Record 50 Infrastructure Grants awarded by Western Financial Group

Funds support local projects aimed at strengthening communities in Western Canada

HIGH RIVER, AB, Dec. 22, 2016 /CNW/ - Western Financial Group (Western), through its charitable arm, the Western Communities Foundation, has awarded a record 50 infrastructure grants totaling $250,000 for 2016. The number of grants awarded this year increased from 40 awarded in 2015. Each $5,000 grant will go toward various projects supporting public health, public housing, education, and recreation in the communities where Western operates. In accordance with the program guidelines, grants must be awarded to municipalities or registered charities.

Funds for the infrastructure grants are raised by employees of Western through an annual Support the Cause Day Walk and other charitable ventures. Winners are then chosen from a pool of deserving nominees put forth by each office.

"We are beyond excited that our budget allowed us to add an additional 10 grants this year. These communities support us, and we love that we are able to support them in return," said James Bond, Executive Chairman of the Western Communities Foundation.

2016 Grants include:

Alberta

Barrhead            

Community pool

Bashaw               

Volunteer fire department - new rescue unit

Bassano              

Curling rink - repairs

Bow Island         

Senator Gershaw School - greenhouse project

Brooks                 

New library - shelving and furnishings

Clive                     

Clive School - greenhouse project

Cold Lake            

Lakeland Humane Society

Coleman             

New mobile stage for community use

Hanna                  

City of Hanna - upgrade to Arena

High River           

Notre Dame School - outdoor seating

Mayerthorpe    

New splash park

Red Deer            

City of Red Deer - new downtown arena

Turner Valley    

Boys & Girls Club - new bike track

Vermilion           

Community hall - sound system

Wainwright        

Wainwright Elementary School - new playground 

 

British Columbia

Coquitam           

Tri-cities - dialysis unit upgrade

Coronation        

City of Coronation - new seating area for the swimming pool

Cranbrook          

East Kootenay Regional Hospital - MRI machine

Cranbrook          

Idlewild Park - dam replacement & park upgrades

Duncan                

Chemainus Elementary School - playground equipment

Fernie                  

Tom Uphill Manor – facility upgrades

Fruitvale             

Fruitvale Elementary School - new playground

Golden                

Community park – upgrade washroom structure

Houston              

Child care facility - rebuild & expansion

Lake Country    

Okanagan Rail Trail

Nanaimo             

Uplands Park Elementary School - playground

Nanaimo             

Eden Gardens - new facility for dementia patients

Richmond           

Homma Elementary School - courtyard upgrade 

Salmo                   

Salmo Community Golf Course - facility and ground upgrades

Sidney                 

Tulista Skatepark

Smithers             

Field house replacement and playground equipment

Sooke                  

Fred Miln Field - grass replacement

Sparwood          

New community skatepark

Surrey                  

Peace Arch Hospital - emergency room expansion

Surrey                  

Pacific Heights Elementary School - playground replacement & equipment

Vanderhoof      

New swimming pool

Victoria                

View Royal Elementary School - playground replacement

Victoria                

Colwood Creek Water / Spray Park

Victoria                

Little Waves Daycare - upgrade for deck & handicap access

Victoria                

Glanford School - playground replacement

Victoria                

Westshore Family Centre - playground upgrade

Victoria                

Victoria Native Friendship Centre - new playground at community centre

 

Manitoba

Brandon              

New women's home for those struggling with addictions

Gilbert Plains    

Electronic sign for community events

Roblin                  

Roblin Swimming Pool - stair replacement

Winnipeg            

Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre - hospital & education Centre

 

Saskatchewan

Estevan                               

Habitat for Humanity

LeRoy                   

Humboldt District Hospital - horizon clip applicator for operating room

Weyburn            

Weyburn Humane Society - shelter upgrade

Wolseley/Glenavon     

Glenavon Curling Rink – upgrade / ceiling repair

 

About Western Financial Group and the Western Communities Foundation

Western Financial Group is a diversified insurance company that serves more than 800,000 customers across western Canada. Founded in 1996 and headquartered in High River, Alberta, Western provides personal and business insurance services through more than 162 office locations and affiliates. With a skilled team of approximately 1,900 employees, Western is committed to building the strongest insurance brokerage network in Western Canada. Western Financial Group is a subsidiary of Desjardins Group, the leading cooperative financial group in Canada.

The Western Communities Foundation was founded by Western Financial Group in 2002 as a non-profit organization under the Income Tax Act of Canada (Registration #87030 2619 RR0001). The Foundation's core donation programs include community infrastructure grants, exceptional achievement bursaries for graduating high school students, and matching grants. Since its inception, the Western Communities Foundation has raised more than $2 million to support the communities in which Western Financial Group operates.

SOURCE Western Financial Group

For further information: Dena DeGrofft, Communications Manager, Western Financial Group, Phone: (403) 652-2663 ext. 516 Cell: (403) 336-5469, dena.degrofft@westernfg.ca, www.westernfinancialgroup.ca

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