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HIGH RIVER, AB, June 12, 2012 /CNW/ - On June 13, Western Financial
Group's (Western) 1,500 employees will take to the road in more than
100 locations to raise money for the Western Communities Foundation, a
non-profit organization that supports the communities where Western
employees live and work.
The Foundation's annual Support the Cause Day—a 3 to 5 km walk starting
from Western Financial Group offices across western Canada—raises money
that goes toward community infrastructure grants, student bursaries and
other worthwhile endeavours that support public health, recreation and
education. Western donates $50 per participating employee which is
topped up by pledges employees personally gather from friends, family
and clients. All the money goes to the Western Communities Foundation.
"Support the Cause Day allows us to make meaningful investments in the
communities we serve," said Tom Dutton, Executive Director of the
Western Communities Foundation. "It's meaningful to Western employees
who get to see improvements to the arenas and community centres in
their neighbourhoods or a student in their area getting a bursary to go
to school. There's a lot of pride around here in what we're doing."
Last year, Western Financial Group employees collected approximately
$26,000 in personal pledges. After Western's contribution, their
efforts raised approximately $76,000 for the Foundation, well exceeding
the goal of $50,000.
"Among other things, last year's Support the Cause Day proceeds helped
fund our Community Defibrillator Program which is working to put at
least one Automated External Defibrillator in a major public facility
in each community that Western Financial Group serves," said Dutton.
"We've already installed them in 47 communities and we're working on
the rest. That's an impact our staff have made that will literally save
Western Communities Foundation was founded by Western Financial Group in
2001 as a non-profit organization under the Income Tax Act of Canada
(Registration #87030 2619 RR0001).
Western Financial Group is a western Canada based, diversified,
financial services company serving more than 600,000 customers. Founded
in 1996 and headquartered in High River, Alberta, Western provides
insurance, banking and investment products and services through more
than 120 office locations, the Internet (www.westernfinancialgroup.ca)
and other distribution channels. With a skilled team of approximately
1,500 employees, and backed by the strong resources of its owners,
Western is committed to building the strongest financial services
company in western Canada.
Western Financial Group is a subsidiary of Desjardins Group, the leading
cooperative financial group in Canada.
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