How We Help

Our mission

To have a positive impact on the people and pride within the communities where employees of Western Financial Group and its divisions live and work.

The Western Financial Group Communities Foundation was created for employees to express appreciation and demonstrate our support for the communities where we live and work, Western Financial Group founded the non-profit Western Communities Foundation in 2001 as a registered charity #87030 2619 RR0001.

Infrastructure Grant Program

Infrastructure Grant Program

The Community Infrastructure Grant program consists of 3 different Infrastructure Grants that provide our communities with a chance to be awarded  $5,000 to support a major community infrastructure project for renovation or construction of a community's publicly owned asset (e.g. arena, park, library, community hall, pool, etc.). 

Matching Grants

Matching Grants 

In 2005, WCF launched the Matching Grant program that matches up to $500 raised by branch/location staff in support of a local community project through initiatives such as a bake sale, staff jeans days, prizes draw etc. 

Goal Achievers Community Program

Goal Achievers Community Program 

For our Western communities that achieve their fundraising goal ($100 per employee) in the National Walk to Support the Cause Campaign, they will be eligible to apply to keep 50% of the total funds raised. These funds can be donated through the Western Communities Foundation to a local community project governed by a registered charity or the municipality 

Western Inspirational Award

Western Inspirational Award 

The Western Inspirational award is a bursary given to a local high school graduates in communities that are served by Western Financial Group/Western Coast Insurance Services/ Wyatt Dowling who:

  • Have displayed outstanding community and/or school spirit as an organizer, participant, or volunteer and/or
  • Have demonstrated inspirational conduct – whether an act of heroism or leadership in a crisis and/or
  • Have overcome adversity (mental/physical disability), financial hardship, family issues, etc.

The students may be nominated by any member of the school teaching staff, support or administrative staff, or by a member of the parent-school council.

To date, the Western Communities Foundation has awarded more than 1,300 Western Inspirational Awards.

2022 Funds Raised to Date