difference to themselves, their communities and their country. It was created in 1956, and started in Canada in 1963, and is open to all young people between the ages of 14 and 25. Founded on the premise that young people growing up today face many difficulties for personal achievement, the Award is designed to stimulate and encourage self-reliance and discipline, perseverance and determination, initiative and creativity, community responsibility, and fitness of body and mind. Who: - Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair, TD Bank Financial Group - Honourable Cecil Clarke, Speaker of Nova Scotia House of Assembly - Kevin Malone, National President, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award - Don Todd, Nova Scotia Division President, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award - MC Heidi Petracek, host of CBC's Living East What: Approximately 40 Award participants will be in attendance demonstrating a variety of activities and skills that can be part of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award including outdoor camping, cake decorating and jewelry-making. The 18th Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, many of whom are also Duke participants, will also perform a Silent Drill. When: Monday, February 5, 2007 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Where: HMCS Scotian 2111 Upper Water Street Halifax, NS Media are welcome to attend the event at 12:00 p.m. to take photographs or footage from the event floor and mingle with event participants, representatives and sponsors of the program. For further information: To RSVP and to request more information please contact: AnnMarie Greene, MT&L Public Relations, (902) 425-1860 ext 234,

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