Buckets of Batter and Mounds of Maple Syrup helps Scotiabank kick off the 2007 United Way Employee Campaign

    TORONTO, Oct. 26 /CNW/ - Stacks of Pancakes and a line-up of hungry Bay
Street-ers filled Scotiabank's lobby this morning as executives and celebrity
chefs served breakfast at this year's Pancake Breakfast. The breakfast
launches the 2007 Scotiabank employee fundraising campaign for United Way of
Greater Toronto.
    "The pancake breakfast is always a warm and inviting event that brings
our community together to kick off the annual United Way Campaign," said
Scotiabank President and CEO, Rick Waugh. "It's great to see so many people
involved in supporting a great cause. This year's employee campaign goal is to
raise $5.6 million that will help people and communities across Toronto."
    Serving pancakes alongside Rick Waugh was Frances Lankin, President and
CEO, United Way of Greater Toronto, Linda Leatherdale, Money Editor of the
Toronto Sun, and many of Scotiabank's executives. Scotiabank employees and
customers were invited to pick up their breakfast in the branch for a
voluntary donation, with all proceeds going to United Way.
    "Scotiabank's fundraising campaign for United Way is always a terrific
success," said Frances Lankin, President and CEO, United Way of Greater
Toronto. "The continued support of Scotiabank and its employees is a testament
to their generosity and commitment to helping build a better city for us all."
    The pancake breakfast is the first of many fundraisers planned for the
year. The events showcase the spirit and dedication of Scotiabank employees
who volunteer their time and energy to raise funds for United Way. Fundraising
initiatives for this year include the Enbridge CN Tower Climb for United Way;
the Amazing Scotia Race; and the popular Scotiabank Rat Race for United Way in
the summer. With more than 700 Scotiabank volunteer coordinators and
canvassers, and donations made by over 6,000 employees, Scotiabank continues
to be one of the largest supporters of United Way of Greater Toronto campaign.
    Throughout the 2007 Campaign year, United Way of Greater Toronto aims to
raise $108 million for the community. Established in 1956, United Way Greater
Toronto is a registered charity and community impact organization dedicated to
improving lives and strengthening neighbourhoods across Toronto. United Way
identifies needs and takes action to create a better, safer, stronger city
through research, partnerships and support of a network of more than 200
health and social service agencies.
    Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live
and work, both in Canada and abroad. Recognized as a leader internationally
and among Canadian corporations for its charitable donations and philanthropic
activities, in 2006 the Bank provided more than $42 million in sponsorships
and donations to a variety of projects and initiatives, primarily in the areas
of healthcare, education and social services. Scotiabank is on the World Wide
Web at www.scotiabank.com.

For further information:

For further information: Livy Feldgajer, Scotiabank Public Affairs,
(416) 866-6203, or livy_feldgajer@scotiacapital.com

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