Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life support program aimed at improving children's physical well-being

By The IJ Staff | October 12 2018 11:30AM

Damian Warner, olympic decathlon athlete, and Aurélie Rivard, paralympic swimming athlete

Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life have renewed their commitment of $150,000 over the next three years to Shape Up Foundation (Fondation Tremplin Santé), a Quebec-based organization that works to promote physical activity and good eating habits to Canadian children.

The donation was announced at an event held on Oct. 11 with 100 children, aged 9-12, and their families. Also in attendance were Freedom 55 Financial-sponsored Olympic athlete Damian Warner and Paralympic athlete Aurélie Rivard, who led the children through a physical activity after speaking to them about the importance of staying active and healthy eating.

Warner won the bronze medal in decathlon at the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro. Rivard has competed in two summer Paralympic Games and won a total of 5 medals in swimming, including 3 gold medals at the 2016 summer Rio de Janeiro Paralympics.

"We recognize that health and well-being are priorities for many Canadians and that keeping children active is an emerging issue," said Monique Maynard, President Quebec Affairs & Executive Vice-President Chief Actuary Canada at Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life. "We're proud to provide support to help Fondation Tremplin Santé expand their programming to reach more children in our communities across the country."

With this latest investment, Shape Up Foundation will expand their children's camps in Quebec and Ontario and introduce new programming in New Brunswick, Alberta and Saskatchewan. They'll also improve and develop program tools.