Western Financial Group’s 1,600 Employees to Build Teddy Bears for Charity

Western Financial Group’s more than 1,600 employees will brighten the lives of children across Canada by each building a teddy bear at their employee conventions this month. The bears will be distributed to more than 20 charities chosen by employees.

“Building teddy bears at our employee convention allows us to have fun, and give back to the community while coming together as a team,” said Jeff Burke, president and CEO of Western Financial Group’s network of insurance brokerages. “We hope these teddy bears will make a difference in the lives of children who are overcoming a trauma, experiencing a life change, or who just need to be cheered up.”

Western Financial Group’s employee conventions are taking place at locations across Western Canada during the month of June. The groups of employees will complete a Build-A-Bear workshop, where each employee will create a unique teddy bear complete with a birth certificate to be given to a child.

Receiving charities include:

British Columbia

  • Burnaby Children’s Fund – Burnaby
  • AiMHi Prince George Association for Community Living – Prince George
  • NUKO – Nanaimo
  • FSJ Child Development Centre – Fort St John
  • Chase Christmas Hamper Society – Chase
  • The Bridge Youth and Family Services – Kelowna


  • Big Country Victim Services – Drumheller
  • Phoenix Safe House – Medicine Hat
  • Peace River Women’s Shelter – Peace River
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters  – Medicine Hat
  • Society for Support to Pregnant and Parenting Teens – Grande Prairie
  • Children’s Cottage Society – Calgary
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters – Lacombe
  • CNP Women’s Resource in Crisis Center – Coleman
  • Victim Services – Cold Lake
  • Rowan House – High River
  • Kids Kottage – Edmonton
  • Zebra Child Protection Centre (Society) – Edmonton
  • Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Center – Calgary


  • Estevan Family Resource Centre – Estevan
  • Kids First Program – Nipawin
  • YWCA Regina – Regina
  • Parkland Victim Services – Yorkton


  • Child & Family Services of Western Manitoba – Brandon
  • Rossbrook House – Winnipeg
  • Ronald McDonald House – Winnipeg
  • Various charities – Roblin WISH Inc – Winnipeg


  • Native Child & Family Services of Toronto – Toronto

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