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  • Writer's pictureLorna Hamilton

Vermilion Scotiabank Celebrates 50 Years


Back row from left, Tina Franke (FOCUS), Merkayle Lakinger (Customer Experience Associate), Matt Wall (Client Relationship Manager), Sandra Stone (Senior Financial Advisor), and Robert Chubaty (Small Business Development Manager). Front row from left, Rob Snow (Executive Director – FOCUS Society), Barb Rozka (Branch Manager), Tanja Perry ( Alberta North & NWT District Vice President), Jenna Betz (Senior Financial Advisor), Vicki-Dawn Driessen (Agricultural Specialist), and and Kirby Whitlock (FOCUS Chairman). Photo Lorna Hamilton

Scotiabank in Vermilion celebrated its 50th anniversary on May 12 with a customer appreciation event and book sale. Attendees could purchase BBQ’d hotdogs, hamburgers, and cheeseburgers, with all proceeds going to the FOCUS Society.

The event, which was held at the bank’s branch located at 5037 50th Avenue, also featured a book sale where visitors could peruse a selection of novels for purchase. In addition, attendees had the chance to enter a raffle for a gift basket, three books titled ‘The Hockey Jersey’ and two blue tooth speakers.

The celebration was well-attended, with many community members showing up to enjoy the festivities.

“Vermilion Scotiabank is proud to be a part of this community for 50 years and we enjoyed celebrating with our customers while raising funds for a local organization. We want to thank everyone who joined us for our BBQ and celebration. Thank you to Focus Society for helping make this event a success, to Pentacon Utility Services Inc. for use of the BBQ, J6 Baking for the cupcakes, and to the Ag Society for the tables and chairs,” said Vermilion Scotiabank Branch Manager Barb Rozka.

Along with the BBQ and book sale, the bank also offered complimentary cupcakes, coffee, and iced tea to attendees. The event was a great opportunity for community members to come together and celebrate Scotiabank’s long-standing presence in Vermilion.

As part of its commitment to giving back to the community, Scotia Bank has supported various charitable organizations over the years, including the FOCUS Society, which provides programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

The bank’s 50th-anniversary celebration was a testament to their continued dedication to the community and their customers, as they raised approximately $1,800 for the FOCUS Society.


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