Jessica Coriat is named Scotiabank's Game Changer in Hamilton, winning $25,000 for her charity, Toronto Rehab Foundation

HAMILTON, ON, Oct. 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Scotiabank today announced that Jessica Coriat from Aurora has been named the Scotiabank Game Changer for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 2013 Season at the final game of the regular season. She was recognized on the field during the second half of the game for the outstanding work that she has done in the community and awarded $25,000 for the Toronto Rehab Foundation. She also won a trip for two to the 101st Grey Cup Game in Regina, along with other prizes.

"We want to congratulate Jessica Coriat for being named our Scotiabank Game Changer," said Ed Keohane, Scotiabank Senior Vice President, Ontario Region. "This program means so much to us at Scotiabank as it shines a much deserved light on local heroes who devote themselves to helping others. Jessica is truly inspiring and a great example of how one person can make a difference to the lives of people in their community."

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.

Jessica Coriat was selected as the 2013 Season Scotiabank Game Changer from a group of eight finalists who had each been named a Home-Game Scotiabank Game Changer earlier in the season and were awarded a $1,000 donation for their designated charity. Jessica was selected as the favourite Game Changer based on a combination of fan voting and a judging panel.

During the CFL regular season, Scotiabank has recognized a total of 24 Scotiabank Game Changers across sponsored CFL markets.

Looking ahead, the top Game Changer for Saskatchewan will be announced at the upcoming final regular season game for the Saskatchewan Roughriders on November 2.

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.

About Scotiabank:

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.

Image with caption: "Aurora's Jessica Coriat is named the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 2013 Season Scotiabank Game Changer at the final game of the regular season, where she was awarded a $25,000 donation for the Toronto Rehab Foundation. (CNW Group/Scotiabank - Sponsorships & Donations)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131026_C7491_PHOTO_EN_32618.jpg

SOURCE: Scotiabank - Sponsorships & Donations

For further information:

René Samulewitsch
High Road Communications
416-644-2287
rene.samulewitsch@highroad.com

Diana Hart Scotiabank
416-866-7238
diana.hart@scotiabank.com


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