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Record 50 Infrastructure Grants awarded by Western Financial Group!

Funds support local projects aimed at strengthening communities in Western Canada

High River, AB – Western Financial Group (Western), through its charitable arm, the Western Communities Foundation, has awarded a record 50 infrastructure grants totaling $250,000 for 2016. The number of grants awarded this year increased from 40 awarded in 2015. Each $5,000 grant will go toward various projects supporting public health, public housing, education, and recreation in the communities where Western operates. In accordance with the program guidelines, grants must be awarded to municipalities or registered charities.

Funds for the infrastructure grants are raised by employees of Western through an annual Support the Cause Day Walk and other charitable ventures. Winners are then chosen from a pool of deserving nominees put forth by each office.

“We are beyond excited that our budget allowed us to add an additional 10 grants this year. These communities support us, and we love that we are able to support them in return,” said James Bond, Executive Chairman of the Western Communities Foundation.

 

2016 Grants include:

Alberta

  • Barrhead: Community pool
  • Bashaw: Volunteer fire department – new rescue unit
  • Bassano: Curling rink – repairs
  • Bow Island: Senator Gershaw School – greenhouse project
  • Brooks: New library – shelving and furnishings
  • Clive: Clive School – greenhouse project
  • Cold Lake: Lakeland Humane Society
  • Coleman: New mobile stage for community use
  • Hanna: City of Hanna – upgrade to Arena
  • High River: Notre Dame School – outdoor seating
  • Mayerthorpe: New splash park
  • Red Deer: City of Red Deer – new downtown arena
  • Turner Valley: Boys & Girls Club – new bike track
  • Vermilion: Community hall – sound system
  • Wainwright: Wainwright Elementary School – new playground

 

British Columbia

  • Coquitlam: Tri-cities – dialysis unit upgrade
  • Coronation: City of Coronation – new seating area for the swimming pool
  • Cranbrook: East Kootenay Regional Hospital – MRI machine
  • Cranbrook: Idlewild Park – dam replacement & park upgrades
  • Duncan: Chemainus Elementary School – playground equipment
  • Fernie: Tom Uphill Manor – facility upgrades
  • Fruitvale: Fruitvale Elementary School – new playground
  • Golden: Community park – upgrade washroom structure
  • Houston: Child care facility – rebuild & expansion
  • Lake Country: Okanagan Rail Trail
  • Nanaimo: Uplands Park Elementary School – playground
  • Nanaimo: Eden Gardens – new facility for dementia patients
  • Richmond: Homma Elementary School – courtyard upgrade
  • Salmo: Salmo Community Golf Course – facility and ground upgrades
  • Sidney: Tulista Skatepark
  • Smithers: Field house replacement and playground equipment
  • Sooke: Fred Miln Field – grass replacement
  • Sparwood: New community skatepark
  • Surrey: Peace Arch Hospital – emergency room expansion
  • Surrey: Pacific Heights Elementary School – playground replacement & equipment
  • Vanderhoof: New swimming pool
  • Victoria: View Royal Elementary School – playground replacement of
  • Victoria: Colwood Creek Water / Spray Park
  • Victoria: Little Waves Daycare – upgrade for deck & handicap access
  • Victoria: Glanford School – playground replacement
  • Victoria: Westshore Family Centre – playground upgrade
  • Victoria: Victoria Native Friendship Centre – new playground at community centre

 

Manitoba

  • Brandon: New women’s home for those struggling with addictions
  • Gilbert Plains: Electronic sign for community events
  • Roblin: Roblin Swimming Pool – stair replacement
  • Winnipeg: Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre – Hospital & Education Centre

 

Saskatchewan

  • Estevan: Habitat for Humanity
  • LeRoy: Humboldt District Hospital – horizon clip applicator for operating room
  • Weyburn: Weyburn Humane Society – shelter upgrade
  • Wolseley/Glenavon: Glenavon Curling Rink – upgrade / ceiling repair

 

About Western Financial Group and the Western Communities Foundation

Western Financial Group is a diversified insurance company that serves more than 800,000 customers across western Canada. Founded in 1996 and headquartered in High River, Alberta, Western provides personal and business insurance services through more than 162 office locations and affiliates. With a skilled team of approximately 1,900 employees, Western is committed to building the strongest insurance brokerage network in Western Canada. Western Financial Group is a subsidiary of Desjardins Group, the leading cooperative financial group in Canada.

The Western Communities Foundation was founded by Western Financial Group in 2002 as a non-profit organization under the Income Tax Act of Canada (Registration #87030 2619 RR0001). The Foundation’s core donation programs include community infrastructure grants, exceptional achievement bursaries for graduating high school students, and matching grants. Since its inception, the Western Communities Foundation has raised more than $2 million to support the communities in which Western Financial Group operates.

 

For further information, please contact:

Dena DeGrofft
Communications Manager
Western Financial Group
Phone: (403) 652-2663 ext. 516 Cell: (403) 336-5469
dena.degrofft@westernfg.ca
www.westernfinancialgroup.ca

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85 Exceptional Achievement Student Bursaries Awarded for 2015

Each year $500 bursaries are awarded to high school students in Western Canada

High River, AB: Western Financial Group, through its charitable arm the Western Communities Foundation is proud to announce that 85 student bursaries have been presented to deserving students in communities across Western Canada.

These student bursaries are handed out each year to graduating high school students who have overcome adversity, achieved success despite physical or mental limitations, displayed outstanding community or school spirit, performed an act of heroism or demonstrated leadership in a crisis. The bursaries, each worth $500, made for a total donation to students across Western Canada of $42,500.

“As an organization, we are so thrilled to be donating more bursaries this year,” said James Bond, executive director of the Western Communities Foundation. “It is so important to give back to our local communities and to support exceptional students.”

This is the 10th year that the awards have been given to remarkable student leaders across Western Canada. Since its inception, the Western Communities Foundation has awarded more than 500 bursaries.

The 2015 Western Communities Foundation Exceptional Achievement Citation & Bursary Award Recipients are:

  • Josh Xander of Oilfields High School; Turner Valley, AB
  • Rachael McKay of Gilbert Plains Collegiate; Gilbert Plains, MB
  • Dayton Funk of JV Humphries; Kaslo, BC
  • Tristiana Allwood of Peter Skene Ogden; 100 Mile House, BC
  • Brayden  Reedy of Sparwood Secondary; Sparwood, BC
  • Arnaud Nimenya of Holy Trinity Academy; Okotoks, AB
  • Alexandra Sime-Vivian of Golden Secondary School; Golden , BC
  • Martina Moore of LeRoy School; LeRoy, SK
  • Aaron Heinze of Chase Secondary; Chase , BC
  • Samual Finnigan-Griffin of Rutland Senior; Kelowna, BC
  • Kyra Kallies of Fernie Secondary; Fernie, BC
  • Liam Jensen of Winston High School; Watrous, SK
  • Molly Moar of Drumheller Valley Secondary School; Drumheller, AB
  • Vanessa McCulloch of Willow Creek Composite; Claresholm, AB
  • Stephanie Wills of Cochrane High School; Cochrane, AB
  • Jeanelle Kozak of St. Anthony’s High School; Drumheller, AB
  • Alekz Moes of Barrhead Composite High School; Barrhead, AB
  • Hannah Roach of Semiahmoo Secondary; Surrey, BC
  • Jocelynne Limoges of Strathmore High School; Strathmore, AB
  • Carrie Kelly of Holy Cross Collegiate; Langdon, AB
  • Brennan Lal of Semihamoo Secondary; Surrey, BC
  • Vanessa Snowden of Westshore Centre for Learning and Thinking; Cobble Hill, BC
  • Krystal Adams of Souris School; Souris, MB
  • Dane Larsen of John Barsby; Nanaimo, BC
  • Francis Krakue of Estevan Comprehensive; Estevan, SK
  • Kennedy Woof of JT Foster; Nanton, AB
  • Keith Martin of Fraser Lake; Fort Fraser, BC
  • Braxton McKean of Murdoch MacKay; Arola, MB
  • Nicole Strachan of Kelowna Senior Secondary; Kelowna, MB
  • Nicole Jones of  Dave Penner; Hythe, AB
  • Maryna Eil of EMCS; Sooke, BC
  • Chelsey Cordes of Rosetown Central; Rosetown, SK
  • Connor May of Gulf Island Secondary; Salt Spring Island, BC
  • Emma Clarkson of W.R. Myers High School; Taber, AB
  • Emil Titow of Vincent Massey High School; Brandon, MB
  • Karin Dimock of Salmo Secondary; Salmo, BC
  • Jenea Maise of RD Parker Collegiate; Thompson, MB
  • Rylie Basacaba of Neelin High School; Brandon, MB
  • Andrea Zangl of Goose Lake High School; Roblin, MB
  • Jenillee Rice of Senator Gershaw; Bow Island, AB
  • Kayla Harrison of RE Mountain Secondary; Langley, BC
  • Benjamen Taylor of Wolseley High School; Wolseley, SK
  • Elizabeth Stoker of Chemainus Secondary; Duncan, BC
  • Madison Smith of L.P. Miller Composite; Nipawin, SK
  • Jon Morin of Melfort Collegiate; Melfort, SK
  • Layne Campbell of Crocus Plains; Brandon, MB
  • Nicole Buckle of Esqualimat High; Victoria, BC
  • Caitlin Wolf of Morrin High School; Morrin, AB
  • Christopher David Walker of Nechako Valley Secondary School; Vanderhoof, BC
  • Jillian Sloane of Dawson Creek Secondary; Dawson Creek, BC
  • Katarina Ziervogel of Kelvin High School; Winnipeg, MB
  • Paige Straf of St. Mary High School; Prince Albert, SK
  • Arianne Jahnke of Assiniboia Composite; Assiniboia, SK
  • Felicia Dovell of Selkirk Secondary; Kimberley, BC
  • Taylor Wurmlinger of Elkford Secondary School; Elkford, BC
  • Haley McLeod of Parkland; Sidney, BC
  • Rachel Illerbrun of Shaunavon High School; Shaunavon, SK
  • Kianna Brown of Garden City Collegiate; Selkirk, MB
  • Veronica Suarez of Timberline; Campbell River, BC
  • William Nti of Fort Richmond Collegiate; Winnipeg, MB
  • Cameron Dorbolo of St. James Collegiate; Winnipeg, MB
  • Jeanette Mwayuma of College Louis Riel; Winnipeg, MB
  • Fiona Uson of McMath; Richmond, BC
  • Madison Ferland-Peters of Gordon Bell; Winnipeg, MB
  • Corbin Mayer of Medicine Hat High School; Medicine Hat, AB
  • Bryce Villanueva of Miles Macdonell Collegiate; Winnipeg, MB
  • Winston Griffith of J.C. Charyk; Hanna, AB
  • Robert Michell of YRHS; Theodore, SK
  • Cynthia Forman of Glenmary; Peace River, AB
  • Charles Holtz of Hines Creek Composite; Hines Creek, AB
  • Nadya Dishko of Parkland Composite High School; Edson, AB
  • Scott Kostuik of North Peace Secondary; Fort St. John, BC
  • Justin Kristoff of North Peace Secondary; Fort St. John BC
  • Cody Fraser of North Peace Secondary; Fort St. John BC
  • Alexandria Dorner of Lloydminster Composite High School; Lloydminster, AB
  • Kianna Goldstone of Foothills Composite High School; Okotoks, AB
  • Destiny Sydora of Vegreville Composite High School; Vegreville, AB
  • Taylor Hiron of Alix Mac School; Alix, AB
  • Reegan Jones of Coronation School; Coronation, AB
  • Arlene Coleman of Highwood High School; High River, AB
  • Erin Hanrahan of St. Joseph’s Collegiate; Brooks, AB
  • Paige Wards of Charles Spencer; Grand Prairie, AB
  • Brittany Walkosky of John Barsby; Nanaimo, BC
  • Elandra Small of Bow Valley High School; Cochrane, AB
  • Emily MacMillan of St. Jerome’s High School; Vermillion, AB
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11th Annual Support the Cause Walk Raises Record Funds

High River, AB: Each year, Western Financial Group employees from branches across Western Canada participate in the annual Support the Cause Walk which raises funds for Western Financial Group’s charitable arm, the Western Communities Foundation. This year, more than 1,400 employees donned their red t-shirts and walked in the 11th annual walk, raising nearly $260,000.

All of the funds raised in the Support the Cause walk go towards the Western Communities Foundation’s three core programs which are infrastructure grants, matching grants and student bursaries.

“It is great that we are continuing to give back to the communities where we live and work in such a big way,” said James Bond, Executive Director of the Western Communities Foundation. “As an organization and a foundation, we are so proud to be able to raise funds that directly give back to so many deserving communities.”

The Support the Cause walk has been an annual event since 2004. During its 11 years, the event has raised over 1 million dollars for the Western Communities Foundation.

“The Western Communities Foundation is such an integral part of Western Financial Group’s culture,” said Western Financial Group Vice Chairman and Founder, Scott Tannas. “It is amazing that over 11 years, our employees have come together to grow Support the Cause into what it is today.”

The funds raised through the walk are distributed by the Western Communities Foundation throughout the year.

Founded in 2002, the Western Communities Foundation serves to give back to the communities where Western employees live and work, and foster employee pride and engagement. The Foundation’s core donation programs include community infrastructure grants, Exceptional Achievement Citation & Bursary Awards for graduating high school students and a Matching Grants program. Since its inception, the Western Communities Foundation has raised more than $1 million to support local communities.  – See more at: http://westerncommunitiesfoundation.com/11th-annual-support-the-cause-walk-raises-record-funds.html#sthash.OgoYtE4u.dpuf

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Multiple Charities Receive Warmth from Western Blankets

The Western Communities Foundation is pleased to announce the donation of blankets created at the 2015 Leadership Conference to five charities in Western Canada. Each charity received around 22 fleece blankets all made by Western Financial Group employees that attended the Leadership Conference this year.

The blankets went to the following charities:

  • Blankets for BC in BC

  • Partner Family Services in Humboldt, SK

  • Big Country Victim Services, Drumheller/Morrin, AB
  • YWCA Women’s Shelter in Brandon, MB
  • Salmo Children’s Centre in Salmo, BC
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Western Gives out Record Infrastructure Grants for 2015

Funds support local projects aimed at strengthening communities in Western Canada

High River, AB – Western Financial Group (Western) is donating a record 40 infrastructure grants totaling $200,000 to support public health, public housing, education and recreation causes in the communities where it operates.

The Western Communities Foundation, Western’s charitable arm receives nominations from employees for these $5,000 infrastructure grants. The infrastructure grants contribute funds to build projects such as hockey rinks, libraries, SPCA’s, and schools in the communities where Western is located. Funds for these grants are raised through the Western Communities Foundation by Western employees through the annual Support the Cause Day Walk each May, to give back where they live and work.

“Western Financial Group is proud to give back to our local communities through our Western Communities Foundation,” said Scott Tannas, Founder, Vice-Chairman, Interim President and CEO of Western Financial Group. “It is wonderful that much of the funds are raised by employees for their communities. At Western we are proud of the 119 communities and we want to support them by making contributions to encourage learning, recreation, and healthy communities.”

Some of the 40 infrastructure grants included a donation for a new kitchen exhaust fan at an assisted living facility in LeRoy, SK, a contribution to the construction of a walking trail in Fernie, BC, and updates to a school’s library in Winnipeg, MB.

2015 Grants include:

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Cloverdale – Surrey Association for Community Living

Dawson Creek – Dawson Creek Rotary Manor Gazebo

Duncan – New recreational community park

Fernie – Construction of walking trail

Golden – Golden Early Learning and Care Centre

Kaslo – Improvements to Kaslo Public Library

Lake Country – Okanagan College Room Sponsor

Mill Bay – Renovation of access to Kerry Park arena

Nanaimo – Renovation to warehouse for Loaves & Fishes

Richmond – Reno to Japanese Fisherman’s Village

Richmond – Expansion of playground at Tomekichi Homma School

Richmond – Brentwood Park School water refill stations

Salmo – Upgrades to Salmo Public Swimming Pool

Sparwood – Elk Valley Seniors Housing Society

Surrey – New playground at Pacific Heights Elementary School

Surrey – Peace Arch Hospital emergency room renovation

Sidney – Upgrade to Saanich Peninsula Hospital

Williams Lake – First Nations Museum

Victoria – Playground at Mount Pleasant Elementary

Victoria – Renovations at Victoria Sexual Assault Centre

 

ALBERTA

Barrhead – Barrhead Curling Rink Update

Beaverlodge – McNaught Homstead

Cold Lake – Summer camps for children with FASD

Cochrane – Affordable Housing Project

Hanna – New playground equipment for J.C. Charyk School

High River (Head Office) – Repair of Happy Trails

Letnbridge – Parking lot upgrade at Lethbridge Family Services

Medicine Hat – New Dr. Roy Wilson School Playground

Morrin – Morrin Library Upgrade

Strathmore – Youth Club of Strathmore renovation

Vermillion – Museum roof replacement

Wainwright – Equipment for outdoor fitness park

 

SASKATCHEWAN

Assiniboia – Payground upgrade at Limerick Daycare

LeRoy – LeRoy Assisted Living Facility upgrade

Nipawin – Upgrade fire suppression systems in Whitefox Community Rink

North Battleford – Upgrades to dressing room in Civic Arena

Wolseley – Repairs to community cenotaph

 

MANITOBA

Brandon – Kristopher Campbell Memorial Skateboard Park development

Souris – Score clock for Souris School athletic park

Winnipeg (WP2) – Library renovation at Harold Hatcher School

 

In its 13-year history, the Western Communities Foundation has distributed more than 100 infrastructure grants to communities across western Canada for numerous projects.

Founded in 2002, the Western Communities Foundation serves to give back to the communities where Western employees live and work, and foster employee pride and engagement. The Foundation’s core donation programs include community infrastructure grants, Exceptional Achievement Citation & Bursary Awards for graduating high school students and a Matching Grants program. Since its inception, the Western Communities Foundation has raised more than $1 million to support local communities.

“It is wonderful to see a record number of infrastructure grants going to these great causes,” said John Jenner, Executive Director of the Western Communities Foundation. “The projects are selected by the employees as they know the specific needs of their communities. At Western we are proud to give back where we live and work and it’s great that we are able to contribute to so many local initiatives in the areas of public health, public housing, education and recreation.”

– See more at: http://westerncommunitiesfoundation.com/recor-infrastructure-grants-2015.html#sthash.KHwKfABw.dpuf

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Remediated High River playgrounds officially re-open

In December 2013, as part of 2013 flood relief initiatives, Western Financial Group (Western) and Desjardins donated $100,000 to the remediation of three High River playgrounds all damaged by flood water in June 2013. The funds were distributed through the Western Communities Foundation, Western’s charitable arm. Spitzee Elementary School, École Joe Clark and Holy Spirit Academy all received funds to disinfect, decontaminate and spruce up playgrounds affected by the flood. The playgrounds at Spitzee Elementary School and École Joe Clark are now ready for students to use and the playground at Holy Spirit Academy will be ready in February.

On Tuesday, October 21st, Western executives and employees along with Desjardins executives, members of the Foothills School Division, students and staff of Spitzee Elementary School, and the Mayor of High River, Craig Snodgrass, all gathered to celebrate the re-opening of the Spitzee Elementary School playground. The event was marked by school kids cheering and a ribbon cutting ceremony at the remediated playground. – See more at: http://westerncommunitiesfoundation.com/remediated-high-river-playgrounds-officially-re-open.html#sthash.yAxhWlDD.dpuf

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Western Recognizes a Record 93 Deserving High School Students

2014 bursary awards announced by the Western Communities Foundation.

Western Financial Group (Western) is proud to announce a record 93 winners for the annual Western Communities Foundation Exceptional Achievement Citation & Bursary Awards.

The $500 individual bursaries, totaling $46,500 in 2014, are made to Grade 12 graduates through Western’s charitable arm, the Western Communities Foundation. The bursaries are awarded to students who have overcome adversity, achieved success despite physical or mental limitations, displayed outstanding community or school spirit, performed an act of heroism or demonstrated leadership in a crisis.

“It is amazing to see that we are giving out 93 bursaries, a record number, to such a deserving group,” said Scott Tannas, founder and vice-chairman of Western Financial Group. “These awards are special to me and were created not with an emphasis on grades but to recognize students who are leaders in their community, have had exceptional achievements, or those who may have overcome adversity. My hope is that the bursaries will help these students who have lived Western’s values and contributed to each of their communities in many ways.”

This is the ninth year that the awards have been given to remarkable student leaders across Western Canada. Since its inception, the Western Communities Foundation has awarded more than 500 bursaries.

“The Western Communities Foundation is committed to giving back to the communities where we live and work, which includes through education and our student bursaries,” said John Jenner, executive director of the Western Communities Foundation. “These students may have overcome a hardship and have demonstrated leadership in their communities and we feel that it is important to recognize hard work and dedication. Through these bursaries we want to emphasize the importance of education, the individuals making a positive impact in our communities, and the strong youth leaders across Western Canada.”

The 2014 Western Communities Foundation Exceptional Achievement Citation & Bursary Award Recipients are:

 

British Columbia

Student School Hometown
Elanis McArdle Peter Skene Ogden Secondary 100 Mile House, BC
Jessica Moriarty Lakes District Secondary School Burns Lake, BC
Emily Hazlehurst Carihi Secondary Campbell River, BC
Brittany Bodlock Chase Secondary Chase, BC
Christopher Zeglen Cochrane High School Cochrane, AB
Monica Wannop Dawson Creek Secondary Dawson Creek, BC
Nicole Fisher Elkford Secondary Elkford, BC
Chelsey Hill Fraser Lake High School Fraser Lake, BC
Jenny Jang Fort Nelson Secondary Fort Nelson, BC
Shaccara Orr Fernie Secondary Fernie, BC
Sarah Leach Fort St. James Secondary Fort St James, BC
Charles Allison North Peace Secondary Fort St. John, BC
Holly Wiens North Peace Secondary Fort St. John, BC
Heather Shutliff North Peace Secondary Fort St. John, BC
Katelynn Paynter North Peace Secondary Fort St. John, BC
Nathan Rendell Houston Secondary Houston, BC
Connor Oswald JV Humphries School Kaslo, BC
Dayna Schwarz Rutland Senior High Svhool Kelowna, BC
Nikita Taylor Kelowna Secondary Kelowna, BC
Tyler Logan Selkirk Secondary Kimberly, BC
Eve Riddler Brockswood Secondary Langley, BC
Julia Kadera John Barsby High School Nanaimo, BC
Madison Ginn Cedar Secondary Nanaimo, BC
Andrea Lee Gulf Islands Secondary School Pender Island, BC
Daniel Lam Richmond High School Richmond, BC
Nicole West McMath Secondary Richmond, BC
Trennin Lifely Salmo Secondary Salmo, BC
Kaitlin Greaves Parkland Secondary Sidney, BC
Conrad Anderson EMCS Sooke, BC
Taylor Syrja Sparwood Secondary School Spawrood, BC
Carly Clements Clayton Heights Secondary School Surrey, BC
Andrew Magdrululan Princess Margaret Secondary School Surrey, BC
John Kennedy Semiahmoo High School Surrey, BC
Nathan Lenz Mount Douglas Secondary Victoria, BC
Stephanie Clark Belmont High School Victoria, BC
Max Lumseden Steily’s Secondary Victoria, BC
Bethany Langkamer Spectrum Community Victoria, BC
Dean Myhal Reynolds High School Victoria, BC

 

Alberta

Student School Hometown
Zachary Brooks-Poloway Alix Mac High School Alix, AB
Julee Roukena Bashaw School Bashaw, AB
Derian Measures Barrhead Composite High School Barrhead, AB
Melissa Yewell Beaverlodge Regional High School Beaverlodge, AB
Ella Cunningham St. Joseph’s Collegiate Brooks, AB
Gideon Mentie Brooks Composite High School Brooks, AB
Madison Ginn St. Michaels High School Bow Island, AB
Katrina Marcotte-Kuflay Our Lady of Mount Pleasant Camrose, AB
Lane Verna Willow Creek Composite High School Claresholm, AB
Carlina Letourneau Coronation High School Coronation, AB
Kali Lynch Drumheller Valley High School Drumheller, AB
Travis Dietrich St. Anthony’s High School Drumheller, AB
MacKenzie Burnnett Parkland Composite High School Edson, AB
Shelby Boehlke J.C. Charyk Hanna School Hanna, AB
Trainlina Hill Highwood High School High River, AB
Carley McKinlay Notre Dame Collegiate High River, AB
Kennedy Zaystoff Holy Cross High School Langdon, AB
Cassidy James Medicine Hat High School Medicine Hat, AB
Bradley Nelson Morrin School Morrin, AB
Alyssa Oulette J.J. Foster High School Nanton, AB
Grace Williams Holy Trinity Academy Okotoks, AB
Philip Taylor Smith Highwood High School Okotoks,  AB
Joel Cooper Strathmore High School Strathmore, AB
Anna Ho WR Meyers High School Taber, AB
Kaiden Feil Oil Fields High School Turner Valley, AB
Amelia Gosselin St. Jerome’s High School Vermillion, AB

 

Saskatchewan

Student School Hometown
Matthew Thomson Assiniboia Composite High School Assiniboia, SK
Mackenzie Shaver LeRoy School LeRoy, SK
Amanda Hetu Holy Rusary High School Lloydminster, SK
Joan Bedard Melfort Collegiate Melfort, SK
Tanya Quast L.P. Miller Comprehensive Nipawin, SK
Kyla Le Cuyer L.P. Miller Comprehensive Nipawin, SK
Mark Kramer St. Mary High School Prince Albert, SK
Jessica Schluff Carlton High School Prince Albert, SK
Dayna LaFortune Rosetown Central High School Rosetown, SK
Lacey Pritchard Shaunavon High School Shaunavon, SK
Sawyer Busse Winston High School Watrous, SK
Calyton Rondeau Assiniboia Composite High School Willow Bunch, SK
Tori Sautner Wolesley High School Wolseley, SK

 

Manitoba

Student School Hometown
Osvaldo Rodriguez Medrano Crocus Plains High School Brandon, MB
Ellen Lamont Neelin High School Brandon, MB
Brett Skibo Vincent Massey High School Brandon, MB
Harold Groves Gilbert Plains Collegiate Gilbert Plains, MB
Daniel Eyo Goose Lake High School Roblin, MB
Tyson McRae Souris High School Souris, MB
Chhya Kapoor R.D. Parker Collegiate Thompson, MB
Jadine Merasty Churchill High School Winnipeg, MB
Ryan Henrikson Oak Park High School Winnipeg, MB
Morgan Hrynkow College Pierre Elliot Trudeau Winnipeg, MB
Kate Hiscott Sisler High School Winnipeg, MB
Deanna DeMare College Jeanne-Sauve Winnipeg, MB
Cyrus Troche River East Colleigate Winnipeg, MB
Roi Mendoza Maples Collegiate Winnipeg, MB
Troy Bird Dakota Collegiate Winnipeg, MB
Tracy Francisco Murdoch Mackay Collegiate Winnipeg, MB

 

– See more at: http://westerncommunitiesfoundation.com/western-financial-group-recognizes-a-record-93-deserving-high-school-students.html#sthash.IYINxB6n.dpuf

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Record Results for Western’s 10th Annual Support the Cause Walk

More than 1,800 employees from across Western Financial Group (Western) came together on May 28 to raise a record total of more than $215,000 through the annual Support the Cause walk. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, Support the Cause brings employees together across Western Canada to participate in 5km walks in their communities as the primary fundraiser for the company’s charitable arm, the Western Communities Foundation.

The Western Communities Foundation was created in 2001 with a mission to help foster community pride by supporting projects in the communities where Western operates, and to enhance infrastructure in these communities by supporting public health, public housing, education, and recreation-related causes.

“Support the Cause is a fantastic event for our team because the projects it supports have a direct impact on the communities we live and work in,” said Western president and CEO, Jeff Burke. “Whether it’s opening up doors for continued education, restoring community centres, or supporting local community charities, the money raised from this event goes toward projects that are at the heart of these communities.”

This year, Western employees donned the signature Support the Cause red t-shirts and raised more than $215,000 for the Foundation by fundraising online at www.supportthecause.ca. In addition to employee fundraising, Western donated $50 on behalf of every employee that participated in the walk. This year’s total topped last year’s amount of $137,845, and exceeded this year’s goal of $150,000.

Funds raised through the walk are used to support infrastructure grants, student bursaries for graduating high school students, and matching grants for community projects and charities across Western Canada.

Since its inception, the Support the Cause Walk has raised more than $1 million to support local communities through the Western Communities Foundation.

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Western surprises families by covering spring activity fees

High River-based company supports ongoing flood relief by covering more than $165,000 in registration fees for local children

High River families were the recipients of a surprise donation on Saturday, March 8 when they visited the town’s annual spring registration day to sign their children up for sports and other activities. The Western Communities Foundation, the charitable arm of Western Financial Group (Western), and its parent company, Desjardins Group covered the registration fees for one activity for each child, to ensure that any remaining financial burden caused by the flood would not prohibit children from participating in activities that they love.

As a High River-based company, Western and its employees have experienced the devastation of the 2013 flood first-hand, and have seen the ongoing effects the flood has had on the community. This donation to the Town of High River was made possible by contributions from Western, Desjardins, and Western employees, and totaled more than $165,000. The surprise donation allowed more than 950 children to register for recreational activities including soccer, lacrosse, scouts and swim club.

“Through all the change and growth, High River has and will continue to be our home. Not only is our head office based here, but the families of our employees live here and some of their children will be registering for these sports and activities,” said Jeff Burke, president and CEO of Western. “Following the floods, we wanted to continue to play a role in helping to return High River to the community.”

“The last eight months have been both emotionally and financially challenging for many families in High River, children included. Many have lost their homes or been displaced, and these activities offer families a sense of normalcy and fun after a tough year,” said Craig Snodgrass, mayor of the Town of High River. “Allowing children to enjoy these activities without the financial burden is a wonderful gift. We are extremely grateful to the Foundation, Desjardins and to Western employees for their continued generosity. Scott Tannas started Western Financial Group as a High River business and it will always be a High River business. High River is truly rebuilding High River.”

“We’re thrilled to make this donation to the High River community,” said Monique F. Leroux, chair of the board, president and CEO of Desjardins Group. “We hope this donation will lift some of the financial burden from families, and help continue the sense of community by making activities accessible to all children.”

The donation comes as part of a series of relief efforts made by Western and Desjardins in the aftermath of the flood. In December 2013, the organizations donated $100,000 to rebuild the playgrounds at Spitzee Elementary School, École Joe Clark School and the Holy Spirit Academy. This winter, the Western Communities Foundation donated another $10,000 through the Town of High River to help High River families take care of their heating and electric bills to relieve post-holiday financial stress.

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Western Announces $100,000 in Grants to Local Communities

High River, AB – Western Financial Group (Western) is proud to announce that it will be donating $100,000 towards 20 infrastructure projects in the communities it serves across western Canada. Western’s charitable association, the Western Communities Foundation, receives nominations for these $5,000 infrastructure grants from Western employees who select projects in their communities that need assistance.

“We are proud that the Western Communities Foundation has made a positive impact on dozens of the communities we serve,” said Jeff Burke, president and CEO of Western Financial Group. “The projects we support with our infrastructure grants are particularly special to the Foundation because they are selected by our employees based on needs they see in their communities. It is a very special program, and we’re proud to announce that this year it will help improve daycares, art centres, fitness facilities, libraries and other community resources across Western Canada.”

2014 Grants include:

  • British Columbia Burns Lake – Burns Lake Arena and Curling Rink
  • Coquitlam – Construction of walking path at DeBeck Elementary School
  • Duncan – Rebuild Palsson Elementary School playground
  • Kelowna – Okanagan College Foundation
  • Pender Island – Pender Community Hall
  • Richmond –Cranberry Children’s Centre
  • Salmo– Upgrade Salmo Park
  • Sidney – Rotary Park (PBSA) Field House Expansion
  • Surrey – New library at Cloverdale Catholic School
  • Victoria – Belmont High School relocation and historical preservation
  • Victoria – First Nations Art Project for new schools
  • Victoria – Rebuild Royal Oak Middle School jogging trail

Alberta

  • Clive – New building for Clive Public Library
  • Drumheller –Badlands Community Facility
  • Lacombe – Renovation of Lacombe Daycare
  • Lac La Biche – Replacement of viewpoint deck

Saskatchewan

  • Assiniboia – Assiniboia Skating Rink
  • Lloydminster – New building for Lloydminster SPCA
  • Prince Albert – New building for Prince Albert SPCA

Manitoba

Winnipeg – Renovation of Winnipeg Art Centre

In its 12-year history, the Western Communities Foundation has distributed more than 80 infrastructure grants to communities across western Canada for various projects. In 2013, Western, in partnership with its parent company, Desjardins Group, each contributed $100,000 in funds to schools in the High River, Alberta area following the 2013 floods. With the help of the Western Communities Foundation, Foothills School Division and Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools were able to cover the costs of remediating flood-destroyed playgrounds at Spitzee Elementary School, École Joe Clark School and Holy Spirit Academy.

Founded in 2002, the Western Communities Foundation serves to give back to the communities where Western employees live and work, and foster employee pride and engagement. The Foundation’s core donation programs include community infrastructure grants, Exceptional Achievement Citation & Bursary Awards for graduating high school students and a Matching Grants program. Since its inception, the Western Communities Foundation has raised more than $1 million to support local communities.

“2013 was a pivotal year for the Western Communities Foundation,” said John Jenner, executive director of the Western Communities Foundation. “We’ve helped our home community of High River with flood relief by supporting playground reclamation, and to now announce the recipients of the 20 infrastructure grants is extremely exciting. Our employees love the communities we serve, and it’s wonderful to be able to give back through these grants.”

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