Western Financial Group's 1,600 Employees to Build Teddy Bears for Charity

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HIGH RIVER, AB, June 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Western Financial Group's more than 1,600 employees will brighten the lives of children across Canada by each building a teddy bear at their employee conventions this month. The bears will be distributed to more than 20 charities chosen by employees.

"Building teddy bears at our employee convention allows us to have fun, and give back to the community while coming together as a team," said Jeff Burke, president and CEO of Western Financial Group's network of insurance brokerages. "We hope these teddy bears will make a difference in the lives of children who are overcoming a trauma, experiencing a life change, or who just need to be cheered up."

Western Financial Group's employee conventions are taking place at locations across Western Canada during the month of June. The groups of employees will complete a Build-A-Bear workshop, where each employee will create a unique teddy bear complete with a birth certificate to be given to a child.

Receiving charities include:

         
British Columbia
Burnaby Children's Fund
AiMHi Prince George Association for Community Living
NUKO
FSJ Child Development Centre
Chase Christmas Hamper Society
The Bridge Youth and Family Services
     
Burnaby
Prince George
Nanaimo
Fort St John
Chase
Kelowna
         
Alberta        

Big Country Victim Services
Phoenix Safe House
Peace River Women's Shelter
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Society for Support to Pregnant and Parenting Teens
Children's Cottage Society
Big Brothers Big Sisters
CNP Women's Resource in Crisis Center
Victim Services
Rowan House
Kids Kottage
Zebra Child Protection Centre (Society)
Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Center
     
Drumheller
Medicine Hat
Peace River
Medicine Hat
Grande Prairie
Calgary
Lacombe
Coleman
Cold Lake
High River
Edmonton
Edmonton
Calgary
         
Saskatchewan        

Estevan Family Resource Centre
Kids First Program
YWCA Regina
Parkland Victim Services
     
Estevan
Nipawin
Regina
Yorkton
         
Manitoba        

Child & Family Services of Western Manitoba
Rossbrook House
Ronald McDonald House
Various charities
WISH Inc
     
Brandon
Winnipeg
Winnipeg
Roblin
Winnipeg
         
Ontario        

Native Child & Family Services of Toronto
     
Toronto


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 General Insurance Group, the leading cooperative financial group in Canada.

 

 

SOURCE: Western Financial Group

For further information:

Eric Michalko
Manager - Sponsorships, Digital Marketing & Public Relations
Western Financial Group
Phone: (403) 652-2663, ext. 524
Cell: (403) 603-8965
Email: eric.michalko@westernfg.ca


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