TD Bank Group has donated $100,000 to the building of the Okanagan Rail Trail.
It’s just one of the 150 initiatives that the TD Common Ground Project is investing in as part of the Canada 150 celebrations.
The donation will help build 48.5 kilometres of multi-use trails connecting lakeside, urban and rural communities in the Okanagan.
According to trail ambassador, Heather Stewart, this is the largest corporation donation given to the Okanagan Rail Trail so far.
Stewart is hoping more corporations will step up to the plate.
"TD's generous gift to the Okanagan Rail Trail through the Central Okanagan Foundation will make a significant, positive impact on our communities by helping to connect people in meaningful ways,” said Heather Stewart, Trail Ambassador.
"Once completed, we expect the trail will enhance tourism, promote healthy living, connect families with nature and provide opportunities for users to learn more about the Syilx (Okanagan) people and their traditional territory."
While TD gave the largest corporate donation, philanthropist and individual donor, George Galbraith, donated $150,000 to the trail on April 3rd in honour of his parents and grandparents. He also said he’ll match any donations made until June 30th.
The trail is being developed by four different governments: the City of Kelowna, the District of Lake Country, the Okanagan Indian Band and the North Okanagan Regional District.
“We are thrilled to be able to support this Okanagan initiative that, when completed, will be an important legacy for the community. The trail will benefit over 200,000 people and is expected to be used more than 500,000 times annually," said Dale Safinuk, resident of Kelowna and District Vice President, for TD – BC Southern Interior.
For more information on the trail, visit the Okanagan Rail Trail website.