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National Bank Financial Group and the Fondation du Centre Normand Léveillé announce good news for people with disabilities and their families

Montreal, 17 July 2008 -

As Chairman of the 2004-2008 fundraising campaign of the Fondation du Centre Normand Léveillé, Louis Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank Financial Group, and Normand Léveillé, founding president of the Centre, are pleased to announce that a total of $1,000,550 was raised through the 2004-2008 campaign.

These funds will enable the Centre to provide a more inviting and stimulating environment for persons with disabilities and a well deserved respite for their families.

Thanks to the donations received to date, the Centre has already been able to almost double the number of beds from 54 in 2004 to 97 in 2008. Donations collected with the support of Mr. Vachon have gone toward renovating the Centre’s cafeteria, gymnasium and outdoor pool, developing the hiking trail, and building a house for those in need of longer stays. Its facilities have also been improved with the addition of a mini farm, a lighted eco-friendly nature trail and an outdoor skating rink.

“I sincerely thank all donors for responding with such generosity. Their donations will go towards carrying out the Centre’s mission and pursuing the dream of Normand Léveillé who, for more than a decade, has provided a haven for people living with physical, intellectual or sensory disabilities,” stated Mr. Vachon.

“I am very grateful to Louis Vachon for his involvement and support. He has helped us reach our fundraising objectives and champion the cause of people living with disabilities. On behalf of all those who use the Centre and their families, I thank him for his dedication and tremendous generosity,” stated Normand Léveillé.

The Centre Normand Léveillé is a magnificent 81-hectare property in the heart of Quebec, in Drummondville. It was founded in 1997 by Normand Léveillé, a former member of the Boston Bruins who became hemiplegic and aphasic after suffering a stroke during a hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks in 1982. The Centre gives thousands of people with disabilities the opportunity to take part in a myriad of sports, educational, cultural and social activities in a secure and adapted environment.

Each year, the Centre welcomes some 4,500 people, mainly from the Central Quebec region, the Eastern Townships, the Montérégie and Greater Montreal, for one- or two-week stays as well as weekend respites. There are 147,000 people living with physical, intellectual or sensory disabilities in these regions combined.

In 2007, National Bank and its subsidiaries gave more than $20 million, in the form of donations, sponsorships and monies raised through in-branch fundraisers and charity events, to hundreds of Canadian organizations working mainly in the fields of community outreach, health, education, the arts and culture.

A photo is available and may be obtained by contacting Danielle Champoux at 450-668-2143.

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Renseignements (Le numéro de téléphone ci-dessous est à l'usage exclusif des journalistes et des autres représentants des médias.)  :

Denis Dubé
Directeur principal
Service des relations publiques
Banque Nationale Groupe financier
Tél. : 514 394-8644

Danielle Champoux
Directrice générale
Fondation du Centre Normand Léveillé
Tél. : 450 668-2143