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The Commonwell donates $50,000 across 10 locations of Junior Achievement Canada

Lindsay, ON – July 23, 2018 –The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group, a local home and auto insurance company, has chosen Junior Achievement (JA) Canada for their 2018 We C.A.R.E. donation of $50,000. The annual We C.A.R.E. donation process is very personal for the Commonwell’s C.A.R.E. committee as the winning charity is nominated by Commonwell team members and unanimously chosen rather than coming from applications by the charities themselves. The We C.A.R.E. donation represents a cause that the committee feels is most deserving of a donation to carry on their important community work for the 2018 year.

This year’s donation will be used to continue JA’s mandate of financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship programs for as many as 2100 Ontario elementary students.

The funds will be split between 10 locations of JA including:

·       Quinte West

·       Durham

·       Ottawa and area

·       Ottawa valley

·       Peterborough and the Kawarthas

·       Simcoe

·       Seaway Valley

·       Northumberland

·       Muskoka

·       Cornwall

“We couldn’t think of a more fitting organization for this year’s We C.A.R.E. donation,” said Tim Shauf, President and CEO of The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group. “When you consider students learn the important lessons of financial literacy and responsibility for the first time at the elementary level, getting the right education from JA can help set them up for a prosperous future.”

The donation was presented to JA in early July.

"We are so pleased to collaborate with The Commonwell to enable the delivery of this essential programming to Ontario students," said John McNutt, CEO of JA Peterborough Lakeland Muskoka."These funds will allow us to deliver over 70 More Than Money programs during Financial Literacy Month in November. With this donation, the program has the potential to reach over 2,100 grade 5-6 students which is just fantastic!" 


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Left to Right: The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group - David Blodgett, Chief Strategy Officer, Karen Willette, Lois Ellis, Wendy Norris, Jennifer Hope

Junior Achievement – John McNutt, President

The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group – Michael Leach

About The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group:
Established January 1, 2014, The Commonwell is a merger of three longstanding mutual insurance companies that has been built on more than a century of hands-on commitment to the local communities it serves. Since its founding four years ago, The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group operates on the same historical premise of its three legacy companies – maintaining a focus on local presence and service that builds strong long-term relationships for the benefit of the greater community. 

 About Junior Achievement Canada:
Junior Achievement's purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. JA will transform students to have a long-term positive economic impact on our communities by encouraging them to explore and experience the power of business education programs. JA programs are designed to establish awareness and critical thinking in the areas of financial literacy and workplace readiness, as well as entrepreneurship. Our programming provides this much needed education at no cost to students or schools.





Rachel Ott