Alterna Savings Helps Set Ontario's Youth on Path to Success with Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

Representatives from Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada joined Alterna Savings' Bramalea Community Banking Centre staff and volunteers at a charity BBQ on August 14th where they served food and big smiles in support of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. (CNW Group/Alterna Savings)

Ontario's first community-based credit union invests over $117,000 in young Canadians

TORONTO, Aug. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC) were presented with a $5,000 donation from Alterna Savings, Ontario's first community-based credit union. This community investment will help young people across the province gain access to education, skills development and scholarships with the goal of helping them realize their full potential. This donation brings the total investment in BGCC by Alterna's enthusiastic members and committed employees to more than $117,000 over the last year.   

Alterna's President & CEO, Rob Paterson, presented the cheque to BGCC at a barbeque on August 14, 2014 at the Bramalea Community Banking Centre. "At Alterna, we believe that investing in Canadian youth will result in a brighter future for our country. This is why we are proud to partner with Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, the country's leader in youth development. It is also why we are honoured to support so many young Canadians as they both achieve – and exceed – their full potential," explained Paterson.

In addition to sponsoring BGCC's Youth ABCs (Ability to Bring Change!) program and providing BGCC youth with important academic scholarships, Alterna employees have served as patrons and volunteers for various Boys and Girls Club initiatives throughout Ontario.

"We're thrilled that Alterna is committed to investing in the future of Ontario youth and are proud to be selected as their partner in helping young people to discover, develop and achieve their best potential," stated Pam Jolliffe, President and CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. "With a history rooted in community investment, we have seen Alterna put their members and the communities they serve first for many years. That enthusiasm is reflected in their dedication to ensuring children and youth can access the knowledge skills and inspiration to make positive changes in their own lives and in the lives of others." 

About Alterna's Partnership with Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
Alterna Savings partnered with Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada in 2013 as part of its Power of Learning program that supports local partners and programs that help individuals reach their full potential through education and the alleviation of poverty. Alterna currently sponsors BGCC's Youth ABCs (Ability to Bring Change!) program and provides Academic Scholarships annually. For more information, visit www.alterna.ca/AboutUs/Community/CommunityInvestments/HelpingOurCommunities/Partnerships/BoysAndGirlsClubs/.

About Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is dedicated to supporting and encouraging children and youth as they grow and develop. We are a national charity serving 200,000 young people in 650 locations across Canada. We listen to their opinions and ideas, applaud their accomplishments, lend support during their struggles and provide ways for them to explore their interests and talents. With this encouragement, young people develop the confidence and sense of belonging that helps them succeed in school, form positive relationships and mature into responsible, caring adults. For over 110 years, we have welcomed children, youth and their families into clubs that reflect the diversity of Canada in small and large cities, rural communities and First Nations reserves. Visit www.bgccan.com and follow us on www.facebook.com/bgccan and www.twitter.com/bgccan.

About Alterna Savings
As Canada's first co-operative financial institution outside Quebec founded in 1908, Alterna Savings and Credit Union Limited is a full-service, member-owned credit union. Alterna Savings serves over 100,000 members throughout the province of Ontario, and currently holds C$3.3 billion in assets under administration. From trustworthy financial advice to local investment and support, Alterna Savings offers a fresh alternative to the 'Big Banks'. Learn about the Alterna Savings difference at www.alterna.ca, or follow us on @alternasavings and www.facebook.com/AlternaSavings.

SOURCE Alterna Savings

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For further information: For more information: Jeff Shinozaki, SVP & Chief Member Officer, Jeff.Shinozaki@alterna.ca, 416.213.7900 x7636; Media contact: Susan Sullivan, Media Relations Manager, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, 905-477-7272 ext. 239, ssullivan@bgccan.com