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Scotiabank Presented Community Mentor Award

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News Release - National Award Presented to Atlantic Business

Halifax, July 8, 2012 – for Immediate Release

Scotiabank Presented Community Mentor Award by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada for Outstanding Support of Agencies in Atlantic Canada

Scotiabank was awarded a Big Brothers Big Sisters Community Mentor Award, presented at the organization’s national convention in Toronto last week. In attendance to accept the award was Islay McGlynn, Senior Vice President - Retail & Small Business Banking, Atlantic Region – Scotiabank.

Scotiabank was nominated for the award by Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies in the Atlantic region in recognition of their long-term, outstanding support of mentoring programs for children. For more than a decade, Scotiabank has been a champion for Big Brothers Big Sisters in many communities around Atlantic Canada. Support has been in the form of financial contributions and in volunteer efforts by Scotiabank employees and management.

In Halifax alone, Scotiabank has supported the agency’s annual Bowl for Kids Sake campaign, and raised in excess of $400,000 in the last ten years. Scotiabank employees have contributed thousands of hours of volunteer time during this period. The bank has also supported the agency’s annual Gala and Golf Tournament, and many employees volunteer as Big Brothers, Big Sisters, committee members and leadership volunteers.

In her acceptance speech, Islay McGlynn indicated that in a survey of Scotiabank employees, it was evident they believe in the work being done in the community by Big Brothers Big Sisters, which is why they offer so much support to the organization. Scotiabank encourages employees to get involved in the communities where they live and work, and financially supports fundraising initiatives in which they participate.

“We are proud to have such a committed partner in Scotiabank”, said Carol Goddard, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Halifax. “Their support has enabled us to serve hundreds and hundreds of deserving children, and have a positive impact on their lives and the future of our community.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the leading youth mentoring organization in Canada, delivering meaningful programs designed to improve self-confidence, school performance, and relationships with others. These outcomes help to reduce bullying and improve our communities.

Photo Above - left to right: Lisa Weatherhead, Chair - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Halifax Board of Directors  /  Islay McGlynn - Senior Vice President - Retail & Small Business Banking, Atlantic Region – Scotiabank  /  Carol Goddard, Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Halifax  /  Chris Lydon, Vice-Chair (Fund Development), Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Halifax

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