Tradespeople never forget their first toolset and for Jesse Simons, a resident of Fort St. John, British Columbia, our Western Financial Group Communities Foundation helped him purchase his.
Driven by a desire to provide for his family, Simons’ tools were funded by the $750 Western Inspiration Award he received from his local brokers in 2016.
Following his post-secondary education at Northern Lights College, Simons, who always connected with math and structural layout, is now a dual traded plumber and carpenter.
“I enjoy knowing I can turn the worst places into safe and accessible environments,” he said, noting he trouble shoots and fixes flooded sites as a restoration technician.
It’s his mission to always ensure his job sites are safe places for anyone to return to, but most importantly, seniors, infants and people with compromised immune systems.
A former Chief Warrant Officer with the 2276 Royal Canadian Army Cadets, Simons had over 300 volunteer hours and proudly served on the biathlon and marksmanship teams.
His giving back continued at Ducks Unlimited in Fort St. John. Later, his employer We Care Restoration donated a playground, with Simons volunteering to assemble it.
A self-described adrenaline junkie, he expressed his interest in hiking, mountain biking, as well as spoiling his mother with goodies at the hospital.
The Foundation has supported communities served by Western Financial Group and its divisions since 2001. In addition to developing future leaders via student bursaries, our not-for-profit strengthens community connection points by way of infrastructure grants and assists the places where we call home during times of crisis. Learn more about donating to help individuals like Jesse or communities served by Western yourself.
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