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HIGH RIVER, AB, June 25, 2013 /CNW/ - Desjardins Group (Desjardins) and
Western Financial Group (Western) announced today that the
organizations are teaming up to donate $200,000 to disaster relief in
Alberta after severe flooding devastated several rural and urban
communities throughout the province.
In addition to the direct donation, Desjardins will also raise money for
the Red Cross Alberta Floods Fund through its caisse network in Quebec
and Ontario, while Western has put plans in place to launch an online
fundraising system for employees to provide direct support to local
communities affected by the floods.
"We are deeply saddened to see how this terrible tragedy has impacted
families and communities across Alberta," said Monique F. Leroux, Chair
of the Board, President, and CEO of Desjardins Group. "In the coming
days and weeks, we encourage all Canadians to donate whatever support
they can provide to help with the recovery and rebuilding process."
"The past few days have been a difficult time for so many Albertans and
we hope this donation can provide some much needed assistance to those
who have been displaced or suffered personal losses," said Scott
Tannas, President and CEO of Western Financial Group. "Together, we are
committed to help rebuild the communities across Alberta where we live
As part of the $200,000 donation, Desjardins and Western will each
provide $100,000 to the Western Communities Foundation. The Foundation
will in turn work with local municipalities and charitable groups to
identify opportunities that will provide direct support to the affected
"In times like these, every little bit of assistance helps," said John
Jenner, Executive Director of the Western Communities Foundation. "We
will work with our local communities and charitable groups to ensure
that this money will go to the people who truly need assistance."
During the flooding crisis, individuals who have experienced flooding
damage are encouraged to visit the Western Financial Group claims
centre in Okotoks, Alberta (207, 200 Southridge Drive). The centre is
open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. Western claims centres are
also open in Medicine Hat and Drumheller to help local residents.
To help ensure all flooding victims receive support, Western will
process all flood claims - even if the customer does not have a current
insurance policy with the company.
Apart from visiting the Okotoks claims centre, individuals can also call
the Okotoks office at 403-938-0777 where an experienced Western
Financial Group representative will be able to answer their questions
and assist them.
For an emergency claim, individuals can call Western's 24/7 claims line
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 services through more than 120 office locations and the
Internet (www.westernfinancialgroup.ca). With a skilled team of approximately 1,600 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.
About Desjardins Group
Desjardins Group is the leading cooperative financial group in Canada with assets over
$200 billion. Drawing on the strength of its caisse network in Québec
and Ontario and its subsidiaries across Canada, it offers a full range
of financial products and services to its members and clients.
Desjardins specializes in Wealth Management and Life and Health
Insurance, in Property and Casualty Insurance, in Personal Services, in
Business and Institutional Services. Best Corporate Citizen in Canada for 2012 and among Canada's Top 100 Employers, Desjardins is supported by the skills of its 44,942 employees and the
commitment of 5,268 elected officers. Desjardins members and the
general public are invited to visit Desjardins Group's education and
cooperation program website at www.desjardins.com/co-opme.
SOURCE: Western Financial Group
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