$100,000 Sponsorship from Economical Insurance Helps Extend Reach of JA Programs Across Canada

TORONTO, Sept. 8, 2016 /CNW/ - JA Canada, the largest provider of youth business education programs in Canada, is pleased to announce a generous sponsorship from Economical Insurance. The $100,000 contribution will enable JA Canada to reach more students through JA Canada's digital strategy — JA Excelerate — and deliver programs in the areas of financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. This brings the total sponsorship funding from Economical to $500,000 since 2012.

JA Excelerate brings blended learning to classroom programs, the creation of an online management system to continue education outside of the classroom, and the launch of an online volunteer school and community school for volunteers.

"At Economical, supporting youth and their education is a priority for us," said Karen Gavan, President and CEO, Economical Insurance. "We are delighted to continue supporting JA in their efforts to reach more students with high-quality programming in the critical areas of financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship."  

Support from Economical also includes an ongoing commitment by employee volunteers to deliver programs in classrooms in select locations across Canada. Over the past two years, volunteers from Economical have delivered more than 550 hours of JA programming to Canadian students.

"We are excited to continue our long-standing partnership with Economical Insurance," said Scott Hillier, CEO and President, JA Canada. "We are especially grateful for the commitment of Economical employees who share their wealth of real world knowledge with students in classrooms from coast to coast."

About JA Canada
JA Canada is the country's largest youth business education organization and is dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in the global economy. Offering programs in the areas of financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness, JA Canada strives to help students make informed and knowledgeable financial decisions, develop career plans and express their innovative spirit. For more information please visit us at www.jacanada.org or follow us on Twitter @ja_canada

About Economical Insurance
Founded in 1871, Economical is one of Canada's leading property and casualty insurers, with $2.0 billion in premiums during 2015 and $5.4 billion in assets as at June 30, 2016. Based in Waterloo, this Canadian-owned and operated company services the insurance needs of more than one million customers across the country. Economical conducts business under the following brands: Economical Insurance, Economical, Western General, Economical Select, Perth Insurance, Sonnet, Economical Financial, and Family Insurance Solutions.

SOURCE Junior Achievement of Canada

Image with caption: "Louise Taylor Green (left), Chief Human Resources Officer at Economical Insurance, presents $100,000 to JA Canada for the delivery of programs in the areas of financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. The funds will also enable JA Canada to reach more students across Canada through its digital strategy — JA Excelerate. Receiving the cheque on behalf of JA Canada is Karen Gallant, President and CEO of JA Waterloo Region. (CNW Group/Junior Achievement of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160908_C7030_PHOTO_EN_768612.jpg

For further information: Cheryl Hamelin, Chief Development Officer, JA Canada, Toronto: 647-680-2848 x239, Calgary: 403-781-2582, Cell: 403-200-0853, chamelin@jacanada.org; Doug Maybee, Manager, Public and Media Relations, Economical Insurance, (O) 519-570-8249, (C) 519-404-0989, doug.maybee@economical.com


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