Newell Agencies was formed in 1979 as a two-location brokerage – one in Brooks and one in Bassano. In 1998, Newell Agencies joined the Western family. In June 2000, Western Financial Group also acquired the very successful Wilson, Krochak, Broadbent (WKB), the oldest and largest broker in Brooks, with a history dating back to 1953. Newell Agencies (Brooks) and WKB merged into one large office under the name WKB/Newell Agencies.
The City of Brooks is located on Highway 1 between Calgary and Medicine Hat, Alberta. We have a diverse population of about 15,000. We are located on 2nd Street West (Main Street) and serve Brooks and the surrounding areas. Over the past years, we have been very proud to support many organizations and groups through matching grants, goal achiever grants and bursaries: Brooks and District Food Bank, Cantara Safe House (women’s shelter), Grasslands Public Schools – Set for School Program, St Vincent de Paul Society, Village of Duchess Recreation Centre, and annual bursaries to many well-deserving students to name a few and some on more than one occasion. Without the Western Communities Foundation, we would not be able to proudly support these worthwhile organizations.
Our team also volunteers many personal hours in the community – the Brooks Pro Rodeo, world-class Cactus Pheasant Curling Classic, AJHL Brooks Bandits, Kinsmen, annual Show & Shine, Girl Guides, and local schools to name a few – all “because we live here”.