SOURCE: Scotiabank

Scotiabank

April 08, 2015 06:00 ET

Scotiabank Invests in Youth and Education Ahead of Its 183rd Annual Meeting

$100,000 Donation to Pathways to Education's Ottawa Site

OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - April 08, 2015) - Scotiabank today announced a $100,000 gift to Pathways to Education's Ottawa site, aimed at helping youth in low-income communities graduate from high school and successfully transition into post-secondary education.

"Scotiabank is committed to supporting youth and education through our global philanthropic program, and to us, investing in students means investing in our communities and our leaders of tomorrow," said Brian Porter, President and CEO of Scotiabank. "We hope to provide Ottawa youth with the opportunity to develop the necessary skills to achieve success in education, in the workplace and in daily life."

Pathways to Education works alongside the school system to provide after-school tutoring, one-on-one mentoring and financial assistance to address the barriers that can stand in the way of education. The community-based program provides leadership and expertise to youth that is proven to lower dropout rates.

Scotiabank's donation will be presented in advance of the Bank's 183rd Annual Meeting being held in Ottawa on April 9. Scotiabankers will participate in a speed-mentoring event with 20 students from the Pathways to Education program. They will share insight around the various career opportunities that exist within financial institutions and provide guidance around possible education and career paths to help the students achieve their goals.

"We are extremely grateful to long-time supporter Scotiabank for their generous investment," says Samuel L. Duboc, Chair, Pathways to Education Canada. "Their continued commitment to Pathways to Education will go a long way in supporting our goal of making Canada a nation where all youth have an equal opportunity to graduate."

Media are invited to attend the mentoring portion of the evening. Scotiabank and Pathways to Education representatives and students will be available for interviews.

WHO: 
Students, volunteers and members of the Pathways to Education team
Mike Durland, Group Head and Chief Executive Officer, Global Banking and Markets, Scotiabank
Barb Mason, Chief Human Resources Officer, Scotiabank
Local Scotiabankers

WHAT: 
Announcement of Scotiabank's donation to Pathways to Education, Ottawa
Scotiabank employees and Pathways to Education student speed-mentoring event

WHERE: 
Woodroffe High School
2410 Georgina Dr., Ottawa, ON K2B 7M8

WHEN: 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

About Scotiabank
Scotiabank is Canada's international bank and a leading financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and parts of Asia. We are dedicated to helping our 21 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking. With a team of more than 86,000 employees and assets of $852 billion (as at January 31, 2015), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (TSX: BNS) and New York Exchanges (NYSE: BNS). Scotiabank distributes the Bank's media releases using Marketwired. For more information, please visit www.scotiabank.com and follow us on Twitter @ScotiabankNews.

About Pathways to Education
Pathways to Education Canada is a charitable organization that helps youth in low-income communities graduate high school and successfully transition into post-secondary education or training. Pathways addresses systemic barriers to education by providing leadership, expertise and a community-based program proven to lower dropout rates. Founded in 2001, Pathways operates in 17 communities across Canada, with programs in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Manitoba and British Columbia. Pathways was recently recognized with a 2013 World Innovation Summit for Education award (WISE) from the Qatar Foundation for its innovative and effective work in education -- the first Canadian organization to receive the honour. For more information, please visit: www.pathwaystoeducation.ca

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