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TORONTO, Feb. 7 /CNW/ - Scotiabank today announced a $6.8 million contribution to United Way of Greater Toronto, the largest-ever Scotiabank employee donation. The 2006 United Way Campaign Chair, Rick Waugh, President and CEO, Scotiabank, celebrated surpassing the Bank's 2005 total of $5.9 million, over a game of billiards at the Academy of Spherical Arts with Susan McIsaac, Vice-President, Resource Development for United Way of Greater Toronto. This year's employee fundraising campaign at Scotiabank was the most successful to date and included an employee contribution of $5.3 million and a corporate gift of $1.5 million. The campaign contributed to the largest-ever United Way of Greater Toronto fundraising achievement of $106.8 million. The billiards-themed presentation to United Way was part of a ceremony celebrating the spirit and dedication shown by Scotiabank employees while volunteering their time and energy to raise funds. Volunteers participated in a variety of fundraising events such as the Scotiabank Amazing Race, the Enbridge CN Tower Stair Climb for United Way, silent auctions, pancake breakfasts and the Scotiabank Rat Race for United Way, which raised more than $50,000 from 613 Scotiabank runners. "This donation demonstrates how Scotiabank employees continue to show great spirit, enthusiasm and generosity in supporting the communities in which they live and work," said Rick Waugh, President and CEO, Scotiabank. "I am proud of their commitment to fundraising and volunteering for United Way. Our employees have shown us that we can really make a difference." With more than 600 Scotiabank volunteer coordinators and canvassers, and donations made by over 6,000 employees, the Bank continues to be one of the largest supporters of the United Way of Greater Toronto campaign. "United Way is extremely appreciative of Scotiabank's employees' commitment to our annual campaign -- from their valuable fundraising to their generosity of time and commitment from all levels of employees and executives, including Rick Waugh, United Way's 2006 Campaign Chair," said Frances Lankin, President and CEO, United Way of Greater Toronto. "Scotiabank's commitment and leadership in this arena has earned them Spirit Awards for Corporate Support, Leadership and Employee Campaign Chair, as well as two special event awards. Their generosity will help support our network of 200 health and social services agencies, fulfill the potential of our city's newcomers and youth, and create opportunities for growth and improvement in Toronto's inner-city neighbourhoods." 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 2006 the Bank provided more than $42 million in sponsorships and donations to a variety of projects and initiatives, primarily in the areas of healthcare, education and social services. Scotiabank is on the World Wide Web at www.scotiabank.com. /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on the CNW Photo Network and archived at http://photos.newswire.ca. Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive website at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited members of the media/
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