This season's Scotiabank Game Changer will receive $25,000 towards their
charity at the final game of the regular season and a trip to the 101st Grey Cup
EDMONTON, Oct. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - The countdown is on for which of the
eight Regional Scotiabank Game Changer finalists will be revealed on
October 18, 2013 as the 2013 Eskimos Season Scotiabank Game Changer.
The winner will receive $25,000 for the charity or registered
non-profit organization of his or her choice, a trip to the 101st Grey Cup Game in Regina plus recognition for their great work in the
The announcement will be made on field during the second quarter of the
final regular season of the Edmonton Eskimos game against the Calgary
Stampeders. The winner will be selected as the top Game Changer from a
group of eight finalists who had each been named a Home-Game Scotiabank
Game Changer earlier in the season and who each received a $1,000
donation for their designated charity.
"Through the Scotiabank Game Changers program, we have all had the
opportunity to be introduced to truly remarkable people who have
dedicated themselves to helping others," said Michael Wilson,
Scotiabank District Vice President, Edmonton District. "These eight
game-changing finalists are an inspiration to all of us. On behalf of
Scotiabank, I want to congratulate all of the nominees and thank them
for the work they do every day to give back to their communities."
The winner will be selected based on a combination of public voting and
a judging panel. During the CFL regular season, Scotiabank has
recognized 24 Scotiabank Game Changers across sponsored CFL markets.
SCOTIABANK GAME CHANGERS STARTING LINE UP
To celebrate their achievements, the following eight Game Changer
finalists will attend the final Edmonton Eskimo game of the regular
season on October 18, where the 2013 Season Game Changer will be
announced during the game. Below are the finalists and their designated
charity or registered non-profit organization.
Brian Labelle - Boysdale Camp Foundation
Brian Labelle, a youth and child care worker, has been working with
Boysdale Club Foundation for over 20 years, where he started as a
camper, then a counselor and is now on the Board of Directors. He is
volunteering with the foundation to help re-open the camp and help over
500 kids attend the camp each summer. He believes in the importance of
giving back and works to be a positive role model to less fortunate
children in the community.
Krista Kokot - Friends Church Fellowship
For the past several years, Krista Kokot, a fitness instructor and
nutritionist, has led a fundraising trip to Tijuana, Mexico to help
build homes for less fortunate people. She is an active part of her
community, acting as a coach, running retreats and seminars on health
and fitness. She is dedicated to helping people become a better version
Paul Berthiaume - Motorcycle Ride for Dad
Paul Berthiaume, a serving member of the RCMP, is the co-chair of the
Edmonton Chapter of Motorcycle Ride For Dad, a charity dedicated to
raising funds for Research, Education and Awareness for Prostate
Cancer. He has dedicated himself to this cause, volunteering his time
to help organize the event, promoting the charity on different media
outlets and raising awareness in the community about the importance of
getting prostate checks.
Donna Marshall - Kilkenny Community League
Donna Marshall is a dedicated volunteer of the Kilkenny Community
League, which provides community sports and community programs to all
ages in the Kilkenny community. She is part of the Community Advisory
Committee and works to bring the community together, recruiting help
and support for community events for local families. She helped to
ensure the creation of the Spray Park at J.A. Fife School in the
northeast end of Edmonton.
Clarence Samuelson - John Maland Concert Band Parent Association
Clarence Samuelson of Devon, Alberta is dedicated to music and has spent
the past 26 years helping youth find this passion as well. He runs the
band and music program at John Maland High School and teaches band
classes for Riverview Middle School. He is committed to the Devon
community and donates his time freely, particularly for projects which
promote student involvement in the community. He is currently working
with his students to help create an international music festival in
Devon, hosting band members from Brazil.
Jen Ruklic - Canadian Hemophilia Society - Alberta Chapter
After Jen Ruklic's son Carter was born with severe hemophilia, she
decided to learn as much as she could about the disorder by taking
seminars and joining the Alberta chapter of the Canadian Hemophilia
Society as a secretary. Determined to help raise awareness about the
rare condition, she and her friends created a campaign called Carter's
Quest, which raises money for the Canadian Hemophilia Society.
Christy Morin - Arts on The Avenue
Christy Morin, who wanted to make her neighbourhood in Edmonton a better
and safer place, has helped transform Alberta Ave into an area where
arts and social activities take place regularly. She helped to set up
and maintain the Carrot Coffee and Arts House, which is the cornerstone
of the Arts on the Ave organization. She has fundraised to support
community events like the Kaleido Family Arts Festival and Deep Freeze:
A Byzantine Winter Festival.
Lisa Mae Buchanan - Northern Lights Health Foundation
Lisa Mae Buchanan is a dedicated volunteer and has worked on many
causes, like volunteering with her dog for the PAWS Therapeutic Dog
Handing program to promote hospital patient interaction and recovery,
selling raffle tickets, raising awareness for breast cancer,
volunteering for health care events and being an enthusiastic mascot
for her local hockey team. She is a leader in her community, helping
encourage and support teens that are new to volunteering.
For more information about the Scotiabank Game Changers program, go to www.ScotiabankGameChangers.com, visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @ScotiaCFL #sbgamechangers.
Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live
and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic
program, Scotiabank Bright Future. Recognized as a leader
internationally and among Canadian corporations for our charitable
donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on
average approximately $47 million annually to community causes around
the world over each of the last five years. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.
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