Yorkton and Area Big Brothers Big Sisters benefited today as the recipient of significant funding from Canadian Western Bank, with donations being presented both at the CWB Yorkton branch, and at Esterhazy High School.
In total, the bank is donating $421,414 to Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across western Canada this year, thanks to its The Greater Interest GIC 2015 campaign. Offered annually in September and October, the program gives clients the opportunity to invest in a guaranteed investment product with a competitive rate-of-return, while making a positive impact in local communities.
Based on every dollar invested in The Greater Interest GIC, CWB makes a corporate donation to the local BBBS organization in the community where the investment was made. Since 2008, the program has contributed more than $2 million to children’s charities.
In a written statement, Keith Hughes, CWB’s Senior Vice President of business and personal banking said, “We’re very proud to offer a product that benefits both our clients and our communities. It’s important to us that we provide relevant products that meet the needs of our clients, and to pair this with giving back to worthy causes within our communities is very rewarding.”
The CWB donations to Big Brothers Big Sisters over the years have indeed made a big difference. Peter Coleridge, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada said, “Their support over the years has created or sustained more than 4,000 mentoring relationships, and we are thankful to CWB, their employees and customers for helping young Canadians reach their full potential, and lead more productive and healthy lives.”
At the local level, The Greater Interest GIC 2015 Campaign raised $10,765.45 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yorkton and Area Inc, serving children and families from across the region through mentoring, with $3767.90 being committed to the Esterhazy Mentoring Program.
Irma Van De Bon-Nicol, Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yorkton and Area Inc said, “These donations are crucial and help to expand the mentoring services. There are children waiting to be matched and this will help us serve more children through mentoring, impacting lives in a positive manner. We are grateful for the support from those who believe in the benefits of mentoring and want to make a difference in a child’s life.”
Attending the presentation in Yorkton this afternoon (and pictured above) were Kelly Price (AVP and Branch Manager for Canadian Western Bank), Irma Van De Bon-Nicol (Executive Director Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yorkton and Area), Dreyden Waldbauer (Little Brother), and Yorkton Terrier Jordan McCausland (Big Brother/Mentor).