BMO Financial Group Announces Community Hero of the Game



    Geoff McBride of Toronto Recognized at Toronto FC Game

    TORONTO, June 2 /CNW/ - BMO Financial Group has discovered another jewel
in the community of volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to make
Toronto a better place to live. Geoff McBride, a Toronto Emergency Medical
Services employee, was honoured as the BMO Community Hero of the Game during
Saturday's match between Toronto FC and the Los Angeles Galaxy at BMO Field.
    McBride, a Toronto Emergency Medical Services employee, contributes much
of his time to his community by becoming involved in numerous fundraisers and
community programs and organizations. He has participated in various
fundraising events such as a bed race for Toronto east general hospital, Jane
and Finch bike ride for kids and a chocolate race for Princess Margaret
Hospital.
    McBride's volunteer time has been dedicated to teaching people of all
ages health and safety topics. He teaches a course preventing alcohol and risk
related trauma in youth through a program at Sunnybrook, traffic safety to
elementary students through Toronto Police Traffic Services, and CPR/AED for a
cardiac safe city.
    McBride received two jerseys and two tickets and was on the field during
the coin toss with the two captains and referees. He appeared on the jumbotron
and his name and story were announced on the speakers.
    As part of the bank's presenting sponsorship agreement with the team, BMO
Financial Group and the Toronto FC are joining forces to recognize a Community
Hero of the Game before every Toronto FC home game this year. The program
recognizes individuals who generously give their time and talents to help our
communities thrive. Nomination forms are available at torontofc.ca.

    BMO Financial Group is proud to support soccer across Canada from
mini-soccer players to the professional level. Our deep commitment to the
beautiful game of soccer is evident from the beginning of the curve with our
grassroots branch sponsorship of close to 300 youth teams nationally and
sponsorship of 200 mini-festivals across the country. The relationship
continues along through our title support of elite youth players with our BMO
National Championships through to our professional teams support (TFC &
Vancouver Whitecaps) combined with soccer venue title sponsorship (BMO Field).





For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Kasia Lech, kasia.lech@bmo.com,
(416) 867-3915; Internet: www.bmo.com, www.torontofc.com


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