Trevor Linden and CIBC to celebrate the grand opening of new Panorama Village branch in Surrey



    
    Guests can enter to win a $1,000 GIC or one of two Linden jerseys; $5,000
    donation to Tong Louie Family YMCA to mark occasion
    

    SURREY, BC, Sept. 11 /CNW/ - Tomorrow, Canadian hockey hero Trevor Linden
will help celebrate the grand opening of CIBC's new six-day banking centre in
Surrey. The 6,500 square-foot, full-service branch located at the Panorama
Village Shopping Centre at Highway 10 and 152nd Avenue offers clients extended
evening hours as well as service in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Punjabi,
Hindi and Portuguese.
    Linden will be on-site to sign autographs and meet fans who can take home
a CIBC hockey puck and enter to win one of two signed Linden jerseys. Guests
at the event can also enter to win a $1,000 GIC and families can enjoy a
variety of fun activities including a bouncy castle, caricaturist, magician,
mini-golf and a barbecue.
    "We're thrilled to be expanding our presence in Surrey to accommodate
more of our clients and their busy schedules with this new, six-day branch,"
said Wendy Slavin, Senior Vice-President, CIBC Retail Markets, Western Canada.
"This is a thriving, diverse community and our team here is excited to provide
clients with our full range of products and services in a variety of
languages."

    
    The hours of operation are:

        Monday - Wednesday:   9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
        Thursday - Friday:    9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
        Saturday:             9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    

    To further mark the occasion CIBC will make a $5,000 donation to the Tong
Louie Family YMCA, a community health and fitness centre with over 12,000
members, mostly families. Funds will go towards the centre's Families in our
Community initiative that provides families with a variety of YMCA programs
such as swimming lessons and preschool programs.
    "The YMCA of Greater Vancouver is grateful for CIBC's gift to the 2009
Annual Campaign. People living on a low income face barriers to health and
well-being, but the obstacles can be surmounted if they have access to the
programs and services they need," said Brenda Adams, General Manager of the
Tong Louie Family YMCA. "Together, with help from generous donors like CIBC,
we can ensure that everyone - no matter their circumstances - can benefit from
a YMCA opportunity."
    The new branch is fully accessible, including two Automated Banking
Machines (ABMs) installed at wheelchair accessible height with headphone jacks
for audio access; grab bars for mobility assistance; and brighter lighting,
plus a 24-hour drive-thru ABM for added convenience.
    Earlier this year CIBC opened a new seven-day branch in South Surrey's
Grandview Corners shopping district. A third new CIBC location will open later
this year at Scott Road and 88th Avenue, replacing CIBC's current location
directly across the street.
    With 1,063 branches, CIBC has one of the largest branch networks in
Canada. These new branches are part of CIBC's five-year strategic plan to
build, relocate and expand over 70 new branches across Canada to offer greater
flexibility, access and choice to clients.
    In addition to CIBC's convenient longer hours, including evenings and
Saturdays at many of its branches, CIBC clients also benefit from access to
more than 3,800 automated bank machines, and 24/7 service over the phone and
on Canada's leading online banking site, www.cibc.com.

    CIBC (CM: TSX;NYSE) is a leading North American financial institution
with nearly 11 million personal banking and business clients. CIBC offers a
full range of products and services through its comprehensive electronic
banking network, branches and offices across Canada, in the United States and
around the world. You can find other news releases and information about CIBC
in our Press Centre on our corporate website at www.cibc.com.




For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Doug Maybee, Director, External
Communications and Media Relations, (416) 980-7458 or doug.maybee@cibc.com


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