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30 Grade Ten students from across Canada awarded CIBC Youthvision Scholarships

    CIBC Youthvision Scholarship Program combines post-secondary education,
    summer internships and mentoring to help youth reach their full potential

    TORONTO, Sept. 20 /CNW/ - CIBC (CM: TSX; NYSE) - CIBC today announced the
30 Grade Ten recipients of the 2007 CIBC Youthvision Scholarship awards.
Through a unique partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and YMCA
Canada, this program helps young people from all across Canada achieve their
full potential. The list of recipients is attached.
    The recipients were recognized at CIBC's head office in Toronto today by
Gerry McCaughey, CIBC's President and CEO, Bruce MacDonald, President and CEO,
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and Sandy McIntyre, Chair of the Board of
Directors, YMCA of Greater Toronto.
    "The CIBC Youthvision Scholarship program was created to help young
people achieve their dreams by encouraging them to stay in school and complete
their post-secondary education," said Mr. McCaughey. "This program is a unique
partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and YMCA Canada offering
recipients tuition, mentoring and internship support. We congratulate the 2007
scholarship recipients on their accomplishments to date. We wish them
continued success on their journey to fulfilling their academic aspirations
and building a strong future for themselves."
    In addition to their individual scholarships, Daniel Jarrett of
Vancouver, British Columbia, was presented with the Neil Morgan Volunteer
Award, and Matthew Browne of St. John's, Newfoundland, was honoured with the
Ted Medland Achievement Award. Daniel received the Neil Morgan Volunteer Award
for his exemplary contribution and commitment to his community through
volunteerism. Matthew was presented the Ted Medland Achievement Award for
attaining the highest academic achievement of this year's crop of winners.
    CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to its clients,
employees and communities. We aim to make a difference in communities through
corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of employees. With
a strategic focus on youth, education and health, and employee commitment to
causes including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure,
the CIBC World Markets Children's Foundation and the United Way, CIBC is
investing in the social and economic development of communities across the
country. In 2006, the CIBC group of companies contributed more than
$36 million globally to charitable organizations and non-profit initiatives.
Of this, $28 million was invested in Canada to support national, regional and
local organizations. At the end of fiscal 2006, CIBC's multi-year commitments
to universities and colleges across Canada totalled $20 million. Of this, more
than $6 million was directed to bursaries and scholarships to enable students
to pursue post-secondary education.2007 CIBC Youthvision Scholarship Program - Recipients

    British Columbia:

    Maple Ridge         Katrina Huberman, BBBS of Abbotsford, Mission,
                        Ridge Meadows
    Vancouver           Riley Wishart, Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver
    Vancouver           Anonymous
    Vernon              Olivia McGinn, BBBS of the Okanagan
    Victoria            Daniel Jarrett, BBBS of Victoria
    Victoria            Joe McDougall, YMCA-YWCA of Greater Victoria


    Calgary             Fang (Sunny) Cui, YMCA of Calgary
    Calgary             Ren Hong, YMCA of Calgary
    Calgary             Imnet Tsegaye, YMCA of Calgary
    Edmonton            Allan Chau, BBBS of Edmonton & Area
    Edmonton            Kaylita Huppie, BBBS of Edmonton & Area


    Yorkton             Brandi Thomas, BBBS of Yorkton


    Brandon             Stephanie Couturier, BBBS of Brandon


    Dunvegan            Sarah Leduc Gaudet, BBBS of Ottawa
    Grafton             Monique Gatien, BSBB of Northumberland
    London              Maggie Apacik, Big Sisters of London
    London              Kristina Mildred, Big Sisters of London
    London              Cassie Nalty, Big Sisters of London
    London              Tess Sterling, Big Sisters of London
    Nepean              Huidan Sun, BBBS of Ottawa
    Niagara Falls       Melissa Lefebvre
    Ottawa              Andrea Bidgood, BBBS of Ottawa
    Ottawa              Paul Milindi, BBBS of Ottawa
    Rockwood            Cassandra Chornoboy, BBBS of Guelph
    Toronto             Tariq Stanley, BBBS of Toronto
    Toronto             Romy Studt, BBBS of Toronto

    New Brunswick:

    Fredericton         Sarah Boyne, BBBS of Fredericton & Oromocto

    Nova Scotia:

    Dartmouth           Jessica Garrison, BBBS of Greater Halifax

    Newfoundland and Labrador:

    St. John's          Matthew Browne, YMCA-YWCA of Northeast Avalon
    St. John's          Stephanie Dillon, BBBS of Eastern Newfoundland
For further information:
For further information: For interviews with recipients or more
information, please contact: Doug Maybee, CIBC, (416) 980-7458, or Bruce MacDonald, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada,
(905) 639-0461