MEDIA ADVISORY - BMO Bank of Montreal Donates $15,000 to 'Every Life Counts' to Celebrate Grand Opening of New Chatham Branch

    Chatham native Shae-Lynn Bourne, former world figure skating champion and
    chairperson of 'Every Life Counts', to participate in opening activities

    CHATHAM, ON, June 15 /CNW/ - On Saturday, June 16, BMO Bank of Montreal
will celebrate the official grand opening of its new Chatham branch by making
a $15,000 donation to the 'Every Life Counts' campaign. Shae-Lynn Bourne,
former world figure skating champion and Honorary Chair of 'Every Life Counts'
will be on hand to sign autographs and talk with BMO customers and community
neighbours who are invited to join the celebration.
    BMO's donation to the 'Every Life Counts' campaign will help recruit
physicians for the more than twenty thousand Chatham-Kent area residents who
currently do not have access to a family physician. The 'Every Life Counts'
campaign, launched in November 2005, is designed to raise funds to support
costs associated with the recruitment and relocation of the needed
19 Specialists and 9 family physicians across Chatham-Kent, as well as to
expand the Rosemarie Miller Scholarship Program which provides educational
grants to medical students from the area. The campaign has helped recruit four
specialists and one family physician since its launch in 2005.
    BMO invites customers and fans to come by and meet Ms. Bourne, who will
sign autographs and pose for pictures. There will also be a complementary BBQ
and a draw to win one of many great prizes.
    "BMO has a long history of community support and employee volunteerism,"
said Heather Brushett, Branch Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal. "Many of our
employees are actively involved in organizations throughout Chatham. This
grand opening and donation to 'Every Life Counts' provides a wonderful
opportunity to welcome customers to our new location, meet new neighbours and
to show our appreciation and support for the organizations that mean so much
to the health and well-being of this vibrant community."

    WHEN:   Saturday, June 16, 2007 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    WHERE:  BMO Bank of Montreal
            348 Lacroix St., Chatham

    WHAT:   Opening ceremony: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
            Speeches, ribbon cutting and cheque presentation

            Shae-Lynn Bourne autograph signing: 12:30pm - 2:00pm

            BBQ: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

            Draw for prizes

    WHO:    Shae-Lynn Bourne, Former World Figure Skating Champion
            Anne Gilbert, City Councilor, Chatham
            Susan Brown, Senior Vice-President, Ontario Regional Division
            Rick Jaques, Vice-President, Windsor District
            Susan Mallard, Area Banking Manager, Sarnia/Chatham
            Heather Brushett, Branch Manager, Chatham
            BMO Bank of Montreal employees and customers


    -  Opened April 16, 2007
    -  Located at 348 Lacroix St., in Chatham
    -  Represents an investment of $1.7 million
    -  Size: 7,200 square feet
    -  Staff: A team of 23 banking and investment professionals, including a
       highly experienced team of personal banking professionals with
       financial, investment, and retirement planning expertise.
    -  Services: Full commercial banking services including cash management,
       deposit services, commercial account specialists and two Instabank
       Extra automated banking machines.

    -  Hours of operation:
       -  10:00 am to 4:00 pm - Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays;
       -  10:00 am to 7:00 pm - Thursdays and Fridays;
       -  10:00 am to 2:00 pm - Saturdays

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Paul Gammal, Toronto,, (416) 867-3996

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