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VANCOUVER, June 3 /CNW/ - His Royal Highness, The Prince Edward Earl of Wessex, will be presenting 36 students from Vancouver Technical Secondary School (VTSS) with gold awards for their achievements pursuing The Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme. The programme encourages young people aged 14-25 to reach personally-established goals in four areas: community service, skills development, physical recreation and adventurous journey. All 36 VTSS students receiving gold awards are a part of the TD Waterhouse Investing in Youth Initiative that helps raise awareness of the programme and ensures youth at risk and youth with disabilities have the opportunity to participate. Since its debut five years ago, TD Waterhouse has pledged over $700,000 to bring the Investing in Youth Initiative to nine Canadian cities resulting in a dramatic increase in the number of youth taking part and succeeding in the programme. WHAT: 36 Vancouver Technical Secondary School will be receiving gold awards from HRH The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, recognizing the students for their achievements pursuing the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. WHO: HRH, The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex 36 Gold Award recipients from Vancouver Technical Secondary School Jim Kershaw, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager, TD Waterhouse Private Investment Advice, Western Canada and Vice President of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award British Columbia & Yukon Division WHEN: Thursday, June 4, 2009 2:15 pm: Arrival of HRH, The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex 2:30 pm: Awards ceremony WHERE: Vancouver Technical Secondary School 2600 East Broadway Vancouver, B.C. Media are welcome to attend the event at 2:00 pm to take photographs or footage from the event floor. Following the ceremony at 3:00 pm, there will be the opportunity to meet with event participants, gold award achievers and representatives and sponsors of the programme. For further information: To RSVP or for more information please contact: Meghan Thomas, TD Bank Financial Group, (416) 944-4151,; On-site contact on June 4: Aurora Bonin, TD Bank Financial Group, (604) 654-8832,

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