Canadian Multiculturalism Day caps CIBC's 16th annual Diversity Month
CIBC employees across Canada celebrated their diversity throughout June with more than 150 events and activities TORONTO, June 27 /CNW/ - As Canadians celebrate diversity and our national commitment to democracy, equality and mutual respect on Canadian Multiculturalism Day, 40,000 CIBC employees across the country are capping the bank's 16th annual Diversity Month. Throughout June, CIBC has held more than 150 events and activities - from discussion forums to pot luck lunches and receptions - to recognize, embrace and celebrate the richness of diversity in the bank. This 16th annual Diversity Month was kicked-off in Toronto with more than 800 employees celebrating CIBC's InterCultural Mosaic, featuring performers, foods and vendors from around the world. Events continued with the CIBC Aboriginal Employee Circle welcoming more than 100 guests to National Aboriginal Day celebrations. In what was the largest event of the month, CIBC hosted its second Diversity Day at Canada's Wonderland with more than 10,000 employees, friends and family members enjoying music and festivities from around the globe. "Once again CIBC employees have demonstrated their support and commitment to diversity at CIBC," said Richard Venn, Senior Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development and CIBC Diversity Champion. "It's my privilege to be associated with an organization and colleagues that take a leadership role in creating a fair and equitable workplace and contributing to the communities where we live and do business." More recently, CIBC's commitment to supporting Canada's diverse communities led to a partnership with the YMCA of Greater Toronto to provide newcomers with important advice, information and skills they need to better access the many opportunities of their new country. The new CIBC YMCA Access to Opportunity™ program provides financial literacy seminars as well as a free six-week job skills development program designed to connect qualified newcomers to employment at CIBC and in the financial services sector. Becoming familiar with financial services and banking is just one of the many basic challenges faced by the 250,000 people who come to this country each year. This partnership continues our 140-year history of helping Canadians settle in this country, and is one that all CIBC employees can be proud of. CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with nearly 11 million personal banking and business clients. CIBC offers a full range of products and services through its comprehensive electronic banking network, branches and offices across Canada, in the United States and around the world. You can find other news releases and information about CIBC in our Press Centre on our corporate website at www.cibc.com.
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