Eight children from five families will have significant new dollars added to their RESPs as a result of Western Surety’s 2012 program to support brokers’ families.

The annual award program provides $1,000 to each of five families provided one of the parents is a surety division employee of a Western Surety Company contracted broker. Children must be under 18 years of age, and the money can be split between more than one child in a family.

The awards are made across all regions of the country from east to west.

This year's recipients are:

  • Lucy and Natasha Moroz – children of Fred Moroz, BFL Canada Insurance Services Inc., Vancouver;
  • Logan and Ryleigh Wachniak – children of Trish Wachniak, Hub International Horizon Insurance LP, Winnipeg;
  • Leo Abbinante – son of Ben Abbinante, RDA Inc., Woodbridge;
  • Milan and Eleni Macesic – children of Millie Macesic, Petrela, Winter & Associates Insurance Brokers, Toronto; and
  • Kierstyn Rowe – daughter of Kent Rowe, Wedgwood Insurance Limited, St. John’s.

"This is the third year of the program," says Western Surety’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Scott Donald.

"Which, of course, followed our 100th Anniversary Scholarship program in 2009. In those three years, 24 children from 15 families have benefited.

"It’s another way that we’re committed to helping build Canada. We’re supporting our brokers and their families, and we’re contributing to the future post-secondary education of young Canadians."

Three Years later – Another Centennial Scholarship Winner

During Western Surety’s 100th Anniversary in 2009, we awarded university scholarships to seven children of our broker force across Canada. Here’s an update on one of them – another young Canadian we can all be proud of.

Matthew Browne – Memorial University. The son of Janet Browne of Steers Insurance Limited, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Matthew is pursuing an engineering degree in a co-op program that mixes academic terms with work terms in industry.

His work terms include engineering positions with Stantec and G.J. Cahill in Newfoundland, Rio Tinto Alcan in Alberta and Worley Parsons in Texas.

In addition to the heavy duty engineering experience in these major companies, Matthew has also managed to earn his way onto the Dean’s List for his high academic achievements on campus,