2003 Public Accountability Statement
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image page 17 PAS Health-related initiatives are an important foundation of the Scotiabank Group's charitable giving strategy and an area in which our employees volunteer a significant amount of their time each year. Since issues of health touch so many members of society, including our customers and our staff, we believe that our support for these causes - through contributions that modernize health care facilities, support medical research, or through employee-led campaigns to raise donations and public awareness - are essential to building stronger communities.


  • Every September, Scotiabankers across Canada, and around the globe, take part in the Terry Fox Run to support cancer research and, in 2003, more than 680 employees got involved. For example, our staff in Nova Scotia have supported the cause for the past 23 years by hosting the Scotiabank Terry Fox Slo-Pitch Tournament. This year, more than 200 employees converged on Amherst, N.S., for the popular tourney, which raised $108,000.
  • Scotiabank won a "Golden Wheel Award" in The Becel Ride for Heart for being the top corporate fund-raising team in Canada's largest charity cycling and in-line skating event in Toronto. More than 130 employees signed up and raised almost $60,000 in support of life-saving heart disease and stroke research.
  • Scotiabank helped improve the level of Canadian-based expertise in pediatric orthopedics by sponsoring the annual Walter C. MacKenzie - Scotiabank Fellowship in Surgery, offered through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The 2003 recipient, Dr. Paul Moroz of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, completed a one-year clinical fellowship at the Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital of Boston. He is now sharing his skills as a faculty member at the University of Ottawa School of Medicine.
  • Scotiabank served as the Presenting Partner in the first annual Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion event, in support of the elite wheelchair athlete's Man in Motion Foundation. Hundreds of employees in 161 communities across Canada gathered pledges and biked, inline skated, walked or jogged to raise $180,000 for spinal cord research and quality of life programs.
  • Since one in eight men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetimes, making it the leading cancer threat to men, Scotiabank donated $50,000 to the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation to help develop more effective treatment plans and to raise public awareness of crucial prostate tests.
  • On June 22, close to 2,000 people took part in the first annual Mount Sinai Hospital Run/Walk for the Best Medicine, presented by Scotiabank. The event, which raised $165,000 for priority health programs at the major Toronto hospital, as well as the Marvelle Koffler Breast Centre, included family activities and entertainment at the Scotiabank tent.
  • More than 250,000 spectators descended on Toronto's historic St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood to enjoy Buskerfest 2003, a four-day festival featuring acrobats, jugglers, comics and musicians from around the world. Scotiabank's $100,000 sponsorship of the event, and voluntary admission donations by attendees, supported Epilepsy Toronto, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting persons living with epilepsy and their families.
  • Don Kirkpatrick, of Scotia intek's Domestic and Wealth Management Systems Development group, has achieved an impressive dragon boat feat. He organized Canada's first long-distance dragon boat paddle - more than 202 kilometres from Kingston to Ottawa - raising $120,000 for breast cancer research.
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