TORONTO, May 4, 2016 /CNW/ - Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX: SLF) (NYSE:
SLF) has set up a special hotline and process for its clients and
employees who have been impacted by the destruction caused by wildfires
in Fort McMurray, Alberta. In addition, Sun Life Financial will be
providing a corporate donation of $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to
help residents who have been evacuated and have lost their homes,
businesses, and livelihood. Additionally, employee and Sun Life advisor
personal donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to an
additional total corporate maximum of $25,000.
The devastating fires in Fort McMurray have had a significant impact on
Sun Life Financial's clients, employees, and advisors who live and work
in the area. "We are deeply saddened by the news and our thoughts are
with the tens of thousands of people who have been forced from their
homes and communities," said Kevin Dougherty, President, SLF Canada.
"We recognize the ordeal our clients, advisors and employees are facing
and are committed to working with them at the appropriate time to find
solutions that best meet their individual needs," said Dougherty.
"Whether that means providing quicker access to funds and benefits,
extension of payment terms or any other special handling that is
required, we're here to help and talk through what's meaningful for
Sun Life Financial and Sun Life Global Investments are encouraging
impacted clients who require special assistance to call 1-866-220-1230,
or contact their Sun Life Financial advisor.
Sun Life Financial's contribution to the Canadian Red Cross will come
from the Sun Life Financial International Response Fund at the Canadian
Red Cross, which enables support to be deployed rapidly to areas in
need. These fires represent the largest evacuation in Alberta's history
and Red Cross teams are prepared to respond.
The Sun Life Financial International Response Fund, the first
international corporate sponsorship of its kind, was established in
partnership with the Canadian Red Cross in 2005 to help accelerate
emergency response to large-scale international crises. Administered by
the Canadian Red Cross, the Fund has helped provide immediate relief
and resources to natural disasters and crises in Canada and around the
Canadians can make a donation to the Alberta Fire Appeal to support the Canadian Red Cross response efforts.
About Sun Life Financial
Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services
organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth
products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Sun Life
Financial has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including
Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the
Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore,
Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of December 31, 2015, the Sun Life
Financial group of companies had total assets under management of $891
billion. For more information please visit www.sunlife.com.
Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and
Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.
SOURCE Sun Life Financial Inc.
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