Clara Ofelia Hoyos Lopez receives André-Bérard Award from National Bank Financial Group

Montreal, 7 May 2009 - 

National Bank Financial Group is proud to recognize Clara Ofelia Hoyos Lopez’s social commitment by selecting her for the 2008-2009 edition of the André-Bérard Award, the highest honour in Financial Group’s “Our hearts are with you” volunteer program for current and retired employees.

A senior customer service representative at National Bank’s foreign exchange office in Sherbrooke, Ms. Hoyos is a volunteer in Sherbrooke with the Service d’aide aux Néo-Canadiens, an organization that welcomes new Canadians to the region and facilitates their socioeconomic and cultural integration.

Ms. Hoyos won the selection committee over with the extent of her involvement, the time she devotes to volunteering, the significance of her actions and initiatives as well as her drive. This award ties in with National Volunteer Week. Along with the award, National Bank Financial Group is making a donation of $5,000 to the Service d’aide aux Néo-Canadiens de Sherbrooke.

 “I’m pleased to be able to give just a small part of what I received when I arrived in Quebec, and I’m proud to be able to help newcomers who often arrive with very little.” explained Ms. Hoyos. Louise Carrier from Service d’aide aux Néo-Canadiens elaborated, “I have great admiration for Clara, for her generosity and commitment. She’s a role model when it comes to helping others, giving much more of herself than one would normally expect.” 

The André-Bérard Award, created in honour of André Bérard, a former National Bank President known for his community involvement, recognizes the remarkable volunteer work done by our current and former employees. It is part of the “Our hearts are with you recognition program, which supports employees’ volunteer activities, rewards their efforts, and enhances the impact of their actions with financial contributions to the organizations that are dear to their hearts.

In 2008, through its donations and sponsorships program and the initiatives of its employees, National Bank Financial Group helped support hundreds of organizations across Canada. It focuses primarily on four main areas of activity – health, education, arts and culture, and community outreach – with the goal of generating positive spinoffs for communities. 

More information on the many causes and projects the Financial Group supports as part of its commitment to the communities it serves can be found on the Bank’s Social Responsibility Report on its website at www.nbc.ca/socialresponsibility.

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About National Bank of Canada
National Bank of Canada, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2009, is an integrated group which provides comprehensive financial services to consumers, small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporations in its core market, while offering specialized services to its clients elsewhere in the world. The National Bank offers a full array of banking services, including retail, corporate and investment banking. It is an active player on international capital markets and, through its subsidiaries, is involved in securities brokerage, insurance and wealth management as well as mutual fund and retirement plan management. National Bank has close to $137 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 17,199 people. The Bank’s securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA:TSX). For more information, visit the Bank’s website at www.nbc.ca
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Information (The telephone number provided below is for the exclusive use of journalists and other media representatives.):

Denis Dubé
Senior Manager, Public Relations
National Bank Financial Group
Tel.: 514-394-8644