CIBC staff commit acts of kindness in Rainy River

By Ken Johnston

In an age when the news is often dominated by tragedies or shootings, it is nice when someone decides to brighten up other people’s day!
Rainy River’s branch of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) recently decided to step outside their normal scope of business and do “Acts of Kindness” throughout the community.
On Thursday they committed their first act of kindness when Manager Michael Pedri and staff member Dawn Ivall visited two seniors apartments in Rainy River.
The staff at CIBC put together gift baskets containing homemade baked goods, puzzle books, games, etc. Residents at Riverview Manor and Heritage House gathered in the commons room at each building and visited with Pedri and Ivall.
Pedri said, “It means a lot to see the people that built our community,” referring to the seniors present. The visit and the gifts were well received.
“I am a strong advocate of community involvement and believe great things can happen if you support and give back. Engaging with the community from this perspective allows us to illustrate our commitment and passion for the community of Rainy River,” said Pedri afterwards.
“We wanted to do something different, and collectively decided to get out of the branch and in the community where we can make a direct positive impact. With many causes to support and ways to show an act of kindness/goodwill we really had a lot of options to choose from. However, with the cold weather keeping the majority of Rainy residents indoors, as a team we decided to focus our energy this month towards the seniors of Rainy River and do something special for them to brighten their spirits with this weather,” concluded Pedri.