Two local charities receive $10k as Empire Life celebrates 100 years

On January 11, 2023, Empire Life celebrated its 100th anniversary. To honour that milestone, the company launched a grant program encouraging employees to nominate and vote for charities across the country — and two local charities have been selected for that award!

The 10 registered charities who reached the final round after nominations and voting each received a $10,000 donation, for a total donation of $100,000, as part of the Empire Cares Grant Challenge, according to a release from Empire Life, which provides individual and group life and health insurance, investment and retirement products, and is headquartered here in Kingston.

Each year, Empire Life supports Canadian communities through charitable donations, employee volunteer hours, in-kind contributions and community sponsorships in four focus areas: community well-being, health and medical research, education, and arts, culture and miscellaneous, the company stated.

After more than 70 nominations and 700 votes, Empire Life announced the recipients:

  • Beausejour Family Crisis Resource Centre (Shediac, NB)
  • Hospital for Sick Kids (Toronto, Ontario) 
  • Kidsport (Langley, B.C.)
  • Kingston Interval House (Kingston Ontario) 
  • Le Bouclier d’Athéna (Montréal, Québec) 
  • Le Club des petits déjeuners (Québec) 
  • Native Women’s Association (Québec) 
  • Pawsitive Match Rescue (Calgary, Alberta) 
  • Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre (Napanee Ontario)
  • Urban Native Youth Association (Vancouver, B.C.) 

During the nomination process, employees were reportedly asked to share why they were nominating that organization. According to Empire Life, from witnessing newborn grandchildren receive life-saving medical care to fostering abused and neglected animals, the stories were inspiring.

“Caring about the communities in which our employees, customers and business partners live and work has long been a part of our culture at Empire Life,” said Karen Smith, Director of Communication Services. “While all the nominated organizations were deserving, we were pleased to see the variety of selected finalists. These grants will go a long way to help support the important work of these organizations.”

In the release, Empire Life congratulates each of the organizations and thanks them for the difference they make for Canadians each and every day.

To learn more about Empire Life’s commitment to community investment, read the 2022 Public Accountability Report or visit their website.

To find out more about Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre, visit their website. To find out more about Kingston Interval House, visit their website.

One thought on “Two local charities receive $10k as Empire Life celebrates 100 years

  • Great news for two such wonderful organizations!

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