CIBC celebrates grand opening of new seven-day banking centre in Vancouver's West End with $5,000 donation to Kids Up Front

    Guests can enjoy a barbecue, family activities and enter to win a Sony

    VANCOUVER, May 30 /CNW/ - Today, CIBC opens the doors to a new 3,200
square-foot branch at the intersection of Denman Street and Robson Street in
Vancouver's West End, one of Canada's busiest shopping destinations. The new
branch is the ninth Vancouver-area CIBC branch to offer clients full-service
banking seven days a week and also offers service in English, Mandarin,
Cantonese and Farsi.
    To mark the occasion, CIBC is making a $5,000 donation to Kids Up Front
of Vancouver, a charitable foundation dedicated to providing children with
access to the arts, sports, recreation and culture who might not have the
opportunity otherwise.
    Guests can enjoy a barbecue and refreshments and a variety of fun
activities for the family including a caricaturist and more. There will also
be a draw for a signed and framed Trevor Linden jersey, as well as a Sony
prize-pack comprised of a Sony Bravia 42" LCD TV and a Sony Blu-Ray DVD player
and clients can take advantage of special time-limited offers.
    "We're excited to bring even more seven-day banking to Vancouver through
our Denman and Robson branch. By opening on Sundays, we are helping our
clients fit banking into their busy schedules," said Wendy Slavin, Senior
Vice-President, CIBC Retail Markets, Western Canada. "We're also very pleased
to contribute to Kids Up Front on this occasion to help kids reach their full
potential by providing meaningful and life changing experiences to youth in
the West End and other communities across the lower Mainland."
    "Kids Up Front is thrilled to participate in the CIBC Grand Opening.
CIBC's generous donation will help provide more opportunities for kids to
enhance socialization, build confidence, and develop life skills and academic
performance." said Cindy Graves, Executive Director, Kids Up Front. "Five
years into our programs, the positive impacts on our target audience is
enormous. Kids are dreaming the 'possible,' experiencing interaction with
their peers and having opportunities to bond with their families."

    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.
      Sunday:                    noon - 4 p.m.

    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.
    With 1058 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 and Sunday hours in select urban branches
like this one, CIBC clients also benefit from access to more than 3,700 ABMs,
and 24/7 service over the phone and on Canada's leading online banking site,

    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, and has offices 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

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