RBC's first Quebec Torchbearer announced
MONTREAL, February 27, 2009 — Sue McLennan,
the first Quebec Torchbearer selected by RBC, has pledged
to promote active and environmentally-friendly living both
in her own family and within her community.
"This is an opportunity of a lifetime and I want to
thank RBC for giving me the chance to be a part of it. I love
what the Olympic Games and the Olympic Torch Relay stand for-how
they bring everyone together," said Sue McLennan. "I
am so proud to carry the Olympic Flame for my country, but
also for my girls. Our children are our future and it is important
that children understand and have a connection with nature
and take responsibility for it."
McLennan has become a dedicated environmentalist and is
looking to make a difference in her home town. She is currently
working with her daughter's school to launch a committee that
encourages the school community to foster environmental responsibility.
Her ultimate goal is to re-establish recycling and composting
programs and initiate 'green education' sessions for students.
McLennan's other passion is running and trains with a local
triathlon club. She hopes that by living a balanced, healthy
lifestyle, she will have a positive impact on those around
"RBC's Carry the Torch contest is a wonderful way for
all Canadians to participate in the Olympic Games," said
Bernard Crevier, regional vice-president, Quebec Region, RBC.
"We invite all Canadians to take this opportunity and
be a part of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay by making
a pledge online at rbc.com/carrythetorch.
Sue McLennan is a great example of how anyone can be an Olympic
RBC will award over 2,300 Olympic Torchbearer spots through
this contest which runs from November 21, 2008 to July 15,
2009. To enter, pledge to create a better Canada at rbc.com/carrythetorch.
The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay will begin its journey to Vancouver
on October 30, 2009, when the flame arrives in Victoria, BC
following the traditional lighting ceremony in Olympia, Greece.
The Olympic Flame will then travel from coast to coast to
coast through every province and territory in Canada - spanning
45,000 kilometres, 1,000 communities, over 106 days. It will
end at the B.C. Place on February 12, 2010, with the lighting
of the Olympic Cauldron, signaling the start of the Vancouver
2010 Olympic Winter Games.
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
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For more information, please contact:
Raymond Chouinard, (514) 874-6556