"How can we help?" Meridian Credit Union asks Ontario

    Building Stronger Neighbourhoods - Community Forums

    Community leaders invited to provide input on how to expand Meridian's
    Corporate Social Responsibility program

    TORONTO, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - Community leaders, including representatives of
local not-for-profit organizations, along with Meridian Members are being
invited to share their thoughts on how Meridian Credit Union can expand its
commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility in neighbourhoods across
Meridian's operating geography.
    "As an organization founded on cooperative principles, we have a strong
commitment to social responsibility and to investing in the communities we
serve," Sean Jackson, President and CEO of Meridian Credit Union, said.
    Through its Good Neighbour Program, Meridian will invest more than $1
million this year alone in organizations, programs and events that help build
stronger, inclusive and more vibrant communities.
    "The Good Neighbour Program has been tremendously successful. Now, we
want to do more. We are looking for thoughts and ideas on improving the
social, environmental and economic infrastructure of communities where
Meridian operates with our Building Stronger Neighbourhoods - Community
Forums," Jackson said.
    Like the Good Neighbour Program, any new CSR initiatives will have a
local focus and support initiatives designed to build the community and help
real people build lives.
    "Our commitment to the communities we serve and to neighbourhood banking
is at the heart of everything we do. This is a very important initiative for
Meridian and we are looking forward to hearing from our Members and members of
the community," Jackson said.

    Forums are planned for:

    -   Barrie - Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at the Southshore Community
        Centre, 205 Lakeshore Drive, from 7 to 9 p.m.

    -   Niagara - Wednesday, October 24, 2007 at the CAW Union Hall, Hall C,
        124 Bunting Road, St. Catharines, from 7 to 9 p.m.

    -   Toronto - Thursday, October 25, 2007 at the Chinese Cultural Centre
        of Greater Toronto, 5183-5193 Sheppard Avenue East, from 7 to 9 p.m.

    -   Kincardine - Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at the Kincardine Beach
        Pavilion 156 Durham Street from 7 to 9 p.m.

    -   Guelph - Monday, November 5, 2007 at the River Run Centre, 35
        Woolwich Street, from 7 to 9 p.m.

    About Meridian Credit Union:

    Meridian Credit Union is Ontario's largest and Canada's third largest
credit union serving more than 209,000 personal and commercial Members across
south-central Ontario. Meridian Credit Union offers its Members access to a
full range of financial services - banking, mortgages and loans, credit cards,
online banking and access to Interac through its 43 branches and eight
Commercial Banking Centres. Meridian Members have access to the Exchange(R)
Network with over 2000 no-fee ABMs in Canada, 500 in Ontario. Owned by our
Members, Meridian Credit Union reinvests its earnings to improve services to
Members and help build the communities where they live. Meridian Credit Union
has committed to investing 4% of its pre-tax earnings in our communities -
that is more than four times the national average for corporate giving.

For further information:

For further information: Scott Windsor, Senior Manager -
Corporate/Community Relations and Employee Communications, Meridian Credit
Union, (416) 597-5124, scott.windsor@meridiancu.ca

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