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HIGH RIVER, AB, Feb. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - Western Financial Group ("Western")
is proud to announce the acquisition today of Brown & Ward Insurance
Ltd., a long-time leader in insurance services in the City of Lacombe,
Owned and operated by Lorne and Heather Rye, Brown & Ward has been in
business since 1938. The company will continue to operate with the same
friendly staff from the same historic location at 5024 - 51 Street
under the Western Financial Group banner.
"The only difference our customers will see is access to a wider variety
of products and services at very competitive prices," said Lorne Rye.
"This move means we're joining a strong network with an excellent
offering, including financial services such as banking."
Western will build on Brown & Ward's reputation for old-fashioned client
service and customer satisfaction. Current and future customers will
benefit from Western's larger scale and breadth, and its dedication to
"We're very happy to welcome Lorne and Heather and their team to our
growing Western network," said Scott Tannas, President and CEO of
Western Financial Group. "We're looking forward to rolling out a
greater variety of services to our residential and commercial clients
in and around Lacombe and we are truly excited to be a part of this
thriving community. To me, Lacombe's proud heritage and brilliant
future are as good an example as you can find of the true Alberta
spirit. It is an honour to see Western's name grace the lovely old
building on 51 Street, and you can count on us to be good neighbours as
we grow in step with the city."
About Western Financial Group
Western Financial Group is a western Canada based, diversified,
financial services company serving more than 600,000 customers. Founded
in 1996 and headquartered in High River, Alberta, Western provides
insurance, banking and investment products and services through more
than 120 office locations, the internet (www.westernfinancialgroup.ca)
and other distribution channels. With a skilled team of approximately
1,500 employees, and backed by the strong resources of its owners,
Western is committed to building the strongest financial services
company in western Canada.
Western Financial Group is a subsidiary of Desjardins Group, the leading
cooperative financial group in Canada and the sixth largest in the
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