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Investing in Youth Is an Investment in Community

Scotiabank has been working with Covenant House Vancouver to support vulnerable and at-risk youth in our community, for over 10 years. We are so grateful for their advocacy and support. We were able to sit down and chat with Daryl Dunn, Senior Vice President, Commercial Distribution for Western Canada, to learn more about Daryl’s role, about Scotiabank’s involvement in community, and why they support young people.

Daryl, to start, could you tell us a little bit about yourself and your role at Scotiabank?

I would be happy to. I am originally from Winnipeg and have been with Scotiabank for 33 years now. I am the Senior Vice President of Commercial Distribution for Western Canada. I live in North Vancouver with my spouse, Monita, and I am a father/stepfather to Brendan and Brianna. I like to spend time with friends and family, which helps to keep me grounded, and I enjoy fitness, golf, and travel.

People know Scotiabank as a financial institution, but could you tell us about some of the ways that Scotiabank supports organizations, gives back to communities, and why you feel that it’s important to invest in these initiatives?

At Scotiabank, investing in our communities is in our DNA. We’ve done so for over 190 years. Our goal has always been to help create a better life for people in the communities in which we live, work, and play. I believe that healthy communities make stronger communities and it’s important for us all to lean in, as best as your situation allows, to contribute and make a difference for all.

Scotiabank has been supporting CHV for over 10 years. Why do you think that supporting CHV is important, from a community and regional perspective?

Investing in young people is an investment in the long-term security, stability, and growth of our communities. Our investments have helped to increase the physical capacity of the organization, so that you can continue to deliver programs and services that address the complex issues of youth homelessness — providing a safe, supportive environment where youth can develop the social, emotional, and physical skills needed to succeed in situations that most of us take for granted.

Thank you for supporting our Triple Match Campaign! If someone asked you about this campaign, what would you say to them?

I would tell them that if they are able, to please donate today!  Everyone can help make a difference, as circumstances permit, and a Triple Match means each dollar is worth much more.

If someone came to you and expressed an interest in giving back or supporting their community somehow, what words of advice would you give them?

Giving back can mean different things to different people. It can be through volunteerism — a donation of time or strategic expertise an organization is looking for, or if you’re able, through a monetary donation. Showing up for those in need any time of year matters, but that’s especially true this holiday season. The key is in recognizing that holidays impact everyone differently and it’s important to understand how each of us can show up to support others.

Thank you Daryl, for taking the time to talk to us today, and thank you, Scotiabank, for supporting our Triple Match Campaign this holiday season!