Sarnia advisor, Robert Tuer, named Sun Life Financial's 2008 Volunteer of the Year

    Sun Life to donate $10,000 to charity on winner's behalf

    WATERLOO, ON, June 8 /CNW/ - The gift of volunteering is wrapped by
caring people who are willing to donate their time to make their communities
healthier and happier places to live. Sun Life Financial takes great pride in
recognizing the selfless contributions of its employees and advisors, and
today announces that Robert Tuer, advisor with the Sarnia Financial Centre, is
its national 2008 Volunteer of the Year. In recognition of Tuer's volunteer
work, Sun Life Financial will donate $10,000 to his charity of choice: Scouts
Canada - St. Bartholomew's Cub Pack.
    Tuer was named 2008 Volunteer of the Year in recognition of the amazing
amount of time he devoted mostly to young people through several
    As one of the Cub Pack leaders for Scouts Canada, Rob volunteered over
600 hours organizing and running meetings, overnight camps, an annual trip,
and other activities for kids aged eight to 10 years old. Through Scouts
Canada, he spent three weeks in Madagascar last year, preparing for 20 young
people who will join him this summer to build wells and a cyclone shelter in
the region. In addition to those impressive contributions, Rob dedicated
almost 500 hours to the Sarnia Lions Football Association and Northern High
School Football, showing kids how to play the game, be good sports, and
contribute to their communities.
    "At Sun Life Financial, we encourage our employees and advisors to
volunteer their time, energy, and skills with organizations that can benefit
from their personal passion and interests," said Dean Connor, President, Sun
Life Financial Canada. "We believe it's important to reward and recognize
these contributions, because we know they're making a difference in Canadian
communities every day."
    Sun Life Financial will also donate $3,000 to the designated charities of
the company's three other Volunteer of the Year finalists, in recognition of
their outstanding efforts:

    -   Brantford General Hospital, on behalf of Reg Madison, advisor with
        the Brant-Erie Financial Centre.
    -   Canadian Mental Health Association, on behalf of John Ramage, advisor
        with the Northwestern Ontario (Thunder Bay) Financial Centre.
    -   Waterloo Busker Carnival, on behalf of Randy Warren, Director,
        Distribution Compensation, at Sun Life Canada's headquarters in

    Through the Volunteer program, Sun Life Financial provides a donation to
each charity where an employee or advisor volunteers a minimum of 50 hours for
the year. In 2008, Sun Life Financial employees and advisors spent 43,610
hours-more than 1,800 days, or almost five years worth of time-volunteering
with charities in communities across Canada, leading to a total of $185,000 in
donations to those organizations.
    To learn more about Sun Life Financial's 2008 Volunteer of the Year
finalists and to see their profiles, visit

    Sun Life Financial

    Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services
organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth accumulation
products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Chartered in
1865, Sun Life Financial and its partners today have operations in key markets
worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland,
Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China and Bermuda. As of
March 31, 2009, the Sun Life Financial group of companies had total assets
under management of $375 billion.
    Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and
Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under ticker symbol SLF.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Krista Wilson, Manager,
Corporate Communications, Sun Life Financial, (519) 888-3900 ext. 4896,

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