Media Advisory - The 7th Annual Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion event comes to Toronto this Sunday, June 14th!

    TORONTO, June 10 /CNW/ -

    WHAT:  The people of Toronto 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:   Nick Toritto - Scotiabank District Vice President GTA East and
           Honorary Co-Chair of the Toronto Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion
           Richard Ellis - Vice President Communications and Public Affairs,
           McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Ltd.
           Rich VanderWal - Rick Hansen Foundation Ambassador
           Hundreds of Torontonians of all ages fundraising for a great cause

    WHERE: Polson Pier - 11 Polson Street, Toronto

    WHEN:  Sunday June 14, 2009 - 10:30 a.m

    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: Dylan DeMarsh, PR & Media, Direct: (705)
772-7240,; Livy Feldgajer, Scotiabank Public Affairs,
(416) 866-6203,

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