Social Services
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Across Canada, there are countless organizations that offer essential social services to a wide cross-section of our society. Scotiabank is very proud to provide financial assistance, plus the volunteer support of our employees, to these groups whose tireless, day-to-day efforts bring hope, support, awareness and encouragement to seniors, children, families or broad communities in need.

Social Services

  • Scotiabank joined volunteers from Second Harvest, Toronto's largest perishable food recovery program, to make a run at the Guinness Book of World Records. In addition to the Bank's $100,000 donation to Lunch Money Day, on Feb. 24, 20 Scotiabankers helped prepare the "World's Biggest Sandwich" to encourage Torontonians to strongly support the annual fund-raising event, so the Second Harvest can continue to feed 11,000 needy persons every day. The huge sandwich was subsequently sliced and distributed to shelters served by Second Harvest. It fed 2,000 people.
  • With our $25,000 donation to the Toronto Ronald McDonald House, we have partnered with McDonald's to provide a "home away from home" for families with children receiving treatment for serious illness. Bank employees - many in costumes - volunteered at a Halloween party, helping children carve pumpkins, decorate cookies and make haunted houses.
  • Todd Flick, a Portfolio Manager with Scotia Cassels in Halifax, serves as a member of the Windsor Volunteer Fire Department, responding to medical emergencies, car accidents and fires, and taking part in fire prevention programs for children. Last summer, he participated in the annual FireFit Challenge in Ottawa to demonstrate the physical demands of firefighting.
  • Camp Oochigeas, a residential summer camp for children with cancer, is able to purchase new land in Ontario's Muskoka vacation district, thanks to Scotiabank's two-year, $50,000 contribution. The camp can now construct a permanent home which will provide generations of children with unforgettable camping experiences.
  • The Scotiabank Group and its employees came to the aid of communities right across the country when misfortune struck, including the forest fires in western Canada, hurricane Juan in the Atlantic provinces, and during the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) crisis in Ontario.
  • To help restore the reputation and financial health of the City of Toronto in the aftermath of SARS, Scotiabank, along with Canada's other major chartered banks, made a joint donation of $1 million towards a marketing campaign to promote Toronto as a great place to visit and do business.
  • During the late-summer forest fires in Alberta and British Columbia, the Scotiabank Group donated $55,000 to three different relief funds and accepted donations through our national branch network. Employees also stepped in with personal donations, including $75,000 raised during a spur-of-the moment fund-raiser at a ScotiaMcLeod awards dinner in Toronto.
  • When hurricane Juan struck the east coast, the Bank and its employees pitched in to assist customers and neighbours in affected communities, and through charitable donations. For example, we pledged $100,000 in an Oct. 12 radiothon towards rebuilding the Halifax Public Gardens, a national historic site that suffered severe storm damage.
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