Wendel Clark and CIBC to celebrate the grand opening of Barrie's first seven-day banking centre

    Guests can enter to win a $1,000 GIC or a Samsung LCD TV; $5,000 donation
    to Season's Centre for Grieving Children to mark occasion

    BARRIE, ON, Sept. 11 /CNW/ - Tomorrow, hockey legend Wendel Clark will
help CIBC celebrate the grand opening of its new full-service banking centre
at Yonge Street and Big Bay Point Road. The 6,130 square-foot branch will
offer clients the convenience of in-branch banking seven days a week - a first
for Barrie. To commemorate the occasion CIBC will make a $5,000 donation to
the Season's Centre for Grieving Children.
    Clark will be on-site to sign autographs and meet fans who can enter to
win great prizes like a $1,000 GIC or a 37" Samsung LCD TV. Guests at the
event can also enjoy a barbecue and fun activities for families, including a
bouncy castle, face painter and more.
    "This new state-of-the-art banking centre will give our Barrie clients
the flexibility to bank and get professional financial advice any day of the
week," said Sylvain Vinet, CIBC's Senior Vice-President of Retail Markets for
Eastern Canada. "We're pleased to be expanding in such a vibrant community and
to be the first bank in Barrie to introduce Sunday hours."

    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.

    To mark the occasion, CIBC will present a $5,000 donation to the Season's
Centre for Grieving Children of Barrie, an organization that provides
compassionate support to children coping with the death of a loved one.
Founded on the belief that every child deserves an opportunity to grieve in a
supportive and understanding environment, the centre helps children to adjust
emotionally as they regenerate a sense of self and begin to reconstruct their
    "Seasons Centre for Grieving Children wishes to extend our heartfelt
thanks to CIBC for its generous gift. This kind donation will allow us to
continue to offer our grief support programs at our children's grief support
centre in Barrie, Ontario," said Patricia Copeland, Executive Director,
Season's Centre for Grieving Children. "Our centre has seen a 60% increase in
the number of children, teens and youth needing grief support from our centre
since January 2009 and this wonderful gesture of hope will go towards helping
grieving children just be kids again."
    The branch is fully accessible, including three Automated Banking
Machines (ABMs) installed at wheelchair accessible height with headphone jacks
for audio access; grab bars for mobility assistance; and brighter lighting,
plus a drive-thru ABM for added convenience.
    With 1,063 branches, including four locations in Barrie, CIBC has one of
the largest branch networks in Canada. The new CIBC Yonge & Big Bay Point
Banking Centre is 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 3,800
automated bank machines, and 24/7 service over the phone and on Canada's
leading online banking site, www.cibc.com.

    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

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Doug Maybee, Director, External
Communications and Media Relations, (416) 980-7458 or doug.maybee@cibc.com

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