Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life contribute $500,000 as National Development Sponsor to fund Indspire's new Peer Support: Educator Coaching program

Program to help educators of Indigenous students connect, share successful practices

REGINA, Dec. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life have pledged $500,000 as National Development Sponsor of the Indspire Institute's Peer Support: Educator Coaching program.

Indspire's new professional development program enables educators of Indigenous students from across Canada to share successful practices and integrate them into their classrooms. Emerging educators are connected with coaches who have years of experience working with Indigenous students and a proven track record of creating positive outcomes.

"Indspire is working to change the lives of Indigenous students every day," said Dave Johnston, President and Chief Operating Officer for Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life. "This program reflects a progressive, comprehensive approach to helping Indigenous students achieve a greater chance of success. That's consistent with our focus on helping Canadians achieve financial security and health and well-being."

To learn more about the program, please visit: indspire.ca/programs/peer-support.

About Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life
Responsible and ethical management is an intrinsic value of the companies and is essential to long-term profitability and value creation. As an Imagine Caring Company supporting the principles of corporate citizenship and benchmarks for community investment established by Imagine Canada, the companies donate a minimum of one per cent of average pre-tax profits to non-profit, charitable and community organizations each year.

Learn more about the organization's social responsibility.

About Indspire
Indspire is the former National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation. Its new name combines the key notions of Indigenous and inspiration to highlight its exciting mandate. Indspire is best-known for its many programs that help Indigenous youth succeed. In addition to bursaries and scholarships, they offer career conferences for youth, interactive classroom learning modules, the Indspire Institute and the Indspire Awards. Indspire's focus is on supporting, innovating, and fundamentally transforming Indigenous education. In 2012-2013, Indspire's Building Brighter Futures program provided $5.2 million of financial support to over 2,000 individual recipients.

SOURCE: Great-West Life Assurance Company

For further information:

Marlene Klassen, APR
Assistant Vice-President, Communication Services
204.946.7705

Betsy Chaly
Vice President, Communications and Marketing
Indspire
T: 416.987.0260
C: 647.622.2469
bchaly@indspire.ca

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