Company to donate $10,000 to charity on winner's behalf
WATERLOO, ON, July 5 /CNW/ - Today, Sun Life Financial announced that
Rauni Naud, advisor with the Kootenay Financial Centre in British
Columbia, is the 2009 Volunteer of the Year. To honour Naud's dedication
to volunteering, Sun Life Financial will donate $10,000 to the United
Way of Castelgar, B.C. as selected by Naud.
"Sun Life is extremely proud of our employees and advisors, from across
Canada, who are dedicated to making the communities where they live and
work brighter every day through many hours of volunteer work," said
Kevin Dougherty, President, Sun Life Financial Canada. "Our communities
are as strong as the people who live in them, and the volunteers we're
recognizing are truly an example of dedicated citizens."
Naud was named 2009 Volunteer of the Year in recognition of the 750
hours of volunteer work she completed in 2009. Her tireless efforts
helped benefit the United Way in Castlegar and Nelson B.C., the Dry Grad
program at Stanley Humphries Secondary School in Castlegar and the
Castlegar Cancer Society community run.
As president of the Castlegar and Nelson District United Way offices,
Naud volunteered an incredible 515 hours with the organization. During
this time, Naud put forth creative fundraising ideas that brought about
a new direction for the administration and board members. The success of
these changes has allowed the United Way offices to continue supporting
those that need it most. Naud's efforts with Stanley Humphries Secondary
School were instrumental in helping to raise money for the school's
graduation ceremony. As well, Naud worked hard to raise pledges for the
Castlegar Cancer Society community run.
Sun Life Financial advisors from coast to coast comprised this year's
finalists for the Volunteer of the Year. The company will donate $3,000
to charities as decided by each of the three 2009 Volunteer of the Year
Joseph Sask, based out of the Grande Prairie Financial Centre in
Alberta, will be donating his funds to the Wolverines Wheelchair
Sports Association in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Sask is the current
secretary of the board of directors and past president for the
association. He is also the manager, coach and equipment co-ordinator
for the wheelchair basketball program. His efforts have allowed the
Wolverines Wheelchair Sports Association to continue to thrive.
Audrey Chiang's donation will benefit the Trillium Health Centre in
Mississauga, Ontario. Chiang is chair of the board for the Mississauga
Board of Chinese Professionals and Businesses. Under her leadership,
they have raised more than $1 million over 10 years to support many
worthy organizations. She is an advisor with the Scarborough Financial
John Maisey of the Moncton Financial Centre will contribute his
donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Moncton. Maisey is the past
president of the club and has now taken the responsibility of heading
the Boys & Girls Club of Moncton's Sustainable Development Program. He
sits on the Board of Directors and in three years of leadership, has
helped raise $2.3 million to expand the facilities.
Sun Life Financial's volunteer program provides a donation to the
charities where an employee or advisor volunteers a minimum of 50 hours
for the year. In 2009, employees and advisors at Sun Life Financial
volunteered more than 43,000 hours - close to five full years - of their
time to organizations and charities in communities coast to coast across
Canada, generating $170,000 in donations.
To learn more about Sun Life Financial's 2009 Volunteer of the Year
finalists and to see their profiles, please visit href="http://www.sunlife.ca/canada/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=933fa6d6a57a1210VgnVCM100000abd2d09fRCRD&vgnextfmt=default&vgnLocale=en_CA">www.sunlife.ca/VolunteerOfTheYear.
About Sun Life Financial
Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services
organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth
accumulation products and services to individuals and corporate
customers. Chartered in 1865, Sun Life Financial and its partners today
have operations in key markets worldwide, including Canada, the United
States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan,
Indonesia, India, China and Bermuda. As of March 31, 2010, the Sun Life
Financial group of companies had total assets under management of $435
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Note to Editors: All figures in Canadian dollars.
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