Playground will enhance family and community well-being
HAMILTON, ON, July 12, 2014 /CNW/ - The Hamilton community was
revitalized today thanks to a new playground built at 10 St. Andrews.
In less than eight hours, more than 200 volunteers from ForestersTM, CityHousing Hamilton (CHH), and organizers from non-profit KaBOOM!
created the new play space, which will serve more than 19,000 children
and their families in the local community for years to come.
"A community's well-being starts with a child's well-being," said Sharon
Giffen, President, Foresters Canada and President Chief Operating
Officer, Foresters Life Insurance Company. "Playgrounds are important
to communities, providing an open space where children can play safely.
We believe that an investment in a playground is an investment in
family well-being, and we are happy to provide the Hamilton community
with a place that families can enjoy for years to come."
The design for the new playground is based on drawings created by
neighborhood children at a special Design Day event held in May when
community members met with organizers from KaBOOM! and Foresters to
design their dream playground. The drawings inspired the final
Since 2006, Foresters has invested over $10 million with KaBOOM! to
build almost 120 playgrounds across the US and Canada by the end of
2015. Over their 15 year lifespan, these playgrounds will provide more
than 3 million children and their families with an opportunity to spend
quality time together and enhance family well-being.
"CityHousing Hamilton recognizes the benefit of actively and
meaningfully involving tenants in the work of planning, building, and
maintaining the communities in which they live" said Matt Bowen,
Manager, Tenant Engagement and Support Services, CityHousing Hamilton.
"With nearly 45% of our population being children, there is a benefit
to keeping them active. Kids who play regularly develop stronger social
skills, perform better in school, and decrease their chances of
illnesses associated with an inactive lifestyle. They also take a
greater pride in where they live. This playground will not only enhance
the lives of children and the community, but the city at large".
Another way Foresters advocates for family well-being is through its
Tech Timeout™ challenge, which encourages families to take a pledge to
turn off all electronic devices for an hour a day for one week and
spend quality time together. For more details, visit techtimeout.com.
Foresters is a founding member of the KaBOOM! Leadership Circle - a
group of organizations providing long-term guidance and support to
KaBOOM! and its mission. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to the
bold goal of ensuring that all children get the balance of active play
they need to become healthy and successful adults because #playmatters.
CityHousing Hamilton (CHH) is the third largest municipal housing
provider in the province of Ontario. CHH manages over 7,000 units at
more than 1200 properties. We have nearly 13,000 residents that speak
more than 30 languages. 45% of our residential population is children.
We provide affordable housing that is safe, well maintained,
cost-effective and that supports the diverse needs of our many
communities. Through tenant engagement, CHH aims to continually improve
our communities with the goal to make them the best place to live in
For 140 years, Foresters™, an international financial services provider,
has fulfilled its purpose to enhance family well-being for its members
and the communities where they live. A fraternal benefit society,
Foresters offers quality life insurance and investment products, unique
member benefits and inspiring community activities. Foresters shares
its financial strength with more than one million members in Canada,
the United States and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit foresters.com, and techtimeout.com.
Foresters™ is the trade name and a trademark of The Independent Order of
Foresters, a fraternal benefit society, 789 Don Mills Road, Toronto,
Canada M3C 1T9; its subsidiaries are licensed to use this mark.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to the bold new goal of
ensuring that all children, particularly the 16 million American
children living in poverty, get the balanced and active play they need
to thrive. KaBOOM! has been a powerful champion for play since its
founding in 1996, working with partners to build, improve and open more
than 15,000 playgrounds, engage more than 1,000,000 volunteers and
serve more than 6,600,000 children. KaBOOM! creates and catalyzes great
places to play, inspires, empowers and leads play advocates, and
educates and elevates the societal conversation about the importance of
play in children's lives. For more information, visit kaboom.org/act or follow the conversation on why #playmatters at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.
For further information:
CityHousing Hamilton: Mathew Bowen, (905) 523 - 8496 ext. 7317, firstname.lastname@example.org
Foresters: Maria Ganogiannis, 800-461-8431, ext. 4096, email@example.com
KaBOOM!: Bruno Tager, 301-919-4482, firstname.lastname@example.org