TORONTO, May 17 /CNW/ - Scotiabank today announced a corporate donation
of $25,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to support relief efforts in Slave
Lake, Alberta in the wake of the extensive forest fire devastation.
"We are all shocked and saddened by the damage that the fires have
caused in Slave Lake," said George Marlatte, Scotiabank Senior
Vice-President, Prairie Region. "While we are deeply grateful that
members of the community are safe and accounted for, many, including
several of our employees, have lost homes and have seen a large part of
their town destroyed. We deeply hope that our donation will help this
community to heal and rebuild."
Scotiabank's branch in Slave Lake is currently closed. The Bank is
looking at alternate accommodation until a permanent solution may be
found. In the meantime, branches in nearby Athabasca and Westlock have
extended their hours and are ready to serve customers from the Slave
Lake area. As well, our customer contact centre is available 24 hours a
day to assist at 1-800-472-6842.
"Our employees will work individually with customers who have been
affected to find solutions to any difficulties that arise as a result
of the fires," said John Matheson, Scotiabank District Vice-President,
North Alberta District. "Scotiabank has been a proud member of the
Slave Lake Community since January 1969 and we are committed to being
part of the rebuilding."
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 $44 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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