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
HAMILTON, ON, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - The countdown is on for the reveal
of which of the eight Regional Scotiabank Game Changer finalists will
be named the 2013 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Scotiabank Game Changer on Saturday, October 26 during the second half of the Ticats final regular season home game.
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 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 special individuals who are a
real credit to their community," said Ed Keohane, Scotiabank Senior
Vice President, Ontario Region. "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 2013 CFL regular season, Scotiabank has recognized a total of
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 be announced on-field during the game. Below is a list
of the finalists and their designated charity or registered non-profit
Sgt. James Mcllveen - Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run
For 28 years, Sgt. James McIlveen has promoted the Special Olympics
Torch Run at his detention centre. He began by selling t-shirts before
becoming the local coordinator and then the regional coordinator for
the torch run supporting the Special Olympics. He has helped with
raising $1.6 - 1.8 million a year for the Special Olympics. He has also
connected Special Olympic athletes to members of the NHL Old Timers
Hockey Charities after finding that many of the athletes are inspired
by past and present NHL stars.
Chris Robertson - Juravinski Cancer Centre
Chris Robertson has spoken at over 1,000 schools across Canada,
encouraging students to make their communities and their schools
better, as well as spreading an anti-bullying message. He established
the To The Top Canada Award, showcasing the heroic contributions of
Canadians in their communities. Chris has spoken to many charities and
other non-profit organizations to help inspire them to do their part to
improve their communities.
Tim McClure - Great Next Chapter Foundation
After being diagnosed with a Stage 4 cancer and months of difficult
treatments, Tim McClue felt there was a need to create mental support
for people that had been through serious illnesses and survived. He
created the Great Next Chapter Foundation, which works to provide
inspiration and motivation from diagnosis to recovery for those
affected by any life-threatening illness. He also supports groups such
as the Canadian Cancer Society, Relay for Life and projects like
Knight's Cabin in Alberta.
Mike Bottosso - Skate the Dream
After seeing some of Hamilton's youth couldn't afford to take part in
organized sports, Mike Bottosso co-founded Skate the Dream, a
non-profit that gives inner city youth the opportunity to put on hockey
equipment and skate in a local arena. The program gives the opportunity
for children between the ages of 6 to 10 to participate in a program
that helps them learn how to skate and play hockey. Mike and his
non-profit volunteers reach out to the community to get gently used or
donated equipment for the young people in the program.
Jessica Coriat - Toronto Rehab Foundation
At the age of 23, Jessica Coriat is dedicated to educating the public
about people living with disability and advocating on their behalf.
Born with cerebral palsy, she found the Toronto Rehab Foundation and
the LIFESpan program four years ago when she was unable to walk. Three
weeks into her new therapy, she was able to move her legs. She was
inspired to volunteer at the foundation three days a week, supporting
the families, staff and patients and encouraging the patients to engage
in their communities. In 2012, she was the top fundraiser for the
foundation in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge for the Scotiabank
Toronto Waterfront Marathon, raising $11,000.
Kelly Meissner - Kate's Kause
After Kate Meissner's daughter was diagnosed with Angleman Syndrome
(AS), a rare neuro-genetic disorder, she and her husband created Kate's
Kause - a charitable organization dedicated to AS awareness and
community projects. Kelly led efforts to create an inclusive
playground, where children of all abilities could play, interact, and
socialize together. She rallied the community, gaining support from our
local government and securing the location and land donation. She also
organized fundraisers to support the project.
John Gignac - The Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for CO Education
After the devastating loss of his niece, her husband and their children
to accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, John Gignac wanted to warn
other families about this danger to prevent similar tragedies. John is
a leading crusader for carbon monoxide safety and the co-founder of the
Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for CO Education. He has raised awareness
across Canada and has raised money to donate over 1,000 CO alarms to
the Woodstock and Brantford fire departments to make them available to
Jeffrey Bilyk - Canadian Red Cross
Jeffrey Bilyk, a ground and flight paramedic, is dedicated to helping
his community through his abilities and training in first aid. He has
assisted in training programs at St. John Ambulance and volunteers for
GlobalMedic. He has been a longtime volunteer with the Canadian Red
Cross and is the new social media volunteer for the Canadian Red Cross
National Zone, helping spread the message about how in cases of
disaster every person is able to provide assistance.
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.
SOURCE: Scotiabank - Sponsorships & Donations
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