Foresters and community partners volunteer to build new playground for Frank McLoughlin Co-Op

    Providing more than 45,000 children a safe accessible environment for 15

    BRAMPTON, ON, Aug. 29 /CNW/ - Frank McLoughlin Co-Operative Homes in
Brampton has a brand new playground today thanks to a coordinated effort of
200 volunteers from Foresters(TM) and the community who erected the facility.
This playground will serve the children of the community where previously
there was old wooden equipment. MPP Brampton West, Vic Dhillon joined Tony
Poole, President & CEO, Unity Life and President Foresters Canada Division, in
acknowledging the tremendous contribution made by all the volunteers.
    "Foresters and Unity Life, a Foresters company, are thrilled to provide
the children of this community with a wonderful new park where they can play
and spend quality family time together," said Tony Poole. "This is Foresters
fourth playground build of 2009, and another excellent example of team spirit
and of Foresters mission coming to life. Foresters champions the well-being of
families by investing in our communities and by providing opportunities for
our members, our agents and staff to help make a difference."
    Foresters, a member-based life insurance provider with members throughout
Ontario, funded and organized the playground build with KaBOOM!, local parents
and the Frank McLoughlin Co-Operative.
    "I am so proud of the hard work and dedication shown by our volunteers
and community partners in the construction of this park," said Vic Dhillon,
MPP for Brampton West. "All families in Brampton will be able to enjoy this
fun new playground."
    Before the first hole was dug in the ground, children from the Frank
McLoughlin Co-Op helped design the playground of their dreams.
    "This has been such an exciting project for our community to participate
in. Our children took real ownership when designing the playground and they're
thrilled to see it become a reality," said Jackie O'Hearn, General Manager of
Frank McLoughlin Co-Op. "I'd like to thank Foresters, KaBOOM!, the children,
parents, fundraising partners and the hundreds of volunteers that made today
    The new playground will be nearly 3,200 square feet in size and includes
a rocky ridge climber, spiral climber, arch swing set, adventure tube, spiral
ladder, a slither slide and much more. With a duration expectancy range from
15 to 20 years, the playground has the capacity to serve approximately 45,000
children in its lifetime.
    Foresters investment in this playground extends beyond the work completed
on build day. Foresters volunteers and the community have made a commitment to
maintain the playground to ensure it is available for subsequent generations
of parents and children.

    About Frank McLoughlin Co-Operative Homes

    Frank McLoughlin Co-op was built in 1990. It is comprised of 60
non-profit townhouses, including, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom units (3 of which are
wheelchair accessible). The co-op provides housing to low and moderate income
families. During the recession in 1992, the co-op almost went bankrupt due to
vacancy losses. In order to survive, the co-op had to use up all of its
reserve funding. In 2005, the co-op was told to tear down the playground
because the treated wood contained some chemicals that could be harmful to the
children. To make matters worse, they were informed that there would be no
money to build a new one. Thanks to funding from Foresters and guidance from
KaBOOM!, the children were thrilled to find out that they had been awarded
with a new playground. Their dream came true on Saturday, Aug. 29, when 200
volunteers came together to build their new playspace.

    About KaBOOM!

    KaBOOM! is a national non-profit organization that envisions a great
place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Since 1995,
KaBOOM! has used its innovative community-build model to bring together
business and community interests to construct more than 1,600 new playgrounds,
skate parks, sports fields and ice rinks across North America. KaBOOM! also
offers a variety of resources, including an online community, regional and
national trainings, grants, publications and the KaBOOM! National Campaign for
Play, which includes Playful City USA and the Playmaker Network - a national
network of individual advocates for play. Headquartered in Washington, DC,
KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago, IL and San Mateo, CA. For more
information, visit

    About Foresters

    Founded in 1874 as a fraternal benefit society, Foresters(TM) champions
the well-being of families through quality life insurance, unique member
benefits and inspiring community activities. Foresters shares its financial
strength with more than 650,000 members in the United States, Canada and the
United Kingdom. Unity Life of Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Foresters,
represents Foresters in Canada. Foresters is celebrating its 135th anniversary
in 2009. For more information, please visit

    Foresters(TM) is a trademark of The Independent Order of Foresters, a
fraternal benefit society, Toronto, Canada M3C 1T9.

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For further information: For media inquiries, please contact Irene
Shimoda, Director, Public Relations, Foresters, (416) 429-3000 ext. 4651,

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