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April 13, 2011 10:43 ET

Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity-BMO Bank of Montreal Celebrates Grand Opening of Fleetwood Branch in Surrey: Donates $50,000 to YWCA Alder Gardens

- BMO 'Making Money Make Sense' in six languages - English, Hindi, Punjabi, Tagalog, Italian and Sinhalese

- Free coin counting machine proves popular with community groups and individuals

- Celebration features complimentary lunch; prizes, including free round of golf; and family-fun activities

SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 13, 2011) - BMO Bank of Montreal will be celebrating the grand opening of its new branch located at 159th & Fraser Highway Branch on Saturday April 16th. To mark the occasion BMO will be donating $50,000 to the new YWCA Alder Gardens, a housing community for single mothers and their children.

"BMO is pleased to provide a donation to YWCA Alder Gardens, that offers comfort and relief for single mothers and their children when it's most needed," said Joanne Gassman, Senior Vice President, BC & Yukon Division, BMO Bank of Montreal.

BMO's new state-of-the-art branch provides increased conveniences for customers, including:
  • Financial services in six languages – English, Hindi, Punjabi, Tagalog, Italian and Sinhalese;
  • Three Instabank automated banking machines (ABMs) accessible 24/7, including a drive-thru ABM;
  • Full wheelchair accessibility and ample free parking;
  • Individual client meeting rooms and counter "pods" for better customer conversations and
  • Coin counting machine, useful for small businesses and personal customers.

"The opening of this branch demonstrates our commitment to expanding our presence in the Fleetwood area," said Amarjit Pandher, Branch Manager. "Now, entering into the spring buying season, we encourage new and existing customers to meet with our mortgage specialist and discuss options such as our BMO Eco Smart Mortgage, now at 3.79 per cent for a five-year fixed closed rate."

Grand Opening Details:
What159th & Fraser Highway Branch Grand Opening Celebration
  • Official donation presentation to YWCA Alder Gardens
  • Complimentary barbeque and great prizes including a draw for a chance to win rounds of golf and golf gear
  • Official ribbon cutting ceremony and photo opportunities
WhoBobbi Sarai, Senior Manager Fund Development, YWCA Alder Gardens
Jagrup Brar, MLA, Surrey Fleetwood
Joanne Gassman, Senior Vice President, BC & Yukon Division
Henry Donkers, Vice President, Vancouver Suburban
Amarjit Pandher, Branch Manager
WhenSaturday, April 16, 2011 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Speeches and ribbon cutting at noon
Where101 – 15925 Fraser Highway, Surrey

BMO – Proud to be a Community Partner in Surrey:

BMO Bank of Montreal is an active corporate citizen in Surrey. Recent major donations have been given to Peace Arch Hospital and Surrey Memorial Hospital. The BMO gift to YWCA Alder Gardens will help single mothers and their children with supportive housing. The new building will include 36 units, with priority given to Surrey residents. Potentially eight of those apartments will be second-stage transition housing for women leaving abusive relationships.

The Bank also is title sponsor of BMO Family Day at the Surrey Children's Festival. BMO Bank of Montreal is a member of the White Rock & South Surrey Chamber of Commerce. BMO employees also support the Surrey Food Bank and BC Children's Hospital.

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