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TORONTO, June 14, 2012 /CNW/ - Today Manulife Financial celebrates
volunteering and citizen engagement at Luminato 6, Toronto's Festival
of arts and creativity.
As one of the preeminent arts festivals in North America, Luminato has
commissioned over 50 new works of art and featured 6,500 artists from
over 35 countries. New this year, the festival will host a citizenship
ceremony featuring unique roundtable discussions led by the Institute
for Canadian Citizenship (ICC). The discussions connect new citizens
with community volunteers to help reflect upon what it means to be an
active and engaged citizen.
"We have been proud supporters of Luminato for many years," remarked
Nicole Boivin, Senior Vice President and Chief Branding and
Communications Officer for Manulife Financial. "At Manulife we believe
that every volunteer, every volunteer act and every hour given back is
an investment in the future of all Canadians. It takes many volunteers
to make a festival like this successful and today we are at Luminato to
promote and celebrate individuals who make a difference by investing
their time and talent."
Individuals can visit Manulife Financial's Volunteer Hub at the festival
to learn more about the importance of volunteering and share their own
volunteer story. They can also pledge volunteer hours for the Drive to 125 initiative - a social-cause campaign Manulife Financial is promoting on
the Get Volunteering page on Facebook. As part of Drive to 125, one
lucky organization will win $10,000 as each person who makes a pledge
will have their name entered into a special draw and the winner chooses
a deserving charity.
During the roundtable discussions at the citizenship ceremony, Manulife
Financial executives will join other community leaders as hosts,
guiding conversations about citizenship, belonging and community
"The ICC is excited to bring the magic of our Building Citizenship program to Luminato," said Gillian Hewitt Smith, Institute for Canadian
Citizenship's Executive Director and CEO. "Our roundtable discussions
have the ability to bring together people from many different walks of
life to talk about citizenship, a topic that's not usually part of
one's daily conversation. It's an amazing experience for all involved,
and I can't think of a better way to welcome new Canadian citizens into
"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to inspire new Canadians,"
added Ms. Boivin. "Our country welcomes more than 170,000 new citizens
each year and we must work together to ensure they feel a part of their
community and get involved in causes that matter to them."
To learn more about the Luminato Festival visit www.luminato.com. For more information about the ICC visit www.icc-icc.ca. And, to pledge volunteer hours for Drive to 125 visit www.facebook.com/GetVolunteering
About Manulife's commitment to volunteerism
Preparing for the future is something Manulife gets behind every day.
The Manulife Volunteer Commitment focuses on helping Canadians build a
better future on three important levels: by inspiring Canadians to want
to get involved and give back; by supporting initiatives that help
Canadians match their unique skills and talents with meaningful
volunteer opportunities; and by engaging Canadians in the idea of
volunteerism and its value to the future of our country. To learn
more, visit www.manulife.ca or Get Volunteering on Facebook.
About Manulife Financial
Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group
with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. In
2012, we celebrate 125 years of providing clients strong, reliable,
trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant
financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and
distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management
products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset
management services to institutional customers. Funds under management
by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were C$512 billion (US$512
billion) as at March 31, 2012. The Company operates as Manulife
Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the
Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE,
and under '945' on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the
Internet at manulife.com.
SOURCE Manulife Financial Corporation
For further information:
Tracy Van Kalsbeek
Public Relations Consultant
Manulife Financial Canadian Division