Annual Charity Golf Tournament Raises Record $150,000 for Habitat for Humanity Canada
CAMBRIDGE, ON (OCTOBER 18, 2018) – Today, Cowan Insurance Group, along with The Cowan Foundation, announced that a record $150,000 was raised at the 2018 Cowan Charity Classic golf tournaments. For the second year running, the events were held in support of Habitat for Humanity Canada’s Every Youth Initiative. This year marked the 17th annual event in Waterloo Region, held at Glencairn Golf Club, and the 7th annual event in Ottawa, held at Eagle Creek Golf Club.
“The Habitat Canada Every Youth Initiative aligns with our corporate culture of giving,” says Heather McLachlin, President of Cowan Insurance Group. “Making a positive difference to improve the quality of life in communities across Canada where we live and work is central to our mission and vision as an organization.”
Cowan Insurance Group hosts the annual Cowan Charity Classic golf tournaments in Southwestern Ontario and the Ottawa Region in support of Canadian non-profit organizations. The Cowan Foundation generously makes a matching donation to the funds raised.
“The Cowan Foundation and Habitat for Humanity Canada have a similar goal, which is to make a positive difference in the lives of Canadians,” explained Terry Reidel, Executive Director, The Cowan Foundation. “We are pleased to match funds raised in the Cowan Charity Classic to support Habitat’s Every Youth Initiative. We have a strong focus on supporting transformative programs for those under the age of 25, which is exactly what this initiative achieves by empowering youth, skill-building and cultivating a strong sense of ability and achievement that will help participants form a strong future. In addition, it offers the Foundation an opportunity to partner with and support a charity that matters to our employees, business partners and clients. Our sincere thanks to the organizations and participants who have made this fundraising event a resounding success while having a great time on the golf course.”
Cowan’s founding investment of $125,000 in 2017 enabled Habitat for Humanity Canada to form the Every Youth Initiative, providing support for the development and delivery of youth programming across the country. “Through Cowan Insurance Group’s generous support of our Every Youth Initiative, we’re helping provide youth with a unique opportunity to learn new skills, engage with their community, and raise awareness about the need for affordable housing with the leaders of tomorrow,” says Mark Rodgers, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada. “This past year, we piloted this project with seven local Habitats, and empowered over 1,300 youth to build strong foundations for future success through volunteer opportunities and on-the-job skills training that can be applied to school credits, high school diplomas or apprenticeships.”
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About The Cowan Foundation
The Cowan Foundation was started in 1995 in honour of Frank Cowan, the founder of Frank Cowan Company and Cowan Insurance Group. The Foundation is sustained by the ongoing success of the Princeton Holdings group of companies including Cowan Insurance Group, Frank Cowan Company, The Guarantee Company of North America, Cowan Asset Management and Fountain Street Finance. Together they provide insurance and risk management products and services for individuals, businesses, organizations and public entities, as well as assisting employers with their group benefits, retirement and health and disability management plans. The goal of The Cowan Foundation is to make a positive difference in the lives of Canadians and the broader well-being of our communities. For more information, please visit www.cowanfoundation.ca.
About Cowan Insurance Group
As a prominent Canadian-owned and operated independent insurance brokerage and consulting operation, Cowan Insurance Group provides real value in insurance and risk management solutions to businesses, organizations and individuals. With close to 500 employees operating out of 13 locations across Canada, we partner with leading national and international insurance companies to advise on and create retirement, group benefits, disability management and international benefits programs for employee groups. We also offer wealth and asset management as well as financial and succession planning services to individuals, and specialize in property, casualty and credit insurance. For additional information about Cowan Insurance Group, please visit www.cowangroup.ca.
About Habitat for Humanity Canada | habitat.ca
Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national charitable organization working toward a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. With the help of volunteers, Habitat homeowners and 54 local Habitats working in every province and territory, we provide a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in Canada and around the world. Habitat for Humanity Canada is a member of Habitat for Humanity International, which was established in 1976 and has grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 70 countries. For more information, please visit www.habitat.ca.
Heather McLachlin, President Cowan Insurance Group (centre) and Terry Reidel, Executive Director, The Cowan Foundation (right) present a cheque for $150,000 to Mark Rodgers, President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity Canada (left) on September 19, 2018.