Media Advisory - Rick Hansen joins Vancouverites at the 7th Annual Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion event this Sunday, June 14th!

    VANCOUVER, June 10 /CNW/ -

    WHAT:     Canada's Man In Motion Rick Hansen will join the people of
              Vancouver as they come together to raise funds that help
              improve the quality of life of people with spinal cord injury
              at the 7th annual Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion event.

              Scotiabank Wheelchair Challenge:
              Local teams will compete in a series of demanding activities
              designed to foster a better understanding of what it is like to
              navigate through life in a wheelchair. Competitors will race
              against the clock through an obstacle course and test their
              dexterity, agility, and wheelchair sports skills in a fun and
              challenging experience.

    WHO:      Rick Hansen, President and CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation
              David Poole, Senior Vice President of Scotiabank, BC & Yukon
              Region and Honorary Co-Chair, Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion
              Michael McDaniel, President and Chief Executive Officer of the
              Pacific National Exhibition and Honorary Co-Chair, Rick Hansen
              Wheels In Motion
              Kirk McLardie, Manager Personal Banking, Scotiabank and Event
              Leader, Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion
              Kirk Duncan, Director of Programs, Disability Foundation and
              Event Co-Leader Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion
              Ken Wind, Rick Hansen Foundation Ambassador

    WHERE:    Pacific National Exhibition (PNE), Northeast Corner, Hastings
              Park. Vancouver, B.C.

    WHEN:     10:00 a.m., Sunday June 14, 2009

    WHY:      "A spinal cord injury can happen in a moment, but it can change
              lives forever," says Bill Crook, Executive Director of Rick
              Hansen Wheels In Motion. "By donating and participating in
              their local Wheels In Motion event, people are helping to
              create solutions for people with a spinal cord injury in their
              own community."

    About Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion:

    Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion brings communities together and touches the
lives of thousands of Canadians with spinal cord injury every year. Funds
raised support a wide range of life-enhancing initiatives that allow people
with spinal cord injury to fully participate in their community and live life
to its full potential. Since 2003, Wheels In Motion has raised over $9.6
million to support more than 800 quality of life projects.

    About Scotiabank:

    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 2008 the Bank provided about $43 million in sponsorships and
donations to a variety of projects and initiatives, primarily in the areas of
healthcare, education, social services and arts and culture. Visit us at

For further information:

For further information: please contact your local Wheels In Motion
event at: Shelley Milstein, Marketing and Corporate Partnerships Coordinator,
Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion, T: (604) 707-2147, C: (604) 787-4929,; Michelle Cobb, Senior Consultant, Public Affairs,
Scotiabank BC & Yukon Region, T: (778) 327-5451, C: (778) 668-2995,

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