Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life contribute $100,000 to Toujours ensemble to strengthen Pathways to Education

Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life contribute $100,000 to Toujours 
ensemble to strengthen Pathways to Education program in Quebec 
As National Development Sponsor, companies helping Pathways build a Graduation 
Nation 
MONTREAL, Nov. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - Pathways to Education Canada (Pathways) and 
Toujours ensemble today announced a $100,000 contribution from Great-West 
Life, London Life and Canada Life to further their proven model for reducing 
high school dropout rates in low-income communities in Quebec. 
The contribution funds construction and operating expenses of a new building 
in Verdun, Quebec for Toujours ensemble, Pathways' partner organization in the 
region. The new space, which opened this fall, serves the growing number of 
students enrolled in the Pathways program in Verdun. 
"In Quebec, one in four students leaves high school without a diploma. In 
Verdun, where poverty levels are particularly high, this rate is closer to one 
in two students," said Marc Edwards, Chairman of the Board, Toujours ensemble. 
"This support means we can continue to help Verdun's youth overcome the 
barriers to education and keep them on track for graduation." 
This new support adds to the commitment of Great-West Life, London Life and 
Canada Life as Pathways' National Development Sponsor. In 2012 the companies 
made a multi-year $500,000 pledge through their national corporate citizenship 
program for the development of Pathways 'U,' a learning model that fosters 
excellence and innovation in program delivery. 
"Pathways 'U' is an important component of our commitment to expanding and 
sharing knowledge in order to serve the needs of more youth across the 
country," said David Hughes, President and CEO of Pathways to Education 
Canada. "With the support of Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life, we 
can continue to invest in, deliver and share the excellence and innovation for 
which the organization has become known." 
Pathways 'U' consists of three core components - communities of practice, 
mentorship/coaching and formal course work for program leaders - with an aim 
to enrich the knowledge of front-line staff, as well as to transfer knowledge 
across the organization and externally. 
"First in Toronto and now in more Canadian centres, the Pathways learning 
model is getting results," said Jan Belanger, Assistant Vice-President, 
Community Affairs, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life. "As the 
program expands, success depends on Pathways having essential tools and a 
strong infrastructure. We are pleased to support their operational development 
across Canada, and their progress in Quebec. Supporting the combined efforts 
of Pathways and Toujours ensemble demonstrates our commitment to building 
stronger communities where we live and work." 
Pathways to Education Canada and Toujours ensemble have long been dedicated to 
increasing student retention and high school graduation rates. With the help 
of generous donations, Pathways and Toujours ensemble can continue to 
transform the lives of youth and build stronger communities. 
About Pathways to Education Canada - www.pathwaystoeducation.ca
Pathways to Education Canada is a charitable organization that helps youth in 
low-income communities graduate from high school and successfully transition 
into post-secondary education or training.Pathways addresses systemic 
barriers to education by providing leadership, expertise and a community-based 
program proven to lower dropout rates.Founded in 2001, Pathways operates in 
twelve communities across Canada, with programs in Ontario, Quebec, Nova 
Scotia and Manitoba. 
About Toujours ensemble - http://www.toujoursensemble.org/site/
Founded in 1979 and established in Verdun since 1986, Toujours ensemble is a 
non-profit organization whose mission is to support young people with 
academic, family or social difficulties by offering them educational and 
recreational activities that contribute to their development. Every year, 
Toujours ensemble welcomes over 300 young people to participate in activities. 
Toujours ensemble intervenes in three areas: education, recreation and the 
fight against poverty. For example, in the past ten years, Toujours ensemble 
has served more than 150,000meals to children from two elementary schools in 
Verdun. 
About Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life - www.greatwestlife.com
Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life offer a broad portfolio of 
financial and benefit plan solutions, and serve the financial security needs 
of more than 12 million people across Canada. As an Imagine Caring Company, 
the companies contribute a minimum of 1% of average pre-tax profits to 
non-profit, charitable and community organizations each year. 
(FOR MONTREAL RELEASE) Guillaume Berube, Conseiller Relations publiques, 
Citoyen Optimum, Guillaume.berube@citoyenoptimum.com, 514-281-4719 
(FOR NATIONAL RELEASE) Shannon Law, Citizen 
Optimum,shannon.law@citizenrelations.com, 416.306.6712 
Marlene Klassen, Assistant Vice-President, Communication Services Great-West 
Life, London Life and Canada Life,marlene.klassen@gwl.ca, 204.946.7705 
SOURCE: Pathways to Education Canada 
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